To earn the Card Games Badge, you will read about the history of card playing, learn to play a new game or two, and host a card game party (like a Euchre tournament!). We’ve outlined how to complete the badge in a weekend below. Grab some friends and learn something new!
But first, here is a quick rundown of how earning a badge works. We use “Badge Guides” to lay out what it takes to earn the badge.
Badge Guides are printable “recipes” or ideas for learning something new and sharing it with friends. Do something to satisfy each of the three steps to earn the badge:
Step 1. Research
Step 2. Learn from others
Step 3. Take Action and Share your knowledge
The steps in the Badge Guide are designed to be flexible, so if you want to watch different YouTube videos or read different websites, feel free! Just make sure they are fairly equivalent in length and information shared. You can use our worksheets to take notes, plan how you’ll complete each step, and record your reflections on earning the badge.
Complete Step 1: Research
First, research the history of playing cards and the history of at least one card game of your choice. Below we provide resources for Euchre, but feel free to choose your own games to learn about. Also research how to host a card game party you’d like to throw. We chose to learn how to host a Euchre tournament but you could learn about hosting a poker or black jack party, for example. Be sure to grab a notebook and take some notes, or use this worksheet!
Learn about Card Playing History
Next, visit the websites and watch the video below to learn about the history of playing cards.
- Playing Card Decks website
- Read about the history of cards across the globe in our Step 1 & 2 Post
- Watch the video below for 10 things you probably didn’t know about playing cards. We were surprised by a few of these!
Learn about the history of Euchre and how to play if you don’t know how
These websites were helpful in learning about Euchre and the video below describes and shows you how to play!
We found a lot of other videos on how to play Euchre on Youtube, so feel free to look up some others. (Warning: they were pretty boring!) We suggest finding a friend to teach you if you can – see Step 2 below.
Learn how to host a Euchre tournament
The best source for how to host a Euchre tournament we found was a website called Eurchrefun.com. There you will find Euchre tournament instructions and worksheets you can print, like the one pictured below.
We also suggest reading this blog post by Living in Yellow about her Euchre Tournament for 20 guests that looked like a ton of fun. She offered medals to all who won.
Complete Step 2: Learn How to Play a Card Game from Others
Find a Friend to Teach you a New Game
If there is a particular game you want to learn, ask around and find someone in your life who knows the game well. Find a time you can get together and make it an event if you can! Provide snacks and show your appreciation for their help.
Practice on Your Own
Practice your newly learned game. Write a list of your lingering questions and topics you want more information about. Be sure to follow up with your teacher and ask your questions!
Seek out someone who has hosted a card game tournament and ask for their tips.
Complete Step 3: Host a Euchre Tournament (or other Card Game Party)
Step 3 is all about taking action and sharing your knowledge with others. One of our favorite ways to do this is to host a gathering and show our friends and family what we’ve been learning. These gatherings are the most fun when they are interactive. For the Card Games Badge you can teach others how to play a new game or invite them over for a tournament involving a game they already know how to play and shower them with fun playing card facts you’ve recently learned!
Print the worksheets you need from Eurchrefun.com. Gather at least two decks of cards or go pick out some new ones.
Get creative and make a trophy for your tournament! We found some fun ideas on Pinterest:
Make a plan for the snacks you will serve and how you will set up your card playing space. Depending on how many people you include, you’ll need at least two tables and eight chairs for a Euchre tournament. You can record your plan on the Research & Planning worksheet.
Host the Party!
The final step is to host your Euchre tournament. Invite over some friends and play cards! Be sure to tell your party guests all about the fascinating history of Euchre.
Tell us about your experience earning this badge!
We want to hear from you. What playing card fact did you find most interesting? How was your Euchre tournament? Fill out the Card Games Badge Guide Worksheet. Send us some pictures (tag us on Instagram or Facebook) and your notes and we’ll send you something in return.