With the date for the Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot pushed back to January 9th, there’s a lot more time to start training than you might have been expecting. Training for a 5K race or 1-mile fun run is a great way to get your family moving. (Or, you can take the Samoa Challenge and do both.) Training can help your family fall in love with physical activity and make it a life-long habit.
A key to keeping kids motivated while training is to keep it fun; make it something they want to do, not something they have to do. "Don’t frame it as exercise. You're training them at a young age to think that exercise isn’t a chore. Frame it as 'let's go out for a run, a walk, or go to the playground,'" says Karen Morice, MD. A great way reframe your training is by focusing your Girl Scout on earning a badge. To help you do this, we’ve compiled a list of the badges your Girl Scout can work on while she trains for the Thin Mint Sprint or Tagalong Trot, and what you can do while training to meet the badge requirements.
Whichever badge your Girl Scout earns, be sure to register for the Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot! Everyone who registers by November 15, 2020 for either the virtual or live race will receive a medal!
All Ages: Trail Adventure- Outdoor adventures are exciting – and unpredictable. At every turn, you might see something new! In this badge, you’ll choose an adventure and have an experience you’ll enjoy every step of the way.
While training for one of our races, you may complete most or all of the steps to earn this badge. See the Badge requirements for your girl’s level for more information.
Daisies: Courageous and Strong Petal- In this petal, girls learn what it means to be courageous and strong, just like Tula the Tulip. It takes courage to try something new (like participating in a fun-run) and obviously, your girl will build her physical strength while you train. However, feel free to dive a little deeper when talking to your Daisy about how she’s earning this petal.
She’s doing something that’s hard, and it takes emotional strength and determination to stick with it. During the run, she may feel tired and want to quit, and helping her understand that “you feel what you feel and those feelings are real” (thanks, Sven!) but they don’t have to mean your goals change. She can still finish the race and earn her medal. The requirements for this badge are in the Daisy Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Brownies: My Best Self- We only get one body, so it’s important to take care of it! In this badge, girls learn to pay attention to their body and how to ask for health help if they need it – so they can keep themselves feeling great.
While training for the Thin Mint Sprint, Tagalong Trot, or Samoa Challenge, you may complete steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this badge. The requirements for this badge are in the Brownie Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Juniors: Practice with Purpose- Even the best athletes weren’t born great at sports, they had to practice with purpose. Have fun with these activities as you learn to improve a skill – no matter what track, court, rink, pool, slope, or field you like to play on. Game on!
While training for the Thin Mint Sprint, Tagalong Trot, or Samoa Challenge, you may complete steps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this badge. The requirements for this badge are in the Junior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Cadettes: Good Sportsmanship- It’s good to be a great athlete, but the greatest athletes agree it’s just as important to be a good sport. When you make good sportsmanship a habit in games and in life, others want to play with you, hang out with you, and generally live up to your example. So, whether you’re a dedicated athlete with a chosen sport, or you just like to enjoy an occasional game among friends, this badge will help you have more fun on the field – and off.
While training for the Thin Mint Sprint, Tagalong Trot, or Samoa Challenge, you may complete steps 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this badge. The requirements for this badge are in the Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Seniors: Cross-training- Whether you are a competitive athlete, new to exercise, or want to improve your skills in surfing, hiking, or even throwing a Frisbee, this badge will help you customize a cross-training fitness program that’s effective and, most importantly, fun! The idea of cross-training is to incorporate a variety of cardio, strength, and conditioning exercises into a routine that trains your whole body. Ready? Grab your sweatband, and create a plan that’s perfect for your body, mind, and goals.
While training for the Thin Mint Sprint, Tagalong Trot, or Samoa Challenge, you may complete steps 1, 3, and 5 of this badge. The requirements for this badge are in the Senior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Ambassadors: Coaching- What does it take to motivate a team to accomplish their goals and dreams? The best coaches put their answers into action at every practice. In this badge, find your answers and share them! Coaching is an opportunity to share your love of a sport, demonstrate your athletic skills, and inspire and empower athletes to realize their potential.
Okay. This one’s a bit of a ~stretch~ (see what we did there?), but if you take the lead in training your family, or maybe a troop of younger Girl Scouts, for the Thin Mint Sprint, Tagalong Trot, or Samoa Challenge, you could complete steps 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this badge. The requirements for this badge are in the Ambassador Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.