Released in 2011.
The Junior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting page has the information on when all badges were released.
Five steps are needed to complete this badge:
- Practice the power of observation
- Communicate in code
- Fingerprint for fun
- Try out detective science
- Follow the clues to solve a real mystery!
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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 Earn Junior Girl Scout Badges Blog
- Webpage at Girl Scout Wiki
- Slideshow PDF from GSEP
- Slideshow from GSNWGL
- PDF Meeting Plan (Mtg 1 and Mtg 2) from GSRV (River Valley)
- GSUSA VTK – No links
Only Accessible through MyGS log-in on Council’s website
- Badge Boxes from Jerseyshore GS
- Workbook fromLeader Connecting Leaders
- Webpage from Scouts Honor Wiki
At Home Individual Girls
- YouTube video from Better Science Teaching
- Instructions (1-3 of 3 posts) from GSCO Blog
- Google Classroom link under “Virtual Badges for Juniors” from GSHS
- PDF from GSKentuckiana (not all badges they have are full steps)
- YouTube videos 1-5 from GSLP
- Activity packet from GSNEO
- PDF from GSSEF
- Instructions under “Juniors” from GSSI
- PDF from GS-TOP
- PDF (Part 1 and Part 2) from GSWNY
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 – Fun Patch (no equivalent)
- Brownie – Senses – explore all 5 senses
- Junior – Detective – code breaking, fingerprinting, observation, and solve a mystery
- Cadette – Special Agent – add forensic science
- Senior – Fun Patch (Truth Seeker does not correlate)
- Ambassador – Fun Patch (no equivalent)
This badge should go where #13 is stated on the GSUSA Uniform Guide.
(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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