Senior Citizens

(Discover Character)

Submitted by Kerry Cordy


(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if you wish.)


Penguins:  Do 3 requirements including the one starred.

Otters:  Do 4 requirements including the one starred

Dolphins:  Do 5 requirements including  the one starred.

Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the one starred.

Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the one starred.

Owls: Do 9 requirements including the one starred.




_____ 1.*  Find out at what age someone is usually considered a senior citizen.  What is the age difference between what many businesses and agencies consider to be senior citizens and the age you need to be to collect government benefits such as social security and medicare.  Talk with a senior citizen for at least 15 minutes.


_____ 2.  Interview A senior citizen and find out about their lives.  Where did they grow up?  How much education do they have?  What did they do as an adult?  What is their favorite childhood memory?  Etc.


_____3.  Invite a senior citizen to help your troop earn a badge by sharing their knowledge or special skill with your troop.


_____ 4.  Find out if your community has an Adopt-A-Grandparent program.  If they do, adopt a grandparent.  If they don't, contact a local nursing home or senior center to see if they would be interested in starting such a program.


_____5.   Find out what local agencies and organizations are available in your area to assist seniors.  Put together a simple flyer or booklet with the  resources you find and give them to your local senior center.  Ideas might include senior transportation, meals on wheels, landscapers, house cleaners, places that offer senior discounts, senior clubs or activities, etc.


_____ 6.  Participate in a community service project that serves seniors.


_____ 7.  Visit a nursing home and participate in an activity such as games, a sing-a-long, or crafts.


_____ 8.  Visit   a nursing home and perform for the residents.  This might be a selection of songs, dances, tall flag routines, or even a play.


_____9.  How are senior citizens portrayed in the media?  Find both positive and negative examples.  Discuss the accuracy of how they are portrayed.


_____10.  Make crafts such as warm fuzzies or a wall banner to give to a nursing home or senior center.


_____ 11.  Learn about someone 65 or older who is still in the work force in some way.  Have they always been in this career or did they change careers at some point.  If so, why?  Find out what this person considers a successful and happy life.


_____12.  Learn about a person who made a significant contribution to our world in their senior years.  This might  be a great artist, a U.S. President, or a philanthropist.  Discuss why you think they were able to make such a difference at such an advanced age.


_____13.  Earn the Grandparents badge at your current level.


_____ 14.  Read a book or watch a movie where the main character(s) are senior citizens.  Good examples might include Cocoon or Batteries Not Included.


_____ 15.  Learn about careers involving senior citizens.  Examples might include a doctor, nursing home assistant, senior center manager, assisted living manager, etc.  What type of education would you need?  What type of salary could you expect?