Learn about nature and how to look after it (Leave No Trace)
The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace are below for the Leader’s benefit.
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare.
2. Be Considerate of Others.
3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife.
4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground.
5. Leave What You Find.
6. Dispose of Waste Properly.
7. Minimise the Effects of Fire.
Be Considerate of Others - Leave What You Find
Dispose of Waste Properly
The above 3 principles will be focussed on for use with the Ladybirds.
The below story should be read aloud to the Ladybirds. The Leader should stop at the brackets in the story to see if the Ladybirds can work out what went wrong in the story.
The Ladybirds are going on a day out to the woods. Sarah, one of the newest Ladybirds, is so excited. This is her first time going to the woods. When the Ladybirds get there, they are so excited that they go running through the woods where a family is having a picnic. Sarah shouts loudly to the other girls. (Be Considerate of Others)
Later on in the day Coccinella tells the Ladybirds to look at all the pretty leaves on the trees and on the ground around them. Sarah gets so excited that she starts picking up as many leaves as she can and squeezes them into her rucksack. (Leave What You Find).
Finally after finishing looking at all the plants and trees in the woods Coccinella tells the Ladybirds to sit in a circle and eat their lunch before all the Mummies and Daddies come to collect them. When it is time to tidy up little Sarah leaves all her rubbish on the ground and walks away. (Dispose of Waste Properly)
After reading the story you can have a discussion with the Ladybirds about what kind of things they would teach Sarah so that when she goes to the woods again she Leaves No Trace. They could also draw a picture of what Sarah could have done better.