Girl Scout & Boy Scout Activities for Save Your Vision Month in March

by | Mar 9, 2021 | Featured, News

March is “National Save Your Vision Month”  – a perfect time for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to earn a Patch while focusing on eye health and good vision practices. Interested in earning a Vision Awareness Patch? Check out what you need to do below:

1. The first requirement is to contact an optometric physician (You can find one near you here) and ask them to host or attend a virtual meeting for your troop.

2. Next is to complete two activities from the list below:

  • March is National Save Your Vision Month.  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?  What percentage of women go into this field?  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 scout be blindfolded and the helper scout be non-blindfolded.  The blindfolded scout should try some basic activities such as buttoning or zipping a coat, tying their shoe, etc.  The helper scout should lead, explain what he/she sees and keep him/her 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?

Once you complete this program, you will have earned a Vision Awareness Patch. Patches are available at the Optometrist’s office and they can arrange to get them to your group. 

If you have questions, please contact the NJSOP at 609-323-4012  or Dr. Maria Richman at 732-223-0202.

This program was started by Marietta Richman, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, NJSOP paraoptometric, and Pre-Optometry college student. It is supported by the NJSOP, the Favreau Health Foundation and the Girl Scouts.