Zoe’s Trek Around the World – Brazil

Our next stop with Zoe is in Brazil.  In Brazil you once again have to complete four activities, (active, creative, cultural, guiding) and include options like making costumes for Carnival, learning to play Bamboo Bottle Cap Bounce, Samba Dancing and learning about Guides in Brazil.Detailed activity guide can be found here (member zone login may be required).

You can learn what Zoe did in Brazil from her Journal.

Crests are available from the Guide Store.


Hoop race

For this game you need a hula hoop (possibly more then one).  All the girls stand in a circle with their hands held.  The hoop is hanging between two girls.  The goal is to have the hoop travel around the ring without letting go of hands.  You can either play this in one big circle and time the girls, then challenge them to do it faster.  Or you can play in patrols and see which patrol can do it fastest.

If you are going with one big circle you can have several hoops of different colours going around the circle at the same time.  This keeps more girls involved..

THE River

“THE River,” corrected the Rat.
“And you really live by the river? What a jolly life!”
“By it and with it and on it and in it,” said the Rat. “It’s brother and sister to me, and aunts, and company, and food and drink, and (naturally) washing. It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing. Lord! the times we’ve had together…”
– Kenneth Grahme – From The Wind in the Willows

Body Paint Bath

If you are at a longer camp and want to make sure your girls get a good wash in at least once during camp, here is an idea to make it happen.

Mix a small amount of powdered tempera paint with liquid hand soap or dish soap.  Have the girls change into swim suits.  Put out a couple of different colours of body paints with sponges so they can decorate themselves with the paint.  (This is when you will want to have your camera out at a safe distance).  Be sure they decorate their arm pits.  Then put out some buckets of warm wash water and/or send them to the showers (if available).  Once they are no longer covered in colours you can be sure they are cleanish.

Flight Themed Muli-branch advancement

I first saw this back when Brownies still “flew” up to Guides, but it can still be used today.

All Sparks have a caterpillar made of construction paper.  The first year sparks wave good-buy to the second year Sparks as they go behind a blanket. (The cocoon )  They are given butterfly wings to wear on their way to Brownies.

The Brownies had a plane made from a large cardboard box.  They all sat in it together while they few up to Guides.

The Guides built rocket ships out of bristle board for their third year girls and they blasted off to Pathfinders with a count down.

The Pathfinders used coloured Christmas lights to create a “transport pad” like you’d find in Star Trek and beamed themselves to Rangers.

Zoe’s Trek Around the World – France

Zoe’s heading to France now that she is finished in Kenya.   She continues to journal about her adventures there.

To complete your own French adventures  you must complete four activities (active, creative, cultural, guiding) and including options like trying out tennis, making your own impressionist paintings, tasting french food, dressing in french fashion and learning about the differences between Guides in France and Canada. Detailed activity guide can be found here (member zone login may be required). Crests are available from the Guide Store.

Flip Flop

This game is played in a circle.  As play travels around the circle girls count “One, two”, when they get a number that contains a 3 or is a multiple of three, instead of counting they say either “flip” or “flop”.  If they say “flip”, play continues in the same direction with the next number.  If she says “flop” the redirection of play reverses.

Example of Play:

player 1: “one”
player 2: “two”
player 3: “flip”
player 4: “four”
player 5: “five”
player 6: “flop”
player 5: “seven”
player 4: “eight”

Please note: if playing with younger girls you can drop the multiple of 3 rule.

The Secret of the Sea

In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;

Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Secret of the Sea

Kim’s Game – Part 3: Other Senses

Part 1 and Part 2 of these posts on Kim’s games dealt with visual games but Kim’s games don’t have to be just about what we see with our eyes they can also consider the other senses.


To put together a hearing Kim’s game you need some sounds.  One option is to create a play list on an mp3 player.  There are a number of websites where you can download rights free sound effects.  Pick a variety of sounds your girls are likely to be familiar with or which fit with your theme.  You can either play one sound at a time and have the girls identify it or for more challenge play the whole list though and then have them try to write down what they heard.

If you don’t have an mp3 player available, you can also find things that will make sound in your meeting place.  Have the girls cover their eyes and make each sound (a window or door opening, key’s dropping, running foot steps etc.).  Then have them write down what they heard.

A third way to use hearing is to make shakers with different objects (rice, beans, paper clips etc.) in each one.  If you have old film canisters you can use those or some other opaque containers.  Make two containers with each object in them and have the girls try to match the containers that sound the same.  For more challenge ask them to identify what made each sound.


To make a reusable set of touchable objects, sew little pouches of fabric that is thick enough not to see though but still thin enough to feel though. In each pouch place a small item that won’t spoil or break such as a paper clip, a piece of lego, a key etc.  Sew up the pouches and number each one so you can make a master list.  Have the girls sit in a circle and pass the items around.  The girls can write down what they think each item is when it comes around to them.

Alternatively, you can use larger (or messier) items in paper or non-transparent plastic bags.  On their turn have the girls place their hand in the bag and guess what the item is.


To make a smell game, take 10-12 of small containers and add a sample of something with a strong smell to each one (vinegar, coffee, hot sauce). Put a small piece of sponge on top so the girls can’t see  what they are smelling.  Pass the containers around the circle and have the girls write down what they think they are smelling.


Taste can be the trickiest to set up because it is important to consider any food allergies in your unit.  But collect up 10-12 items with distinct taste.  You can either give each girl a toothpick that has been dipped in what they are identifying, or if you are using say different types of fruit, you can blind fold them and give them a small sample.