Dragon Camp

Theme: This camp was run for Rangers but I’m including some ideas that would work for for younger girls as well.

Program Connections:

  • Spirit of Guiding 
  • Art Studio 
  • World Stage 

Activities

  • Dragon’s Den – We had the girls pitch an idea for an activity they thought the unit should do
  • Dragon themed movie under the stars
  • Build a catapult to slay a dragon (for large dragons or small)
  • Practice your fire lighting skills

Crafts

  1. Dragon Eyes
  2. Dragon Eggs
  3. Dragon Themed adult colouring sheets

Games

  • Tsuro – is a simple board game for up to 8 players
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Dragon Tail
  • dragon egg hunt  (look for glow in the dark eggs to make this a more challenging night game)

Readings

Confidence is like a dragon were, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.
― Criss Jami

No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.
― R.A. Salvatore

Food

International Dishes from countries where dragons are important. For example:

  • Asian Dragons
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Indonesia/Malaysia
  • European Dragons
    • France
    • Scandinavia
    • England
    • Wales
    • Hungary

Serve dragon fruit as a snack

Try decorating cupcakes as dragons

Try some very spicy food (have milk and bread available)

Campfire

Instead of singing, we challenged our Rangers to each bring a folk story about dragons (ideally from their own cultural background) to tell around the fire.  With younger girls a Guider could read stories between songs.

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Basket Bots

The first week in December Canada Learning Code sponsors a Code Week the first week in December.  I know a lot of units meet in places were accessing computers would be difficult.  My unit meets in a church basement and even cell signal is really iffy. So I liked that Canada Learning Code has included a number of unplugged activity that still teach the basics of coding.  BasketBots involves pairing the girls off.  Once girl will be the robot and do just what the partner (the programmer) tells her to do.  The aim is to have the bot throw a ball though a basket ball hoop.  If you don’t meet in a room suitable for ball throwing, you could instead Do the Robot  which is basically the same activity but with random activities like opening a book, or opening a door.

Strong Women Enrollment

Each year we let there second year, plan and run the enrollment for our new girls.  This involves picking a theme, planning the ceremony, campfire, snacks etc.  In the past the girls have selected some fun/silly themes, but this year the girls surprised us by picking a more serious theme “strong women”.

Each of the second year girls choose a strong women she thought was a good role model.  She wore a costume over her uniform to represent that woman.  We had the names of all those women taped to a back drop wall.  At the beginning of the ceremony, the second year girls got up, introduced themselves, both their real name and who they represented and why they thought this woman was a good role model.  Then the role models walked the new girls down a runway of lights to be enrolled.  After saying their promise and receiving their pins, the new girls wrote their names on trefoil paper shapes and added their own names to our wall of strong women.

It wasn’t a complex ceremony but it was really nicely done.

Other Birding Resources

These resources are from the Environment for the Americas.

  • Habitat Bingo – includes two grids one that would be good for Sparks or younger Brownies and another that would be more suitable for Guides
  • Keeping Birds Safe from Cats includes facts about why keeping pet cats inside is safer for both the birds and the cats and how to keep indoor cats happy.
  • Story Walk could make a great service project for Pathfinders or Rangers and could easily be adapted to other themes.
  • Shorebird Migration Games include several wide games about the benefits and risks associated with migration.
  • A pattern for making Owl Masks
  • Keep Bird Feeders Clean – provides instructions clean bird feeders and information on why it is important
  • Colouring Pages

Picking Patrols

When I was a Guide the role of patrol leaders was picked by the Guiders.  Almost always a third year girl who was thought to be responsible.  Like wise the seconders and the remainder of the patrol were also selected by the leaders.  I don’t remember ever questioning that even though I was never picked to be a patrol leader.

Since returning to Guiding our unit has run annual Patrol Leader Elections allowing the second and third year girls to run for patrol leader.  The runners up are named as seconders and we’ve organized the rest of the patrols.

But this year, following the suggestions from the Girls First program I asked the girls how they wanted to organize patrols this year.  They clearly still wanted to elect patrol leaders but they also said they wanted a say in who was in their patrol.  Some of the other Guiders were concerned that this would lead to cliques withing the unit, so we ended up with the following compromise.

  1. The girls voted on patrol leader like they have in previous years.
  2. The leaders counted up the votes and assigned the runners up as seconders to the five newly minted patrol leaders. (We actually assigned two seconders to one patrol because it seemed unfair to have just one girl left out of a position).
  3. Then we had the new patrol leaders and seconders line up.  All the girls who were new to the unit lined up opposite.  Then on “go” the patrol leaders were allowed to step forward (at a walking pace) an pick a new girl to be in her patrol.  We repeated this with the seconders.
  4. Then we added the remaining returning girls to the mix and had each patrol pick two more members using the same method.
  5. Each new patrol met, recorded the names of everyone in their patrol and picked an emblem.

It seems a little confusing writing it out but it actually ran really smoothly.  I’m sure the whole process took less time then when I’ve sat at home trying to sort it out myself.  Each patrol has a reasonable assortment of different ages and experience levels.  The girls seem happy and are working well in their patrols.