(Part of Junior Outdoor Journey Set)
Released in 2011. Can be earned as a single badge or as part of the Junior Outdoor Journey set.
The Junior’s Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting page has the information on when all badges were released.
Five steps are needed to complete this badge:
- Find out about wild animals
- Investigate an animal habitat
- Create an animal house
- Explore endangered habitats
- Help protect animal habitats
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- Leader Guide available in Girl Scout Shop online
(Part of 5 badge set)
- Official badge is available in Girl Scout Shop online
or look for your local shop to save on shipping
- PDF Online Booklet from GSUSA Council
Troop Meeting Ideas
- Webpage at Creating Butterflies
- Webpage at Earn Junior Girl Scout Badges Blog
- Webpage at Girl Scout Wiki
- Downloadable Content Step 1 at Teachers Pay Teachers for Growing Girl Scout Helpers
- Downloadable Content Step 2 at Teachers Pay Teachers for Growing Girl Scout Helpers
- Downloadable Content Step 3-4 at Teachers Pay Teachers for Growing Girl Scout Helpers
- Instructions under “Week 2” from GSCI
- Slideshow PDF from GSEP
- PDF Meeting Plan (Mtg 1 and Mtg 2) from GSRV (River Valley)
- Blueprints for Troop Leaders from GSUSA
- GSUSA VTK – No links
Only Accessible through MyGS log-in on Council’s website
- Webpage from Scouts Honor Wiki
At Home Individual Girls
- Instructions (1 of 4 posts & 2-4 of 4 posts) from GSCO Blog
- PDF and accompanying YouTube video from GSCWM
- Instructions under “Outdoor” from GSEOK
- PDF from GSHH
- PDF from GSKSMO at Home (Archived Original At Home Program)
- PDF from GSKSMO Virtual (New At Home Program)
- PDF from GSofCT
- PDF from GSSEF
- Instructions under “Juniors” from GSSI
- Instructions under “Juniors” from GSSSC
- PDF from GSWestOK
Check out other badges that might work well with this badge when doing activities with multiple levels. These are simply suggestions and may take some creativity and extra steps to earn all the badges in various levels.
A Multi-Level Troop will need to do extra steps when earning different badges across levels. It depends on how many requirements overlap. Some will only have one or two matching requirements.
If there is no badge in a level, we suggest that a level earns a Fun Patch related to the rest of the badges instead of an official badge.
- Daisy – Eco Learner or Between Earth and Sky (3 Cheers Journey does not correlate)
- Brownie – Eco Friend (Pets does not correlate) – add safe fire building
- Junior – Animal Habitats (Eco Camper does not correlate)
- Cadette – Fun Patch (Eco Trekker does not correlate)
- Senior – Eco Explorer – add field trip
- Ambassador – Eco Advocate or Justice Journey – add consult with experts
This badge should go where #20 or #22 is stated on the GSUSA Uniform Guide as it is part of the Junior Outdoor Journey set.
It is an option to put this badge where #13 is stated on the GSUSA Uniform Guide, when not intending to earn the Junior Outdoor Journey, at all in the 2 years as a Junior Girl Scout. However, placing it where #22 is often preferred to free up space for other skill-based badges where #13 is as well as to allow the option of earning the full Journey later on without having to move the badge later.
The Junior Outdoor Journey does not have to be in a specific order, or placement. Just place all 4 badges in the same area together. You can place badges as you earn them, you do not have to wait until all 4 badges are earned. If you never earn all 4 badges, these can still be placed on the Journey side of the vest.
(Note – Badges and pins on a sash simply go in order (top of sash to bottom of sash) of Identification badges, bridging badge, pins, journeys, and other badges. Anything that does not fit on the front can be placed on the back of the sash. Sashes will not hold a lot of badges and vests are recommended if you plan to earn badges.)
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