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Discover and Connect. Junior Girl Scouts: 6 activities
LEADER’S TOOL KIT § Use the internet, libraries, and museums -- just to name a few, as resources. § For more information about lighthouses, visit www.factmonster.com or https://www.uslighthouses.com/ §
For girls, consider review of the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge for All Girl Scouts at http://www.girlscouts.org/en/help/help/internet-sa... §
NOTE: Many lighthouses have height requirements for making the climb to the top. Please be sure to verify these requirements before arriving to avoid any disappointment.
ACTIVITY #1: WHY A LIGHTHOUSE? o What is the purpose of lighthouses? o Where do you find lighthouses? o Why are they located there?
ACTIVITY #2: LIGHTHOUSE HISTORY o Learn about the history of lighthouses and lightships. o Who is a Pharologist? •
ACTIVITY #3: NAUTICAL TERMS o Gain knowledge of at least 10 nautical terms associated with lighthouses. •
ACTIVITY #4: LIGHTHOUSE CONSTRUCTION o Determine the different types of lenses used in lighthouses and how they function. •
ACTIVITY #5: LIGHTHOUSE MANAGERS o In the United States, the National Park Service or the US Coast Guard maintains most lighthouses. Find out more about these organizations. o How many lighthouses are located in the United States? How many of these are still active?
ACTIVITY #6: BUILD A LIGHTHOUSE MODEL o Look at pictures of lighthouses near you or a lighthouse that you would like to visit. Do one of the following: § Make a papier-mâché model of a light house out of clay, paper, and paper cups. § Draw, color or paint a picture of a lighthouse. § Design your own lighthouse. Sketch and label key components of your lighthouse. Describe where your lighthouse would be located. •
ACTIVITY #7: BECOME A LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER o Learn what a lighthouse keeper does and how to become one. o Find out about at least 1 female lighthouse keeper. •
ACTIVITY #8: LIGHTHOUSE TECHNOLOGY o Discover how technology has changed lighthouses. o What kind of technology is used today to operate modern lighthouses? •
ACTIVITY #9: LIGHTHOUSE LORE o Read stories about haunted lighthouses and lighthouse lore. •
ACTIVITY #10: VISIT A LIGHTHOUSE o Visit a lighthouse in person or read about a lighthouse in your area as described online.
Share what you’ve discovered while doing this program badge by completing a Take Action project. Some suggestions are listed below: •
BE A VOLUNTEER IN YOUR COMMUNITY. o Volunteer your time with a local lighthouse/National Park Service. Discuss with the organization the possibility of creating a nautical memorial garden for the site. The garden could contain a sign commemorating a local lighthouse historical person or specific feat that occurred or any use any other idea that you might have. •
BECOME A PRESERVATIONIST. o Select a project that will help preserve a lighthouse, or spread the word about lighthouse preservation efforts. •
SHARE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. o Create a nautical path trail at a local National Lighthouse Park. The trail could contain stations that teach nautical terms. OR o Create a display that illustrates the history of lighthouses. Share your display at your local library, school or community event. o
Organize a Nautical Day in your Girl Scout community. Plan fun activities, crafts and snacks that relate to anything nautical and information about lighthouses. •
KNOTS. o Learn the top 10 essential knots used in sailing. Create a board that displays the knots or create a teaching board on which younger girls can practice tying the knots. Donate the board to your local Girl Scout camp or Park Service. •
YOUR CHOICE. o Any other activity that you can construct that would teach others about lighthouses and / or nautical work in your community.