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Discover California Interest Project for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts
“The attraction and superiority of California are in its days. It has better days, and more of them, than any other country.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1871. As the most populated and third largest state in the United States, California id known for its mild climate, and diverse natural and urban landscapes. The north coast is a land of rugged shoreline and pounding surf, towering redwood forests and rushing rivers, green hills and vineyards. The east has two giant volcanoes, the dormant 14,000 ft. Mount Shasta and the still active 10,500foot Lassen Peak. Central California still shows traces of the wild Gold Rush days. Along the Nevada border lies the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with the beauty of Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes and Mount Whitney. Southern California holds the sprawling cities of San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as Orange County. The Golden State … California has it all!
Discover California Interest Project for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts A San DiegoImperial Council “Our Council’s Own” Patch Program. As with all Interest Projects, to earn the patch girls must complete: * Two Skill Builders * One Technology * One Service Project * One Career Exploration * Two additional activities from any category that you choose. (May be from one or two areas.)
SKILL BUILDERS 1. Find out about the different environments of the state of California. Compare the desert, coastline and mountain regions. How does the weather vary in these areas?
2. The state of California has over 1,200 miles of coastline. List at least five businesses or industries that depend on the coast and the oceans for survival. Make sure they are in different areas. (Example: List only one from the tourism industry.)
3. Tourism is one of California’s main industries. Find out about three of California’s main tourist attractions. What makes these attractions unique to California?
4. Sports are considered to be a large part of the ‘California Lifestyle.” Find out how to play two of the following sports, and try them out to see if you like them:
5. Visit one of the Spanish Missions and learn about how it operated. How did this system influence the development of California? What remnants remain from the California Missions? Who was Father Junipero Serra?
6. Find out the names of at least two of the Native American tribes, which currently have reservations in the state of California. Does either of these tribes have gaming (Legalized gambling) on their reservations? How has gaming changed the way of life for these tribes?
7. Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Californians speak many languages. Learn a song in another language. What do the words mean? Ask at least five people why they think there are so many languages spoken in California. Do you agree with their opinion?
1. Using the Internet, find the home page for a city in California. What are the things that the page highlights? Would you want to visit this city based on their web page?
2. The Silicon Valley in California has been considered the hub of the computer industry. Which computer companies are based there? What other industries are based there?
3. People in California have learned to live with the threat of earthquakes. Find out about what causes earthquakes, and the things that Californians have developed to deal with this threat. Learn about the science of seismology. What does it entail?
4. Chart the population of California’s three most highly populated cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Compare the chart with the populations of three other large US cities such as New York, Chicago, and Dallas. What does this information tell you about large cities and California?
5. Water conservation is a big issue for most of Californians? Find out ways that Californians conserve water. What alternative methods for water attainment exist? Learn about desalinization and reclamation.
1. Put together a “California in a Box” program to help Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts earn their California Try Its or Badges. What is important to include in the box?
2. Contact a local park or forest agency in California and help with an outdoor cleanup or restoration project. Learn about the types of things that destroy or harm the wilderness environment in California.
3. Develop a tourism resource list of the state of California for visitors to use. Make this list available to friends planning vacations or troops planning troop travel. Include information on tourist attractions and places of interest. Who else might be able to use this list?
4. Contact a tourism agency to find out about a run, marathon, or other community event that could use volunteer assistance. Pick an event and participate in helping to spread information, or volunteer your time.
1. The tourism industry is one of the biggest employers in California. Research at least four tourist industry careers. Which jobs would you be interested in performing?
2. The Gold Rush began the great expansion in the West. Find out about current mining operations in California. How much is mining a part of California today?
3. Find out about the government of the State of California. Who is the current governor? What types of support personnel work with the governor? Name at least three support positions and research the skills and education needed to work within the state government.
4. South California houses the US ARCO Olympic Training Center. Visit the Training Center and find out what types of careers are available for women in sports, other than athletes. Research two careers, or interview one woman working in the field of athletics.
5. The US military has several bases throughout California. Find out about the military in California. What are the main ports? Which branch of service are most of the military personnel associated with? How does the military effect the communities where bases operate?