A little break

I’m going to take a break from blogging over the summer.  I’ll be back near the end of August.


Post Office

This was another wide game I learned about from the same Facebook post.


You will need three leaders.  One leader has a pile of paper to act as letters.  One has a rubber stamp to act as a stamp.  The third has a bag or small box to act as the post box.  The girls can either be put in teams of two or can play individually.  Each team can be given a number or letter to indicate their mail.  This will help at the end to sort out who won.  Set out the game boundaries before you start.


The object of the game is to mail more letters then any other team.  The leaders hide throughout the play area and move frequently.  To mail a letter the teams must track down the leader with the letters and get a piece of paper from them.  Then they must find the leader with the stamp and stamp their letter.  Finally they must find the leader with the mail box and post their letter.  Each team can only carry one letter at a time, so once a letter is mailed they must start again.


  • If playing in an open area you the leaders should just keep moving
  • To make the game more challenging if you have more then 3 leaders available you can switch jobs over the course of the game.

I am Proud to be a Canadian

Because of the beauty of our land; the majesty of the mountains; the far horizons of the prairies; the sweep of the shorelines; the abundance of the farm lands; the sparkle of ten thousand lakes and rivers even the forbidding barrens of the North.

Because of the rich diversity of our people. We are not a melting pot, but a unique union of minorities; each of us proud of his origins, but prouder still to be a Canadian.

Because we are a multilingual country; two basic languages and (Woven through the fabric and enriching it), the sound of other tongues, all united in praise of “The true North, strong and free”.

Because our country was not born in, nor does it live in violence, we harbor no hate, we covet no territory, we envy no other people.

Because our heritage confers such bounty. Our laws and our traditions have been built on faith in God and man, on an unflagging love of freedom, and on respect for the rights of others. Our physical resources have not yet been fully contemplated, much less measured.

Because in Canada, the operative word is Tomorrow, not yesterday, our greatness rests, not only in our history, but in our future. Our destiny has yet to be fashioned.

Because my pride in Canada does not cause me to respect other nations or other peoples less. I am proud to be a Canadian, yes; I am also a citizen of the planet Earth, and a brother of every man.

Songs for Canada Day

Canada isn’t always known for our patriotic songs, but here are a few of my favorites.

The first is They All Call it Canada (sometimes called My Country is My Cathedral)

The second song is Golden Prairie Land.  (tune)

 Golden Prairie Land

Many years ago they say, ‘Long came the Hudson’s Bay,
Built their little forts along the rivers
Those forts grew and grew
And I’m telling you
They’re still growing bigger and bigger.


Golden Prairie Land,
Grandest mountain land
Sing for all you’re worth.
Sing ‘ cause you’re proud of it,
Right out loud with it,
Finest country on earth.
Bright blue skies above,
Home towns we dearly love.
Sing with might and main.
Golden Prairie Land,
Grandest mountain land.
Sing it again and again.

Honor to the pioneers,
Heroes of bygone years,
Built their little shacks along the rivers
They prepared the way
So we find today
We’re still growing bigger and bigger.

Come along a thousand fold,
Oil wells with liquid gold,
Gas and coal miners all along the rivers,
Pay us a friendly call
Welcome one and all
And help us grow bigger and bigger.

New to me this year was Walk Around, but I already love it.

If you were building a Canadian themed campfire you might also want to include the second and third verses of O Canada

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western sea.
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons, and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western sea.
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!


Pizza Box Solar Oven

By making a simple solar over out of a pizza box, some tin foil, plastic wrap and black paper you can capture enough of the suns heat to make smores or mini pizzas.  It does take a while though so be sure to start early.  My daughter did this at a camp a two years ago and I thought it was one of the more unusual ways to make smores I’ve seen.   Depending on the age and experience of the girls making the oven, you may want a Guider to do the step involving the box cutter. I’d allow one pizza box per patrol.

There are a number of sites around the internet with instructions but I thought this Youtube video did a nice job.


Cross Canada Challenge

Canada Day is coming soon.  The Cross Canada Challenge  is a national challenge and contains many ideas for Canadian themed activities.  The challenge comes in five parts:

  • O Canada
  • The Territories
  • Atlantic Canada
  • Central Canada
  • Westurn Canada

Each section has activities for each branch (often divided by province) and a different crest so they can be worked over time.

Cross Canada Challenge (member zone login require)

Grandmother’s Quilt

This is a wide game I learned about on Facebook


You need a different fabric for each girl playing.  Out of each fabric you cut two swatches.  If you find a quilter who’s fabric horde you can raid, I’m sure this won’t be hard to come up with.  I pulled over 70 fabrics from my scrap bin and I was only 2/3 of the way though it.  Take one swatch of each fabric and hide them in a wooded area.  Give the other swatch to the girls.


On go the girls need to spread out and try and find their swatches of fabric.


  • You can either play as individuals (first to return with their swatch wins) or as patrols (first patrol to all have their swatch wins).
  • If you have enough different fabrics each girl can be given up to 5 different swatches to find.  The game would last much longer this way.