Merit Badge Ideas


My Family Story

Brownie – Storytelling

Every family has stories. It’s good to share them so you know who helped make you who you are. Do this badge to find out more about the people you love and who love you. That’s your family!

1. Explore family stories
2. Know where your family is from
3. Make a story tree
4. Find an object that means something to your family
5. Share your family story

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to tell my family story.



Junior – Storytelling

Words are powerful tools. Great writing can make people feel encouraged, entertained, or excited. It can create fantasy worlds or preserve events from history. And just writing down your feelings actually makes you feel better! In this badge, find out what you can do with words.

1. Start with a poem
2. Create a short story
3. Use words to share who you are
4. Write an article
5. Tell the world what you think

When I’ve earned this badge. I’ll know how to write different kinds of stories — both true tales and ideas from my imagination.


Playing the Past

Junior – Creative Play

Dream up a character: a girl or woman who lived in another time period. Maybe a poodle-skirt-wearing Girl Scout from the 1950s, a Wild West cowgirl, a medieval duchess, or a Japanese princess from long ago? You can be someone who really existed or a historical woman from your imagination. Give yourself a new name and get ready to live history!

1. Decide who you are
2. Create a costume
3. Experience daily life
4. Have some old-fashioned fun
5. Become your character


Public Speaker

Cadette – Performance

They call it stage presence: the ability to be yourself and make a connection with people—even a crowd of people—and seem comfortable the entire time. And a great presenter’s talent for conveying your points clearly and powerfully is useful everywhere, not just in politics or on the stage. Luckily, you don’t have to be born with these skills; you can develop them.

1. Get a feel for performing solo
2. Focus on body language
3. Find your voice
4. Choose or create a piece to perform
5. Get onstage!

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll have found my inner performer and be unafraid to speak up.



Cadette – Storytelling

When it thrills, makes you laugh, or has a fantastic twist, a movie or TV show can seem like magic. And a great show starts with a great script! Screenwriters write scripts meant to be filmed. In this badge, put all your viewing experience to good use—let it inspire you as you try your hand at writing for the big (or small) screen.

1. Decide what makes a good script good
2. Come up with an idea for a story
3. Get to know your characters
4. Build the plot
5. Write a 12-page script — and share it!

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to create a screenplay for a show or movie.


Digital Movie Maker

Cadette – Digital Arts

A movie doesn’t just tell a story; it shows a story. If you could show the whole world a story, how would it look? Bright and cheery? Fast-paced and full of changes in scene? With what visual would it start and end? You’ve probably spent countless hours watching movies—now’s your chance to show others how you want them to see the world.

1. Learn digital video basics
2. Film. Then film some more….
3. Pick the perfect subject
4. Action!
5. Edit and premiere your movie

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to create a digital movie.


 Troupe Performer

Senior – Performance

Performance is a powerful way to make an impact on an audience—and a perfect way to put your leadership into action. It’s also a fun way to sharpen your communication skills, learn to handle stress with grace, strengthen your teamwork skills, and grow relationships and networks. Get out there and show your stuff—put on a show!

1. Pick your performance style
2. Find and develop material
3. Rehearse!
4. Launch your performance
5. Put on your show

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to organize a team of people and put together a performance.