Environmental Education Through Girl Scout Camps

Girls learn environmental education through camping experiences.

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Environment Education Through Camping

Among the different educational activities that are organized as a part of Girl Scout program, the Girl Scout camps have become more significant. Those girls who participate in this program get a sound knowledge on the environment around us. The Girl Scout camps will create awareness on the importance of maintaining our environment and will teach some of the environmental friendly practices.

Cultivating Social Qualities

During Girl Scout camps, the campers are allowed to stay in troops, which helps them learn how to manage and become adapted to people of different backgrounds. This is an important quality that every person in this world should develop and the Girl Scout camps provide the best platform for those girls to cultivate these qualities at a young age.

Growing Girl Ideas & Plans

Certain camping programs encourage the girls to come out with their own camping ideas and plans. The ability to plan and organize an event successfully requires certain special skills and these kinds of activities are aimed at developing those skills.

Independent Living Skills

The Girl Scout camps help in developing some of the critical and unique skills that are required to lead an independent life. Girls learn by growing in new abilities, using natural resources, and adapting to environmental changes.

What are your girls learning at camp? We would love to hear your ideas! Please leave a comment below!

The Importance Of Girl Scout Cookie Programs

Girl Scout Cookie Season offers girls new skills.

When we say Girl Scout, one of the most common things that hit the peoples’ mind is the Girl Scout cookies.

Tremendous Roles – Leadership

The Girl Scout organization plays a tremendous role as the leadership organization of the girls in the USA. Girls all over the nation continue to be benefited by the variety of programs organized by them. One of the most anticipated programs organized by the Girl Scouts of USA is the Girl Scout cookies program.

Learning New Skills

When we see from outside, the Girl Scout cookies program will seem to create a lot of fun and entertainment among the girls. Apart from the fun aspect of it, those girls get to learn some important learning in their lives:

  • Their interpersonal skills get developed.
  • They get to learn people management.
  • Money management is one of the most significant aspects that they get to learn from this program.
  • They learn the techniques for business and a certain amount of business virtues.
  • They get the ability to set specific goals and adopt strategies to achieve the same.

Hence the Girl Scout cookies program keeps encouraging girls to lead their lives with confidence and individuality.

Do you love Girl Scout cookies? What is your favorite one you buy to support your local Girl Scouts? We would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment!

Teaching Girl Scouts Recycling

Free online environmental resources for teaching Girl Scouts recycling.

Recycling Foundations

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.

Reinforcing Learning

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!!!

Girl Scout Recycling Craft Bonanza!

Use recycled items for Girl Scouts to hold a craft bonanza.

Tapping into Creativity

Girl Scouts love to create!  One fun way to tap into that creativity and work on problems solving skills at the same time is by doing a recycling craft bonanza.  It is so simple!

Variety of Items

Just provide the girl scouts with a variety of items that are headed for the trash along with scissors, tape, glue, and string.  Let them decide what they are going to make and how to do it.

Offering Suggestions

The adult role in this project is to help problem solve being very careful to let the girl scout be in charge of the creation.  When asked you will offer suggestions or show a process or technique so the girl scout can complete the creation as independently as possible.

Gathering Items for the Bonanza

Here are some things which might be provided for the Recycling Craft Bonanza:

From the house

  • plastic lids all sizes, shapes, and colors
  • old greeting cards
  • card board rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, and aluminum foil
  • old puzzle pieces
  • parts from old games
  • pieces of yarn or fibers
  • old fabric
  • small boxes
  • empty salt and oatmeal containers
  • empty small plastic containers like yogurt or single serving fruit containers
  • packing materials like foam or cardboard
  • drinking straws
  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • old magazines

From outside

  • pinecones
  • sticks
  • feathers
  • seed pods
  • acorns, walnuts, and  buckeyes
  • bird seed

Build Amazing Creations

Once they get the idea, girl scouts will build amazing creations with the discarded parts.  It is sometimes hard for girl scout adults not to take control of the process.  It is more helpful to everyone if the girl scout adult makes a creation alongside the girl scouts.

What do your girls create with recycled items? Please let us know by leaving a comment! We would love to hear from you!

Improving Indoor Air Quality – A Solution for a Breathe! Journey

Ideas for Improving Air Quality in the Breathe! Journey for Girl Scouts.

Focusing on a Solution

Now that your girls have researched some of the problems caused by air pollution, it time to get them focused on a solution.  One of the easiest places to start is their own homes.  First, have each girl test the air quality in their home by using poster board squares smeared with petroleum jelly placed in several places in the home.  Let them sit for a week, and then use a magnifying glass to count the particles that have accumulated on the square to get a good idea of the level of particulate matter.

Brainstorming Ideas

Have the girls brainstorm ways to improve their own indoor air quality and create a checklist that they can use to implement the changes.  Some ideas to include:

  • keep floors clean, vacuum often and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • mop after vacuuming to keep down dust as well as leave shoes at the front door
  • keep humidity at 30-50% to keep down mold and dust allergens
  • make the home a no-smoking zone

The girls can use these ideas, or ones they have come up with.

Retesting the Home

Do a re-test of the home in two weeks.  Set out the poster board squares with petroleum jelly and let sit for a week then recount the particulate matter.  Have the girls record and discuss their observations.

Measuring Air Pollution for a Breathe! Journey

More Ideas for Girl Scout Breathe Journey for Cadettes.

Visual Snapshot of Air Quality

Another great way to teach the girls about air quality is to do an experiment which provides them a very visual snapshot of the air they breathe.  You will need white poster board, scissors, petroleum jelly, string, hole punch, magnifying glass, permanent marker and a journal.

Testing the Air in 5 Areas

Have the girls decide on five areas where they would like to test the air.  This can be inside a home, in a yard, or at another location outside (with permission from the property owner).

Creating Testing Samples

Then cut the poster board into five squares and draw a slightly smaller square inside with permanent marker.  Number each square.  Punch holes in the poster board, thread the string through and hang up the squares in the testing areas, making sure to record which number corresponds to which area.   Lastly, smear the inside of the smaller square with petroleum jelly.

Collect Squares & Inspect Results

In a week, collect the squares and using a magnifying glass, count the number of particles that you find in each of the petroleum jelly covered areas.  Record your observations.

Girl Scout Reactions

Have the girls discuss their reactions to the number of particles in the air they breathe and determine what problems breathing in these particles might result in.  After they discuss their results, they are ready to move on to the next step in the journey: finding a solution.

Are your Girl Scouts working on the Breathe Journey? What ideas would you like to share? We would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments!

Exploring Acid Rain for a Breathe! Journey

Ideas for Girl Scout Breathe Journey for Cadettes.

Clean Breathable Air

In the Cadette journey series, the Cadettes focus on the importance of clean, breathable air and learn the science behind air quality and the impact of air pollution on all aspects of our environment.  A great experiment to teach the girls about the hazards and effects of acid rain, a byproduct of a polluted atmosphere, is to produce your own acid rain on a small scale.

Acid Rain

Acid rain refers to a mixture of wet or dry deposited materials from the atmosphere that contain higher than normal amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from fossil fuel combustion.  Most acid rain in the U.S. results from electric power generation. When mixed with rain in the atmosphere, these chemicals form a dilute solution of sulfuric and nitric acid that falls to earth.

Fast Growing Plants Experiment

To see how acid rain affects local plant life, have the girls purchase five pairs of fast growing plants that are indigenous to your local community.  Sprinkle one of each pair with plain water each day and the other with vinegar or lemon juice (which represents acid rain).  Observe the pairs of plants every day and record observations in a journal, then draw conclusions on the effects of acid rain based on the results.

Pertinent Questions to Ask

Some pertinent questions the girls can ask are : What effect does acid rain have on the environment?  What does it do to plants and ecosystems? How does acid rain affect us?  And finally, the girls can begin working on the  most important question:  What can we do to limit or even stop it?

Are your girl scouts working on the Breathe Journey? Do you have ideas to share? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment!