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Check out my other blogs: Sow What Journey http://sarahsowwhat.tumblr.com www.100actsofgreen.org As a homeschooling Girl Scout I am often doing my Journey's as part of my school work. Which means that I have to plan and implement them myself. I have been asked to share this with others. My first blog was with the Senior Sow What Journey. Since I plan to earn 5 other Journeys -- this will be the site for all information.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Golden Eaglet - Health Winner

This next badge was all about your health and being conscious of how you do everything that might affect your body and how you function.

            The first and second requirements were about posture and sleep. The first I’m not too good at, but completing this requirement brought my attention to how I should sit and stand. Always sit up straight, because it can help with your breathing and it can and will reduce lower back pain as well as neck pain. And sleep is important because without it, no one is functional. I am 16 and I go to bed at 8:00PM almost every night and get roughly 11 hours of sleep. Other girls my age don’t get this much sleep, but everyone in their teens (because they are either growing or are about to) should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night.

            The third and fourth requirements were concerned about the eyes and fresh air. Caring for your eyes is so simple and easy. Lighting is important, such as, when reading, writing or typing even, always have enough light. Especially if you are using a computer, the harsh light if you are in a dark room, can mess up your eyes to where you can’t adjust as quickly as you should to various lighting. And fresh air is also important, something as simple as taking a walk can help with moods and headaches. Playing outdoors is important because its proven that time spent outside can actually help with strengthening your ability to focus and retain information.

            The fifth and sixth requirements were simply about staying clean. Washing hands before and after a meal to wash off dirt and other materials and germs from other activities you’ve done during the day. Washing hands also helps with skin care and nail care. Taking showers regularly can also help with skin, nail and hair health. Taking a shower either every morning or every night, or even every other day is important because personal hygiene is crucial for not only your health, but it can also be a big part about your mood and how you present yourself.

            The last three were about eating right, dressing right and not attending gatherings when one is sick. Eating fruits and vegetables everyday can help with reducing stomachaches, headaches, cramps and it can help with other parts of your body such as carrots help with your eyes and milk helps with your bones and meats with your muscles. It’s important to eat a balance of fruits, veggies, dairy and protein everyday to look, feel and be your best.

            Wearing the right clothing during an activity is important because it can be the difference of either a won game or an injury. Wear close toed shoes with low heals when doing an activity that requires running so that you don’t trip over the ends of your shoes, also so that you don’t break a toe or sprain an ankle. Cut your toenails frequently so they don’t snag on your socks and create infection. Always wear socks when you wear shoes to prevent foot infection, smell and blisters. If you do get a blister, do NOT pick at it, put a band-aid over it and leave it alone for a couple days, then take the band-aid off and then again, leave it alone.

            The last and most important is staying at home when you are ill. Never go to a gathering with people if you know you are sick because you can spread it to other people. Also, stay in bed, don’t run around the house or be near family members because they can get it too. But also make sure, if you can, you open windows to get fresh air when you are sick so you don’t breath in the same germs over and over again in your room or home.     

Golden Eaglet - Wildflower Finder, Tree Finder, Bird Finder, Rambler

Currently, I am working on six different badges.  The rambler badge is actually the equivalent to three merit badges -  my choices are land animal finder, water life finder and gardener.  The badge itself has 11 choices.

They require me to observe and study things I didn't know.  My Land Animal Finder requires me to observe land animals - I am enjoying watching the squirrels.

I think that doing these badges is more science and observation than science classes.  These 6 badges are definitely a years worth of high school Natural Science.

Since I have four elective badges to earn  - several of mine are also options for the Rambler Badge. - The Tree Finder, Bird Finder and Wild Flower Finder.  Mine are based on my interests as well as what my mom could find on ebay.

Watch for more on those badges as I work on this award.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Golden Eaglet - Laundress Badge

Like many of the 1934 Merit Badges -- I am having to spend a lot of time researching -- so instead of my mom or Grandma telling me, I am using YouTube videos and google.  In 1934, a Girl Scout would be quizzed by her Captain to show her proficiency.  My mom encouraged me to continue the blog so that others can view my proficiency.  Feel free to post comments and ask me questions about how I did something.  Or where I learned something.

With this badge I learned how to care for clothing and how to treat stains correctly. For example, if you have a dirt stain, a great way to get it out is to apply vinegar and baking soda (stress on the baking its important) (also mixed together) to the stain and let it sit. After an hour or so, (I waited longer) spray with Shout and wash in COLD water.  I learned that hot water will set the stain into the fabric.

When washing cotton articles, use cold water, regardless of the color and when in the dryer put in for only a small amount of time and check it frequently. You don’t want to leave it in the dryer for too long.  It will wrinkle a lot. 
When ironing (pressing) a cotton article, there is usually a cotton setting if not, put it on medium or low heat and NEVER leave the iron on the fabric for too long in one spot - it will burn.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Golden Eaglet - Needlewoman - The comfiest badge yet

This has been, by far, the comfiest badge, old and new, I have ever done. For this merit badge I learned the differences of the hand needles. Crewel needles are good for embroidery but not ribbon embroidery; you use Chenille Needles for that. Tapestry Needles are used for canvas work and embroidery.

I tidied up my sewing kit, throwing out old thread spools and organizing my needles by type and size. As well as adding more thread to the “selection”.

But the aspect of this badge that I enjoyed most was making my own pair of pajama pants. The badge originally had the girls make a simple house dress.  For me this wasn't practical -- I will be making three in the dressmaker badge.
grandmother helped me by giving me the patterns and teaching me various hems (I used three different hems on my pants). Although I had to take out and re-sew three hems because I sewed on the wrong side, I broke and replaced a sewing machine needle and pressed the pants after each hem, I got it done within three and a half hours!

I enjoyed this badge and I can’t wait to do the Laundress badge and Dressmaker!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Golden Eaglet

Blog Post #1

Golden Eaglet

My fascination with vintage badges started during the 100th anniversary when  I looked through the 1947 Intermediate guide that would have been the same my grandmother used when she was a scout.  I earned some old badges that she earned.    They are part of our family legacy badges (those my mom and grandmother earned -- now I have earned them and we have extras for my sister and future daughters.
I have finished the Journeys, interesting current Ambassador badges and over 100 of the IPP's from 1985-2002.  So I have continued to try and find a challenging goal for my next year or so as a girl scout.
I looked at the Golden Eaglet. And as crazy as it sounds, I’m going for the Golden Eaglet. Because, once an award, always an award. -- Have you seen the Golden Eaglet video?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5UBGJAeDFM

So the next series of blogs are going to be about the 21 merit badges I will have to earn to earn the Golden Eaglet.

Needle Woman and Laundress are first. I hope that in reading this, maybe you too will earn some of the older merit badges. They have more requirements, but I think they are more interesting than any of the badges they have now.

Summits completed - What's Next?

So I have completed all three Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout Journeys. 

This means I have earned the Senior and Ambassador Summit pins.

If you have read my blog - you know I have also earned my Gold Award. 

My Gold Award has been recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.

I am honored to be moving forward with the GSUSA - National Young Women of Distinction nomination from my council as well.

See what I have planned next.

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