Recycling is a great project for Girl Scout’s to undertake and a delight to teach. The foundation is education about the importance of being good stewards of the earth.
From there leaders have a smorgasbord of activities to reinforce the learning. The trick is to develop an attitude of fun with the necessity of recycling.
Free Online Environmental Resources
Here are some free online environmental resources to build a strong foundation and spark the imagination.
Recycle City (http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/) was created by the EPA. In addition to basic recycling information, it contains a game which highlights the importance of recycling.
Benefits-of-Recycling (www.benefits-of-recycling.com) provides good basic information about recycling. It includes information about the need to recycle, directions for what to recycle, and how to get started.
Earth Buddies (http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/00442/index1.htm ) is a website sponsored by S.E.E.K. created by students for students. In addition to educational and activity components, this group issues a challenge and provides tools to become earth friendly.
Earth Day Network (www.earthday.org) is a wealth of information. It contains a footprint calculator which measures an individual’s impact on the earth.
One of best sites is The Imagination Factory (www.kid-at-art.com). This site is where recycling meets art. It is fun, educational, and inspiring. It includes a Scout Badge Matcher which helps connect projects to particular Girl Scout Badges and a Trash Matcher which connects throw away materials with a project.
These are rich resources which will help Scout leaders find interesting and fun ways to teach and to do recycling. Happy Recycling!!!
- Teaching Our Children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rebuy (everydayhealth.com)