Badge: DNR – Flying WILD

FWILD_URLFlying WILD deals with migratory birds – conservation and environmental awareness.

Flying WILD is a part of Project WILD.





1. Flying WILD.
Flying WILD has over 40 activities focused on birds. They explore conservation and environmental issues through contests, quizzes and hands-on projects. Review the table of contents to see what this program has to offer.

2. The Birding Beat.
Review “The Birding Beat” activity available online. Is this something you can incorporate into your programming?

3. Gulf Oil Spill resources.
Review the materials for the Gulf Oil Spill resources.

4. Explore birding links.
Explore the extensive list of links to additional birding resources.

5. Participate in a Flying WILD workshop.
Find and participate in a Flying WILD workshop. Review all of the materials you receive free at the end of this workshop. Explore one or two activities that you can use with others.

6. Incorporating Flying WILD with Girl Scouts.
Look through the provided lists to see what activities you can incorporate into your Girl Scout activities.

7. Incorporating Flying WILD with Boy Scouts.
Look through activities to find out how to incorporate Flying WILD with Boy Scout activities.

8. Create an activity box.
Create an activity box based on the program/youth you work with to introduce adults to Flying Wild. Include instructions on how the activity works and where the adult can get their own materials if they are interested in learning more.

9. Service.
Explore how you can do a service project with a group or individually — based on Flying WILD. Plan and do your project.

10. Become a trainer or coordinator.
Find out what you need to do to become a trainer, coordinator or volunteer for Flying WILD.

11. Explore ways to share Flying WILD.
Find ways to share Flying WILD with others beyond those listed above.


Sites to Explore

All links are provided within the steps above.


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_DNR_Flying Wild

Badge: Enrichment Project Innovator

AEPinnovator_URLAn Enrichment Project (EP) innovator either creates or substantially contributes to a badge program. Badges for this program are the badge program that was worked on with a blue background.

The steps for this badge can also be used to review badges to make sure they fit into the EP and are comparable to other badge programs available.





1. Become an innovator.
Do you have a subject you excel at or are passionate about? Brainstorm your own list of badge programs that you think you could create. On a separate list, brainstorm badges you’d like to earn, but you need to research to create them. From your lists, pick out one. Work through the steps below to create your badge program.

2. Narrow your topic.
Just like a good term paper or speech, if your topic is too broad your exposure won’t be enough to learn anything. Focus your topic. Ask yourself if the members earning your badge will go away with something they can use. Would a more concentrated program on one area work better?

For example, paper crafting is a huge industry. While you could do an “Explore Paper Crafts” to get an overview of the industry and to try a few small projects, doing a program on “Scrapbooking” would give someone interested in just that one topic a lot more information.

3. Why.
Why would a member choose to earn your badge? Write out your answer. This will become the introduction to your badge.

4. Time to complete the levels.
Are there enough steps and activities to give the member 40+ hours of fun in your topic? Remember, the levels are:

  • Discover (3-10 hours)
  • Explore (11-25 hours)
  • Connect (26-40 hours)
  • Complete (40+ hours)

If your topic is too narrow, can you add a step that is related to your topic to help broaden understanding of it?

5. Discover.
Does your badge program have steps to discover a new field of interest? What can you discover?

  • Yourself
  • Others
  • The world
  • STEM
  • New skills
  • Fun

6. Explore.
Through the steps of your badge program, how will the members explore?

  • Physically
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Socially
  • Individually
  • As a group

7. Connect.
After discovering a new topic, or perhaps only a part of your topic, the member needs to continue to engage with it. They will explore the topic in greater detail. As they connect, it needs to become part of them. They may choose to connect by:

  • Sharing with others
  • Teaching to others
  • Enjoying it themselves to a greater depth
  • Using it as a jumping block to learn something else

8. Categories.
We have sixteen categories. Often, you’ll find your badge program may fit into more than one category. Choose the category that you feel most reflects your program. Review the list and determine where it will go. Badges that cannot be separated or cover three or more badge categories are placed in “General.”

  • Communication
  • Crafts
  • Education
  • Games / Sports
  • General
  • Groups
  • Hobbies / Recreation
  • Holiday
  • Outdoors
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal / Home
  • Recipes / Nutrition
  • Service
  • STEM
  • Web
  • World

9. Test your badge program.
Do you have a friend who is willing to try new things? Perhaps you work with a youth organization, senior citizens group or even homeschoolers. Ask others to either try it or, at the least, review it.

Expect critical feedback. If someone cares enough to ask questions or make comments, they are helping you improve your badge program. Keep note of what your reviewers say and determine if their comments pertain to your badge program and if you can adjust it to make it better. Also, make sure you say “thank you”, even if the feedback isn’t helpful.

10. Proofread.
If you aren’t a great proofreader, ask someone else to do it. Any questions you might have should follow the “Chicago Manual of Style” or an equivalent resource.

11. Provide steps.
Completed, tested and proofread steps should be released to the Yahoo! group for their comments. When agreement is made that the program looks complete, the administrator will place the files on the blog as well as create a printable PDF for distribution.

12. Artwork.
If you want to create your own badges, you can create your own artwork. Request templates to work with or provide artwork to be incorporated into the badges, graphics and certificates. As soon as the badge program is released to the members, you will receive the “Innovator” version of the badge.


Innovating through Adjustments

13. Adjusting other badges.
Innovator badges can also be earned by making significant adjustments to a badge. Usually, the badge will be out for a while and other members will post adjustments, additional steps, etc. that they feel would improve the badge. The innovator would take the original badge and all the comments into consideration as well as his / her own critical thinking on the badge. The innovator may make one of the following decisions:

  • Adjustments fall within steps and need incorporated
  • Adjustments require steps to be added
  • Adjustments require that the badge has become too broad to be effective

14. Creating badge programs from adjustments.
If the adjustments require creation of new program(s), determine if a general one should remain or if there is enough information to create multiple specific badges. You can ask members who contributed if you are unsure for their opinions.

15. Review steps for creation.
Review the new badge program(s) against this list to ensure that it meets the standards for other badge programs. Then, do steps 9-11. You can do step 12 if you choose to or leave it to the group to use the existing design and adjust it for the new programs.

NOTE: Making minor adjustments for typographical errors, grammatical errors or a simple addition / removal does not constitute innovation.


Sites to Explore


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Innovator

Badge: Explore “How to” Sites

How2Web_URL“How to” sites are very popular on the Web. This badge will help you explore and find “how to” sites that you like to give you resources for your badge fun.

NOTE: The Enrichment Project will utilize many of the “how to” sites to keep the cost of earning badges low (and hopefully always free).





1. Go surfing on the Web.
Visit some or all of the sites listed in the supplement of this badge program. You can also search for how to sites within your favorite search engine.

2. Your favorites / bookmarks.
Create a special folder in your favorites / bookmarks to hold the “how to” sites you like for future reference. Feel free to make smaller folders within the main one to help break your areas from general sites to those specific to crafting, cooking, etc.

3. Your choices for “how to” information.
You’ll find podcasts, html pages, video sites, etc. in the sites as you visit them. Explore the sites and find out which ways you feel most comfortable using to learn.

4. Beyond your personal computer.
“How to” resources can be accessed through other means. From a local library’s network to your smart phone, explore other ways you can learn online.

5. What interests you?
Start a document, spreadsheet or database. Note what subjects interest you on the sites you bookmark. As new badges are released, it will help you in locating “where you saw that.”

6. Find more sites that support “how to.”
Try searching for “how to”, “free classes” or anything else you can think of to expand your list of sites. Make sure you make bookmarks / favorites of those sites that you feel will be helpful later.

7. Narrow your search.
Now that you have found general sites, try narrowing you search into fields that interest you. Add these notes to your list started in Step 5.

8. Share your sites.
With your research complete, share any sites you found. Add a comment about what’s on there and why you like it.

9. Keeping what you find.
Sometimes you’ll find something that you want to keep. Printing it all out is costly and storage of printed documents can quickly become overwhelming.

By keeping a digital library of those special articles, podcasts, etc. you can sort them and have them available when you’re putting together a meeting or event. Use Adobe Acrobat (full version) or a free PDF maker like doPDF and “print” your PDFs for reference. Keep a listing of your digital finds so you locate individual items later.

10. Update your list.
Sites frequently change and the information you want may or may not remain. As you visit your “how to” sites, be sure to update your links and tracking document (Step 5).



SUPP_How2Sites 2Explore.pdf


Sites to Explore

See the supplement for this badge program for a list of sites.


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_X How2Sites

Badge: Cooperative Games

CoopGames_URLCooperative games allow your group to work together. These types of games are inclusive. They emphasize participation and challenge rather than defeating another person or team. There is no “winner” or “loser”. You can focus on fun!





1. Explore group dynamics.
While cooperative games are inclusive, some steps may be difficult for your group. Review the participants you will have playing and find games that can be played by everyone.

2. Start with the provided PDF.
Review the games on the Enrichment Project supplement SUPP_Cooperative Games.pdf. Find a few you’d like to try.

3. Play the games.
Play the games you chose with your group. Keep notes on things that worked and whether your group liked the game.

4. Adjusting games.
Sometimes you’ll want to play a game, but the rules don’t enable you to play or you need materials you don’t have. Perhaps the game is too easy or hard for your group. The simplest thing to do is change the rules. If you’ve played the game before with your group, make sure you communicate any changes. Always make notes on what you’re changing so that you remember in the future without losing a lot of time on discussion. Try modifying one or two of the games.

5. Finding more.
Search through books or Web sites to find more games to add to your collection. A few sites are listed below. As you collect them, make notes to any that you feel need modification to make them more usable.

6. Other game areas.
Other games types where you might find cooperative games include parachute, clapping and even video. Look outside games you would normally play to expand your collection even further.

7. Design your own.
Take a personal challenge and design your own cooperative game. You’ll need to take into account your group, the time you want to spend and perhaps a theme if you’re trying to tie it into other activities.

8. Share.
Share your game collection with your organization, other groups or AEP members.





Sites to Explore


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Cooperative Games