Friday, March 9, 2018

Let's celebrate our planet!

While Earth Day will be celebrated in nearly 200 countries this year, did you know that the tradition began in the United States in 1970? The annual event, founded by United States Senator  Gaylord Nelson, focused on the concept of peace and honoring the Earth.

It's in a Girl Scout's DNA to see the Earth as our home. From learning about endangered wildlife to developing creative recycling projects or while working toward a grade-level award, girls are always focused on care, conservation, and responsibility to our planet.

GSWPA is excited to host our first-ever Earth Day Festival (see details below), but here are some other ways to celebrate with your troop. Let's all celebrate the beauty and wonder of our planet this Earth Day!


  1. Brush up on your environmental knowledge. Instead of focusing on the whole world, turn your focus to the world around you! Learn about local plant species that are going extinct, the health of a nearby body of water, or the impact of fracking in your area. 
  2. Brainstorm Earth-friendly service projects that would improve your community. Make plans to work on the project during the spring.
  3. Create an Earth Day craft as you learn about the environment. Check out our Pinterest board for project ideas like an herb garden or Earth play dough.
  4. Tell friends and family about what you've learned about your local environment and ways that we can help the planet.
  5. Celebrate at GSWPA's Earth Day Festival! Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is hosting a brand new, full-filled Earth Day Festival at GSWPA Camp Redwing on Saturday, April 21. It's going to be an event that Mother Nature herself wouldn't want to miss! Check out details about the event below!


Girl Scouts of all levels will visit different booths to learn about our planet and ways to protect it, interact with adoptable animals from the Butler Humane Society, and participate in crafts like a recycled art projects and exploding seed bombs to complete requirements from the following badges:
  • Daisy: Outdoor Art Maker
  • Brownie: Outdoor Art Creator, Outdoor Adventurer, Pets
  • Junior: Animal Habitats, Flowers, Gardener, Jeweler, Outdoor Art Explorer
  • Cadette: Outdoor Art Apprentice, Trees
  • Senior: Outdoor Art Expert, Textile Artist, Voice for Animals
  • Ambassador: Outdoor Art Master, Water