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    HOW TO GUIDE GIRL SCOUT BROWNIES THROUGH WOW! WONDERS OF WATER IT’S YOUR PLANET — LOVE IT! A LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

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    Snapshot of the Journey SNAPSHOT OF THE JOURNEY SESSION 1 Loving Water SESSION 2 “Green” Tea for a Blue Planet The Brownies begin exploring the Wonders of Water, what they LOVE about water, and why it’s important to protect water. They: • Start a Team WOW Map showing what they love about water • Think about how people use water around the world • Begin to get ideas about what they can do as individuals to protect water • Investigate the science and wonder of rainbows Through a festive tea party, the Brownies learn about the water cycle. They realize that everyone on Earth shares water, and that’s why it’s so important to save and protect it. The girls: • Talk about their favorite water places—and add them to their Team WOW Map • Explore the water cycle • Go home to make and carry out a promise to protect water SESSION 3 Water for All The Brownies report back on how they carried out their promises to protect water and earn their LOVE Water awards. They then engage in water-gathering and rationing activities to experience how families make do in places where clean water is scarce. This deepens the Brownies’ understanding of the importance of saving Earth’s water. The girls: • Collect their “water drops,” which represent what they have done individually to protect water, and add them to their Team WOW Map • Experience what it’s like to gather and ration water SESSION 4 Teaming Up to Advocate for Water The Brownies create a team plan to SAVE water. They: • Think about all the ways people use water • Develop a plan for one way to ask people to SAVE water • Make a team decision about choosing and carrying out their plan 8

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    SESSION 5 Advocates Communicate! SESSION 6 SAVE! The Brownies prepare to carry out their SAVE project as a team. They might also be learning more about their water issue through a guest visitor or even a field trip. The girls: • Practice WOWing others with great communication skills • Share their hopes for what their SAVE project will accomplish The Brownie Team advocates for saving water! The girls: • Carry out their SAVE project SNAPSHOT OF THE JOURNEY SESSION 7 Planning to SHARE The Brownies discuss the success of their SAVE effort and what they learned from it. They earn their SAVE Water awards and get creative as they plan to educate and inspire more people to protect water. The girls: • Brainstorm about who can join them in their effort to SAVE water • Develop a creative way to inspire others to join in their effort • Consider how their efforts are like drops flowing to a river—and getting ready to meet the ocean! SESSION 8 SHARE! The Brownies SHARE what they’ve learned and how they have acted to SAVE water with others (younger kids, family members, school, community). They invite their guests to take action for water. The girls: • Lead their guests in an opening ceremony to experience the power of a river meeting the ocean • Use and show what they know to inspire others to commit to SAVE water • Have their guests make a commitment to act for water • Earn the SHARE Water award SESSION 9 WOW! The Brownies reflect on their journey—from loving water as individuals, to saving water as a team, to sharing what they know with even more people and inviting them to protect water, too. The girls receive their WOW! awards. During this closing gathering, the girls: • Celebrate with watery treats and water friends • Imagine what they will do on future Girl Scout adventures 9

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    Awards Along the Journey AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY Brownies have the opportunity to earn four prestigious leadership awards as they seek new challenges on this WOW! journey. The steps to the awards, which are woven directly into the Sample Sessions, begin with small, personal acts and then move out to purposeful teamwork that engages the larger community and influences its members in significant ways. You might think of the Brownie award steps as flowing like water: What begins as a small stream flows into a river, and that mighty river then flows into the sea, creating waves of lasting influence. Here are the four awards and the steps to earning them: LOVE Water: This first award encourages girls to become aware of the many ways they use and enjoy water. As they begin to understand the science of water and its importance in the world, they will also make a personal commitment to protect it. To earn the award, the girls: • Show two things they know and love about water. • Make and carry out one personal promise that protects water. The steps to this award are built into the suggested activities in Sample Sessions 1, 2, and 3. In Session 2, the girls will share their water promises, and in Session 3 they will talk about how they carried through on those promises. SAVE Water: The second award is earned when the Brownies team up and speak up as advocates to protect water or keep it clean in their community. Many project ideas are on pages 56–59 of the girls’ book and also in Sample Session 4, where the girls start thinking as a team about what they will do for water. By making an effort that moves beyond themselves, the girls begin to realize the impact that group efforts can produce. 10

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    SHARE Water: Girls earn the third award as they create an even bigger ripple by sharing their efforts for water with others, educating and inspiring them to join in, and asking them to commit to a water promise. (Suggestions for how to educate and inspire others are on pages 56–59 and 100–101 of the girls’ book, and on page 74 and 84 of this guide.) WOW! Girls culminate their journey by earning the WOW! Award, a grand finale that symbolizes the powerful change they’ve brought to their community. They earn the award by showing proof of their SHARE Water efforts, and by describing how their efforts relate to the Girl Scout Law and how they have had an impact as leaders. (Suggested ways for the girls to obtain “proof” of their influence are on page 75 of this guide.) AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY IF A GIRL MISSES AN AWARD STEP . . . Find a way for her to do something similar to what she missed so she can still earn the award with her Brownie group. Your goal is to guide her to have the same learning and growing opportunity—and to understand how she can contribute to the team. You might call on the full Brownie team to brainstorm about how girls who miss steps can best get back on track with the journey. If a girl misses the day that the Brownies head home to take part in a family activity, she can do the activity after a later session and still share her results with the team. If a girl forgets to bring back an activity, or her family hasn’t had a chance to do it with her, she can do it at a later time. Or help her think of other ways to accomplish something similar. PROJECT IDEAS? DON’T WORRY! Plenty of ideas are built into the girls’ book and the journey’s sample sessions. Plus, the girls are bound to have many more! Their efforts for water may get a whole ocean of people working together for water! Girls may not experience activities in exactly the same way, but they can each take away new insights, connections, and a sense of accomplishment. 11

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    SAMPLE SESSION 4 SAMPLE SESSION 4 Teaming Up as Advocates to SAVE Water TEAMING UP AS ADVOCATES TO SAVE WATER AT A GLANCE Goal: The Brownies take on a challenge of saving water as they decide on the best idea for a team project and then create a plan that allows them to advocate for water and for the right of all to this precious resource. • Opening Ceremony: Heroines for Water • LOVE, SAVE, SHARE MATERIALS • Creating a SAVE Project • Closing Ceremony: Capturing the SAVE Vision on the Team’s WOW Map • Photocopies, double-sided if possible, of the “LOVE, SAVE, SHARE” story and the empty WOW! story panels (pages 72–73) • Large paper or poster board for planning • Team WOW Map PREPARE AHEAD • Flip through the WOW! book and read the various stories about what women and girls are doing to love and save water around the world. Make note of those that you find most inspirational. AS GIRLS ARRIVE Invite them to add images of people around the world gathering and rationing water to their Team WOW Map. They might also like to look at the “Save and Share” examples in their books on pages 56–59. 68

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    Opening Ceremony: Heroines for Water Bring the girls together and ask them to flip through their WOW! books to check out all the examples of girls and women who are loving and saving Earth’s water. Ask: Do you have a favorite? Who is it? Why? Remind the girls that they have something in common with these heroines: They’re acting to SAVE water, too! You might let the girls know which profiles inspire you the most and why. Ask: Among all these women and girls, can you find examples of ways that they are being advocates who speak up on behalf of others? What examples of positive risk-taking can you find? When these people made mistakes, what did they learn from them? LOVE, SAVE, SHARE Give the girls copies of the illustrated “LOVE, SAVE, SHARE” story on page 72–73. GET CREATIVE If the girls are interested, how about making the team story into a large mural? Or they might create it on a computer or act it out as a skit. SAMPLE SESSION 4 TEAMING UP AS ADVOCATES TO SAVE WATER • Have the team read the short story together—or even act it out. • Compare what is happening in the story to the way water travels from a small stream to a river and, eventually, to the ocean. • Invite the girls to create their own last few panels of the story and to take turns sharing their endings. Encourage them to include ideas about how the characters can take positive risks and also be advocates. Then invite the girls to use the WOW! page of empty panels to create a story of their own team’s SAVE and SHARE efforts in the full page of panels. • Ask: Why is it more powerful for a lot of people to act together for water instead of one person acting alone? 69

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    LOVE, SAVE, SHARE! Jamila learns that she can wash her hands and brush her teeth without running sooo much water! She LOVES water, so she shuts the faucet off. Jamila tells her friends Alejandra and Campbell. They shut their faucets off, too! The Brownie friends tell their class what they are doing. All the kids work together on a project to really SAVE water! The class SHARES what they are learning and doing about water with the whole school. So the whole school gets inspired, too. The kids at the school SHARE what they are learning and doing with kids at all the other schools in their state. Now all the kids across the state are inspired to . . . And then . . . When people LOVE WATER, work together to SAVE it, and then SHARE what they know with even more people, here’s what happens:

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