Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary! Take Action Project: Power of Green

Girl Scouts of the USA celebrate their 100th anniversary on March 12th, 2012!

Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga.  Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. The Mission Statement of GSUSA is: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

This year GSUSA chose Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG), as the 100th Anniversary Take Action Project. This is a global effort to improve the environment and to protect natural resources. Girl Scouts are invited to lead their family, school, and community in three month-long Take Action projects in February, March, or April, 2012 and to take an the Online Pledge today to make a yearlong commitment to environmental efforts.

The information in this posting is from the websites of GSUSA, Forever Green, and the  local GS Council (GSNNJ).

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Take Action Projects:

Rain Garden: Girl Scouts are building rain gardens, which are planted depressions filled with native plants that capture and absorb storm water and serve as functional gardens. You’ll learn about, construct, and maintain a rain gardens at school, home, and your friend’s homes.

GOAL: To increase green space and wildlife habitats, and improve water quality by reducing water-borne pollutants running into streams, rivers, and other water supplies
WHEN: February, March, or April—check with your local council
HOW: Plant and maintain rain gardens at schools, homes, and other sites

Reduce Waste: Girl Scouts around the world are learning about the effects of waste on our environment,
and discovering ways to reduce waste. Along with your family and friends, you’ll switch to
using reusable bottles and bags and recycle all your aluminum cans.

GOAL: Reduce the number of discarded single-use plastic bottles and bags and increase aluminum-recycling rates
WHEN: February, March, or April—check with your local council
HOW: Use reusable water bottles and bags and recycle aluminum cans

Earth Hour: Girl Scouts around the world are learning about saving energy. Along with your family and friends, you’ll replace incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified (or other energy-efficient) lightbulbs. And don’t forget to participate in Earth Hour by turning lights off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday March 31, 2012.

GOAL: Encourage sustainable behavior change, reduce your CO footprint, and save energy and money
WHEN: The month of March
HOW: Install ENERGY STAR qualified (or other energy-efficient lightbulbs) and participate in Earth Hour

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Forever Green Pledge:

Join Girl Scouts all over the world, who are taking the Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge. Anyone can join us, so ask your friends, families, classmates, and neighbors to sign up, too! Actions you take in your daily life throughout the year help protect the environment and conserve natural resources. You can make a difference!

http://www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen/GSFG-Pledge.asp

Idea: When you’ve decided what you’re going to pledge to do, write or draw your commitment on a Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge Card (PDF). That way, you’ll have a reminder you can keep with you!

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Information about local Council activities:

http://www.gsnnj.org/Activities-Events/LINK-Program-Guide/Documents/Forever%20Green_Great%20Hike.pdf

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