IGG INTEREST BADGE Brownie Environmental Awareness Option 03

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3. Examine different ways of reducing your family’s carbon footprint. (The Generation Game )


 Large pack of M&Ms
or Jellies
 Bowl
 Sheet/blanket for barrier

Safety note: please check in advance if any of your Brownies has an allergy


Aim of Badge
To appreciate the necessity of caring for the environment

This Badge has 5 options of which 5 must be completed

The Generation Game

Objective: To teach what happens when something is taken from its natural environment. Gives an opportunity to discuss non-renewable resources and stresses the principle "leave what you find"

Set out a bowl of M&Ms or your favourite sweets behind some sort of barrier so the group does not know what they are.
Separate the Brownies into smaller groups, one group of two, one group of 3, one group of four etc.
Next, tell the Brownies they are going to be allowed to go and observe what is behind the barrier and "consume" it but may not remove it in its present form. Don't allow the Brownies to discuss what is behind the barrier until every group has taken part in the activity.

Allow the first group to have 2 minutes behind the barrier, the second group a minute and a half, third group a minute etc.

Outcome: How much is left for the last generation? (Usually not much) In Pow wow talk about what they thought about while behind the barrier? Did they feel compelled to leave some for the next group?
What about our non-renewable resources? Oil? Gas?

Acknowledgement/Source (from 101 Ways to Teach Leave No Trace) http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/sites/default/files/uploads/101Waysbrochure2015.pdf


  • carbon footprint
  • IGG
  • Interest Badge Brownie Environmental Awareness
  • Interest Badge, carbon footprint
  • North West Regional Conference 2016
  • Northwest Regional Conference 2016

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