Has your Girl Scout or Boy Scout earned the Vision Awareness Badge, yet? Follow these steps to get your child’s troop involved:
- Find an optometrist near you and ask if they offer the Vision Awareness Badge*
- Schedule a time to bring your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop into the optometric physician’s office -or- schedule a time for the optometrist to come speak to your troop at your usual meeting place
- Scouts must complete two (2) activities from the list below:
- Make a poster for your school that promotes eye health and good vision practices.
- Children often experience vision problems. Learn how vision can affect school activities and how a Doctor of Optometry can help.
- Learn about Camp Marcella, a summer camp in New Jersey for blind and visually impaired children. What services are available in your community?
- Not everyone has 20/20 vision. Learn about nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and how glasses or contacts can help.
- Learn about a career in Optometry. What type of college is required? How do you become licensed?
- Run an Eyeglass Donation Drive and contact an organization that collects them. One suggestion is the Lions Club.
- Do “activities in the dark”. Divide the Scouts into pairs, having one be blindfolded and the helper be non-blindfolded. The scout who is blindfolded should try some basic activities such as buttoning or zipping a coat, tying his/her shoe, etc. The helper should lead, explain what he/she sees and keep the blindfolded scout safe. Then trade roles. Discuss: How did it feel to not be able to see? How did you accomplish simple activities? What would you do if you met a blind person?
Check out more photos from troop office visits on our facebook page: facebook.com/eyecareorg
*Optometrists can contact the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) to obtain Vision Awareness badges.
NJSOP: (609) 323-4012