Junior Savvy Shopper Badge Activity


Explore Your Needs and Wants


Girls learn the difference between wants and needs so they are ready to be money savvy.

Activity Details

Time needed: 30-45 minutes

Materials needed:

  • Paper cut into strips
  • Pen or pencil

Setup: Food and water, clean clothes, a place to live: these are things everyone needs. A closet full of shoes, a new desk, tickets to a movie: these are things people want. This activity will help you discover the difference between wants and needs in the world around you.

Activity: Take a home tour. Starting in the room where you sleep, write down at least five items in each room from your home. Write each item on its own scrap of paper. When you’ve completed your tour, find an open space and line up the papers from the item you need the most to the item you need the least. Then talk to your family about what you discovered. 

Note: Girls, volunteers and families are encouraged to take the time and space they need to adjust to this period of rapid change and uncertainty. When they’re ready, we’re here to support Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts to safely take action in their communities—whether it’s helping ensure kids are still getting the nourishment and enrichment they need out of school, responding to the possible ramifications of isolation during social distancing, adapting an existing project to positively impact local communities today, or something else entirely! 

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 1 of the Junior Savvy Shopper badge. Purchase the Junior Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting to complete all requirements and earn the badge.