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Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Projects
2/20/2012

As our 100th Anniversary gift to America and the world, all Girl Scout troops/groups are being asked to get personally involved with at least one the three national Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Projects AND to take the Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) Pledge.

Our statewide project for the month of February 2012 is Reducing Plastic Waste. This project was  specifically selected so that girls and the citizens of South Carolina will be able to experience the collective power of Girl Scouts. When each girl records her results on the GSFG website, we will be able to measure our impact.

Reducing Plastic Waste Project Goal: To reduce the number of discarded single-use plastic bottles and bags and the impact they have on our environment.

The national website, girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen, has all the information and resources leaders/advisors and girls will need to carry out this project. At this website, two other optional Take Action Projects are detailed. You’ll find templates for all the projects and some other helpful items like posters, bookmarks, etc.

Steps:

1. Familiarize yourself with the Girl Scouts Forever Green website, and the Reducing Plastic Waste Project in particular.

2. Dedicate 30-60 minutes of a January troop meeting to discussing the project and having the girls decide how they would like to carry out their Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Project.

3. The simplest way to participate is for girls to commit to reusing a plastic water bottle throughout the month of February. They can use the stickers provided to tally how many times they refilled their water bottle rather than discarding it.

If they decide they would also like to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags they use, they should decide how they will keep track of how many times they used a reusable bag and refused a plastic bag, sothey can record that number at the end of the month, too.

Better yet: the girls can practice their leadership development by recruiting others (family members, friends, and their school and faith communities, etc.) to join them in Reducing Plastic Waste during February 2012 and beyond, and by taking the GSFG Pledge.

4. At the end of the month, each girl goes to the GSFG website and records the number of times she refilled her reusable water bottle and/or how many time she used a reusable bag and refused a plastic bag.

5. Optional: GSFG participation patches will be on sale for $1.50 each at our Girlz Gear shops beginning in early February. To help maximize this opportunity to demonstrate our impact and ability to be change makers, we ask that Girl Scouts tie the receipt of the patch to the completion of recording their actions on the national Girl Scouts Forever Green website.

6. Consider doing one of the other Girl Scouts Forever Green Projects, too.

• Save Energy/Earth Hour – March 2012

• Rain Gardens – April 2012

Distribution of the following materials to troops will be at the time the troop cookie manager turns in the Parent Permission Slips to the Service Unit Cookie Manager on or before January 13; or at your January Service Unit Meeting.

Reduce Plastic Waste “Spread the Word” Cards. Double-sided wallet cards that explain the initiative and have the girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen web address. Quantity: 5 per registered member (girl and adult)

Refill Water Bottle Stickers. Participants put these stickers on their water bottles to record the number of times they refill their bottles during the month of February. The stickers are 2” x 4”. Quantity: 3 per registered member (girl and adult)

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