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5 Fun Activities To Earn The Cadette Finding Common Ground Badge


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Are you a Cadette Girl Scout looking to earn your Finding Common Ground badge? Look no further! In this blog post, we're going to dive into five fun activities that will not only help you earn your badge but also foster understanding, teamwork, and empathy. Get ready to embark on an exciting journey of collaboration and building bridges with others.  Using some of these activities below they will learn the strategies to bring people together even if there are differing opinions.

Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Finding Common Ground Badge Activity Booklet

With this Activity Booklet girls will work together to find common ground by exploring what they have in common with girls in your troop, learn how to debate, and find ways to persuade others to agree with them, work together in a activity to learn how to compromise on a issue, learn how to find a resolution to a issue with a mediator. The girls will have fun while learning the skills that are used in our government to help citizens with differing opinions find common ground. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!

Rebuttal Tennis – Way to Practice Debating

This game will require the girls to think on their feet and come up with rebuttals quickly. All you will need is a list of topics and split the girls into two pairs and have them face each other. One of the girls will make a statement about the topic such as “schools should not allow us to have phones on us at all” then the other girl must make a rebuttal statement. This should go back and forth offering a rebuttal to each others statement. Each rebuttal shouldn’t be longer than a minute. When a girl can’t think of anything else they loss that round. Set a odd amount of rounds with a new topic each round.

SWITCH SIDES IF.. You will Find Some Common Ground

In this activity draw a line down middle of room, use tape or chairs, cones whatever works in the area you are meeting. Then tell girls to stand on either side of line does not matter to start. Then tell them a statement from list below. Tell the girls Switch sides if… the statement is true for you. In some cases tell girls if they switched tell someone next to them more details about why they switched. Such as if you play a instrument tell someone what kind. This is a great game to help the girls find some common ground with each other.

Here are some of the statements:

  • You love to cook
  • You prefer fall more than summer
  • This is your First year in GS
  • You prefer dogs more than cats
  • You were born in (the state you live)…if you didn’t switch sides tell someone where
  • You prefer spring more than winter
  • You have ridden a horse
  • You have lived in another state…if you switched sides tell someone where
  • You prefer camping over staying in a hotel
  • You have 2 or more siblings…if you switched sides tell someone if your oldest,middle, youngest?
  • You have a pet… if you switched sides tell someone what pet you have and it’s name
  • You prefer morning more than night
  • You were named after someone…if you switched sides tell someone who
  • You like to sing…if you switched tell someone you favorite song
  • You prefer mountains more than beach
  • You prefer to read books more than watch movies
  • Play an instrument…if you switched sides tell someone what instrument you play
  • You like to play sports or have played on any teams
  • You prefer swimming more than sledding
  • You have traveled out of the country…if you switched sides tell someone where
  • You prefer washing dishes more than cleaning your room

The list can go on and on you decide how long you want to keep this activity going.

Interactive Game Night

Host an interactive game night where participants engage in thought-provoking games that promote open communication, empathy, and understanding. From "The Perspective Puzzle" to "Inclusive Trivia," these games create opportunities for lively discussions and help break down barriers.

Collaborative Art Piece

Unleash your creativity and create a collaborative art piece that represents finding common ground. Designate a space where individuals can contribute their artistic expressions, reflecting diverse ideas and perspectives. This project will showcase the beauty of teamwork and unity through art.

By engaging in these five exciting activities, you'll not only earn your Cadette Finding Common Ground badge but also develop valuable life skills such as communication, empathy, and collaboration. So let's embark on this remarkable journey together, finding common ground, and celebrating our shared humanity! Remember, by working together, there's nothing we can't accomplish.

What do we do after your girls complete the activities?

Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader.

Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.

Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!