How to Write An Author While Earning The Junior Scribe Badge

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Are you looking for new exciting ways to learn about writing? Did you ever think you could write an author and actually get a response.  Rachele the writer of “You Throw Like a Girl” does just that. Because getting to read a book and write a letter to the author is a fun one and this author loves writing to girl troops!

Get a copy of the book You Throw Like a Girl for your girls to read and write the author as part of the activities they do earn the scribe badge or other related writing badge. 

Little about the author, Rachele says. ” I’m a high school English teacher and middle grade author, and GS all my life….yay! My book, YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL, is full of girl power and a message about being yourself.  I work with a lot of schools and libraries doing author visits, so I wanted to make something similar available to GS troops, since I loved Scouting. That’s where my “pen pal” program comes in.  Your troop/scout first reads my book and then she is welcome to either e-mail or handwrite a letter when she finishes the book that I’ll answer back (especially questions about things that happened in the book or about writing/publishing). It’s a great way to encourage writing and reading, and what is more motivating than connecting with the author!?”

How to Write to Author

Now that you have the books what do you do? All you have to do is read the book with your girls, then when you are finished, they can write a letter and you can send to her through email or send a letter through snail mail. The letter can be about anything they are wondering….questions about the book, about writing, and about being an author. She will then write back to each of the girls and answer their questions or if you want to do it as a troop, you can have the troop write one letter together.

Contact information for Author Rachele

More Ways to interact with this Author

Rachele also has fun patches you can order for your Junior Scout vest. Contact her through email at rachelealpine@gmail.com. You can purchase the patches through PayPal, they are $2 each which also covers shipping (just let her know the amount you need and she can send you an invoice). And She will also send signed bookmarks to the girls and personalized bookplates to put in their books. How cool is that!

When you send her a email requesting the patches and bookmarks send her your address and the first names of the girls so she can include bookmarks and personalized bookplates with the patches. She also has a great website check it out: www.rachelealpine.com

What do we do after your girls complete the activities?

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, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader.  Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.


Additional Resources for Leaders  

If you are interested in saving a lot of time planning your meetings and looking for a fun new way to have fun being a creative writer.

This Activity Booklet has activities, games and worksheets that are hands on to keep the girls engaged while learning about writing the perfect story.  Learn more and get yours today!

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More Resources For You Beyond This Site

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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