The Man in the Moon

Players sit in a circle.  Game leaders using a small stick in her right hand draws a face on the floor as she says, “Last night I saw the man in the moon (circle).  He had a eye here (left) and an eye here (right) and a nose (dot) and a great big smile. Then she puts the stick into her left hand to pass on as she says “Can you draw the man in the moon?”  The Game leader watches the next girl try to draw the man in the moon and observes how she hands the stick to the next girl.  If she hands on the stick with the left hand she is told “Yes, you can!”.  Those who don’t are told “No, you can’t”.  Continue about the circle until all have figured  it out.

Harmony

A Guide Camp

Guide Program: This camp theme could be used to complete Ecology, Naturalist or challenges in Learn About Our Environment.

Camp Patrols: 1. Choose insects, plants, birds or animals. 2. Choose musical instruments.  3. Choose different related sciences such as ecologists, naturalists, biologists or zoologists.

Opening:

Harmony in Natures is the balance of plants and animals and how they depend on each other to sustain life.
Harmony in Music is notes made by voices or instruments combining to produce a pleasing sound.
Harmony in the World is people of many difference countries and cultures learning to live and work together in peace
At this camp, let us try to live, work and sing in harmony and observe the harmony of nature.

Readings for Colours:

Secret Shady Spot

Let Us Be Thankful

Give me a Cabin in the Woods

Games and Activities:

Hidden Orchestra

Web of Life

Survival

Nature Music – Ask the girls to sit or stand perfectly still for 2-3 minutes and listen to every sound they can identify – wind, bird, mosquitoes, crickets, etc.  After the time is up make a list of the sounds.

Nature Hike – Have the group divided into three teams.  Have each team visit a different part of the camp.  Try to have teams in a field area, wooded area and and area near water.  The girls try to find and identify three animals or birds, three plants or trees and three insects in their area.  Compare lists after the hike.  How many of these living this would continue to live if homes were built in these areas.

Crafts:

Food Chain Frogs

Rain Sticks or other home made instruments.

Campfire: Orchestra Song, Sin Along Song, The Frogs, The Cuckoo, Rain Song, Music Alone Shall Live, Alouette, Sing Sing Together, Tzena, One World, I Know a Place, Something to Sing About, Russian Vesper, The Bear, The Skunk Song, There Ain’t No Flies on Us.

Guides’ Own:

Instrument of Peace

“The earth has music for those who listen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“All people smile in the same language.”

Songs: It’s a Small World, Let There be Peace on Earth, Peace of the River, Weave

50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag

On Sunday, February 15, 2015 the National Flag of Canada will turn 50!

Canadian Heritage suggests the following ways to mark the occasion:

  • Hold a special flag raising ceremony and sing the national anthem
  • Draw or paint a mural about our flag
  • Hold a poetry or poster contest
  • Make flag crafts or baked goods

Information on the history of our flag can be found here or you can learn more about flag etiquette here.

If you are planning a special meeting to commemorate our flag, you can order promotional items such as flag pins and paper flags from Canadian Heritage.

BC Diversity Challenge

The BC Diversity Challenge “has been created to encourage girls and Guiders to explore the concept of diversity and what it means in the community where they live. ”

It is divided into four broad categories of diversity: Social-economic, Disability, Personal and Cultural

In addition to the challenge, the program team in British Columbia has also produced a series of Instant Meetings that cover the challenge material

Eco-location

This is a night game, played without flashlights.  It is best played in a wide open dark field, where walking into something is not a safety issue.

Before playing, explain briefly that bats and dolphins use eco-location to navigate.  Some humans have even learned how to do it.

Divide the girls into pairs.  Group of three will work too if you have a large play area.  Each group is given a few moments to agree on a sound. It could be a hum, clicks, an animal sound etc but no words.

One girl from each pair goes to each end of the playing area.  Upon a signal, the girls move towards the middle of the play area making their sound until they find their partners.

You might want to have the girls find a different partner and try again before discussing what it is like to identify someone by sound.