The Get Moving Journey is part of the "It's Your Planet—Love It!" series.

Personally, I found this journey all over the map - talking about saving energy, animal energy, psychological energy, health. I think this would be confusing for the girls to talk about so many different things without going into depth on one of them. Then again, all of the requirements are about saving energy. Seems best to pick one topic and focus the meeting activities on that.

  • Take the Energy Hog Challenge. This workbook includes a lot of information, including information on different types of energy, a quiz for auditing your home, an energy journal, and suggestions for family Hog Buster energy pledges.

A LA Times article highlighted the impact Girl Scouts can have on energy conservation using the Girls Learning Environment and Energy (GLEE) program: Science proves it: Girl Scouts really do make the world a better place.

The JourneyEdit


Make an energy pledgeEdit

Try two energy activitiesEdit

Check out how other people are tackling energy issuesEdit

  • Call your local energy provider(s) to see if they will give you a tour of their facilities and/or send a speaker to your troop meeting. For those in the Washington, DC/Maryland PEPCO region, they do not give tours, but you can request a speaker via the PEPCO website.


Learn about energy use in your buildingsEdit

Work with your families to make an energy improvement at homeEdit

  • Girl Scouts of Our Nation's Capitol Lightbulb Challenge. Participate in the Pepco/Girl Scout Light Bulb Challenge - change an incandescent bulb to an energy efficient CFL or LED and track your changes on the GSCNC website. With your help Girl Scouts can change 60,000 bulbs!

Investigate energy use in a community building and suggest ways to make it more energy-efficientEdit

  • How to save energy at school infographic.

    Ways to save energy at home, work, school, and the office from Direct Homes Ontario (

  • Energy efficiency in the home lesson plan. While you may not want to do this entire lesson plan, it does have some useful tables showing how much energy each appliance in your home uses and how much it may be costing you. The table for calculations at the end may be too complicated for 4th graders to do the math without some adult assistance, but 5th graders may be able to do it.


Identify an energy issue, make a plan, and take actionEdit

Bike route. The journey books here seem to focus on setting up a bike route to school. That may not be feasible for many schools/troops (my girls are in 5 different school, and some of them have to cross a major road to get there -- the only reason they get bussed is because of this road, in fact). So I wouldn't limit the project to this.

On the other hand, if a bike route works for your troop, one of our fathers (before we started working on this journey) set up a neighborhood 'bike train' on Fridays in the Spring. Kids in the neighborhood with a few adult volunteers would meet up at the neighborhood part with their bikes and ride together to school.

Zombie run. The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois held a Zombie Run in 2013. This, or other holiday-themed runs, could be a fun way to get people moving! Shamrock Shake, anyone?

Share the news about what you accomplishedEdit

Fun FactsEdit

Additional ResourcesEdit





Take-Action Project ideasEdit

Having trouble figuring out possible Take-Action projects? Look for ideas on the Take Action Project ideas page.