Information to Help Your Troop Better Understand and Appreciate This Special Gift, Water, Through Fun and

Educational Activities
A Potpourri of Ideas: A Resource Packet for Leaders Riverland Girl Scout Council, Inc. Resource Packet #1 February 21, 1983

BROWNIES:

Be a Discoverer Be a Friend-Maker

JUNIORS / CADETTES: Business-Wise Hands Around the World Around the Town World of People Dabbler The World in My Community

Water, History and Industry
• Investigate why water front locations were so important to voyager’s and explorer’s survival. • Research interesting legends and / or true stories associated with a water area or personage. • Identify aquatic insects, fish, frogs, and turtles and what happens to these species in the winter. • Investigate why waterfront locations are important to the paper industry. • Learn about papermaking. • Adopt a pond and learn the special importance of water habitats. • Act as detectives and explore our area’s water legends. • Pretend you’re a pioneer. What would happen if you didn’t have running water for eight hours. For more ideas, try the following resources: Moreabouts for Brownie Girl Scout Leaders, pp. 16, 35 Worlds to Explore Handbook, pp. 146, 194-200, 212, 285 You Make the Difference Handbook, pp. 52-58

BROWNIES:

Be a Discoverer Be a Friend-Maker

JUNIORS / CADETTES: Local Lore Hands Around the World Around the Town World of People Dabbler The World in My Community

Water, the Arts, and Our Past
• Arrange for a special tour of a waterfront facility such as a lock and dam. • Create original art either by using water as a theme or as part of the artistic medium. • Learn arts and crafts linked to watercraft or water activities: shell art, knot-tying, decoy-carving, net-weaving, hand-tying fishing lures and flys, etc. • Learn the songs, music and dances linked to water, or watch them performed. Learn to play, or find someone who can play, musical instruments used with American Indian rain dances, sailor’s hornpipe, canal songs, sea chanteys, etc. (drums, concertinas, fiddles) • Find out about American Indian beliefs and customs concerning water and rain. Then explore other ethnic groups that have traditions and beliefs linked to water. • Plan a presentation and demonstration of crafts, skills, arts, music, and dance associated with water. • Research interesting legends and / or true stories associated with a water area or personage in the past. • Sponsor a series of storytelling sessions with readings from sea stories or water legends. Arrange an oral history project based on girls’ interviews with people associated with water jobs, or who remember “how it was” years ago. • Learn skills associated with boats and ships (sail-mending, canoe-making, paddle-carving, rigging, etc.). • Contact local agencies or organizations in charge of local water areas, museums, and restoration areas. Arrange for tours, information and possible cooperative efforts. • Present a re-enactment of a voyager’s / explorer’s adventure. Use information from her / his charts, logs, and journals, or historical records to help educate and stir up interest. • Re-create or replicate a ship’s galley and traditional seafarers’ foods; shipboard games; sailor’s work and recreation. • Participate in a harbor / waterfront festival; arrange a special welcome for those who come by water; provide child-care services to visitors; and / or put on shoreside activites and demonstrations, etc. For more ideas, try the following resources: Pocket Song Book, Sing Together Moreabouts for Brownie Girl Scout Leaders, pp. 16, 35. Worlds to Explore Handbook, pp. 146, 196-200, 212, 285. You Make the Difference Handbook, pp. 52-58.

More Water Ideas
World of the Arts • Create a water-creature puppet. Bring it to life in a play about what it’s like to live in water. World of People • Pretend to follow the course of an explorer from a distant shore. Present a skit about sights or surprises along the way. World of Today and Tomorrow • Help change a washer in a leaky faucet. World of Out-of-Doors • Visit an aquarium, fish hatchery, or animal center. Find out how the animals are kept and fed to help them grow. See them show off their feeding behaviors. World of Well-Being • Rain drencher? Sun quencher? Model what to wear in cold, wet conditions and on hot, sunny days. Compare wool and cotton, show layers and lots of hats in your fashion show for the out-of-doors.

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