For a group of Girl Scouts who enjoy comics and storytelling, the Scribe Badge is a fun and unique way to learn more. For the 11 girls in Troop 30044, earning the Scribe Badge as part of their Junior “Agent of Change” Journey was a real treat.
The Scribe Badge works through a variety of activities to help girls better tell their stories.
“We have very artistic girls, they love to color and draw – so one activity had the girls pick a title and design the cover of their own autobiographies,” said Andrea Buckely, co-leader of Troop 30044.
And from there, the other activities took off. Buckley had her friend – a writer and professor at Briar Cliff University – visit a recent troop meeting to assist with the badge.
“She came and led the girls through different activities like creating a character arc, doodling exercises for creating a graphic novel, character creation techniques, and more,” said Buckley.
Buckley said the girls really seemed to enjoy it, particularly the exercise that led the troop to write multiple group stories.
“In our next meeting, we are going to have the girls get into groups to use the formulas that [the professor] gave to outline and plan their stories. My goal is for the girls to write stories about Girl Scouts – hopefully themselves – are helping their community!” said Buckley.
As part of the Junior Journey process, the girls have already learned a lot. But Buckley says she’s learned a lot, too.
“I’m not a teacher, I’m not an educator at all. For a lot of troop leaders, that can be scary. But tapping the people you know to come help, that’s been very helpful for me. It’s comforting that there are other people who can help your Girl Scouts,” she said.