Eco Holiday Badge (and a Challenge)

Our next badge is the Eco Holiday Hero Badge! This badge is so important to us, we are devoting the whole month of November to exploring the topic of sustainable holidays.

Join us over the next month as we learn about the impact our holiday traditions have on the environment, easy Earth-friendly alternatives for the harmful holiday-habits we currently have, and how to get our families on board with making changes to our holiday traditions. We will also discuss the many benefits an Earth-friendly holiday brings to all of us! We’ll make DIY gifts, seek out presents that promote sustainability, and shop local. We will speak to experts on sustainable holidays and share a long list of experiences you can give instead of traditional gifts.

Along with this badge, we are issuing an Eco Holiday Challenge. We challenge you to make your holidays a bit greener this year by following a few simple guidelines.

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Moon Explorer Badge

Our next badge is all about the moon! Join us during this spooky season as we examine the dark and light sides of the moon. Over the next two weeks we will learn moon facts and history, lunar lore, and all about the mysterious moon phases. If you are interested in earning the Moon Explorer Badge, follow along and complete the steps with us.

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Mixology Badge

We are very excited to announce our next badge… Mixology! Mixology is “the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks.” Join us over the next two weeks as we learn the history of cocktails, figure out what various bar tending tools are used for, take a cocktail making class at a local distillery, and host a cocktail party!

If you are interested in earning the Mixology Badge, follow along and complete the steps with us. The Mixology Badge taught us tips for making delicious cocktails and showed us the history of cocktails from Europe to the US and the Caribbean.

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Care Package & Correspondence Badge

Care packages can send love, support, and joy in a box! Giving care packages and sending correspondence to loved ones who live near and far can help maintain relationships and make us feel closer to one another.

Join us as we send our love across the state and the country and earn the Care Package & Correspondence Badge. The Care Package & Correspondence Badge taught us tips and tricks for sending thoughtful packages and showed us the history of C.A.R.E. packages and the role they played in post-war Europe.

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Phone Photography Badge

Our phone cameras are the most convenient way to capture our day to day lives and special moments.

Join us as we master the art of the phone photo and earn the Phone Photography Badge. The Phone Photography Badge taught us tips and tricks for taking great pictures on our phones, took us to the Apple store for a photography lesson, and encouraged us to take a photo walk in our community!

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Card Games Badge

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Card games are an excellent way to entertain a group, relax with friends, and pass the time.

Join us as we get curious about cards to earn the Card Games Badge. The Card Games Badge taught us (and can teach you) the fascinating history of cards, how to play card games like Cribbage, Euchre, and Countdown, and how to host a fun card game night or Euchre tournament with your friends.

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Pasta Making Badge

Everyone loves pasta! It is the ultimate comfort food. Fresh pasta is next level delicious but can feel like an undertaking to make from scratch if you’ve never attempted it before.

Join us as we learn to make pasta at home and earn the Pasta Making Badge. The Pasta Making Badge taught us (and can teach you) the history of pasta, why there are so many shapes – and some of their names – and how to make pasta at home with either a pasta making machine, inexpensive ravioli stamps, or just a knife to cut the dough.

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Multigenerational Family Travel Badge

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Traveling with family members and friends of various ages can be challenging, but can also be so rewarding! Join us as we complete the Multigenerational Travel Badge and make memories to last a lifetime. The Multigen Travel Badge walks you through trip planning for a group consisting of different generations, learning from others who have done a trip like this before, and actually taking the trip! Can’t go far? No problem, you can earn this badge right in your backyard. 

In our next couple of posts we include ideas about how to be a tourist in your own town or state and complete the badge nearby. We’ll also share with you how we earned this badge on a recent family trip to Germany. We’ll tell you what we learned about traveling with teens and grandparents from others online as well as from our own experience. Head over to our Instagram or Facebook to get travel tips in short snippets and be sure to follow our blog posts for more in depth reporting on our badge-getting experience.

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