Coast Guard Pride is a Junior Badge from the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast.
GUIDELINES: Complete the starred (*) activity plus five others that are listed.
- 1) * Invite a member of the United States Coast Guard to visit your troop and explain what his/her role in the Coast Guard is. Ask him/her to explain some of the differences between the Coast Guard and other branches of the military. Ask him/her some of the places you can be stationed while in the Coast Guard.
- 2) The Coast Guard is the oldest maritime service. It is a combination of 5 different government agencies that were once independent: The Revenue Cutter Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, Bureau of Navigation and the Life-Saving Service. Find out how each of these different services might influence the missions of the Coast Guard today.
- 3) Tour the Old Coast Guard Station in Virginia Beach, VA. You can also tour some of the exhibits on-line if you cannot tour the actual building. (http://www.oldcoastguardstation.com)
- 4) Visit a lighthouse in your area and find out about its history. Draw a picture of this lighthouse and write a story about what it would be like to be a lighthouse keeper.
- 5) Visit a Coast Guard base. Tour a boat, cutter, or aircraft. Learn from the crew of the boat or aircraft what it is like to be stationed at such a unit. Learn about what kind of jobs they might do.
- 6) Learn about the different boats, cutters and aircraft that the Coast Guard uses. (http://www.uscg.mil/datasheet/)
- 7) Find out who the only Coast Guardsman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor was, and what it was for and when it was awarded.
- 8) Explain the difference between an enlisted member and an officer.
- 9) Choose a cutter currently in service in the Coast Guard. Find out why it is named what it is and when it was commissioned.
- 10) Find out about some of the famous animals that have served with the US Coast Guard.