We have our Brownie meeting at a local church and quite close by is an elementary school. As a way to help the planet we decided to take the girls to clean up the school yard and church grounds. They Loved this activity and worked super well in pairs and small teams to clean up 20 bags of garbage! They did so well!
There were some lovely conversations between girls and leaders as we cleaned up:
"Why do people just throw garbage on the ground?"
"I know littering is wrong but there are big kids at my school who do it all the time. How can I get them to stop"
"Why is there so much garbage? We have garbage cans on the playground?!"
After looking at the idea of Reducing - reducing the amount of garbage in our neighbourhood. We moved onto looking at the idea of Reusing. We talked about the concept of "New to You" and how there are lots of options for entertainment that aren't buying new things from the store.
To our meeting the girls each brought in two books that they were finished reading. We put everything out on a table and the girls got to browse, read and ultimately pick one book to take home. All of the other books were packed up and donated to our local library.