“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”
― J.K. Rowling

How to Blow Out an Egg

Many egg crafts call for a blown egg.  This is an egg shell that you have removed the egg from without breaking the shell.  This isn’t hard but does take a little patience.  You can still use the eggs in baking or scrambled eggs.

In this video an 11 year old demonstrates the technique.

Whether you are having the girls blow the eggs or preparing them yourself for a craft, I’d recommend allowing at least 1.5 eggs per girl with the assumption that some will get broken along the way.

World Center Game

I found this on the Pax Lodge site and it would be a great edition to any meeting on the World Centers

Game PDF

Each player is given a card.  And then the players must organize themselves in to groups so that each group has one card from each category for one of the world centers.  There are 8 categories (name, location, year opened, “hello”, name of country, national flag, an activity you can do  and a food). I’m sure you can remove categories if you don’t have enough players.  For a very large group you could make more then one copy of each card.


Cookies are Rising

Our chocolate mint cookies are here, so this weeks meeting we concentrated on Cookie Rising activities.

But first we made some name tags.  We wanted something more long lasting this year that girls could wear when guest speakers etc were here, so we opted for shrink plastic.  Each girl was given half a sheet and encouraged to you large bold letters.  I can’t wait to see how they turned out.

Then we had a short discussion about Cookie All Stares before asking each girl to set a personal cookie selling goal for the year.  We had a form printed up when they could fill out their goal, then we placed the sheet in an envelope with the girls name on it.  We will revisit these envelops later in the year so they can see how they are progressing towards their goal.

Finally I ran the Design a box of Cookies exercise I posted last year.  The girls enjoyed seeing photos of the old cookie boxes and worked hard on their own designs.  Most opted to make their cookies something other then the three flavours we have now, from strawberry,  to chocolate chip, to a few that were truly strange.

Mission: Promise

I often hear people wishing for new and innovated ideas for teaching Promise and Law. The 5th Worksop Methodist Brownies in the UK have got some great ones in their Mission: Promise Challenges. I gather they have been surprised by how popular this challenge has become. It started as a Brownie only challenge but they have expanded it to all levels. Even though our promise in Canada is a a little different then the one used in the UK there are some great ideas that can be easily adapted.

Rainbows (Sparks)
Guides (and maybe Pathfinders too)
Senior Section (Rangers) – coming soon

Crests are available from the 5th Woksop Methodist Brownies.  Be sure to check with them on availability and shipping costs.

Giant Marbles

Equipment: 10 beach balls, 1 soccer or utility ball, two long skipping ropes.


Use the skipping ropes to  make a big circle on the ground.  Place the beach balls in the middle.  The girls take turns rolling or kicking the soccer ball at the beach balls trying to push them out of the circle.  If they get any out the circle they get to keep them and go again.  If none of the balls leave the circle they must pass the ball to the next girl.  After all the girls have had a chance to try, the girl with the most beach balls wins.