Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is challenging you to Go Green for Good during Girl Scout Week 2020, happening March 8-14.
In addition to carrying on Girl Scout week traditions, this year’s theme challenges you to begin making sustainable changes in your home, community and world.
Join us as we implement seven days of green initiatives through interactive activities, specialized patches, and innovative events the whole family can enjoy!
Go Green for Good Fun Patch
Tell us about any service projects, pledges, or events you take part at any point this year (not just Girl Scout week!) and get a Go Green for Good fun patch! Just tell us about it so we can share all the great green acts happening across our council!
Sunday, March 8: Girl Scout Sunday
Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship. Talk with your Girl Scout sisters and family to connect with a local place of worship and learn about how Girl Scouts can be represented on Girl Scout Sunday.
To help you engage your community of worship during Girl Scout Week, downloadable assets for bulletins and inserts are available here!
Host a Girl Scout Cookies and milk party after worship. Bring Girl Scout Cookies—and possibly sell some, too! Share what your cookie sale goals are, and talk about the skills you have learned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Invite people from your place of worship to Green for Good. This event, happening May 9 at Navy Pier, is hosted by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, but is open to ALL!
Earn your ‘My Promise, My Faith’ Award. Work with your family and faith leaders to earn the pin to celebrate the connection between the Girl Scout Promise and Law and your faith.
Make new friends. Talk to someone from a different culture, religion, town, school, or neighborhood.
Monday, March 9: Learn how to Eat Good for You, Good for the Planet with Barilla®
Learn how to eat better for you AND the planet with Barilla!
Have you ever wondered exactly where your food comes from or about the people that help get it to your table?
As we share meaningful meal time with our friends and families, we rarely stop to think about the food we are eating and how it connects to our planet earth. Barilla—who is a Platinum Sponsor of Green for Good—utilizes the double food pyramid, also known as the Mediterranean way of eating, to help us better understand how the food we eat can impact the ecological footprint.
Today, for Girl Scout Week, check out the Good for You, Good for the Planet Patch Program which Girl Scouts GCNWI developed along with Barilla. This program—which has activities designed for Girl Scouts of all ages—will teach you about the importance sustainable farming techniques when growing and harvesting ingredients, and how food impacts your life through more than just nutrition.
Then visit Barilla’s Lucky Penne Truck at Green for Good where you’ll get to learn how to create healthy meals from garden-to-table!
Tuesday, March 10: Combat Single Use Plastics with REI
This week’s Opt to Act challenge: Count the number of single-use plastic items you use in a week.
Conduct a waste audit in your home and school to determine which products are made from plastic. This includes straws, cutlery, cups, plates, and more! You may be surprised by the number of plastics you use. Then identify what you might be able to swap for more durable, reusable alternatives.
Once you’re aware of the single-use plastic items you’re using, try to cut that number in half or more!
Don’t miss REI at Green for Good on May 9!
Wednesday, March 11: Reduce Plastic Pollution in our Waterways with the Shedd Aquarium
Yesterday REI taught us personal accountability for our own use of single-use plastic. Today, join our Green for Good environmental partner and exhibitor, Shedd Aquarium, to learn about reducing plastic pollution in our waterways.
First, read these astounding facts from the Shedd:
- Each year, over 17 billion pounds of plastic finds its way into our oceans and 22 million pounds of plastic enters the Great Lakes. That’s heavier than 7,300 beluga whales!
- On average, every American throws away 270 pounds of plastic each year. Since only 9% of this plastic is recycled, much of it ends up in landfills or as plastic pollution in our environment.
- In 2019, 90% of the litter removed from Great Lakes beaches was made of plastic.
By refusing single-use plastics, restoring natural areas, and raising our voices together, we can protect our waterways and the people and wildlife that depend on them.
Your Challenge Starting Today
Download this shareable flier from the Shedd about plastic pollution [PDF]. Use the information from the flier to educate your friends, classmates, teachers, and community about the hazards of plastic pollution, and ways to reduce plastic waste.
Here are a few ways to make a difference
- Plan a plastic-free lunch or event with your classmates or Girl Scout troop
- Raise your voice by organizing a letter writing campaign to let policy-makers know you want them to pass on plastics
- Reach out to local businesses asking them to reduce their plastic use.
- Restore natural areas by organizing or attending a playground, public park, or beach clean-up. Join us for an official Green for Good Lead-In Event to clean up Lake Michigan Beaches on April 18.
On May 9, at Green for Good, you can visit the Shedd Aquarium’s mock campsite where you’ll get to wade through a “stream,” and pull samples to identify species. Then look under the microscope to see plankton and how they’re affected by microplastics. Then create an up-cycled craft to divert “trash” from landfills.
Thursday, March 12: Celebrate Girl Scout’s Birthday!
March 12 is the Girl Scout Birthday! On this day in 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled a group of eighteen girls from Savannah, Georgia, for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting.
Learn more about Juliette Gordon Low. Visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace website. Every year many troops visit the birthplace as an extended trip. Interested in learning more? Check out our Traveling with Girl Scouts packet.
Help more girls get access to the Girl Scout experience! Make a gift of $10 in honor of our founding year, and receive the Family Partnership fun patch (pictured above)! Family Partnership donations go toward helping girls who are facing hardships become Girl Scouts; supporting our awesome volunteers; and keeping our camps fun and pristine.
Wear your Girl Scout uniform to school to celebrate your Girl Scout sisterhood. Today, over 3.2 million girls and adults are active Girl Scout members, and over 50 million women are Girl Scout alumnae. In honor of the Girl Scout Birthday, take a moment to recognize and celebrate all that Girl Scouts of the USA has done for local communities across the country!
Birthday Party Collection
Brighten the day for a child battling homelessness with a birthday party in a box! Through March 31, our council will collect various items for celebrating a birthday. These items include:
- Cake mixes
- Cupcake liners
- Cans of frosting
- Blank birthday cards
Your Green Challenge for Today
Plan a green birthday party for Girl Scouts! Taking what you have learned so far about choosing food and using materials that benefit both you and the planet, invite members of your troop or girls who are not yet Girl Scouts to celebrate with an eco-friendly birthday party!
Challenge yourself to skip the balloons and plastic decorations and opt for do-it-yourself or reusable decor instead. Choose healthy food choices, make your own freshly squeezed refreshments, and even implement green-friendly activities for your guests to enjoy. Our partner, WTTW, also has awesome ideas on ways to retrieve eco-friendly gifts you can donate to a local charity and other innovative ways to take your green birthday party to the next level!
Friday, March 13: Girl Scout Jummah / Get Outside with Nature Cat
Another word for Friday in Arabic is Jummah, also known as a day of collaborative prayer in the Muslim community.
Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship. Talk with your Girl Scout sisters and family to connect with your mosque.
To help you engage your community of worship in Girl Scout Week, a bulletin insert is available. Download the Girl Scout Jumah bulletin insert [PDF].
Your Green Challenge for Today
Explore nature in a fun way while earning the Nature Cat Explorer Patch! Spark your curiosity in the outdoors and have fun while doing it while you team up with Nature Cat and his pals, from the WTTW Kids television program!
Discover nature and have a blast all while earning the free Girl Scouts GCNWI Nature Cat Explorer Patch presented in partnership with WTTW! Kids can explore topics from Nature Cat’s curiosity list: Amazing Animals, Super Science, Outdoor Exploration, and Environmental Stewardship. Complete all four to earn your free patch!
Saturday, March 14: Girl Scout Sabbath / Community Recycling Day
Rest and Reflect. Take this Sabbath Day to reflect on all your work with Girl Scouts. Let those moments inspire you to create new and innovative ways to share with the world what it means to be a Girl Scout.
Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship. Talk with your Girl Scout sisters and family to connect with your temple.
Reflect in a Journal Entry: Write down some green goals for the rest of the year. Reflect on the previous week: what were challenges, successes, insights with moving towards a green lifestyle? How will you be green in the future? How were your green initiatives received by peers, classmates, friends, worship-groups etc? What did you learn? What more do you want to learn?
Your Green Challenge for Today
Girl Scouts have a rich history of giving back to their communities. Be part of this tradition by participating in one of the service projects we offer through Girl Scouts OR start one with your family, friends and/or troop!
Attend a Day of Service event. Today is the official Green for Good lead-in event, Community Recycling Day in Vernon Hills, IL. Dispose of your hard-to-recycle items responsibly by participating in this event!
Plan a bread tag collection drive at your school, church, mosque, or temple. Did you know that the plastic tags that seal your bread are non-recyclable and millions of them end up in landfills each year?
Inspired by SCARCE’s partnership with non-profit organization Danielle Cares for Chairs, we invite you to CHAIR-ish your bread tags! That is, don’t throw them away—collect then donate them, so they don’t just end up in a landfill.
You can drop off bread tags in-person at any of our six gathering places. If you’re mailing bread tags, please send in higher quantities to reduce the project’s carbon footprint.
Check out Danielle Cares for Chairs website for more information!
Paint the Town Green with the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Show your green pride with Girl Scouts at St. Patrick’s Day! Girl Scouts, families and friends are invited to walk together in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Chicago on Saturday, March 14, at 12 p.m. Sign-up to walk in the parade with Girl Scouts.