Friday, June 26, 2015

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Everyone knows that it’s important to reduce, recycle and reuse—but do people really know what that entails? This week, 70 Girl Scouts have been spending their time at Camp Imagimazing Summer Fun, a Girl Scout day camp in Chesapeake, discovering fun ways to recycle and reuse everyday goods to make the world a better place. From learning about energy conservation to turning trash into treasure, the girls have been immersed in a variety of activities designed to teach them about caring for the environment.

As part of the camp session, Girl Scouts had the opportunity to hear from special guest Kathy Russell, who works as the educational outreach coordinator for TFC Recycling. Russell, along with TFC Recycling Intern Janine Lancke, work to educate people about the benefits of recycling and empower people to help protect the natural world. Russell brought the Girl Scouts on a virtual field trip of the recycling center, talked to them about the dos and don’ts of recycling and explained how littering can have a large negative impact on the earth.

“Not only should you recycle things that you’ve used, you should also precycle,” Russell told the girls. “You need to think about where items are going to end up before you buy them.”

In addition to learning about recycling and waste management from Russell and Lancke, Girl Scouts spent the week making their own paper, creating new items out of plastic water bottles and making skits about caring for the earth. They also enjoyed traditional camp activities, including canoeing, swimming and archery.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is hosting nine weeks of Camp Imagimazing Summer Fun, and there is still time to register for upcoming sessions. Girl Scout camp is open to all girls, whether or not they are currently registered members of the organization. For more information about joining Girl Scouts or attending camp, visit