How many Guides ever have completed ALL the interest badges?
Well, not only did Christina Selkirk complete all 10 Keys and 71 Brownie interest badges, but she also completed four program areas, three community service badges, three camping badges, 82 interest badges and the Lady Baden-Powell award, PLUS the Religion in Life badge, while in Guides. Quite an accomplishment for this ambitious girl! All this, while maintaining excellent grades in school, taking swimming lessons and doing Belgian folk dancing.
Christina challenged herself – and made the statement to her Guiders early in her first year – to complete all the badges in Guides. Guider Jeannette was a little surprised to hear this and told Christina that she had never heard of it being done and it might be hard for a city girl do all the badges, especially ones like dairy-farming, fishing, horsepower, etc.! But Christina was determined to do the same in Guides as she did in Brownies – getting all the badges! She worked diligently to research her topics, asking her mom and other relatives lots of questions or to drive her places to complete certain tasks needed to finish badge requirements.
Christina must be SO proud, because her mom Suzanne and all of her Guiders sure are proud of her! Christina has sewed all her badges onto TWO badge scarves and was given special recognition at her recent advancement ceremony. She is registered for Pathfinders in the fall and is looking forward to the challenges in that program.
By guest blogger Jeannette Gelmich: 20+ years in Guiding and still lovin’ it!