Spring Break in Washington DC

I have had several requests to update my list of badge requirements that can be covered while in the DC area.  With the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Spring Break around the corner, I thought now would be a great time.

Having family in the DC area has allowed us to visit on multiple occasions.  Every time we go we find something we missed before.  There is so much to do, that it is not possible to visit all of the places. But as you go to some of our nations landmarks, including badge work can make the trip a little more exciting, especially for non-history buffs. Continue reading “Spring Break in Washington DC”


Jesus Nut SWAP

This summer our camp theme centered around creations.  We explored God’s creation in a beautiful mountain setting. But we also studied modern inventions.  Since our Pioneer and Patriots attend a longer camp than our Tenderhearts and Explorers, I wanted to develop a SWAP just for the older girls.

Have you heard about the Jesus Nut?  No, not that crazy bible thumbing guy on the corner, yelling at everyone who walks by – the helicopter part.  A Jesus Nut is a slang term used to describe the part of the helicopter that hold the propellers onto the helicopter.  Soldiers and mechanics realized very quickly that this small part, that fits into the palm of your hand, was crucial to the flight.  If the part were to come loose, the helicopter would crash and there was little chance of surviving.  All that was left for the crew to do was pray.   Continue reading “Jesus Nut SWAP”

AHG Badge Help – Aviation #15

AviationHave you completed the Aviation merit badge? Do you know the difference between yawl and pitch?

I found a great interactive children’s game to help explain the difference between the two.

Take a few minutes and check out the Flight Adventures Game for students found at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The game allows children to change the elevons and rudder on the FPG-9 to direct it to the target.  The elevons and rudder control the pitch, yawl yaw and roll.

This website was recommended in the AHG Handbook for help with the Living and Working in Space Merit Badge.

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.


AHG Badge Help – Aviation #17

AviationI have found the Aviation Merit Badge to be one of the more challenging merit badges American Heritage Girls has to offer.  It requires a lot of technical knowledge to be able to teach it, or a good hands-on museum. But, considering today is Amelia Earhart’s Birthday, I wanted to offer some assistance for those working on this badge.

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