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April 17, 2013

Lists: Girl Scout Badges

Filed under: History, Personal — Tags: , , , — llcall @ 10:06 pm

Your writing suggestions have been duly noted and I have this Friday blocked out for a non-stop write-a-thon (my belated Christmas gift from Neal)! Yeehaw! In the meantime, an amusing little thing I found a couple of weeks ago . . .

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My anniversary gift to Neal this year was to get back to processing and decluttering. On Sunday, I found my old Girl Scout handbook in which I dutifully kept track of all the requirements I did between 1989-1991.

It was fun to be reminded of my Girl Scout years, which I initially hated because I was the semi-bullied outcast, but eventually came to love. And in fact, I have stayed in touch with my wonderful troop leader and her fantastic daughter (whom I’ve written about before, though somewhat obtusely).

My troop was what you might call a “party troop” — we were light on the badges and heavy on the beach camping. With my troop, I did these badges in two years:

  • Community health and safety
  • Exploring foods
  • First aid
  • Sports sampler

But on my own, I was kind of an overachiever. A checklist to complete? Sign me up! At home, I did these badges:

  • Books
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Swimming
  • Water fun
  • “Collecting” hobbies — coins, postcards
  • “Doing” hobbies — ballet, saxophone
  • Computer fun
  • Do-it-yourself — household and car repairs
  • Water wonders
  • Architecture (I planned to be an architect as a youngster)
  • Local lore
  • Math whiz

My favorite part of this handbook discovery, though, was the few badges that were specifically marked with an 0, but never worked on:

  • Child care
  • Tending toddlers
  • Home living
  • Healthy eating
  • Personal health

I see two possibilities — either my Mom circled them to encourage me to work on them OR I marked them with a zero to specifically announce my intentions to not do them. What do you make of that list?



  1. Car repairs!! Girl Scouts can do anything! Ironic they have a badge for healthy living when they’re known for cookies…

    Comment by Kristin — April 18, 2013 @ 4:14 am

    • Mmmm…Samoas.

      Comment by llcall — April 22, 2013 @ 6:07 am

  2. I think it’s pretty funny that all of the ones you *didn’t* want to do are what you are doing or need to be doing now… 🙂 Life is ironic, isn’t it? 🙂

    Comment by Sabrina — April 22, 2013 @ 12:42 am

    • I know, right?!

      Comment by llcall — April 22, 2013 @ 6:09 am

  3. Oh, I love what an achiever you were! (Only a slacker would call you an “over” achiever. Smile.) I was never a girl scout, but I did 4-H and my mom made sure I learned how to sew clothes, make candles, and punch decorative pie plates. Fun, but not super relevant to my daily life, either. Does your mom remember if she was involved with the circles for those items?

    Comment by Victoria — April 22, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    • You know, I should have asked her before I recycled it. We were in declutter mode while my mom was out of town so I just tossed it!

      Comment by llcall — April 22, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

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