Use Resources Wisely
Service Projects that Teach Resourcefulness
Have the Daisy Girl Scouts decorate large plastic recycling bins to be placed in a local bus stop or shopping strip mall. Make a sign-up sheet for the shop owners to empty the bins each month and be sure to send thank-you cards.
Girls can also volunteer to clean up a park or public area, being sure to sort recyclable items as they are picked up.
Set out assorted materials, old paper rolls, s craps of construction paper, markers, shoe boxes, popsicle sticks and miscellaneous craft stuff left over from other projects, then set it out with NO instructions other than "make something."
Have a relay race with recyclables. We made a pile of mixed recyclables (plastics, tin/aluminum, newspapers, etc) and had a separate box labeled for each type of recyclable. One by one the girls put one item at a time into the correct box. As a group they worked together doing this 3 times. We timed them each time as they raced against the clock.
Guest Speakers That Use Resources WiselyWho is the “greenest” person you know? People everywhere are using resources wisely in an effort to end global warming. Invite one of these people to your meeting to share ways that they conserve electricity, fuel and other resources.
Do you know anyone who lived during the Great Depression? When resources are scarce, people can be incredibly resourceful. During the Great Depression, everything was saved. Read one of the American Girl stories of Kit, who lived during the Great Depression, and invite someone who lived during that time to share his or her experiences and memories.
Collect aluminum cans for recycling or visit a recycling center
Make recycled paper from all of your construction paper scraps
The girls could decorate re-usable plastic cups for our meetings and we discussed recycling and littering.
Practice some "leave no trace" skills by cleaning the playground.