Laura Ingalls Wilder Patch

I’ve gotten a couple of questions about the Girl Scout Patch Day I chaired at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids. We didn’t design the actual patch or create their standards. I didn’t design the actual badge requirements, I just created the best ways we could get meet the requirements and give the girls the best possible experience. As with all Laura events I’m involved with my two guiding principles are 1) would I haved liked to attend this event and 2) would this be something Laura could be proud of.
We designed a day of fun and interesting activities that met enough of the requirements so that if each Girl Scout read one of the books on her own or with a parent and attended the one day workshop, she would qualify for the patch.

I’ve gotten questions on how a group can get the patches. How we ran it at Ushers Ferry was that we got each girl a certificate of completion (designed by staff member Ann Cejka). Each girl was then responsible to get there own patch because one of the requirements was reading one of the ACTUAL Wilder books, not the simplifications, and we couldn’t do that in the group setting in one day.
The Mississippi Valley Girl Scouts actually produce the patches, but they seem
pretty happy to sell them to anybody. Here’s a link to them.

Here are their updated requirements.

Links updated 5/3/2012


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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