Everything you need to earn the Junior Girl Scout Playing the Past Badge

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The Junior Girl Scout Playing in the Past Badge is a great opportunity for your girls to learn more about women in the past. They can pick any time period, but what you will find here is ideas focused on the frontier times. How did girls live and survive during the pioneer days.

Below are a few ideas to get you started, but if you are looking for a complete booklet with everything you need to earn this badge. The Playing the Past Badge printable booklet is available now. In this printable book the girls will first examine what a typical day in the life of herself looks like, then compare it to the day in the life of a frontier girl. The girls will walk through a frontier girls life, while doing “Pioneer Activities” to let the girls walk in the shoes of someone in the past. At the end they will compare how different life today is from the life of someone in the past.

In addition to the Walk In My Shoes Activities, the girls will learn more about the frontier through a fun relay matching game, and sing a song from frontier times.

Get the Playing The Past Badge Booklet now!

Covered Wagon Craft and Snack

What is better than having a snack that fits into the badge you are earning. It is even better when the food you are eating teaches your girls something and it is a fun craft before enjoying the treat.

Fun Facts about cover wagons: The covered wagon used to cross the plains. The cloth top protected people and possessions from extreme weather conditions. The covered wagon was invented in 1749 in Pennsylvania. A typical covered wagon weighed about 1,300 pounds when empty, and they tried to keep the weight of the added cargo to no more than 2,000 pounds.

Share these facts with your girls while making this cute cover wagon snack that I found on another blog.  Here are the complete directions for the covered wagon snack craft.

Games from the 1800s

Dare Base – Any number of girls can play this game, but the two teams must have the same number of players. Two bases are made about 30 yards apart. The teams are called A and B. Members of team A see how close they can go to the base of team B without getting tagged. This is continued by each team alternately with the opposite team. Any person tagged must go to the opposite base as a penalty. The object of each team is to see how many members or players they can get for their base. The team capturing the largest number of players at the end of a given time wins.

Blindman Bluff – A blindfolded girl is led into the center of the circle. As that girl turns around three or four times, the people in the circle chant:

  • “How many horses has your father got? “Three.” “What colors are they?” “Black, blue and gray.” “Turn about, and turn about, and catch whom you can.”

The blindfolded player then tries to capture someone and guess their name. If the player does not guess the right name, they must try again with a new person. When successful the person captured and named correctly, must in turn be blindfolded.

Chain Tag – Two people are chosen to be “it” in Chain Tag. Those chosen clasp each other’s hand and begin chasing others. When they tag someone else, that person needs to link hands with one of them to make a chain of three. The chain grows longer as more people are tagged.

Charades – Include pioneer activities like fishing, plowing, making a fire, sewing clothes by hand, cutting down a tree, riding a horse, planting a garden, pushing a handcart, etc.


Learn About Clothing in Pioneer Time Period

Amazon has a pile of different paper doll booklets. This one particular I loved because it showed the mid-Victorian-era costumes including elegant evening dresses, bridal gowns, and daytime wear. Outfits are accompanied by hats and fanciful hair styles of the period. There are 2 dolls and 16 costume to put on them. Get yours here: Paper Dolls 1860-1879 (Victorian Paper Dolls)

Pinterest and Youtube Ideas I loved…

Make your own Pioneer Journal with your girls. This idea came from another blogger I found on pinterest. Get the complete directions here

If you are crafty and want to make bonnets or each of your girls

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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.