Merit Badges

I loved merit badges. Long before there were sewing machines that embroidered for you while you did something else, these 1 1/2” green circles were miniature art.

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas reclaimed the merit badge idea for adults. She began writing what would become the You-Can-Do-It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls.  Her idea was that women, particularly middle-aged women, should continue to explore the world in the same way girls explored it by earning merit badges. Lauren died in a plane crash before she finished the book; her two sisters collected her notes and got the book published.

They also founded the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation to provide funding toward activities benefitting women and children’s health, education, and welfare.

Goodness knows writers, who labor long hours in solitude, could use a few atta-girls. I've created a series of merit badges us writers. In July and August 2014, I'm blogging about these badges, and as I blog, I'll add a new badges here.

Badge creation should be a fun, community effort. If you design your own badge or have an idea for one, email me. If we can work out a design, I’ll display your badge here.