Why Thinking Day

In 1926, Girl Guide and Girl Scout delegates from around the globe met in the USA for the 4th World Conference. Among other decisions, they agreed that there should be a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and appreciation for our international Movement. This was called Thinking Day. The delegates chose 22 February as the date for Thinking Day because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.

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Paint Night

Paint Nights in pubs have become a fun outing for many adults and I’ve seen many Guiders adapting the idea for their units with great success.  There are many painting instructional videos available on YouTube.  If you have the capacity to play the video at your meeting, you could do it directly.  Or you can have a couple of Guiders watch the video though a couple of times and provide the girls direction.  The YouTube videos range in length from 30 min to about 1:30.  This would likely take up a whole meeting or might be a great extended activity at an indoor camp or sleepover.

Typically you need a couple of different sizes of paint brushes per girl, a canvas (check dollar stores for inexpensive canvases), paint (feel free to use left over craft paint rather then acrylic) and some water.

If you want to complete the Paint Night experience, you might also want some light refreshments like popcorn and lemon aid.

Encourage the girls not to get too caught up in the exact instructions but instead to let their creativity shine.  No one expects their painting to look just like the one in the sample/video.

This is an example of the sort of videos you find on YouTube.

Oreo Cookie Moons

I was looking for an interesting way to teach our girls about the phases of the moon when I came across this activity that uses Oreo cookies. Like the write on Sciencebob.com, “I’ve always been a fan of science activities that you can eat.” Sadly you can’t use Girl Guide sandwich cookies as you really need the contrast between the white icing and the dark cookie.  We split the girls up into groups of 4.  Each girl got two cookies (a reasonable serving size).  We also gave them napkins to work on, sticks to scrap icing off with and a copy of the PDF activity sheet from Sciencebob.

Québec, c’est la fête Challenge

Quebec is a province recognized internationally for some of it’s festivals. Québec, c’est la fête challenge encourages girls to attend these festivals  or reproduce aspects of Quebec’s festivals such as Sugar Shack, Ceinture Fléchée or People Sledding.

There are four different versions of this crest available with different colour borders so it can be repeated by different branches of Guiding  Crests can be ordered from the Quebec Provincial Office.

Action on Poverty Meeting

This week we worked on the National Service Project: Action on Poverty

For a month leading up to this meeting, we’ve been sending home requests for donations of small toiletries and items such as gloves and socks.  Several of the Guiders hosted parties while we were gathering donations and suggested our guests bring a donation rather then a hostess gift.  We received some very generous donations.

We started the meeting with a guest speaker from an organization that works with under housed and at risk women in the Toronto area.  She spoke to girls about the work her organization does and the clients they work with.

Then the girls assembled make a difference bags from the donations.  We used clear ziplock bags to hold the items but decorated them with stickers.

We ended the meeting with the Factors Leading To Poverty activity from the Action on Poverty Instant meeting.  The activity was well received by the girls and lead to some thoughtful discussion.

Dryer Lint Clay

I’ve found two different recipe for turning dryer lint into clay.  Once dry these sculptures have a felted look to them.

The first recipe doesn’t require cooking but may need to be placed in a mold rather then hand sculpted.

  • 2 cups firmly packed dryer lint
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 6 tablespoons white glue
  • 1 tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid
  • Food coloring
  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly with a spoon or hands until you get a uniform texture.

The second recipe requires more preparation but can be hand modeled like clay.

  • 3 cups (shredded) dryer lint.
  • 2 cups water.
  • cup flour.
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil.
  1. Place dryer lint in a pot
  2. One at a time add the other ingredients, stirring in as you go.
  3. Stir continuously over low heat until the mixture binds together and is of a smooth consistency.
  4. Pour onto a sheet of wax paper to cool.

Either way the finished art should be dried for 3 to 5 days.