Give your Junior Girl Scout troop a reason to get wet while getting wise as they obtain their Water Wonders badges. The Water Wonders badge allows Girl Scouts to explore water conservation and education in a fun way. Girls Scouts must complete six of 10 activities suggested in the Junior Girl Scout Badgebook to earn the badge.
Study the water flow system by back tracking the water you sip everyday from the bottle. One of the wonders being solved through the water wonders badge is understand the origin of water and applying it to everyday use. Send your girls on a fact checking mission to trace how water gets filtered and then bottled and on the shelves starting by learning the water cycle and the purification process.
Water Food Chain
Have the girls scoop out samples of water from a pond, lake or stream. Take a closer look at water and the species that live in it through a microscope. Find out what would make a food chain that would include the microscopic animals observed.
Save the Waves
Work as a group to brainstorm ways the scouts can create a water savings campaign. Try hosting a water bottle recycling party in the neighborhood where members of the neighborhood can drop off bottles to be recycled and your girls can give them information on the importance of recycling. You can also host a baked goods sale and use the time to raise a few funds while allowing the girls to educate the neighbors on the importance of not only recycling but conserving water by turning off running water when it’s not in use and other in-house water savings tips.
Compare the taste of several kinds of water, including tap water and several brands or bottled spring and mineral water, and rate each on a scale of 1 to 5.
Visit an aquarium, fish hatchery, zoo or pet store and study the wonders of three of the aquatic animals that live all or part of their lives underwater such as frogs, fish, turtles, sea lions or beavers. Find out how they move, how they breathe and how they protect themselves.
Find out how salt water and fresh water differ by doing at least two experiments to discover which one boils first, freezes first, makes better soapsuds, makes floating easier or yields crystals.
- Tenafly Nature Center: Scout Programs Girls Scouts
- Girls Scouts.org
- Junior Girl Scout Badgebook; 2001
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