Badges

WoodSpirits has a lot of pre-made patches (or badges, if you prefer to call them that) for you to explore and earn. We also have a template for you to use to create your own badge/patch. This page will list and link to each badge, and to a page for earning pearls (or beads, if you prefer).

There are several levels of rewards you can earn:

1. Badges (also called patches), which are rewards for multi-step projects. We offer artistic little downloads of these for each pre-designed badge we offer. You can download these and print them on either sticker paper to paste onto various things like scrapbooks, briefcases, refrigerators, posters, etc.; or you can print them onto iron on transfer paper and transfer the design to denim or canvas fabric, cut them out and sew then onto things like banners, wall hangings, baldrics, or vests; or (once we get them formated for it), you can download an icon to put on your website or blog.

2. You can earn “pearls” (as in “pearls of wisdom”) for repeating a project with a different goal – ie, for a cooking badge, you can earn the badge for completing one culinary project, then earn a pearl for each time you master a new culinary technique. We offer the pearls as downloadable pictures you can treat as you do the badges – or you can buy pearls (bags of plastic pearls are available in most craft sections or stores) and sew them decoratively around the badge you downloaded onto iron on transfer paper and sewed somewhere.

3. You can earn “feathers” for one-off projects, a new feather for each time you repeat it – like marching in an annual parade, or attending a WoodSpirits gathering, or participating in an annual volunteer event organized by someone else, like collecting canned goods for a Food Bank, or collecting teddy bears for the Highway Patrol, or donating toys to the Marines. We offer pictures of feathers to download so you can either make them into stickers or patches to put where you will.

We use the terms “badges” and “patches” interchangeably because we’ve discovered most people who were Scouts as children prefer to call them “badges” while most everyone else calls them “patches”. Speculation has it that this is because many people think the Scouts own the word “badge” and so seek alternative terms for that piece of fabric. We think you should use whichever term best pleases you, because in the end, they are all rewards you consciously work towards earning.

We have a format we use to create badges. As you read through the badges, you’ll see for yourself the process we used. Or you can read through the template below and make your very own personalized badges.

Beneath the format for badges, we have a list of the pre-designed badges we offer. Right now, they link to nothing, but give us time to get it all uploaded and working, and you’ll be able to browse through the badges and pick and choose the ones you want to earn.

BADGE FORMAT

There are 7 steps and several sub-steps to this format. Each time you create your own personalized badge, you empower yourself, gain more confidence in your abilities, and develop your organizational and creative skills, and have a new badge to show off what you’ve done. The first time you create a new badge, you earn a badge! How cool is that? And each time you create a new badge after that, you earn a pearl.

Step One: Visualize what you want to accomplish to earn your new badge. This can include the graphics for the badge, because sometimes, designing the icon clarifies the action to be taken.

Step Two: Write down 4 or 5 payoffs you’ll get from accomplishing your goal. In the introduction to this format, we gave you several payoffs you’ll get from designing your own badge. Do the same for the badge you create.

Step Three: Find a mentor. This mentor can be anyone who is doing what you want to do with your badge. It can be someone who offers classes in a specialty store, like learning to turn a wooden pen in a shop that sells wood and carpentry tools. Mentors are all around you. If you ask nicely (or sign up and pay the fee for the class), you can learn most anything.

Step Four: Interview your mentor about the project you have in mind. Ask questions like: a. How did you get started? b. What pleases you most about it? c. What scared you the most when you started this? d. How do you recommend I get started? e. What steps are involved in doing it? f. What challenges will I face? g. What 3 tips do you wish you’d known when you started? h. What supplies will I need? i. What pre-requisite skills will I need to learn first? j. What can a beginner like me look forward to if I decide to take it to the next level? k. Where do I meet other people who share a passion for this? l. What books/magazine/websites/videos would you recommend for support/information/advice? m. Are there classes available to learn this?

Step Five: Do your homework. Research what your mentor offered you. Seek out other sources. Collect the necessary materials, if any.

Step Six: Formulate a chronological, doable, fun series of steps that will lead you to your goal. Describe specific actions that will lead you to your goal. Describe the end result. Set realistic dates to accomplish each step you plan out – and write them down on your calendar. Plan on it taking anywhere from 5 to 9 steps to finish your project.

Step Seven: Claim your badge and celebrate.

 

A LIST OF BADGES

This list is in alphabetical order to make it easier to find your badge. They aren’t in any particular category. Descriptions, badge art, and links will follow soon. Until then, you can use the format above to design your own badge in one of these areas, or in something sparked by them. As adults, we aren’t limited by anything but our imagination and our budgets – and we can always adjust our budgets to do what we want to do as well as what we want to do. As we design more badges (helped by you, of course!), we’ll add them to this list. There’s no limit to the number of badges we can create and earn. We have our entire lives ahead of us in which to do all of this. It won’t end when we turn a certain age.

3-D Badge

Acting
Activism
Amateur Radio
Anime
Antiquing
Apple/Mac Computers
Archeology
Archery
Art Appreciation
Astronomy
Auto Racing
Aviation
Backpacking
Baking
Balloon Art
Band Member
Basketmaking
Beading
Bicycling
Billiards
Bingo
Birdwatching
Blacksmithing
Blogging
Boardgame Design
Board Games
Boating
Body Art
Bonsai
Booklover
Bouldering
Bread
Breaking Habits
Breed Animals
Brewing: Soft Drinks

Brewing: Wine

Brewing: Beer

Budgeting
Bungee Jumping
Business Law
Butterfly Watching
Calligraphy
Candlemaking
Car Care
Card Games
Cardmaking
Carpentry
Caving
Chess
Circus Skills
Clean and Green
Climbing
Clowning
Coffee Cupping
Collaborative Fiction
Collecting
Comedian
Comic Strip Artist/Author
Comparative Religions
Computer Care
Computer Security
Computer Skillz
ConLang
Conspiracies
Consulting
Continuing Education
Cooking
Cosplay
CPR
Dancing
Databases
Dating
Decorating
Dining out
Disaster Planning
DJ
Doll Making
Dumpster Diving
E-commerce
Embroidery
Enameling
Entertaining
Entrepreneur
Estate Planning
Fairy Houses
Family Rituals
Fandom
Fashion
Fencing
Festivals
Firewalking
Fireworks
Fishing
Fitness
Flower Arranging
Folk Music
Food Preservation
Foraging
Gambling
Gardening
Geocaching
Geofiction
Ghost Hunting
Go-Karting
Grilling
Hairstyling
Handyman
Healthcare
Henna
Herbalism
Historical Re-enactment
Hist: Civil War
Hist: Dark Ages
Hist: Early Middle Ages
Hist: Late Middle Ages
Hist: Renaissance
Hist: Rendezvous
Hist: Victorian
Hist: Wild West
Horoscopes
Horseback Riding
Hot Air Ballooning
Hunting
Inventing
Jewelry-making
Journaling
Juggling
Karaoke
Kit Cars
Kite Flying
Knitting
Kolam (Drawing on the Threshold of a House)
Language Skills
Laser Tag/paint Ball
Lasting Friendship
Leathercrafting
Legos
Linux
Lock Picking
Lost Household Crafts
Magic Tricks
Marathon
Marbles
Martial Arts
Math Games
Meditation
Meetings
Memoirs
Metal Detector Hunting
Militaria
Millinery
Money
Monster Truck Rallies
Motorcycles
Movies
Murals
Nature Crafting
Negotiation
Newsletter
Nudists
Nutrition
Office Equipment
Off-Roading
Opera
Organizing
Origami
Painting
Paleontology
Palmistry
Papercrafts
Paralegal
People Watching
Pets
Pet Rescue
Philanthropy
Photography
Photoshopping
Pirates
Podcasting
Poetry
Politics
Pop Culture
Popsicle Crafts
Pottery
Primitive Skills
Producer
Public Speaking
Publishing
Puzzles
Quilting
Rafting and Canoing
Rat Pucky
Recycling
Remote Control Airplane
Road Trips
Rodeo Skills
Robotics
Rockhounding
RPGs
RV-ing
Safari
Sand Castles
Saving and Investing
Scale Model Building
Scrapbooking
Scriptwriting
Scuba
Sculpture
Search and Rescue
Sewing
Sharpshooter
Singing
Skating
Skydiving
Snow Sports
Soapmaking
Social Networking
Songwriting
Space/NASA
Stone Skipping
Storm Chasing
Storyteller
Surfing
Survivalism
Swimming
Tea Tasting
Teaching
Team Sports
Television
Theme Parking
Time Management
Tourist
Train Animals
Travel
Tree House Building
Triathlon
T-shirt Design
Ufology
Urban Survival
Videomaker
Volunteering
Weather
Weaving
Web Design
Weightlifting
Wine Appreciation
Woodcarving
World Cultures
Writing
Yoga
Zoo Tripping

 

 

 

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