Junior Scribe

Junior Scribe badge

The Scribe badge is part of the “It's Your World - Change It!” badge set introduced in 2011. It replaces the retired Write All About It badge.

For the badges released in 2011, scouts must complete all of the activities listed to earn the badge.

Activity #1: Start with a poemEdit

What is a Haiku?

A haiku is an unrhymed three-line poem. It is based on a traditional Japanese poetic form. write the first and last lines with five syllables each, and the middle line with seven syllables.  the pattern of syllables looks like this:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

Here’s another way to visualize the same thing:

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1 2 3 4 5

Most often, haiku poems are about seasons or nature, though you can write your own haiku about anything you like.the last line of a haiku usually makes an observation. That is, the third line points out something about the subject you are writing about.

Haiku About Seasons

I’ve decided to write a haiku about winter, and I know that in the last line I will want to make an observation. I want to say that winter is almost here, but we aren’t quite ready for the snow. Maybe it’s that we haven’t raked the leaves off the front lawn and we need to do it soon before it snows.

I want to say all of this, but I want to do it in a pattern of 5, 7, 5. So I might say something like this:

Winter is coming.

Snow will be arriving soon.

We should rake the leaves.

Haiku About Nature

. Start by selecting a topic, and then decide what you want to say; what observation you want to make about it. my cat  sleeps a lot. In fact, I’m pretty sure he sleeps almost all night and all day. I’m not sure how he can be so tired.:

Tired cat sleeps all night.

He needs lots of rest for a

Long day of napping.

Activity #2: Create a short storyEdit

There are tons of writing prompts on the web that could stimulate the girls to write a fun short story:

Do a Story-in-the-Round. Have the girls in a circle with every other one facing in/out (so they can't see each other's papers). Give each a sheet of paper, and if desired, a
Requirement 2, Short Story prompts Page 1

Sample writing prompt pictures.

writing prompt. The group gets 2 minutes for each girl to:

1. Write a sentence or two to start a story
2. Pass the papers around to the person on your right. Add a few sentences to the story you were given.
3. Continue passing around until everyone has had a chance to write on every story at least once (more, if you have time)
4. Have each original storyteller read her story to the group.

Tips for how to write a story:

Activity #3: Use words to share who you areEdit

Favorite Girl Scout memory. Write a 1-2 page letter or essay about your favorite Girl Scout memory, activity, etc. with a special thank-you for those that helped you get into scouting and made it so fun. Read it (or part of it) to everyone at your Bridging ceremony.

Write to Fright and find your inner monster. “Monsterfy” your name, come up with a “scaritage” (heritage), and draw a picture of your “monsterfied” selves. For Juniors earning their Scribe badge, this is a fun way to get girls thinking creatively about character and story development.

Activity #4: Write an articleEdit

Could combine this with the Animal_Habitats_(Junior_badge) to write about one of the animals you see at a zoo. What does it look like? What does it eat? Where does it live? How does where is lives affect what it looks like, what it eats, or what kind of home it live in?

Activity #5: Tell the world what you thinkEdit

It does not matter how old you are, everyone has an opinion on any given topic! Have the girls write a paragraph about a topic of their choice. Share when they are done.

Additional ResourcesEdit