During the month of February I am focusing on the Freedom Seekers Merit Badge since it is Black History Month. Requirement #12 of Freedom Seekers has the girls make a corn husk doll and write a story about their doll.
It was common for slave children to make toys from discarded items such as corn husks. Continue reading “AHG Badge Help – Corn Husk Dolls”
This semester we had several new Tenderhearts join our troop. So I set out to complete their Joining Award. To help them learn the AHG Oath, we played AHG Oath Twister. Continue reading “AHG Oath Twister”
I am currently working with a group of PiPa’s from my troop to help them complete the Cooking Merit Badge. This badge covers an important life skill. I was surprised at how little these young ladies actually cook at home. I am blessed with a teenage daughter who is an excellent cook and joyfully cooks dinner several nights each week.
Requirement #26 looks at common food allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has a great webpage (here), that explains what exactly a food allergy is, along with symptoms, and treatments. Eight types of food cover 90% of all food allergies: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy.
Fortunately, or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), our troop has several girls with food allergies. My troop has done a great job of accommodating all of the different dietary needs at campouts making this requirement fairly easy for our girls to complete.
The easiest meals to accommodate allergies are the ones with the least number of ingredients – plain baked chicken, green beans, salad. The less processing the fewer number of allergens.
If your recipe box does not contain allergy friendly recipes, consider inviting someone with allergies to speak to the group and learn what they use as substitutions.
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.
Recently I stumbled upon several projects my daughter completed as an Explorer. To complete the Home Decorating Merit Badge, she created a set of interchangeable Seasonal centerpieces.
Continue reading “Seasonal Centerpiece”
My daughter and I were excited to find a cute sewing project that she could make to include in our troops Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Using up my stash of scrap fabric she was able to make these adorable hair ties. Continue reading “Hair Ties for Operation Christmas Child”