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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Five of Five

In honor of 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. We made a creative project starring trees for Step Three. We explored the connection between people and trees for Step Four. For the last part, Step Five, we are going to learn how to help trees thrive.

You can take action by planting a tree or helping to tend to an existing tree in a yard or park (make sure to ask permission and practice social distancing). Several organizations allow you to apply for a free tree to plant. However, since most have received a high volume of applications this year, free trees are hard to come by. Check with the National Wildlife Federation in August 2020 when applications may reopen. You can also do a web search for local tree programs in your area. If you get your hands on a tree to plant, make sure you research how best to plant and care for it. Arborday.org has lots of free guides and resources available. If you can’t find a tree to plant, watch our video to learn how to care for an existing tree.

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.

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Four of Five

In honor of 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. We made a creative project starring trees for Step Three. We’re now going to explore the connection between people and trees for Step Four.

We’ll start by doing a little research! With your caregiver’s permission and after taking the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, go online and pick a topic. You could choose to learn about logging, clear-cutting, or deforestation. Why do humans cut down trees? What are the pros and cons for people? For the trees? Prepare as if you were planning to debate both sides. Get started with these resources:

Or, you could choose to research trees and gardening. What trees work well in gardens and why? Think about your dream garden. What trees would you include? Check out these websites for ideas on how to design a tree garden layout, and get to work designing your own garden:

Here’s our example of a dream tree garden!

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.

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost – RELAY!!!

Share the fun of Girl Scout Camp with your family! Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff has developed a series of activities you can do with your family at home. Or, you can even share them with your Girl Scout sisters virtually.  This game is a great way to learn about reducing waste as well as having a silly competition with your loved ones!

Materials:

  • Eight Containers
  • Lots of examples of materials you can reduce, reuse, recycle or compost. These can be things found around the house, items from the garbage or recycling, or just drawn pictures of these items!

Game Set-Up:

  • Label two containers reduce, two reuse, two recycle,  and two compost
  • Each team will need one of each container
  • Gather materials (or pictures of materials). Each team should have the same items

Game Play:

  1. Spit the group into two teams. Each team has a starting line on one side of the room and their four containers are on the opposite side of the room.
  2. Each group has a pile of items that they must decide if they should reduce their use of, reuse, recycle, or compost.
  3. One member of each team at a time must take an item from their pile and run and put the item in the container they think it fits best in.
  4. The next player can’t pick up the next item until their teammate returns and tags their hand.
  5. This continues until one team has put all the items into their containers.
  6. The team that has the greatest number of items in the correct containers wins. Many items could fit in multiple locations so your team must give your reasons for why you put it where you did to get the points!
  7. To make the game more silly and challenging change the way the players get to the containers. They could skip, crab walk, bear walk, hop, etc.!

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earth Day Fairy Bells

Explore the idea of “whimsy” and make believe and come away with an understanding that it’s ok to believe in the wonder and magic around us in nature.

Materials:

  • Sticks from nature (or popsicle and tongue depressor sticks)
  • Twine for hanging the project
  • Embroidery floss or yarn for wrapping the sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Jingle or decorative bells for hanging from the chime
  • Beads for decoration

Directions:

  1. Wrap embroidery floss/yarn around the stick. Secure with glue.
  2. Attach bells.
  3. Hang outside.

Modification:

Make multi-tiered hangers (short stick on top and longer stick below) and use it as a wall decoration in a bedroom if you don’t want to hang it outside.

GSCO Media Star Lizzy made a “how to” video for this project. Watch it here.

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Three of Five

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

OR

 

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.

Cadette Trees- Part 3- Tree Ring Template

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Submitted by Sidney B.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! As you may know, April 22 is Earth Day! This is a chance to celebrate our planet and raise our voices for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt Country and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms” and is designed for Brownies and Daisies.

By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girl Scouts will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges. Check out the Girl Scouts Badge Explorer to see what may be of interest to you.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part Two of Five

Earth Day is April 22! 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. For Step Two, we want you to dig into the amazing science of trees.

On your next neighborhood walk, see how many different types of trees you can identify. If you have a cellphone or camera, take a picture of four to five different trees. You can also sketch the trees in a notebook or on some scrap paper. Bring your images home and see if you can find out what type of tree each was. Check out this website for help identifying trees: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/  Once you’ve identified your trees, pick your favorite one and make a detailed drawing of all its parts and the creatures that may live there or use it.

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earth Day Seed Bombs

This is a fun project that can be done at home with mostly recycled materials.

You will need:

  • Scraps of paper (can be construction paper, copy paper, newspaper, or a combination of all-  the  more colorful the  better)
  • Water
  • Seeds of any kind  (could be flowers or easy to grow vegetables or even grass seed)
  • Silicone molds or cupcake pans

Directions

  1. Tear paper into small pieces and soak in a small bowl for about ten minutes until paper is pretty saturated. One full sheet of paper will make two small bombs.
  2. Remove paper from bowls and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Place paper in a blender or food processer and blend until it forms a pulp.  Remove and again squeeze out extra water.
  4. Push a small amount of the pulp into the mold filling about ½ way. Add a sprinkle of seeds and then fill the mold the rest of the way.  Make sure to pack tightly.
  5. Put in a warm place to dry.  They will usually dry overnight.
  6. You can now pop them out of the mold and give as a gift or plant directly outside where you want them to grow.

You can also make paper the same way by placing the pulp on a piece of wax paper or cookie sheet and allowing to dry flat. This paper can be used as an Earth friendly card that can be planted directly outside.

GSCO Media Stars Myla and Bianca made a “how to” videos for this project. Watch Myla’s video here. Watch Bianca’s video here.

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.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Cadette Trees badge Part One of Five

Earth Day is April 22! 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’re going to design a treehouse.

Start by doing some research into basic architectural drawing and draft the plans for your dream treehouse. Design both the exterior and interior. Is it a multi-story tree house? How do you get into the treehouse- a ladder or stairs? Any special features like a deck or pulley system to bring supplies up? Show your friends and family to see if they’d like living there.

Check out these treehouses for inspiration and to see how people made them: https://morningchores.com/tree-house-plans/

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.

 

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Celebrate Earth Day VIRTUALLY

Submitted by Taylar Reilly

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Join Troop 66446 virtually as we clean up our home communities! Leading up to Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, we will be doing an online trash pick-up challenge across Colorado. Let’s make a difference together and see if we can pick up 50,000 pieces of trash across our gorgeous state.

Be sure to practice safe pick-up methods during participation:

  • Tell an adult that you’ll be participating or work with a guardian to participate together.
  • Sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
  • Follow all safety activity checkpoints.
  • Make sure that you have proper gear: washable or reusable gloves, trash bags, plenty of water, sunscreen, close toe shoes, bug spray, and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Ready to start making a difference? Follow the steps below:

Keep in mind, “virtually” still means NOT getting together as a troop, just going on an afternoon walk and picking up around where you live.

(Activity adopted from GSCTX)

Safety Activity Checkpoints: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2019_edition_sac7.1.2019_002.pdf

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.