Life Skills

Cadette Eating For You Badge Activity


Be a Chemical Detective

To explore the connection between diet and stress level. 

Activity Details

Time needed: 30-40 minutes

Materials needed: 

  • Computer, tablet, or phone with internet access  


Caffeine and sugar can contribute to mood swings, fatigue, and your ability to concentrate. When your levels of cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone, go up, so do your cravings for fat, sugar, and salt—what a cycle! Take a look into the science behind eating and stress.

Be a chemical detective. Research food additives and chemicals that are believed to contribute to anxiety and stress. See how many you can find in the foods you and your family eat. Talk to your family about limiting these foods and finding substitutes for them, and why it’s important to your family’s health.

Troop Leaders:  The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your  Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Adapted from step 3 of the Cadette Eating for You Badge. This activity is part of the Superhero Girl Scouts Patch. Visit the Girls are Superheroes page to complete all requirements and earn the patch.