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Military Family Badge

(Discover the Home)

By MaryEllen (Dolphin) with help from their mom Rosemary and some, help from her sisters Katie (Otter) and Gwenivere ( Penguin) King

 

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement)

 

Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1 * Read a story or listen to a story about one family member in the military (or a friend of the family).

_____ 2.* Learn about the different military branches that your family (or friend's family) have been in and what they did in that branch of service, how long they served and what (if any) wars they fought in.

 

Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.  Write to a family member (or friend) who is in the military and tell them how much you appreciate their service.

_____ 2. * Learn about all the branches of the military; Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, and explain the special role of the Coast Guard.

 

Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.  Interview a spouse of a military member.  Make a list of at least 15 questions to ask him or her.

_____ 2.* Interview a child of a military member.  Make a list of at least 10 questions about their life and what it's like to have a mom or dad in the military.

 

Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.  Create an essay on what you've learned from your interviews.

_____ 2.* Learn about the role of the American Red Cross and what they do for military families (i.e. alerting service members of the birth of a child, or death of a family member).

Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn about Blue Star, Silver Star, & Gold Star families and write an essay on what you've learned of the similarities and differences between the three organizations.

 

Owls:  Do 9 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. Read an age-appropriate book on military families: (for example…My Hero: Military Kids Write About Their Moms and Dads, I Miss You!: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment, My Dad's a Hero, Soldier Mom).  Write a book report about what you've read.

_____ 4.  Research how military families celebrate homecomings!  Each branch is different!

_____ 5.  Learn about care packages and what families send to their service member while deployed.  Create a care package and send to a friend or family member!

_____ 6. Watch a show on Military Homecomings on TV or on your computer (with your parent's permission).  Discuss what you observed while watching the show.  How did families react?  Can you think of a time when you felt the same way?

_____ 7.  Create a paper-link or other count down device that military families may use while their service member is deployed.  Use it for your own countdown for a birthday or a special trip!

_____ 8.  Make a craft to send to a military service member without family to send him or her stuff while deployed (A helpful organization to put you in contact with a soldier in need is Soldiers' Angels)

_____ 9. Participate in a community service project that has something to do with military families (A helpful organization that distributes donated items to military families is, Operation Homefront).

_____ 10. Find out about 3 other organizations that help military families.

_____ 11. Collect teddy bears or other item that could be used as a comfort friend for kids who are waiting for their mom or dad to return home.  Donate the items to an organization. (Be sure to get permission before starting your collection!)

_____ 12. Write a poem about military families.  Share your poem with others.

_____ 13. If you're part of a military family, share your own experiences with others

_____ 14.  Learn about how long deployment lasts.  Create a list of things you could do to stay busy during a deployment.

_____ 15. Learn about how military families celebrate birthdays and holiday's.  Plan and execute a party the way military families would.  (Such as celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas together-Christ-giving)

_____ 16. Learn about how military children communicate with their military family member.  How can you incorporate this type of communication for your own family?

_____ 17. How are military families similar to families whose mom or dads are not in the military?

_____ 18.  What does it mean to be a dual military family?  How are their challenges different from a family with only one parent in the military?

 

Helpful places-These websites are not affiliated with Frontier Girls Club ©

http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/f?p=MHF:HOME:0

http://www.operationhomefront.net/default.aspx

http://www.soldiersangels.org/

http://www.bluestarfam.org/

http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/SSFOA-History.html

http://www.taps.org/ (TAPS is a tragedy assistance program for military families)