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Award and Badge Monitor Sheets

Uses for Guides

Guides like to see their own progress and the progress of the others in the Unit for badges and awards. Using a poster or monitor sheet on the Unit noticeboard is one way to do that. Monitor sheets and posters achieve a number of objectives:

  • They provide public recognition of each girl's progress which is not otherwise noted if challenges are marked off solely in the girls' books.
  • They show each girl graphically how she is going, and how much there is left to complete a badge or award.
  • They provide an incentive to fill in the blanks.
  • They give each girl a feeling of accomplishment when a new date is written in - like crossing off a completed task on a To Do List.
  • They can provide incentives to compete with other girls to finish.
  • They can provide the final push to complete that last bit for a badge that has taken some time to do - sometimes all that is needed is to show a girl that there is only one more item to complete before the badge can be presented and worn on the uniform.

Uses for Leaders

There are other reasons to use monitor sheets (rather than posters, which take a lot of time and energy to keep up to date - monitor sheets are handy, and are easily updated).

  • If there are several girls working on a particular badge or award, the leader needs to know where everyone is up to, so that proper recognition, encouragement and program time can be given.
  • A Unit activity or camp that focuses on a particular badge, or a set of badges, can be hectic, and a monitor sheet can be very helpful for use at the time to tick off each challenge that each girl completes. It is a simple matter after the activity to tally up who has completed what, and it makes it easier to count the number of badges you need to purchase.
  • Rather than the leaders taking girls' books home to keep tabs on their progress, using monitor sheets makes it easy and quick, and allows the girls to retain their books at all times.
  • Monitor sheets can be placed into a folder or clipboard for easy use, and taken to activities outside the hall, whereas this is more difficult to do with posters.

Monitor Sheets to download

Here is a set of award and badge monitors that I have used successfully for some years. I hope they are useful for other leaders. Feel free to change them to suit your own preferences.

All of these monitors are in Excel spreadsheet format.

See also the Create a Challenge Badge sheets.

An Excel spreadsheet on one A4 page that you can pin up on the wall and fill in as each girl completes a challenge. Makes a good incentive for the girls because they can see their progress.
An Excel spreadsheet over two pages that you can pin up on the wall and fill in as each girl completes a challenge. Makes a good incentive for the girls because they can see their progress.
An Excel spreadsheet for use by a Unit Leader to monitor which challenges have been completed by each girl for the Explore a Challenge badges. Useful if completing challenges at a camp or Unit activity.
An Excel spreadsheet for use by a Unit Leader to monitor clauses completed for the Achieve a Challenge Level 1 badges. Especially useful for camps.
An Excel spreadsheet for use by a Unit Leader to monitor clauses completed for the Achieve a Challenge Level 2 badges. Especially useful for camps.
An Excel spreadsheet for use by a Unit Leader to monitor clauses completed for the NSW Rainbow Skills Challenge badges. There are individual sheets for each girl provided by the NSW Guide Shop for this purpose which are great, but I find this method works better for me because I have everyone's progress on the same piece of paper.
An Excel spreadsheet used to write/type in the activities attended that count towards the annual Action Guide badge.