Earning the Vision Awareness Badge is FUN for Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts

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?

Girl Scouts visit Shore Family Eye Care to learn more about optometric eye exams, what optometrists do, and eye and vision health, while earning their Vision Awareness badge.

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

Dr. Maria Richman, OD, FAAO

About Dr. Maria Richman, OD, FAAO

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