Brownie Give Back and Philanthropist Badges Activity Plan
Badge Purpose: When girls have earned these badges, they’ll know how businesses help others in need
and how they can help others, too.
Planning Guides Link: Financial Literacy
Fun Patch Link: Helping Out
Activity Plan Length: 1.5 hours
• This activity plan has been adapted from the Brownie Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Give Back
and Philanthropist Badges, which can be used for additional information and activities.
Activity #1: Giving Back Looks Like…
Badge Connection: Give Back Step 1 – Find out about businesses that give back and Philanthropist Step 1 –
Learn what every person needs
Time Allotment: 25 minutes
• “Giving Back Looks Like” cards
• Poster board
1. Ask girls if they know the definition of philanthropist.
• Philanthropist is a big word for someone who makes sure that people have what they need.
2. Philanthropists can be individuals or businesses. List some examples you know of business
that give back to their communities.
3. Ask girls to call out things that people need. Write them on the poster board. Discuss whether
the girls are calling out are needs or wants.
4. Tell girls that there are several different ways people and businesses/organizations can give
back. For example, the United Way has many volunteers within the community. Other
companies may donate items such as food or school supplies to people in need.
5. Distribute cards to girls. One at a time, ask each girl to describe how her card shows giving back and
to match it to one of the needs written on the board and tape it next to it. If she can’t match it to a
need, tape it in a separate area. If it matches more than one need, she can choose one to tape it by.
6. Once girls have used up all of the cards, ask if they have done any of the things represented on the
poster. Ask girls to share their experiences giving back and how it felt. Remind them that every girl
can be a philanthropist!
Activity #2: Which Organizations Help People in Need?
Badge Connection: Philanthropist Steps 2-4 – Find out how to help people who are hungry, who
need clothing, and who are in emergencies
Time Allotment: 15 minutes
• Items to distribute to the girls to represent donations, 1 per girl. Examples include:
o Canned food item
o Boxed food item
o Bottle of water
• 3 bags such as grocery bags
1. Distribute items to girls and ask them what they are used for.
2. Ask if there is something else they can do with their item. Can they donate it?
3. Explain that there are organizations which directly help people in need. Philanthropists can give
to these organizations. Ask girls if they know which organizations in their community could use
4. Tell the girls about how the Red Cross organization helps people in emergencies.
5. Tell them about two nonprofits you know about (research if necessary) and what they do.
6. Ask girls to get into groups according to which organization they’d donate their item to.
7. Have each group place their items in a bag, then role play bringing their donations to the
Activity #3: Community Improvement Survey and Snack Chat
Badge Connection: Give Back Steps 2-4 – Set a goal, Involve your customers and Practice giving back
and Philanthropist Step 5 – Think and act! like a philanthropist
Time Allotment: 20 minutes
• Community Improvement Survey
• Poster board or whiteboard
• Healthy snack
1. Now that the girls have learned about giving back, it’s time to think about their own community.
While eating snack, ask the girls about how they think their community could be improved and
write their ideas on the poster or whiteboard.
2. Once the girls have generated a few ideas, have them narrow it down to the top five. This can be
done through process of elimination, focusing on what’s realistic or doable, or voting.
3. Have the girls write the top five ideas on their surveys under the Community Improvement Ideas
column. For each idea, discuss whether the troop will give money from their cookie proceeds,
give their time, or give items that are needed.
4. Explain that they will take this sheet with them when they sell cookies in the community. They will
ask customers what they think is the most important community improvement idea. They may
also ask their family, friends, neighbors and teachers. Show girls how to make tally marks in the
voting column of the survey. Girls can make their first tally mark by choosing for themselves which
project they like best.
5. Ask girls to bring back their surveys to the next meeting and share what their customers said. Tally
the votes as a whole to decide what should be the troop’s way to give back to the community.
Activity #4: Thank You Cards
Badge Connection: Give Back Step 5 – Tell your cookie customers how they helped
Time Allotment: 15 minutes
• Copies of Cookie Thank You cards
• Markers or pens
1. Have girls decorate thank-you cards to give to their customers when they sell cookies.
2. Inside of each card, ask girls to write a brief note.
More to Explore
• Field Trip Ideas
o Practice giving back by volunteering in your local community.
o Visit a local non-profit organization and learn how they work to make a difference in
o Participate in a cookie booth as a troop and involve customers in your giving back plans.
• Speaker Ideas
o Invite an older Girl Scout troop to share how they have used their troop cookie money to
help their community.
o Invite a representative of a non-profit organization to tell the troop how they help people
in the community
Customize It!: If your group wants to expand work on these badges or simply try different activities, go for
it! There are many ways to earn this award, including: Completing the activities as listed in the Brownie Girl’s
Guide to Girl Scouting, completing two of these activity plans, attending a council-sponsored event or
customizing activities. Pick the one(s) that work best for your group. Girls will know they have earned the
• They have learned about businesses that give back
• They have learned about how they can give back
• They have discovered ways to give back using cookie money
Family Follow-Up Email
Use the email below as a template to let families know what girls did at the meeting today. Feel free to add
additional information, including:
• When and where you will be meeting next
• What activities you will do at the next meeting
• Family help or assistance that is needed
• Supplies or materials that girls will need to bring to the next meeting
• Reminders about important dates and upcoming activities
Hello Girl Scout Families:
We had a wonderful time today learning about different ways to help others, including how we can use our
cookie money to help others. We have earned our Give Back and Philanthropist badges.
We had fun:
• Learning various ways to give back to the community
• Deciding ways we might want to use our cookie money to help others
• Preparing a customer survey to use during our cookie sales
• Preparing cards to thank our customers
Continue the fun at home:
• Discuss how you can help others together and how your Girl Scout can help out at home.
• Look through the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting with your Brownie to find other activities you can try
Thank you for bringing your Brownie to Girl Scouts!
This activity plan was adapted from Girl Scouts River Valleys.
Giving Back Looks Like…
-Community Improvement Survey-
Community Improvement Ideas Votes
©2013 Girl Scouts River Valleys 1313