Shopping is fun for sure but what about when you start thinking about budgeting, deciding what you really need versus what you just want. If your Junior Scouts want to start understanding the difference between their wants and needs, work with them to earn the Junior Savvy Shopper badge. Your Juniors will learn how to better understanding how to save money and how to only buy the things that don’t lead them to buyers remorse. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Savvy Shopper Activity Booklet
Before jumping into a few ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Savvy Shopper Activity Booklet to fulfill the requirements for this Junior Badge.This booklet will have activities that are hands on to keep the girls engaged while digging into their own needs and wants with interactive activities, games and worksheets. Activities to help girls understand buyers remorse, shopping smarter by doing research with a comparison scavenger hunt and lastly plan how to spend money as a group. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more about this activity booklet and get yours today!
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Other Fun Savvy Shopper Activities
Needs Vs Want Activity
There are many people in the world who can barely get enough food and water to survive, while many of us are focused on our wants. I came across this amazing activity where girls will be able to explore and consider the 4 basic things that we need in order to survive and think about people who don’t even have those necessities. Check it out here
Discovering How Things Have Changed Over Time
What is most interesting about our wants is how the things we want at one time were probably things if they were available today we wouldn’t want them. For instance the phone, do you think kids today would be excited about a wall phone, or a computer that was heavier then them potentially. Here are a list of 10 products that have changed drastically over time.
Of course if you want the planning done for you the Junior Savvy Shopper badge booklet has a game where the girls will match up the then and now of over 30 products and discover how different their wants are from their parents when they were their age. Checkout the booklet here.
Budgeting for the things you want
Everyone has a pile of wants and needs. There is never enough money available for all of the things we’d like to have or do. I found a great game using beans for money to help girls make the choices, and budgeting life. This game will help you decide what is most important to you. Click here to try the game
Using Your Allowance – Saving, Spending and More
Another great activity I came across is a the Allowance board game. You can get it from Amazon. It is a fast-paced game which is perfect for learning how to handle money, make change & more. It is perfect for teaching your girls how to identify money values, add & subtract money and how to use money they earn wisely. Get your copy here: The Allowance Game
What do we do after your Junior 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 Junior badge and journey certificates.
More Resources For My Leader Readers
I get asked a lot what other resources are out there on the internet for Leaders. I have done some digging over the years and have used many of the resources myself. I compiled a list of some great companies that sell patches, programs and also other bloggers offering amazing resources that may fit your needs even better than my site did. Checkout what I found.
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