Cadette Scouts are in the 6th to 8th grade and many may have not even thought about what it takes to really afford that dream home, dream vacation, or what their dream jobs will allow them to afford. This badge is a way for girls to explore their dreams with some fun activities, and at the same time take it a step further and actually figure out how to finance their current dreams at this point, and talk about the things they may need to give up or pull back on depending on what they can afford.
As adults we know what it is like to have a job to afford what we want and sadly knowing our limits of what we can’t afford. As teenagers many of us just had in our heads we could afford anything we wanted, just get a job and work and you will have the money to get whatever you want. As we all know that is not the reality of life and this badge will help the girls put a better picture on what they need to do to finance their dreams.
With these activities your girls can start early to daydream about their future, what type of job they will have, what type of home they would love to have, vacations they will take, charities they will help, but simply sitting down and doing a bunch of research is pretty boring. So instead why don’t we make it a little more fun
Financing Your Dreams Activity Booklet
Do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Cadette Financing Your Dreams Activity Booklet to fulfill the requirements for this Cadette Badge. This booklet includes activities, games, and worksheets to allow your girls to take over the meeting and the girls will explore their dream homes, dream jobs, charities, and vacations, and play a few games, role play, and really focus in on what they really want out of life.
Broke down into the 5 activities, it includes a activity and a real world activity for most of the steps which allows for some fun and then drive it home with some real world research on the girls dreams.
- Guess the Occupation Game
- Explore Dream Jobs – Post It Activity
- My Dream Job Spec Sheet and Dream Home Search
- Weekend Tour Agency – Game and Contest
- Learn about a Charity and Role Play Charity Giving Estate Sale
- Add up all your dreams – determining how you are going to finance your dreams!
Be sure to also checkout these other activity booklets for Cadettes:
- Cadette Comic Artist Activity Booklet
- Cadette Finding Common Ground Activity Booklet
- Cadette Public Speaking Activity Booklet
- Cadette Science of Happiness Activity Booklet
Other Finance Your Dreams Activities
Give each girl a poster and a pile of magazines. Gather up writing supplies and scissors and glue and then tell the girls we are going to start this badge by creating a board displaying all your dreams. What you want out of life. Then after the boards are all done you can dig into how your going to finance those dreams.
I don’t know if you have heard of this pretty cool site called Virtual Badges. It has a pile of badge support especially for Cadette girls and up and they are all free. You can pick a badge and there are 4 to 5 activities to do related to that badge. Saves you from having to plan a lot of stuff. Here is everything they have to help you earn the Finance Your Future badge.
I came across this very cool concept on Etsy called “My Learning Ledger” which is a spiral bound workbook that will help your girls manage their money, will teach your girls banking terms, money management and real life math skills you will need to finance your dreams. Check out this book here.
What do we do after your Cadette girls complete the badge?
Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, date and troop leader. Click here to get a complete set of Girl Scout Cadette badge and journey certificates.
More Resources For A Successful Scouting Year
One thing we all know as leaders we need all the help we can get to make the program fun, educational, and to help build the girl leaders of tomorrow. You will want to bookmark this link for later. It will be one of my longer post, but I wanted to share as many resources as I could get my hands on, including some of my past posts, but most importantly I have been networking with other bloggers and businesses that also offer so much value to all of you and I wanted to get them all together into one place for easy reference. 12+ amazing resources to help you plan and organize your Girl Scout troop + FREE Kaper Chart Download
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