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Journaling Badgejournaling

(Discover Character)

by Kerry Cordy

 

Higher level starred requirements my used as optional requirements for lower levels.

 

Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Make or purchase a journal and personalize it in some way. Add your favorite quote, draw a picture, write a dedication or reason for keeping this journal, etc.

_____2.* Keep a daily journal for at least two weeks. Tell your parent what you want written in it and then draw a picture to go with it.

 

Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Keep a daily journal for at least two weeks. Journal entries should be written by yourself with help from a parent when necessary. Draw a picture to with each entry.

 

Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Journal entries should be written by yourself. Pictures are optional.

_____2.* Read excerpts from the journal of a famous person.

 

Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Keep your journal for at least one month (It is okay to skip a day now and then, but try to be as consistent as possible.)

_____2.* Read the complete journal of a famous person.

 

Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.  Keep your journal for at least one month (It is ok to skip a day now and then, but try to be as consistent as possible.)

_____2.* Make a list of at least ten famous journals and explain why they play an important role in history.

 

Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

 

_____3. Write down at least ten journaling prompts of your own to help you think of things to write about. Examples might include:

  • If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
  • What was you favorite part of today?
  • What are you doing to make yourself a better person?

 

_____4. Learn about the mental and physical health benefits of journaling.

_____5. What is Journal Therapy and when is it used?

_____6. Visit a bookstore or gift store that sells journals. How many different designs can you find? How many have lined pages? How many have blank? Which ones come with prompts or ideas for writing? Which have a specific purpose?

_____7. Make a list of at least ten different types of journals you could keep. Examples might include a personal journal, a travel journal, or a goals journal.

_____8. Participate in a community service project that involves journaling in some way. Examples might include teaching younger kids how to make a journal, holding a journal writing workshop, having community members write in a community journal about what the military's service means to them and sending it to soldiers overseas (make sure to review all entries before sending!).

_____9. Design a cover for a journal.

_____10. Research careers involving journaling, such as journalism or becoming a journalist. What kind of education would you need? What type of salary might you be paid?

_____11. Watch a documentary that is based on a journal and compare the two. What are the differences and similarities you notice?