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We are coming to an end on our Girl Scout Bronze Award project and I wanted to share our Bronze Award project. If you don’t already know, the Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. It’s a troop project where the girls come up with a project that will benefit the community. Each girl scout is expected to contribute at least 20 hours to the project. The project is to be girl-led, but, leaders are on-hand to assist and guide the girls through the process.
What Bronze Award project did they pick?
Our girls came up with several different ideas and then they narrowed it down to one. They decided to work with Crayola ColorCycle. This was the perfect project for our girls. Crayola created this program as a way for kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment and the community. It was a great way to incorporate a STEM lesson plus have something sustainable that they can pass down to another troop.
As a way to make sure the girls really understood their roles, we created a video for them to send out to friends, family, and the community to gain support.
How they did it:
- As a way to make sure the girls really understood their roles, we created a video for them to send out to friends, family, and the community to gain support and share their ideas.
- They made fliers and boxes (we cut holes in the top so makers could be dropped in) to leave at schools and libraries for collection.
- They collected the markers from each location on a weekly basis.
- Packaged up the markers, printed labels, and dropped them at the post office for shipment.
- Submit final project report to Girl Scouts.
Before we submitted their final report, we gathered together and talked about the project. Each girls was able to describe what they did, why it mattered, and how it was sustainable for years to come.
The girls were able to collect hundreds of dried up markers to be sent off for recycling. They shipped 11 boxes to Crayola in less than one year. Crayola makes this process so easy with just four easy steps. Plus this is a perfect project for busy troop leaders who don’t have a lot of time but really want the girls to get the most out of a project.
This project is available across North America. You can find out the details at Crayola ColorCycle for useful information and tools to get your project started. And if you’re just starting out, make sure you see my post on the ten Girl Scout leader essentials.