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Cadette Finding Common Ground badge: Step One of Five

The great thing about our country is we all can have different backgrounds, experiences and opinions, and still come together and work towards the common good. No matter the level of government – from your local school board to the Congress – people have to compromise – give up some things you want in order to support somethings someone else wants – in order to accomplish their goals. When you earn the Cadette Finding Common Ground badge, you will learn how governments do that – and how you can do it in your everyday life.

Step One: Get to Know Someone Different from You

The best way to learn to find common ground with others is to learn that we have more similarities than differences. By learning about perspectives that are different from ours, we will find that our priorities are often in line with each other, even if we have different ways of approaching them.

Do one or more of the following activities to learn about how others see the world.

Difference of Background

Have a conversation with someone from a different country, state, or town who lives in your community in right now. Ask them about their journey, and the reason for their move. Ask them what their life was like before the move, and what their life is like now.  What aspects are the same, and what is different? Share with them your favorite parts of your neighborhood, to help them feel at home.

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Difference of Belief

Learn about someone who has a different belief system than you do. Maybe, you have a friend from school who practices a different religion than you do, and you can attend an online service. Maybe, you can interview the youth leader of an interfaith alliance.  Maybe, there’s a member of your family who has the opposite political leanings than your household. Have a respectful discussion about your similarities and differences.

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Difference of Opinion

Everyone has differences of opinions. Find a friend whose favorite food is something you can’t stand, or who won’t watch your favorite TV show. Have a discussion about their likes and dislikes, and your likes and dislikes. Try their favorite food, and have them try yours while you have a watch party of each other’s favorite shows. Share at least two things you liked about the other’s favorites.

Up nesxt, learn how to make decisions in a group.

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Badge Series: Cadette Science of Happiness

UPDATE: Registration for this event is now full.

What does it really mean to experience happiness? Could we use science to help figure this out? In our new badge series program, girls will dive into understanding their own happiness and how to get happy through helping others. Join us on Wednesday, May 13,2020 for our virtual welcome meeting where we will introduce girls to the badge and explain the activities they need to complete. Girls then have two weeks to complete the activities. We will then all come back together for a virtual reflection meeting on Wednesday, May 27. Cadettes will earn their Science of Happiness badge after they have completed the suggested activities.

To earn the badge, girls will need to complete the following activities:

  • Attend the virtual welcome meeting on Wednesday, May 13 from 4 – 5 p.m.
  • View a mindfulness meditation video
  • Communicate with a friend with an assigned topic
  • Create a happiness journal
  • Attend the virtual reflection meeting on Wednesday, May 27 from 4 -5 p.m.

Ready to sign up your girl? Complete the registration form (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/_0531_badge_series_c.html) on our events calendar and we will send you a follow up email with details, including links to our virtual meetings. Registration closes on May 12.

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Cadettes and Poetry – SNAZZY!

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Cadette Troop 54538 explored poetry as part of the Outdoor Art Apprentice badge. At our virtual meeting, we each shared a haiku poem that we wrote with inspiration from nature. (Such risk-takers – sometimes it’s hard to share your creations/writing with others!)
We moved from haiku to creating a kind of cumulative poem together.

The form of this poem is called Exquisite Corpse. (Innovators because we adapted this to a virtual meeting format – we are realizing that so many things are easier when you can be in the same room with someone!)

There were no rules, just some guidelines to get us going and get inspired. Since the badge is Outdoor Art Apprentice, we started where we each had one line relating to nature. Line Two had a flower reference. Line Three was a line where a sound appeared and we finished with Line Four where we wrote something that made us think differently about our flower line or something that makes our flower line change or become untrue.

Here’s our poem. We titled it SNAZZY!

Time in the sunshine is grand.
There is a chill outside.
The cold is bitter to me.
Winter is when I thrive.
Springtime is my favorite season.

Tulips, Tulips everywhere!
Roses in vases
Roses blooming outside
The pedals are red.
Columbines popping up everywhere!

The buzzing of the bees fly through the air.
Birds chirping in the brisk air.
Tweet Tweet skitter the birds
Waves waving in the water.
The wind whooshes around.

Snow, don’t garnish the red tulips!
Thrones and Roses
I can feel the pokes as I pick the roses
Seasons changing, changing when they bloom like stars in the sky!

~Catherine, Elizabeth, Jacey, Tayla

As go-getters and innovators, we thought some families might like to do a family poem. If you want, you can follow some of our guidelines and ideas!

Family poem idea:  Write a line on a piece of paper and pass it around for everyone to add on. Line one is spontaneous, whatever you want. Be inspired by the person before you.

Line Two refers to fun things outdoors.

Line Three refers to flowers.

Line Four refers to your favorite food.

Line Five refers to something about nature.

Line Six makes you think positive about camping!

Share your fun creation with others to brighten their day!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Five of Five

In honor of Earth Day, this week (April 20 – 24, 2020) Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. In Step Two, we dug into the amazing science of trees. We made a creative project starring trees for Step Three. We explored the connection between people and trees for Step Four. For the last part, Step Five, we are going to learn how to help trees thrive.

You can take action by planting a tree or helping to tend to an existing tree in a yard or park (make sure to ask permission and practice social distancing). Several organizations allow you to apply for a free tree to plant. However, since most have received a high volume of applications this year, free trees are hard to come by. Check with the National Wildlife Federation in August 2020 when applications may reopen. You can also do a web search for local tree programs in your area. If you get your hands on a tree to plant, make sure you research how best to plant and care for it. Arborday.org has lots of free guides and resources available. If you can’t find a tree to plant, watch our video to learn how to care for an existing tree.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Four of Five

In honor of Earth Day, this week (April 20 – 24, 2020) Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. In Step Two, we dug into the amazing science of trees. We made a creative project starring trees for Step Three. We’re now going to explore the connection between people and trees for Step Four.

We’ll start by doing a little research! With your caregiver’s permission and after taking the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, go online and pick a topic. You could choose to learn about logging, clear-cutting, or deforestation. Why do humans cut down trees? What are the pros and cons for people? For the trees? Prepare as if you were planning to debate both sides. Get started with these resources:

Or, you could choose to research trees and gardening. What trees work well in gardens and why? Think about your dream garden. What trees would you include? Check out these websites for ideas on how to design a tree garden layout, and get to work designing your own garden:

Here’s our example of a dream tree garden!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Three of Five

Happy Earth Day! This week (April 20 – 24, 2020), Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. In Step Two, we dug into the amazing science of trees. Moving on to Step Three, let’s make a creative project starring trees!

For this part of the badge, you have options! Pick one, or if you’re feeling really inspired, do both.

Make leaf art. Watch this video to see how to make a wax paper leaf pressing. Or, use this link to learn how to create simple painted leaf prints: https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2019/08/leaf-painting-for-kids_28.html

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Make a tree ring autobiography. The way you can tell certain things about a tree’s life year-by-year is through its rings. This is called dendrochronology. Taking inspiration from a tree’s cross-section and its rings, chronicle your life in the rings of a tree. Starting from the middle of the circle at the smallest ring, write down the first thing about yourself or the first thing you can remember (your birth year, where you were born, parents’ names, etc.). As you move out into the larger circles, fill out each ring with moments, people, memories, places, and personality traits for those times. For example, your second ring could be Kindergarten through second grade and could include your friends from that time, favorite things, where you lived, etc. The furthermost ring should be your most recent year or two, or could be things you wish to do/see/accomplish in the future. See the example below for inspiration! You can print out our template or draw your own.

Cadette Trees- Part 3- Tree Ring Template

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Two of Five

Earth Day is April 22! This week (April 20 – 24, 2020), Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. For Step Two, we want you to dig into the amazing science of trees.

On your next neighborhood walk, see how many different types of trees you can identify. If you have a cellphone or camera, take a picture of four to five different trees. You can also sketch the trees in a notebook or on some scrap paper. Bring your images home and see if you can find out what type of tree each was. Check out this website for help identifying trees: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/  Once you’ve identified your trees, pick your favorite one and make a detailed drawing of all its parts and the creatures that may live there or use it.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part One of Five

Earth Day is April 22! This week (April 20 – 24, 2020), Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we’re going to design a treehouse.

Start by doing some research into basic architectural drawing and draft the plans for your dream treehouse. Design both the exterior and interior. Is it a multi-story tree house? How do you get into the treehouse- a ladder or stairs? Any special features like a deck or pulley system to bring supplies up? Show your friends and family to see if they’d like living there.

Check out these treehouses for inspiration and to see how people made them: https://morningchores.com/tree-house-plans/

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.