The end of the Wonders of Water journey is reached when the girls earn the WOW! Award that represents the lasting change they have brought to their community. They earn this award through discussion of their SHARE efforts — they can read some of the water promises guests made, show slides of the meeting, or create charts and other visual aids that describe how their outreach impacted the community. Encourage the girls to discuss individual participation and how each girl contributed to the overall project. It is important that the girls recognize the value of individual AND teamwork in the completion of their journey.
In this grand finale, the girls can take pride in the leadership they have shown throughout their journey and in how their work relates to Girl Scout Law.
One of the many benefits of taking a Brownie journey is the sense of accomplishment and confidence the girls feel after learning, growing and sharing their skills and education with others. A great lesson to take from this is that the journey never really ends — learning and growth can continue for a lifetime and so can leadership and advocacy for change!
The second step on the WOW! Brownie journey includes working as a team to protect water in the community. Get the girls thinking about how they can do this and why it is often more powerful to act as a team than as an individual. Challenge the girls to find news stories where an advocacy group has teamed up to conserve water resources. Discuss how teams coordinate and work together to get things accomplished and have the girls brainstorm a project that will help save water resources in the local community.
After they have decided upon their SAVE project, they can create visual aids and learn good communication skills in preparation for carrying out their project. This will help them be confident, clear communicators as they present their ideas — definitely a useful life skills. The girls also learn teamwork and cooperation and project planning and management skills throughout this step of the journey.
Finally, challenge the girls to communicate why their project is important and what carrying it out successfully will do for water resources in the community. The girls earn their SAVE award by carrying out their project and showing an understanding for the type of effect a team effort can produce.
This session — SHARE — helps the girls continue to act as a team as advocates protecting water and keeping it clean in their community. In this case, the focus is on educating others and inspiring them to commit to loving and saving water resources too!
The girls can plan a meeting to which they will invite guests that they can discuss their projects with. The idea is for the girls to learn good communication and organizations skills. Divide your group in to “guests” and “presenters” and let the girls take turns practicing meeting and greeting guests as they arrive and organizing them into groups or in rows. Let other girls practice presenting aspects of their SHARE projects and “show and tell” the guests about what they have learned about water. When the girls have practiced and are confident with their presentation, make invitations and invite your actual guests to your next meeting.
After the girls present, let them pass out papers so that guests may write their own water promises. Encourage guests to share their thoughts about how the presentation inspired them to take action. Present positive comments about the meeting and let the girls see how easy it is to educate people and make a difference with a little planning and teamwork!
The first step on the Wonders of Water Brownie journey is learning to love water. In the beginning of this series, prompt the girls to think about what water means to them and the world in general. A great activity is to have the girls find food containers that have water as an ingredient and make a list. The girls can also make guesses as to the water content of certain fruits, just to get an idea of how prevalent water is in our food system.
As the girls think about the ways they use and enjoy water, encourage them to think about their favorite water place: a swimming pool, bathtub, spa, or waterfall are some good places to start. Then, talk about the water cycle demonstrating water as a liquid and a condensate by making tea and having a tea party. Finally, talk about the importance of clean water to us as human beings and the need to protect our sources of this vital element.
Get the girls to share their reasons for loving water and their new knowledge of the science behind it and list their top two reasons for loving water. Along with this, they should be able to think about and carry out one promise that protects water in some way to earn the award on this first step of their journey.
- Water Cycle Wonders (practicalpages.wordpress.com)