The Story

Growing up, my family spent a lot of time during the summer in Alabama with my grandparents at their house on the lake. While I did my fair share of swimming and tubing on the lake, even as a young teen, I infinitely preferred spending my vacation reading rather than being active. If I had exhausted my own stash of books, I would turn to my Grammy’s shelves, reading everything from Mitford to Agatha Christie. One summer, I was on the mend from a bout with mono, and ended up spending more time than usual in the house. That summer I found an old hardbound Girl Scout manual with my Grammy’s name inscribed in it, and was fascinated with it, poring through the badge requirements and line art for hours. When my Grammy passed away in 2008, the main items of the house were dispersed among her side of the family mainly, leaving behind many of the smaller items unwanted. It wasn’t until about two years ago when a final clean-out was happening that my dad snagged the loose book, giving it to me on my birthday that year. Since it’s been in my shelves, I’ve kept saying that I would love to work through the badge projects, just for fun. This year, folks, is the year.

Starting last year, on my 25th birthday, I decided that I would give my self a yearly birthday challenge, something to make the passing of time a little more fun, and way to self-improve.  I never did Girl Scouts as a kid, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do girl scout-y things. I would have been a model scout, I swear. So, this year, I aim to complete at least 26 of the badges as described in the 1940’s Girl Scout Handbook, and will be blogging my progress and results within these pages. You’ll be able to find the individual projects under “The Projects” tab at the top of the page. I hope you’ll follow along!

Wish me luck,