Leader's DD and Badges
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|Mon, 10-23-2006 - 11:14am|
Just curious -- how do you handle it if your dd earns a lot more badges than the other girls?
My dd went to most of the day camps this past summer and also attends "Badge Blitzes" and classes at our council office. (I try to give her the opportunity to do scout things without me there all the time.) As a result, her vest is almost full and she only has another 12 or so Try-Its to earn before the end of the year. Her day camp handled bdges a little differently this year -- they didn't focus on earning a whole badge necessarily. So there were quite a few where she had completed 2 or 3 of the requirements at camp and just needed to do a little more at home to earn them.
We have an awards ceremony on Tuesday and she's earned 7 badges plus the 'God and Me' religious award. Most of the other girls have earned between 1 - 4, all badges we worked on together as a troop. She only has two more requirements to fulfill for the 'Careers' badge and wants to finish it tonight. I'm sort of worried how it will look if she has a huge stack of Try-Its and the other girls don't. In the past, I've just sewn the badge to her vest when she completes it and don't wait for the awards ceremony.
This is one of those grey areas that pop up for me occassionally. If another girl had earned a bunch of Try-Its on her own, I'd make a big deal out of it and it really wouldn't be an issue. But since it is my own daughter I feel uncomfortable calling attention to the fact -- which probably isn't fair to her either.
What should I do? I've sent a link to a website that has all the Try-Its and requirements listed and we repeatedly tell parents they are welcome to work on things at home.
My one guilty confession is that I tend to plan to do badges in our meetings that dd has not done yet. I know that if she hasn't done them, then the other girls haven't either. But we also go to council events and museum overnights where she has already earned the badge in question. I guess my point is that we don't NOT participate in things just because she already has the Try-It or there isn't a badge involved. Girl Scouts is her one main activity and I let her sign up for all the extra classes, overnights and fun days that she wants to attend.