Are you looking for new exciting ways to earn the Junior Scribe badge? 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 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 Junior Scribe 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
- Mailing address: P.O. Box 1563 Mentor, OH 44061
- E-mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 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.
Additional Resources for Junior Girl Leaders
If you are interested in saving a lot of time planning your Junior troop meetings and looking for a fun new way to help your Juniors fulfill the requirements for the writing badge. check out the Scribe Activity Booklet it has activities, games and worksheets that are hands on to keep the girls engaged while learning about writing the perfect story. Learn more about activity booklet and get yours today!
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