5 Activities to Earn the Girl Scout Junior Detective Badge


If you have a Junior Girl Scout Troop they will love this badge. The girls will complete 5 steps and follow clues and discover facts just like a real detective would.

Today I will share a few easy ideas to get you started, or if your like me and rather have all the work done for you, get a copy of the downloadable printable which has everything you need to earn the badge with your girls.

Complete Junior Detective Badge Booklet.

Have fun earning the Junior Girl Scout Detective Badge using this booklet for each girl. Print a booklet for each girl and complete the few prep items before the meeting and you will have everything you need to earn the badge.

For each step there are hands on activities to keep the girls engaged while learning about what a detective does every day as part of their job.

  • Practice the power of observation – Includes three Observation activities both as a group and individual observation activities.
  • Communicate in code – Learn morse code and make a morse code bracelet
  • Fingerprint for fun – discover your own fingerprints, make art with finger prints, and learn what type of finger prints you have.
  • Try out detective science – investigate who was the writer of a document and what was used to write it using Ink Chromatography
  • Follow the clues to solve a real mystery – Solve a puzzle mystery using all the skills developed during other activities.Complete this booklet and the girls will earn the Detective Badge.

Get your Detective Badge Booklet now.

Fun and easy Ideas to use when earning the Detective Badge with Your Junior Girl Scouts

Finger Print Without a Ink Pad

All you will need is paper, pencil and clear tape. Using the pencil scribble on a large area of the paper. Then take your finger and push it down on the scribbled area getting it on your finger. Cover your finger with the clear tape and then take the tape and put it down on a white area of the paper or a new white piece of paper. Now you have a finger print without having to buy ink pads.

If you do decide you want to do fingerprinting with a kit here is a great finger printing kit to use: 4M Fingerprint Kit

Now have the girls figure out what type of fingerprint they have…

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Power of Observation – Answer a few questions about a video

As a group watch a short video. There are 1000s to find on Youtube. As a example here is one that is short “Observation Quiz” https://youtu.be/e-mcq98pjCM At the end of the video it asks 10 questions. Have girls use a sheet of blank paper to answer. How was their observation skills?



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My name is Jodi Carlson, I was a leader of a Girl Scout Troop and a Girl Scout for Total of 25 years. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as leader. I decided after 25 years I have so much to share with other leaders I choose to continue building this blog and its a way for me to stay connected to scouts. If you need a specific idea feel free to email me or leave a comment I bet in 25 years I did something that I can share.