My Family Story

Every family has stories. It’s good to share them so you know who helped make you who you are. Do this badge to find out more about the people you love and who love you. That’s your family!

  1. Explore family stories
  2. Know where your family is from
  3. Make a story tree
  4. Find an object that means something to your family
  5. Share your family story

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to tell my family story.

Earned by Scouts.

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Novelist

Share a meal with a historical figure, unearth ancient treasures, spend the summer in outer space or dancing flamenco in Spain—writing a novel lets you dream the world your way. As you write descriptions and dialogue, invent situations, and make up feelings, you’ll experience the fun of a novelist’s career: spending time with new friends (characters you’ve created) and in other worlds (those from your imagination). And you’ll end up with something impressive to share in college admissions—a work of fiction you wrote yourself.

1. Deconstruct a novel
2. Create great characters
3. Develop a plot
4. Write at least 20 pages
5. Edit your pages

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know what it takes to write a great novel and I’ll have written at least 20 pages of my own.

Earned by Scouts.

Screenwriter

When it thrills, makes you laugh, or has a fantastic twist, a movie or TV show can seem like magic. And a great show starts with a great script! Screenwriters write scripts meant to be filmed. In this badge, put all your viewing experience to good use—let it inspire you as you try your hand at writing for the big (or small) screen.

1. Decide what makes a good script good
2. Come up with an idea for a story
3. Get to know your characters
4. Build the plot
5. Write a 12-page script — and share it!

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to create a screenplay for a show or movie.

Earned by Scouts.

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Scribe

Words are powerful tools. Great writing can make people feel encouraged, entertained, or excited. It can create fantasy worlds or preserve events from history. And just writing down your feelings actually makes you feel better! In this badge, find out what you can do with words.

1. Start with a poem
2. Create a short story
3. Use words to share who you are
4. Write an article
5. Tell the world what you think

When I’ve earned this badge. I’ll know how to write different kinds of stories — both true tales and ideas from my imagination.

Earned by Scouts.

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