Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

A Pathfinder Camp

Patrol Names: Wild flowers found at your campsite

Program: This theme can cover a lot of different program areas but mostly Discover Nature.

Food: Consider adding Edible Flowers or seeds to your menu

Readings:

Games:

Activities:

  • Make Circuit Tester Games with the Provincial Flowers
  • Go on a wildflower hike. Bring field guides or other ways to identify the flowers you find. Have the Pathfinders record what they find though photos or drawings.

Crafts:

Campfire:

  • Edelweiss
  • Where Have all the Flowers Gone
  • Friendship
  • White Coral Bells
  • Rose Rose

Guides Own: Growing Friendship

Closing: Positive Self Talk Flowers

Edible Flowers

When eating flowers it is always best practices to either grow them yourself or buy flowers grown to eat from a the produce section of your grocery store or farmers market. This way you can be assured that they haven’t been exposed to hazardous sprays or mis-identified.

Here are some flowers you can try…

  • Nasturtiums
  • Lavender
  • Chives
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Viola
  • Dandelions

The Upward Road

I will follow the upward road today,
I will keep my face toward the light,
I will think kind thoughts as I go my way;
I will do what I know is right.

I will look for the flowers by the side of the road,
I will laugh and love and be strong,
I will try to lighten another's load,
This day as I fare along.

Sunflower SWAP

Materials:

  • 1 – 10 cm square of reinforced yellow fabric
  • 1 – 10 cm square of reinforced green fabric
  • 1 – 10 cm square of brown fabric
  • 1 – brown button
  • small ball of stuffing
  • Safety pin or magnet (optional

Tools:

  • Glue
  • Sewing needles
  • Scissors

To reinforce the yellow and green fabric, attach two pieces of fabric with a bonding product such as Heat n’ Bond or Sitch Wichery, backsides together.

  1. Cut pattern 1 out of the yellow and green fabric.
  2. Cut pattern 2 out of the brown fabric
  3. If you would like the craft to pin on a hat, cut two small vertical cuts in the middle of the green piece and insert the safety pin. To make a magnet, glue a piece of manet to the middle of the green fabric.
  4. Sew a running stich around the edge of the brown fabric. Don’t tie it off. Place the stuffing in the middle and pull the thread until you have a ball.
  5. Flatten the ball out and place the brown button on the front
  6. Sew the bottom on by going though both the brown and yellow layers.
  7. Glue the green layer on the back so that the petals show between the petals of the yellow layer.

Growing Friendship Guides Own

Read:
Friendship is like a garden of flowers, fine and rare.
It can not read perfection except though loving care;
Then new and lovely blossoms with each new day appear.
For Friendship, in a garden, grows in beauty year by year

Sing: Friendship

Read:
Count your garden by the flowers
    Never by the leaves that fall.
Count your days by golden hours.
    Don't remember clouds at all

Count your nights by starts, not shadow,
    Count your life by smiles, not tears,
And, with joy on every birthday,
    Count your age by friends - not years.

Sing: Make New Friends

Read:
For each thistle there's a flower,
For each thorn, rosebuds appear.
For each day when dark clouds gather,
Another dawn both high and clear
For each lengthening evening shadows,
Starlight twinkles up above;
For each unkind word that's spoken,
Someone speaks a word of Love

Make: Magic Flowers

Friendship in many ways is like a flower;
First there is a need, so the seed of love is planted.
It is nurtured with warmth, kindness, caring and understanding;
It is protected by trust and thrives on selflessness,
Though tears may sometimes fall.
They too are needed to make the flower bloom.
At times the flower of friendship may lie dormant,
But the warmth of a smile from a friend,
Will again bring forth a bloom,
For like a flower the petals will be destroyed.
A flower must be free to grow in its own way,
To reach for the sun and blow in the wind;
A friendship, like a flower,, is a thing of beauty
To be shared and cherished forever.
(from Campfire Activities)

Teasel Mouse

Materials:

  • 1 teasel
  • milkweed pod
  • tiny pompom in black or brown
  • thread
  • pipe cleaner
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • felt scraps
  • glue
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut three short pieces of thread.  Put a dot of glue on the stem of the teasel and x the thread like whiskers.  Stick the pompom on top like a nose.
  2. Cut a scrap of felt like ears and glue in place.
  3. Cut 1/3 of a pipe cleaner.  Curve it like a tail and glue in place.
  4. Glue on the wiggly eyes 
  5. Finally glue the whole mouse into the milkweed pod

Pressed Flower Candles

Materials:

  • a candle – smaller pillar candles work best
  • a selection fo small pressed flowers
  • white glue
  • brushes
  • extra melted wax.

Instructions:

  1. several weeks before you want to do this craft press some small flowers by placing them in a flower press or between pieces of construction paper under heavy books.
  2. Choose the flowers you wish to apply to the candle. Uses a brush to apply white glue to the back of the flower and then stick it onto the candle.
  3. Allow glue to dry
  4. Using a different paintbrush brush over the flower with a light coating of melted wax

Tye Dye Friendship Scarves

Dandelions will produce a dye that will range from bright green to yellow depending on the time of year/maturity of the dandelions.  This is a fairly long craft so it is best done at camp or at a day long event.

Materials:

  • 1 scarf sized triangle of white cotton fabric per girl
  • elastic bands
  • fabric markers
  • large pot
  • sieve
  • salt
  • copper sulfate (optional)
  • dandelions

Directions:

  1. Fill a large pot with as many dandelions flowers, leaves and stems as possible.  
  2. Cover with water and boil until the water has taken on a strong colour
  3. While waiting gather up the material in several places and wrap tightly with elastic bands.  Fan folding patterns work especially well on this project.
  4. Strain dye though a sieve to remove the plant material
  5. Add one tbsp of salt for every liter of dye.  If available a small amount of copper sulfate will strengthen the colour
  6. Place the fabric in the dye and allow it to sit for 15-20  min.
  7. Remove the fabric and rinse in cold clear water.  Remove elastics and hang to dry
  8. Once dry the Pathfinders can autograph each others scarves with the fabric markers