The blog GIRL GUIDE HISTORY TIDBITS has put together a great meeting plan that will take the girls back in time to 1917 Guide Meeting. The meeting is based on a sample meeting published in 1917. It might be a fun way to explore Guide history. I especially enjoyed reading the instructions for making patrol shoulder knots which would be easy to incorporate into any Guide history meeting.
This is a new national challenge that replaces the NEDIC Love Yourself Challenge. It covers some similar ground having the girls examine how the media shapes their perception of what it means to be a girl and builds their self esteem to counteract some of the more negative images. The challenge starts with a backgrounder for Guiders that gives you word definitions and information on eating disorders, media etc. It also includes core program connections. Then there is a separate challenge document for each branch with age appropriate activities out lined in it. Looking though the Guide challenge I’d expect it to take 3 or 4 meetings to cover the challenge well. But it covers a lot of core program areas along the way. And could make for a really meaningful month of meetings.
The activities are divided into three themes:
- Media, Society and Me
- Accepting Myself
- My Balanced Life
This is an easy team building game that can be played inside or out. Flatten out a tarp (size depends on how many girls are playing). Have all the girls step onto the tarp. Now tell them they have to flip the tarp over without stepping off it.
“Never explain, never retract, never apologize, just get the thing done and let them howl”
– Nellie McClung
It can be hard to find good resources for learning new songs. Girl Guides use to publish a number of song books and you can still find them in the back of unit cupboards or at Guider swaps. I gather that the cost of the publishing rights has gotten too high though.
National recently released a pdf called Sing it Loud! A Girl Guides Song Collection. It is a collection of song lyrics for Girl Guide units. While this doesn’t help you to learn the tune in the first place, it may remind you of the words to a song you learned years ago. Or give you a starting place to ask a music trainer to teach you a song. I know a lot of Girl Guide songs but I am unfamiliar with many of the songs in this collection. Just goes to show how many songs we sing around campfires across the country.
I will admit I’ve looked at the inventing badge a number of times but I could just never see a way to make it fun for the girls. In the book the badge looks so dry. Then I came across this meeting from Quebec’s collection of Meetings in a Box on Inventing. So much more fun then anything I would have come up with on my own. This is why I value instant meetings so much.
Additional fun ideas for this badge can be found on blog of the Caledonia Girl Guides.
2016 also marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. This is another opportunity to tie Words in Action to a literary themed camp or meeting. Girlguiding North West England has developed a challenge in co-operation with Penguin Random House and The National Trust. There are different activities for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides/Senior Section.
I don’t know if the Girlguiding North West England office will ship internationally. But the ideas are valid no matter where fans of Beatrix Potter dwell.
The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can never play it the same way twice!
—Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
In the comic Calvin and Hobbes, the pair were often seen playing Calvinball. A game in which a variety of sporting equipment was used and the rules were never the same twice. You can reproduce this in your unit. This is ideally done in a big space. Give each patrol a selection of sporting equipment such as balls, hoops, skipping ropes, rackets etc. Give each patrol 15 min to agree to some rules for their game and then another 15 min to try their game out. Then have them share with the unit what went well and what they would change if they were to play again.
Friends are like MATH!
They multiply your joy,
And divide your sorrow . . .
They subtract the past,
And add to tomorrow . . .
They calculate the need
Deep in your heart,
And are always greater
Then the sum of their parts!
If you are not familiar with the comic xkcd, the author, Randall Munroe, often looks at STEM subjects though a lenses of humour. Before he wrote comics he worked on robots for NASA so the science is accurate and the comics are often funny. This recent one points out how hard it is to actually find a meteorite if you are out looking at rocks.
But Mr. Munroe also linked to this more serious flow charts showing exactly how hard it is to find an actual meteorite.
This might be a fun chart to take on a hike or to camp.