Requests and questions have been coming in. Here’s our frequently asked questions (FAQ). It is a work in progress. Feel free to ask any questions not found here so we can include them.
Can I still earn <name> badge?
All badges can be earned any time they are released to the public. When a badge is released, not only have all the steps been approved, but all graphics have been prepared and are ready to be shipped.
Are only Girl Scout volunteers able to earn these badges?
While I’m coming at this from a Girl Scout viewpoint, I do not limit earning badges. Working with youth is a challenge most days. When you’re trying to learn new things as well, it can become overwhelming. If a badge program coincides with your programming choices, it is a great opportunity for adults to learn something new and add to their program.
I would love Boy Scouts, Guides, homeschoolers, after school providers and any adult working with youth to utilize the Enrichment Project as a resource for their programming.
If you’re an adult who just thinks it would be fun to try a badge like you did when you were a kid, feel free to join us! You don’t have to work with kids. You may need to adjust the steps a little, though, to fit your needs.
How do I get a badge?
You’ll need to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which badge program you’ve worked on, how many hours you spent and how you’d like your name to appear on the certificate. Putting “Enrichment Project” in the subject line will help me identify these for fast turnaround.
In return, you’ll receive three items — a 3″ x 3″ JPG that you can use to create your own insignia, a Web Button you can place on your own blog / page and a certificate PDF you can present to your organization or keep for your own records.
If you do not hear anything from me within a week, please send the email again.
Do I need to prove that I’ve spent time to earn a badge?
I trust you. If you say you’ve done the time, I’ll provide the badge items.
I ask for the number of hours as the background color on the badge graphics changes to reflect the amount of work you’ve done. You can see a sample of these in our first newsletter or infographics.
I also would like to have an idea of what you did so I can review that information when I update the badge program.
What does it cost?
The Enrichment Project is designed to be free. All badge programs and badges are provided at no charge. The goal of the enrichment project is to give you the keys improve yourself so that you can help others.
Do I need the supplemental files?
If you understand the steps in the program, you may choose not to use the supplemental files.
Supplemental files are provided to help clarify steps and give additional information to help earn a badge program. Not all badge programs have them.
Do you have a list of badges that are going to be released?
Badges are being developed and adjusted all the time. Sometimes, one will be held back from release because I’m not comfortable with the steps or I’ll slide one in because we’re working on something for our girls and it’s easier to write it after I’ve presented a program.
If I have a couple ready that we know will be released, those are noted in the Weekly Updates from the Yahoo! group or on the blog.
Do you have a list of badges that have been released?
Both a badge checklist (alphabetical) and visual identifier (category) can be downloaded on the first page of the “Downloads” pages.
In addition, you can sign up for the AWeber email list and receive the “Little Book of Badges” PDF which shows the image, brief introduction, links to the site and PDF online as well as supplements that go with it.
I saw something you missed. How can I let you know?
Feel free to leave comments on the blog about what you did, what you liked / didn’t like, how it could be improved, links that are no longer active and any other information below the specific badge program. It helps me identify issues with the badge program.
To make it easier to find a badge program, look here for listings sorted alphabetically, categorically and by release date. The release date is the latest date when either the badge was first released.
You can also e-mail any adjustments you’d like to see to email@example.com if you’d rather not post to the blog. Please include the badge program name.
When will badges be updated?
Badges are updated on an “as needed” basis. I want to make sure the links are still valid and the steps are still relevant.
Are you going to have badges to purchase?
At this time, I do not. The cost is currently prohibitive.
I have some suggestions / requests, where do I send them?
You can send them to the Yahoo! group, firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the blog. Be sure to put “Enrichment Project” in the subject line to help me identify your emails quickly.
Where do I get direction on writing badge programs?
Enrichment Project Innovator outlines the steps for creating badge programs for the EP.
Can I share the badge programs with other adults?
I love sharing. You can send the PDFs, links or even print out information to do local trainings. I just ask that you let them know where you received the information so your participants can find additional badge programs.