After several years of testing the National Girls Count challenge is finally available to everyone. It is intended to bring greater financial literacy to all levels of Guides. The challenge is presented as a series of instant meetings with a different one for each branch. All the outlines can be found on the Girls Count page. There is also a background information sheet for the Guiders that includes a cross reference with the program. The challenge is set up so that Guiders can run it themselves, but they are encourage to invite expert guests in to help.
All the of challenges are divided into three themes:
- Currency Awareness
- Purchasing Power
- Money Management
Crests can be bought from the national shop.
This game is similar to the Large Scale Rock, Paper, Scissors except it is played in teams.
To play you need four lines (on a gym floor or marked with rope), two lines about 2 m apart in the middle of the playing area and one line several meter behind each of these near the edges of the playing area.
The girls are divided into two teams. They should practice each of the characters a couple of times before playing.
- Giants stand on their tip toes with their hands in the air
- Wizards crouch slightly with the wands pointed at the read
- Elves duck down with their hands cupped at their ears to make their ears look pointy
To play, each team huddles together and decides on a character to be. Then line up facing each other on the inner lines
The game leader should dramatically count down “3..2..1..transform”, on transform all members of a team take on the character they agreed to
- Giants squish Elves
- Elves outwit Wizards
- Wizards zap Giants
The winning team then chases the loosing team to their outer line. Any member of the loosing team who is tagged becomes a member of the winning team for the next round. Play continues until everyone is on the same team.
When good friends walk beside us
On the trails that we must keep
Our burdens seem less heavy
And the hills are not so steep
The weary miles pass swiftly
Taken in a joyous stride
And all the world seems brighter
When friends walk by your side.
The goal when you are waterproofing a sleeping bag is to ensure that the bag does not get wet either during transportation or at camp. Dry and warm campers are happy campers. I often find that parents are surprised that we really do expect our girls to carry their own bags. And at some of the camp site sites we go to, the bus can’t get right to the site so it may be several hundred meters from the bus to the campsite. So the bag must be waterproof and strong enough that it can take a couple of bounces as the girls take their bag to their campsite. These are the three options I provide the girls…
- ground sheet
- rope (not the yellow plastic rope it doesn’t knot well)
This may be the most cost effective option and girls often need tarps and rope at camp anyways. However, I find the parents are really intimidated by this method.
Lined Stuff Sack
- Large stuff sack
- Heavy duty plastic bag
If you are using a foam pad, make it into a tube with about a 1.5 foot hole in the middle. Wrap plastic bag around that and the stuff sack around that. Put the sleeping bag, pillow, PJs and stuffed bed friend inside the middle of the foam pad. Twist the plastic bag closed and stuff the end down the side (or seal it if it is a giant zip lock) and then seal stuff sack. If you aren’t using foam pads (i.e. staying in cabins) then you can follow this video.
Make sure it is large enough for your bedding and still has enough room to be properly sealed. Dry sacks can be the most expensive option but if the girls already have one or if the family does a lot of camping they can be a good option.
You will need:
- Half a lemon
- a few drops of water
- white paper
- heat source – an high watt incandescent bulb, radiator, hot plate or even a campfire.
- Squeeze the lemon into a small bowl and then mix in a few drops of water.
- Use the q-tip to write a secret message on the paper.
- Wait for the paper to dry.
- If you want you can use a pencil to write a decoy message as well.
- Hold the paper over the heat source (be careful not to get so close you burn yourself or your message)
- The lemon juice will oxidize and the message can be read.
If you don’t have a heat source available you can use Homemade PH solution. After the lemon juice is dry, paint the whole page with the cabbage juice. The writing will be a different colour from the rest of the page.
As an extension to either method, you can try other acidic liquids (apple juice, orange juice, vinegar) to see if they will also work.
This years theme is “Guiding Coast to Coast”. Songs are divided by region of Canada. I think some of the songs included this year are more challenging then in previous years but they make up for that by requiring few songs. It is a great theme to get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday.
Sing Ontario Sing 2016-17 – Guiding Coast to Coast
Taboo is a commercially available board game where a player has to try and get the other players to guess a mystery word without using any of the taboo words.
The blog Living by the Guiding Law made a great adaption of this game for Girl Guides. The adaption included cards for Australian, UK and American Girl Guides/Scouts. But there are blank cards available to make some Canadian versions.