NB Arts Challenges

The New Brunswick Arts Challenge is sort of a bring your own theme challenge.  To complete the challenge you pick a theme and learn songs, games, crafts, skits etc around your theme.  This is very flexible and could lend itself to a great number of themes, but if you are from outside New Brunswick, then New Brunswick itself might make a great theme.

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad is another game that can be adapted to many themes.  To play you need spots for the number of girls play minus 1 in a circle.  These spots can be chairs, circles made with string or drawn in the dirt etc.  All the girls stand on a spot except the one who is starting “in”.  The girls in the circle are all assigned a type of fruit for example apple, banana, pear, orange.  If the girl in the middle calls out a type of fruit all the girls with that type of fruit change places.  The girl in the middle tries to steal a spot.  She can also call “Fruit Salad”, in which case everyone must change places and she can steal a place.

This game can be used for any theme so long as you can have a set of individual names and a collective name.

Trans Canada Trail BioKit

The Trans Canada Trail BioKit is a collection of activities designed to be used by teachers and youth group leaders while hiking the Trans Canada Trail.  80% of Canadians live within 30 min of the trail so this is potentially a lot of units.  You can order copies of the booklet by filling out this form.  Or download and print your own here.


Girls Go North Challenge

Girls Go North Challenge CrestThis NWT challenge “has been designed to provide opportunities to experience different aspects of life in the north.”

The challenge has three different parts, each of which has their own section crest.

  •  Moving! (Outdoors & Games)
  •  Sharing! (Community History & Service)
  •  Creating! (Art, Drama, & Music)

Details on the challenge can be found here.

Crests are free for units in the NWT or can be ordered for $5 per set for the rest of Canada. Instructions for ordering are found at the end of the challenge pack.


This is a simple quick game that results in the girls being divided into pairs.  It can be used as a fun way to pair the girls up so they are perhaps working with someone new.

You need a stack of cards, one for each girl.  One each card write one half of a well known pair (knife and fork, peanut butter and jam, bees and honey, stars and the moon etc.)  Hand one card to each girl and on “go” they have to find their partner.  When they find them, they should sit down together.

If you have more time you can play several time before transitioning into the next activity.

Songs about Aunts

I’m not sure why we have some many songs in Girl Guides about Aunts. Maybe it is easier for the girls to envision their Aunt having some fabulous adventure then their Moms.

My Aunt Grete

My Aunt Grete, veed-a-veed-a-veet
Had a puss, veed-a-veed-a-vuss
And that puss, veed-a-veed-a-vuss
Had a tailAnd that tail veed-a-veed-a-vail
Had a twirl, veed-a-veed-a-virl
And that twirl, veed-a-veed-a-virl
Had a tip. COMMA.

And that tip, veed-a-veed-a-vip
Had a twirl, veed-a-veed-a-virl
And that twirl, veed-a-veed-a-virl
Had a tail

And that tail, veed-a-veed-a-vail
Had a puss, veed-a-veed-a-vuss
And that puss, veed-a-veed-a-vuss
Had my aunt

Auntie Monica

My Aunt Came Back

(leader sings a line, everyone repeats)

Oh, my aunt came back,
From Holland too,
And she brought with her,
A wooden shoe.

(Action: Stamping your foot on the word ‘shoe’ and keep stamping)

Oh my aunt came back,
From Old Japan,
And she brought with her,
A waving fan.

(Action: Wave fan and continue to stamp foot)

Oh my aunt came back,
From Open Plain,
And she brought with her,
A walking cane.

(Action: Hold cane and move both feet while continuing the fan and the stamp)

More verses:
…From near Kamloops, some hula hoops (Add hula hoop motion)
…From near Algiers, some cutting shears (Add cutting motion)
…From New York fair, a rocking chair (Add rocking motion)
…From Niagara Falls, some ping pong balls (Move head to follow balls

Do you know any more songs about Aunts?