Halloween Team Building

This week was our annual unit Halloween party.  All the girls were invited to wear a costume instead of their uniform.  The girls always enjoy seeing the leaders in costume too.  For activities we ran a round robin of co-operative, team building games.

  1. Stack the cups with an elastic and string
  2. Pass the can
  3. Find your way though a maze while blindfolded
  4. Collective Sheet Ball
  5. Alligator Alley 

All the games when over well but the maze game took slightly longer then the others to play.

After the games one of the leaders had some Halloween trivia for the girls.  When a girl answered the question right her patrol got to go and line up for some Halloween treats.  We ended the evening with a group photo shoot.

Get Messy

The Get Messy challenge encourages girls get a little dirty (or a lot dirty).

The challenge is split into 5 sections

  • Get Messy Outside
  • Get Messy Pampering
  • Get Messy Cooking
  • Get Messy Creative
  • Get Messy Games

This is a fundraising challenge from Wotton District in the UK.  As with any UK challenge run by a unit, check that the crests are still available and discuss with them the trans-Atlantic shipping costs before starting the challenge.


Lego Team Building game

For this game, you require  number of patrols + 1 identical sets Lego.  They must have two sets that are exactly the same is size, shape and colour of the blocks.  You probably want at least 30 or more lego in each set depending on how hard you want to make it.

One leader builds a design with the lego in another room (or out in a hall).  The patrols can send one person at a time to look at the model.  They come back and describe what they saw to their patrol mates.  Then another girl can go and look at the model. The patrol tries to build exactly what they see in the leaders model.  The first patrol to copy the leaders build wins.  Try to play the game more then once so the girls can try to improve their communication.

Variation: If you don’t have access to lego the same game can be played with other building toys or blocks. You can even use shapes cut of of felt or bristle board.

Cookies Around the World

Canada isn’t the only country where Girl Guides / Girl Scouts sell cookies as a fundraiser.

I think most of us have heard about the wide selection of cookies available from Girl Scouts of America.  Girl Scouts sells 12 types of cookies but they use two different companies to bake them so not all varieties are available in all parts of the country.

So far as I can tell Girl Guides in Australia and New Zealand use the same baker to make their biscuits. In both countries they sell three types of biscuits, original, chocolate and chocolate minis.

Are there other Girl Guide cookies I missed?

Symbols of Remembrance

This is an activity guideline from the Veterans Affairs Canada that would make a nice Remembrance Day activity.  There is a template for a bookmark with 6 symbols of Remembrance and a short information sheet for each symbol.  If you are working on the Peace Badge you could used this as a starting place to discuss peace symbols as some are symbols of both. You could also expand the activity by folding your own paper cranes or if you work with really crafty older girls you could try to make your own Iggy dolls.

Symbols of Remembrance

Girls First and Clove Hitches

Our unit was chosen to run a focus group as part of the Girls First program review. Our unit was assigned a focus group on ceremonies where the girls had to say what they liked or didn’t like about enrollment, campfire, Guides Own, horseshoe and Thinking Day. For the most part our girls seem to enjoy the ceremonial parts of Girl Guides, except possibly Guides Own which got a mixed review.

I learned a few new things about how our girls view ceremonies though.  One, then want us to get out the fake campfire more often.  Two, they’d like us to fix the flag stands so we can do colour party more often.  And finally, they are highly motivated by snacks.  Pretty much anytime food is involved they thought it was the best part of the ceremony.

National only wanted the opinions of girls who’d completed a full year or more of Guides. So while the focus group was running, our first year Guides worked on understanding their promise and law in preparation for enrollment in a few weeks time.

Then we came back together as a unit for our “knot of the week”. This week we did the clove hitch. I had the girls pair up with a rope each and they tried to tie clove hitches around each others thumbs. Once a pair was sure they had it, they went to find a pair that didn’t and helped them. Within 10 min all the girls could tie one.

We ended the night with some singing. I’ve been teaching the girls a few songs each week, trying to keep the songs within the same family of campfire songs (campfire openings, closings etc) with an aim to help them write their own campfires later in the year. This week we learned some yells. We did There an’t no flies on Us, Porridge in a Pot and Thunderation.

Stones in a Circle

Patrols form in lines and make a formation like the spokes of a wheel facing outward.  In front of each Patrol on the ground are five bean bags, stones or other markers in a ring made of rope.If the patrols are uneven in number, put a mark at the back of the Patrols so all players will have the same distance to run.  The game should have a time limit and it does not matter how many turns any one Guide has.  On the word “go”, the first Guide picks up on stone , turns to her right and runs around the back of her patrol and on to the circle in front of the next patrol on the left.  Here she drops the stone in the circle and runs back to her own patrol and tags the girl who is now at the front of the line.  Each player in turn repeats the action.  The aim of each Patrol is to get as many markers out of its circle at the end of the time limit.  Only one marker may be moved at a time.  Score only what is actually in the circle at the end of the time.  The lowest score wins.