Happy Earth Day! This week (April 20 – 24, 2020), Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is helping Cadettes earn their Trees badge at home. For Step One, we designed a treehouse. In Step Two, we dug into the amazing science of trees. Moving on to Step Three, let’s make a creative project starring trees!
For this part of the badge, you have options! Pick one, or if you’re feeling really inspired, do both.
Make leaf art. Watch this video to see how to make a wax paper leaf pressing. Or, use this link to learn how to create simple painted leaf prints: https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2019/08/leaf-painting-for-kids_28.html
Make a tree ring autobiography. The way you can tell certain things about a tree’s life year-by-year is through its rings. This is called dendrochronology. Taking inspiration from a tree’s cross-section and its rings, chronicle your life in the rings of a tree. Starting from the middle of the circle at the smallest ring, write down the first thing about yourself or the first thing you can remember (your birth year, where you were born, parents’ names, etc.). As you move out into the larger circles, fill out each ring with moments, people, memories, places, and personality traits for those times. For example, your second ring could be Kindergarten through second grade and could include your friends from that time, favorite things, where you lived, etc. The furthermost ring should be your most recent year or two, or could be things you wish to do/see/accomplish in the future. See the example below for inspiration! You can print out our template or draw your own.
We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.