New Brunswick Friend to the Environment Challenge

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The Friend to the Environment Challenge is designed for all members of guiding. The purpose of this challenge to get outdoors or bring the outdoors in and to learn to appreciate the relationship between our daily lives and the environment around us.

Sparks should do 5; Brownies 8; Guides 10; Pathfinders, Rangers, Adults 15

  • Create a craft from recycled material or make the equipment needed for a game. (mini - golf, obstacle course). Or make some musical instruments.
  • Learn or create a song and or game about recycling. Share it with other units.
  • Learn about the water cycle. Learn about water conservation projects in your community. How much do you use in a day? What can you do to make a difference? Can you use less?
  • Where does your family get its water? How can we keep our waterways clean and unpolluted?
  • Find out about the endangered animals and plants in Canada. Show on a map where others live in the world. What can we do to help? Give a presentation on your findings.
  • Find about animals in their habitat, watch a movie or read a story. Don’t forget about the animals that live in the cities.
  • What is your family’s environmental footprint on the earth?
  • How can we reduce our “Footprint” on the earth in our everyday living, and at camp.
  • Build one of the following: bird house, bird feeder, bat house, duck nesting box. What do you have to do to maintain it? Record who uses it and in what seasons.
  • Plant a tree and help take care of it. Why are trees important to the environment?
  • Plant a vegetable or flower garden.
  • Play a stalking game. Learn how and why animals use camouflage in their habitat.
  • Have a catch and release bug hunt. Identify them; which ones are harmful and which ones are useful to us for a healthy earth. Don’t forget the slugs and worms.
  • Find out about one of the following: Composting, recycled paper or biodegradable cleaners. How can you implement this at home at school and at your unit meeting place?
  • Find out what materials are recyclable in your community. Why are some things not recycled? Where does it go and what happens when it gets there. If possible visit a recycling station? Or the blue boxes if you have them in your area. What is the difference between recyclable and refundable?
  • How many bags of garbage are thrown out each week at your house? Find ways to reduce your household garbage.
  • What is air pollution? How can we help improve the air w e breathe?
  • Create an age appropriate presentation for another Guiding unit about the environment, endangered animals, recycling, water, air, litter or caring for the earth. Include songs, skits, games and a craft.
  • Plan and carry out an advertising campaign in your community or school on the benefits of one of the following:
    a) biodegradable cleaners
    b) recycled paper
    c) composting
  • Can you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse? How?
  • Sew cloth grocery bags. Give them to shoppers with information about be ing a friend to the environment.
  • Debate which is best cloth or plastic bags. Consider cleanliness and availablity and who will use them and how often.
  • What portion of New Brunswick’s trade and workforce is dependent on our natural resources. What measur es are being taken by industry or government to conserve the resource?
  • Invite a resource person to the unit to discuss careers in environment biology or natural resource management
  • Visit a maple sugar farm. Learn about trees and how sap is produced.
  • Participate in a litter pickup. Make posters to put up in your community about littering.

Crests are available from the Provincial Office. Cost is 1.50 each (currently sold out)

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