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Design a New Merit Badge

Students will write a list of requirements and design a new merit badge based on emerging ideas and innovations that could prepare them for a career of the future.

PROCESS:

  1. Invite volunteers who are members of groups such as the Girl Scouts to explain what a merit badge is and how it is earned. Help students who are new to this concept understand that earning a merit badge is a process. Many steps are involved and each step must be mastered before the badge is complete.
  2. Have students brainstorm ideas for a new merit badge based on emerging ideas and innovations that could prepare them for up-and-coming careers in the future.
  3. Instruct students to write a list of requirements needed to earn the new badge. Then encourage them to draw a picture showing what the badge would look like.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their lists of requirements and badge prototypes with the class. Challenge students to explain how the tasks required to achieve the badge would prepare them for a career of the future.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, brainstorm a list of potential topics that could be studied to earn a new merit badge. Then divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select one topic from the list. Have group members work together to write a list of requirements and design their new badge.
Grades 5-6:
As a class, brainstorm a list of potential topics that could be studied to earn a new merit badge. Then divide the class into pairs. Encourage partners to select one topic from the list, write a list of requirements and design their new badge.
Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Instruct partners to select a topic for a new merit badge suitable for elementary students. Have them identify key goals for the badge and then write a list of five or more requirements students must master to achieve those goals. Then give partners time to design their new badge.
Grades 9-10:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Instruct partners to select a topic for a new merit badge suitable for students their age. Have them identify key goals for the badge and then write a list of seven or more requirements students must master to achieve those goals. Then give partners time to design their new badge.