World Neighbors Badge Day

A friend and I recently organized a World Neighbors Badge Day here that went very well.  The purpose of this event was not only to give the Juniors a chance to earn the badge, but also to give the 3rd grade Brownies a Junior badge to use for bridging.  (Their leaders kept the badges we awarded and will give them to the Brownies when they cross over the bridge.)  And, it gave my 6th grade Juniors a chance to do a leadership project for their Sign of the World.

My girls chose the activity they wanted to do (languages), then Rachel and I picked another three (hunger, homes, and games).

The language requirement was to learn a few words in 3 languages.  Since there were three 6th graders, each chose a language, then made up a game using that language.  One girl chose sign language, and played sign language "bingo."  She printed up cards with 9 sign language hand signs on it.  She also made a poster of the signs, and practiced with the girls before playing the game.  Another girl chose French, and played "Red Light, Green Light" using French terms.  The third girl chose Portuguese and taught them numbers 1-10.  Then they were divided into teams and when she called out a number in Portuguese, the girls with that number ran forward to get the ball.  The girls wanted to award prizes, so we bought individually wrapped life savers candies.  When a girl won a game, she got a life saver.  Then, when all the games were finished, everyone got a life saver.  That way, no one was left out.

My station was games.  The requirement was to learn 3 games from other countries.  We used the Girl Scout Games book (Games for Girl Scouts published by GSUSA) and played Pass the Penny (England), Spot the Lion (Africa), and another game I knew called Drop the Handkerchief (Canada).

At the homes station, girls talked about homes in different countries.  There were materials on hand and they were to create a home, depending on the area they lived.  Materials included craft sticks, play dough, and fabric.

The hunger station was to teach the girls about the food availability around the world.  I had gotten a copy of a world map from my jr. high daughter's geography teacher that showed the 4 levels of "calories per day" that the different countries had.  America/Canada and part of Europe were the highest calories per day, then other parts of Europe/South America were levels 2 and 3, with most of the African countries being level 4, at less than 2,000 available calories per day.  We put this map up on the wall.  It was shaded, but the countries weren't labeled, so we hung a world map up also that showed the names of the countries.  The girls were each given a card with a country's name on it.  They were to find their country, and find out how much food was available for them to eat.  Then they went to get their "portion".  Level 1 (the industrialized nations) got a cup full of goldfish crackers, cheerios, and raisins.  Level 2 got about 5 of each.  Level 3 got 5 crackers and a raisin.  Level 4 got 3 raisins.  This generated quite a discussion!

Each station lasted 20 minutes, then rotated.  We had opened with a flag ceremony, and a display of some international flags we checked out from our local service center.  At the end of the event, we awarded the 6th graders their Sign of the World, and awarded the other girls their badges.  These were stapled onto a take-home sheet describing what we did to earn the badge, along with a couple of "board game" designs that children from other countries play with stones or beans.  Then we had our closing flag.  It was a very nice event.

Contributed by:
Joann Uecker
Junior Leader, Redmond, WA, USA

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