Ideas submitted by Emily Granger
The character trait of peace involves understanding others opinions and beliefs, resolving conflict quickly and fairly, and being content within your own life. Below are some ideas for completing the Peace badge.
1. Everyone gets into arguments sometimes, but a peaceful person should not lose their temper and should help to resolve arguments as quickly and fairly as possible. Discuss these steps with your troop on how to resolve an argument:
- Identify the problem. Look at it objectively. What did YOU do to contribute to the conflict?
- Team up to find a solution – compromise. Can you find a new way to do things? Can you share?
- Work on actively listening, not passively hearing. This means that you actually think about what the other person is saying and not just let it pass through your ears! Conflicts escalate when you talk more than listen, and only stop talking long enough to rearm.
- Develop forgiveness: Don‘t say “I’m going to bury the hatchet.” But then add: “But I’m going to mark exactly where I bury it, just in case I need to dig it up for the next fight.” Forgiveness looks forward, vengeance looks backward.
Split into groups and try role playing situations in which this could be used (something gets broken, lost, etc.)
2. Take the troop on a hike to a natural place near you (park, beach, forest…) and have them sit and be quiet. Encourage them to take this time not to talk to friends but to practice quietly being peaceful. Sit for a bit, drawing, praying, or just sitting. We get so busy sometimes, so enjoy some peace.
3. Become a Place For Peace. Visit the website of the World Peace Society and go their free poster page http://worldpeace.org.au/posters2.asp. Print out a poster and place it somewhere it can be seen by others. Then take a picture and email it to them (with parent’s permission) to add it to their “Places of Peace” around the world.
4. Learn about the Nobel Peace Prize. Give each girl one of the Medallions (printable from Peace Extras) and read them. Then decorate the front with pictures of what peace means to you. (Extra: Print them on gold colored paper and attach strings to make a necklace/hanging)
5. Read The Crayon Box That Talked and discuss how this speaks of peace. Purchase the book, or simply read the poem by clicking HERE (you will be taken to website not affiliated with Frontier Girls so visit the site at your own risk.
Activities to go with the story:
The Beauty of Blending Colors. Put some water color paints on a sheet of paper…have kids use water bottles to spray the sheet. Let them watch as all of the colors run and blend together to make something beautiful. Version 2…Paint on wet paper. Get a big sheet of paper completely wet. Dip it right into water in the sink. Then smooth it out on a cookie sheet or plastic tabletop. Brush thick, wet watercolors on top. They blur on the wet paper, blending together and making wonderful shapes. After using either method… Talk to the kids and point out that like the crayons, everyone is different —but they all blend together in work and play to make the world wonderful.
Friendship Comes In Many Colors – Give kids each, white, brown, black, and orange paint (add soap to make it stain proof). Have them mix what they perceive their skin color to be. Then have them paint a friend’s hand —and then put the print on a heart shaped piece of paper. When all is done…you can put these on a bulletin board with the heading, “Friendship Comes in Many Colors”
6. Religion can cause some of the biggest arguments in the world. Countless wars have been fought over religious beliefs, yet most religions actually have a lot in common. Nearly every religion around the world has a version of the golden rule they expect their followers to live by. Pick three of the religions from the list below and discuss the similarities in what they say about the golden rule.
Religious Peace – The Golden Rule
Bahá’í Faith: “Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not.” “Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”
Baha’u’llah “And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.” Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
Brahmanism: “This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you”. Mahabharata, 5:1517 “
Buddhism: “…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18
Christianity: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12, King James Version.
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31, King James Version.
Confucianism: “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you” Analects 15:23
“Tse-kung asked, ‘Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?’ Confucius replied, ‘It is the word ‘shu’ — reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.'” Doctrine of the Mean 13.3 “Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.” Mencius VII.A.4
Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.” 5
Judaism: “…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”, Leviticus 19:18
“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
“And what you hate, do not do to any one.” Tobit 4:15 6
Native American Spirituality: “Respect for all life is the foundation.” The Great Law of Peace.
“All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.” Black Elk
“Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself.” Pima
Shinto: “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form” “Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.” Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga
Sikhism: Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world”. Japji Sahib
“Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.” Guru Arjan Devji 259
“No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend.” Guru Arjan Dev : AG 1299
Sufism: The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others. If you haven’t the will to gladden someone’s heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone’s heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this.” Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien. “The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.” Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49
Zoroastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself”. Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5 “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.” Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29