Aquatic Ambassador is a new challenge from Nova Scotia for Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. “The goal of the Aquatic Ambassadors Challenge is for you to learn more about the ocean and our connection with it from different perspectives while highlighting our cultural mosaic and diversity as Canadians.” It contains a starter and closing activities and activities on three themes:
- Marine Life
- Shoreline Protection
- Water Conservation
This challenge might be a great companion piece to a Great Canadian Shoreline clean-up. Or could be done at a camp in combination with the WAGGGS Ocean Challenge.
The Lazy Person’s guide to Saving the World is a resource from the UN might be a great starting place for the Take Action program area of the Girls First program. It is basically a list of actions ordinary people can take to make a positive impact on the world. The actions are divided up into 4 categories: category 1: Things you can do from your couch, category 2: Things you can do at home, category 3: Things you can do outside your house and category 4: Things you can do at work (many of which would also apply to school).
It would be interesting to ask the girls which of the things they already do? Which would be easy changes for them? Which would be hard changes for them or their families?
This could really vary between girls, and their family circumstances. One girl may be eating a vegetarian diet so cutting back on meat is easy, but the same girl may live out in the country where walking or taking transit is difficult. Another girl may be a city dwelling meat lover. It is important not to make one girls feel uncomfortable about her family choices, but to make them think about what is possible for them to change.
Student Rebuild is an organization that releases yearly art project service projects. Many Guiders have found this a straight forward way to get younger girls to take action for a better world. This year they are focusing on the Ocean. The encourage groups to join them in discussing issues that are effecting the ocean such as global warming, over fishing and pollution. Make a sea creature out of paper or recycled materials. Submit the art to them either by mailing it or digitally. For each piece of art received, a private family foundation will make a $2 donation to partner organizations that work on ocean ecosystem issues.
This is not a Girl Guides of Canada challenge but rather one from e-patches and crests but it is designed to be completed by Girl Guide units. They sell challenge kits for $5 per kit.
You can preview the kit here. The sample included instructions for an elements game, lighting a bulb with a lemon, a work sheet and a colouring sheet.
The challenge kit and the crest is available from e-patches and crests.
The WAGGGS/UN Biodiversity challenge is another WAGGGS/UN challenge. The booklet contains 74 pages packed with activities. The activities in this pack look more accessible for Sparks then some of the other WAGGGS challenges at the youngest age range starts at 5.
The challenge is divided into four sections
- Our Air
- Our Water
- Our Land
- Our World
Badges are available from the WAGGGS shop.
This is a topical challenge with the recent completion of the Paris Climate talks.
The WAGGGS Climate Change Challenge is a 164 page booklet divided into five sections
- Climate is Life
- Causes of Climate Change
- Impacts of Climate Change
- Solutions to Climate Change
- Take Action
This challenge was created by WAGGGS in co-operation with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Youth and UN Global Alliance (YUNGA)
The badges are available from the WAGGGS shop.
The WAGGGS/UN Hunger Challenge is another extensive challenge from WAGGGS.
There are five sections to the challenge: Hunger and the Hungry, The Right to Food, Causes of Hunger, Ending Hunger and Take Action. For each secotion there are activities for 5-10 year olds, 11-15 year olds and 16 plus.
The badges are available from the WAGGGS Shop.
girls worldwide say “together we can change our world”
If your girls have enjoyed the WAGGGS Thinking Day challenges based around the eight Millennium Development Goals, why not take it a step further with the Global Action Theme (GAT) badges. The challenge pack is full of challenges for each of the 8 development goals.
There are three levels of this challenge
- Basic badge: 6 activities
- Advanced badge: 8 activities
- Specialist badge: 12 activities (including 4 from one MDG topic)
And each level has a different crests (bronze, silver and gold borders). The crests are available from the WAGGGS store.
Last year National put out a Meeting in the Dark as part of National Service Project – Operation Earth Action. We couldn’t fit it into our scheduled at the time but I thought it was a really neat idea. So when I heard the that this was the International Year of Light I knew I wanted to do a meeting in the dark. We will be crediting our girls with Learn about Our Environment #6.
We did our normal horseshoe opening but in the dark with flashlights. Then we talked a little bit about the International Year of Light and what is meant by Light based technology.
Round Robin Center #1 – Light bulbs
Discuss different types of light bulbs. Show examples of different types of light bulbs. Discuss things like cost, lifespan, energy use and disposal.
||Similar light to incandescent
||Lasts 10 times longer than incandescent
||94% energy lost as heat
||Not all are dimmable
||$3 to $10
||$6 to $22
||$10 to $42
Round Robin Center #2 – Craft
Round Robin Center #3 – Light pollution
What is light pollution.
Types of light pollution.
How many stars can we see in the city on a clear night
How many stars can we see in the country side
Light pollution effects other species as well. Birds fly into windows of skyscrapers for example.
How can we stop it? Bad street lighting causes light pollution and wastes money. Dark sky preserves.
If we’d had a little more time we would have played
The New Brunswick Friend to the Enviroment Challenge is a pretty straight forward list of environmental themed activities. The number of activities the girls have to do to earn the challenge crest varies by branch. I think that building a mini-golf course of out recycled materials could be great fun.