The Detective badge is part of the “It's Your Planet - Love It!” badge set introduced in 2011.
For the badges released in 2011, scouts must complete all of the activities listed to earn the badge.
Activity #1: Practice the power of observationEdit
- Create a crime scene for the girls to use their powers of observation. You can do the whole Mystery Festival sessions from the Lawrence Hall of Science, or just do part of it for the badge.
- Shake up a room activity. We did this from the badge book. We had the girls look around the room, then sent them down the hall to get drinks from the drinking fountain (a good distraction). While they were gone, the parent program leader hid 5 items, then asked them to figure out what was missing.
Activity #2: Communicate in codeEdit
Note: we had one parent program leader work with the girls on this, while another set up a crime scene. They had to make up their own code to communicate
Activity #3: Fingerprint for funEdit
- Fingerprint basics. How to classify fingerprints. We tried this with washable ink pads and paper. Works better with plan printer paper and just drawing on the fingers with a pencil, then pressing the finger on the paper. The girls will need some magnifying glasses to do this.