A super easy craft for camp or in your troop is to have the girls make Bird Feeders.  You probably already know about the simple peanut butter, pine cone and birdseed one that can easily be made by all ages, but here are links to some interesting ideas for your next project:

Bird feeder made from an orange peel. Courtesy of SheKnows.com

SheKnows.com has a great article about how to make this bird feeder from an orange peel.  Would be a perfect project for your next campout.  Bring oranges for a snack, then have the girls use the peels the next day to make their feeder.

Upcycled Bird Feeder made from a plastic bottle.  From PermacultureIdeas.com

Upcycled Bird Feeder made from a plastic bottle. From FamilyFun.com

This bird feeder from FamilyFun.com is perfect when you are showing the girls how to keep materials out of the landfill and find other uses.  Purchase the spoons at the Dollar Store.

Adorable molded bird feeder from DesignSponge.com

Yes, this birdseed is molded because it was combined with a little bit of gelatin, placed inside a plastic bottle top, then removed and hung with the wooden bowl.  Read the full instructions here.  I’m not sure if the birds will be able to reach the birdseed without having something to perch on? What do you think?

I had to include this one just because it is so darn cute!  Would make a very cute Mother’s Day gift too.  Read the full how-to here.

What type of seed is best for the birds in your area?  Who better than the folks at Cornell Labs to provide that answer.  Click here for a line-up of delicious treats for your birds.  Some food is not good for the birds, so be sure to read up on the best feed before purchasing.

And finally, because you should probably know a bit about the birds you might find in your area, follow these links for more info to supplement your meeting:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Backyard Bird Identifier – by National Geographic

National Audubon Society

Be sure to check your local Audubon Group, Ecology Center or Educational Centers at your local state or national park for more info about groups near you that can help teach the girls about birds and bird habitats.

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