Volunteer for a Bushfire Recovery Organisation

Age Range: All ages
Time Required: 1 – 2 Unit meetings, or one day Unit outing
Fundamental: Service

Volunteer through an environmental organisation, your local council or state government to help plant trees and care for land affected by bush fires.

Materials Needed

  • Equipment based on requirements from organisation or council.
  • Girls of all ages will require supervision if leaving the Guide Hall to conduct activity.


  1. Research bushfire recovery programs in your area.
  2. Contact your local organisation and register to volunteer.
  3. Arrange the materials you might need to volunteer e.g. gloves, hats, enclosed shoes if planting trees.
  4. Complete activity on a day suitable for the whole Unit.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

Research different types of bushfire recovery programs and share what you find with your Unit

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

Encourage girls to research the different organisations they can volunteer for. If they are in an area not affected by bushfires, they could volunteer for another outdoor organisation or arrange a clean up in their area.

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

Ensure the area you are volunteering in is accessible to everyone, or modifications can be made for girls/Leaders with accessibility requirements.

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

What can we do differently next time?
What other activities could you do with your new skills?
How did it make you feel?
What did you like or dislike?
What did you learn?

Activity source and acknowledgements

Contributed by Felina French


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