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.
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.
The girls stand in a circle. The leader holds the end of a ball of string. She asks a simple nature question such as, “name something that lives in a tree.” When a girl answers, keep the end of the string in your hand and then toss the ball to her. The leader then asks another question. When it is answered the first girl holds on to her part of the string but throws the ball to the second girl. Continue doing this until all the girls have answered a question and have part of the web of string in their hand. Now the leader announces that the first tree has been cut down. How would that effect the web of life? The leader pulls o n the end of the string to indicate the a problem in nature. As the first girl feels the string being pulled she sits down and pulls on her piece of string. Gradually all the girls will feel the string being pulled and the game ends when all of them are sitting down. This is a good way to illustrate how a change in a natural environment effects all the plants and animals in the area.