For the fourth year in a row, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has challenged our membership to get out into their communities and defend the earth – one project at a time. What our Girl Scouts and troops do is up to them, as long as their service project is focused on protecting the planet. We are about midway through the 2021 Earth Defender season (projects must take place between October 1-31, 2021) and Girl Scouts are already tackling some awesome projects!
Invasive Species with the River Center
Troop 24019 from Tequesta, Troop 31038 from Palm City, Troop 24307 from Lake Park, and Troop 24022 from Jupiter worked together with the River Center to tackle invasive species around the Jupiter Lighthouse! Girl Scouts pulled up plants that they learned were harming the local ecosystem and picked up trash on the neighboring trails and beach.
Upcycling Old Clothes
Girl Scouts from Troop 40116 in Fort Pierce collected old clothing and learned how to upcycle them into usable items. They turned t-shirts into things like bags, dog toys, and even clothes for kids by adding buttons and other fixtures.
Saving the Sea Turtles with Gumbo Limbo
Girl Scouts from Troop 10344 in Plantation toured the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and learned all about sea turtles and how litter is harming them. Afterward, they went to Red Reef park to pick up the trash off the beach, focusing mainly on the seaweed lines. In the seaweed, lots of little plastics get caught and choke the turtles – which is why the Girl Scouts focused their efforts there.
Making My Neighbors Smile
Harper H. from Troop 24027 in Jupiter spent the day with her family cleaning the streets of their community. They collected multiple bags of trash and put a smile on every neighbor that they passed along the way. Harper also made plans to plant a butterfly garden in her backyard. Harper has always been aware of the ways that small changes can make a big impact and will continue to do her part to make our Earth a happy and healthy place.
Want to learn more about how YOU can become an earth defender this year? Check out our webpage and get started today.