I met a dragon face to face
the year when I was ten,
I took a trip to outer space,
I braved a pirate’s den,
I wrestled with a wicked troll,
and fought a great white shark,
I trailed a rabbit down a hole,
I hunted for a snark.
I stowed aboard a submarine,
I opened magic doors,
I traveled in a time machine,
and searched for dinosaurs,
I climbed atop a giant’s head,
I found a pot of gold,
I did all this in books I read
when I was ten years old.
– Jack Prelutsky
Theme: I ran this camp for Pathfinders and Rangers but I will include some ideas for younger girls as well. Ideas were generated from online sources, lived experience by my co-Guider and the Festivals and Celebration Challenges section on Australia.
Patrols: Patrols could be named after Australian animals.
- Spirit of Guiding
- Global Guiding
- World Stage
- Commonwealth Award
Koala/Australian facts swaps
Netball ( or Action Netball)
Try throwing a boomerang
My Country by Dorothea MacKellar
- Corn Fritters
- Baked Apples
- chicken stew
- Loaded baked Potatoes
- damper and billy tea
- Australian Campfire Opening
- Cuddly Koala
- Little Johnny English
- Waltzing Matilda
I believe this challenge has been around for a while but I only recently noticed it since Aberta rearranged their challenge page.
It is intended to be a Camp Challenge but I’m sure you could do it over a series of evening meetings as well. All the activities are either about the night sky or nocturnal animals and birds.
One player stands in the middle of the room, and holds the broom upside down on the floor. Then she calls out the name of another player, lets go the broom and runs away. The player whose name is called must catch the broom before it hits the ground, then name someone else to catch it. Anyone who does not catch the broom before it hits the floor must return the broom to the caller.
This game is best played very quickly, and with all players kept as far away from the broom as possible. Depending on the size of the room, you may make a rule that everyone player must be touching one of the walls when the broomstick is being held.
I’m sure I’m not alone in being disappointed that WAGGGS isn’t producing a #teamgirl challenge this year. Instead they have suggested units consider their Lead Out Loud challenge which is associated with the Juliette Low Seminar. However, this challenge is designed for girls 11+ so really only useful for Pathfinder and Ranger units. On top of that it is really meant for girls to do individually or in small groups so it is unlikely you can structure a meeting around it. There also only seems to be a digital badge associated with the challenge, although I suppose you could use this one as a substitute.
That said, the challenge is interesting and has some good activities. Even if the girls you work with are too young to complete the challenge you might still find some ideas that could be adapted.
The challenge is divided into 3 parts. Participates should choose 2 activites from each part to complete:
- DISCOVER – Learn new things and try new skills
- GROW – Practice leadership and reflect on who you are as a leader
- ACT – Take the lead and impact the world around you
In 2020 the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted by Japan. In 2020 Girl Scouts of Japan will also be celebrating their organizations 100th birthday. As such, the Girl Scouts of Japan have taken the opportunity to update the WAGGGS Olympia badge (last updated when the UK hosted the games). The new challenge is filled with active games and cultural activities from Japan all with an Olympic and/or Paralympic twist. There are three levels of the badge available from the WAGGGS store depending on how many activities from each of the three sections you unit completes.
- Stadium (body)
- Temple (mind)
- Theater (cultural)
,This challenge would make a great bases for a unit, district or neighbourhood picnic or camp.
This is a short get-to-know-you activity. Have the girls pair off. Ideally, they should be paired with someone they don’t already know well. This is not a time to partner with your best friend. Each pair has 5-10 min to talk to each other and get to know each other. It is important when instructions are given that you emphasis that the girls need to take time to both talk and listen. After the discussing time, each girl needs to introduce their partner to the group. This introduction should include her name and several interesting things about her that makes her special.