New Jersey Girl Scouts Create Active Living Patch
From 2003 to 2005, the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan created an Active Living patch to promote the importance of active living.
- A total of 1,497 Girl Scouts earned an Active Living patch; 5,577 other Girl Scouts participated in Active Living educational and physical activity programs.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $50,000 to support this solicited project.
The Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan created an Active Living patch for Girl Scouts ages 5 to 17 to raise awareness of the importance of active living and to educate Girl Scouts on steps they can take to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Earning the patch:
- Educates Girl Scouts about how the environment and community design affect their physical activity levels.
- Enables girls to assess how much they exercise and provides options for changes.
- Encourages girls to promote active living in their communities.
For a description of Active Living patch requirements, see the Appendix.
To encourage local troops to develop active living activities, the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan also provided $9,375 in minigrants to 14 local troops.
Project staff reported the following results to RWJF:
- A total of 1,497 girls earned an Active Living patch.
- Some 5,577 other Girl Scouts participated in Active Living educational and physical activity programs.
- Some 1,130 girls and 886 adults completed Active Living service projects in their communities. For example, Girl Scouts built a nine-station Fitness Trail at the main Girl Scout office in East Brunswick.
AFTER THE GRANT
The Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan continue to offer the Active Living patch. Girl Scouts and community members continue to use the Fitness Trail and other Active Living service projects.
GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Creating an Active Living Patch for Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan (East Brunswick, NJ)
Dates: February 2003 to May 2005
Active Living by Design Patch
Girl Scouts complete four to nine requirements, depending upon their age and scouting level, to earn the Active Living patch. These requirements cover activities such as:
- Assessing daily exercise levels.
- Learning about the importance of exercise to good health.
- Learning about ideal weight/body mass indices, pulse/heart rate monitoring and biking and walking safety.
- Incorporating active living into daily routines (such as jumping rope, walking or riding a bike and Girl Scout-sponsored activities such as attending camps, using the Fitness Trail, swimming or practicing yoga).
- Surveying barriers to exercise in the community.
- Reviewing how technology can help or hinder active living.
- Comparing different environments to assess the impact of environment/design on active living.
- Discovering recreational facilities in the community and identifying their features and conditions.
- Surveying and improving walking and biking trails, sidewalks and paths.
- Assessing the physical activity impact of recent community infrastructure projects.
- Reviewing the regional plan for components that enable physical activity.
- Exploring careers in community design and related professions.
- Promoting awareness of active living in the community through participation in national or local events related to active living.
- Promoting community change through information gathering, community fairs and hands-on service projects.
Report prepared by: Margaret O. Kirk
Reviewed by: Lori De Milto
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: C. Tracy Orleans