New badge for Girl Guides
BLOSSOMS, BROWNIES, guides, guiders and rangers now have one more merit badge added to their list.
The Barbados Girl Guides Association, in conjunction with the Barbados Productivity Council, announced the addition of the National Productivity Challenge badge last Friday during a press conference in the Bridgetown Room, Baobab Towers, Warrens, St Michael.
“We thought that being able to address and help those in an entire four-generation span . . . would be an excellent opportunity,” said productivity officer Janelle Arthur. She added that this would equip guides with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to forge a path in this world that would make them productive citizens.
The Barbados Girl Guides Association will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2018. Chief commissioner Nadia Skeete said the tasks for each badge were age specific.
“As adults we have an idea of what productivity is, but we definitely cannot explain productivity to some children the way we would to an adult . . . “This badge is basically to encourage them to try to understand what productivity is, why they should be productive, and how there are a great deal of benefits that can be afforded to them personally, and then of course professionally, when they actually begin to work,” Skeete said.
There are three parts of the badge. Children aged four to six will design and create a personal pledge card on the importance of being productive. Those seven to 11 have to write an essay, composition, song or poem, or design a poster about productivity. The guides or senior section will be placed in teams of three or four and they have to design a leaflet entitled “Tell 12 Persons 12 Things About Productivity”, to be shared with the public.
There will also be some social media interaction for the older girls. They will be required to post about their journey and use the Council’s hashtags. ( RA)
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