Planets Badge Meeting Plan

By Katie Lundquist

 

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You can find the Planets Badge here.

 

MEETING 1

Opening Activity
Have a table or two set with planetary coloring pages and books from the library on planets. This could be your opening activity while you wait for everyone to show up. (10 min) (Partial #13)

 

Flag Ceremony
Present the colors, Pledge, and Promise. (5 min)

 

Circle Time
Introduce your topic and tell your troop about the field trip (planetarium, space discovery center, air & space museum, astronomy night at the park are all great options!) (#10 when completed). Define the terms (Penguin & Otter requirement #1). Teach the mnemonic for the planet names. Sing it in a song if you know one. Define more terms (Otter requirement #2). (15 min)

 

Group Activity
Solar System Scale Model Walk (Extra optional requirement, also partial Eagle requirement #2) (30 min)

 

Snack
Your snack can be related in some way. Maybe let them frost sugar cookies to look like their own imaginary planet. (Extra optional) If you do a snack that does NOT require time to prepare, you could also show a short documentary during snack to complete optional requirement #4) (15 min)

 

Closing activity
Timeline challenge. Divide into groups with each group having a set of timeline events (strips of paper with pictures). Be the first group to get your timeline in order. Read them out loud to the groups after you get them organized. (15 min) (Dolphin requirement #2, Butterfly & Eagle requirement #1)

 

MEETING 2

Opening Activity
Have a table or two set with comet/moon/asteroid coloring pages and books from the library on astronauts. This could be your opening activity while you wait for everyone to show up. (10 min) (Otter requirement #1, Butterfly requirement #2)

 

Flag Ceremony
Present the colors, Pledge, and Promise. (5 minutes)

 

Circle Time
Review the mnemonic song you learned at Meeting 1. Talk about NASA (optional requirement #9) and careers (optional requirement #7) (15 minutes)

 

Patrol Activity
Break into groups and create posters or collages of what you’ve learned (30 minutes) (optional requirement #8)

 

Snack
Make a related snack if possible, or watch a movie if not done previously. (15 minutes) (optional requirement #4)

 

Closing Activity
Intro to next badge to whet their appetite. (15 minutes)
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