Junior Drawing Badge – Mandalas

Want to try something new for the Junior Drawing Badge?  How about teaching your girls how to draw mandalas?  These have become very popular lately with the advent of those “adult coloring books” that are in every craft and book store.

In fact, you can even download a Girl Scout version from the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Council!  I also like this butterfly one from Dover publications, since the butterfly is one of the symbols of Juniors.

As far as badge work goes, creating a mandala would fulfill Step 4, “Use your imagination like a graphic artist”, because it talks about creating logos and symbols, IMHO.  And of  course, if you choose to color pre-made mandalas (or other “adult coloring book” style images), have the girls play with different coloring mediums – colored pencils, crayons, markers.  You could even try watercolor pencils, and then wash the images with water to see the colors blend into each other.  This would satisfy Step 1, “Experiment with different materials”. To really bring Step 1 home, talk with them about how it is different to color with one material versus another.

And once your troop has created their mandalas? Before they color them, make copies.  Bind, or staple, or hole punch and make into a Troop coloring book!  Then they have not just their own mandala to color, but also one from each of their friends, as well.

Not sure about how to create a mandala, or how to teach 4th and 5th graders how to do it?  Here’s a few great tutorials I found, from most complex to least complex:

What cool idea did YOU use for the Drawing Badge?


Going for Bronze – an idea

My girls are second year Juniors, and are about to get rolling on their Bronze Award. So far, here’s their plan. They want to make boxes of goodies to give to new pet parents after they adopt a cat or dog from a local animal shelter. We have talked about it in vague terms so far (our first hardcore planning meeting is tomorrow), but we have discussed putting the following into the boxes:

  • canned food (which we have already collected at an event we hosted)
  • collars (although due to the large variations in size, I think I might suggest tags instead
  • toys (dog toys, cat toys)
  • treats, not homemade because we don’t know how fast they will be used
  • coupons
  • information on local vets
  • pet care information
  • anything else we can get donated in quantity

We also will be decorating the boxes, so they look festive, and so volunteers at the shelter can distinguish between cat boxes and dog boxes.

It’s a fun spin on Birthday Boxes for girls who want to help animals.