Time needed: 20–30 minutes
Setup: The sky is a masterpiece full of beauty, wonder, and mystery. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a colorful sunset, shifting cloud formations, or a stunning display of night stars. Through the Sky badge, you’ll learn more about the sky—from science to stars to stories.
Activity: Learn about different cultures’ sky stories, and then write your own.
Your Own Story
Now it’s time to write your own story! Perhaps the most mythologized part of the sky is the appearance of the northern and southern lights: ghostly waves of red, blue, and green. Cultures that witnessed the lights came up with many interpretations; the Fox Indian tribes of Wisconsin feared that the lights were slain enemies. Scandinavian fishermen saw them as a sign of rich catches. Some Chinese believed a fire-breathing dragon caused them.
Go online and find a video of the northern lights. Watch it and think about how you would write your own story about the northern lights. You can make it a bedtime or campfire story to share with your family and friends.
Happy writing and storytelling!
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.