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We Can Fix It!

Every year, millions of broken items are thrown away. Learn to do some simple repairs to items and extend their life, rather than throwing them away. What items do you own that are broken? What can you do to repair them?

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Plan

  • What skill would you like to learn?
  • Where will you learn this skill? Can someone teach you?
  • What will you repair?
  • Why is it worth repairing old items before buying new ones?

Do

  • Decide on what you will learn to repair – if you have multiple ideas, you could break into small teams and have each small team learn a different skill.
  • Gather the supplies needed to learn your skill.
  • Learn a simple repair skill like sewing on a button, replacing a buckle or gluing ceramics.
  • Is there a way that you can repurpose an old item? Repurposing means to use something in a different way than you normally would. Think about some items that you are no longer using – are there any that you can use in a different way?

Review

  • What do you know now that you didn’t know before?
  • What was the most challenging part of this adventure?
  • Are there other repair skills you would like to learn?
  • How will learning this skill help you in the future?
  • Why is it better to buy items used, rather than new?
  • Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map to the Review section.

Keep it Simple

  • Find a way to repurpose an old item (use it in a different way). Start by thinking about an item that you need and then try to find an old item or waste item that you could use to make it rather than buying it! Maybe you can use an old shirt to make a pillow or a sit-upon!

Take it Further

  • Learn a more complicated repair skill, like soldering, or learn how to use a 3D printer to replace broken pieces.
  • Learn how to keep camping gear in tip top shape as you practice some basic gear repair