Hide the Slipper/Bob the Weasel

This is another historical observation game.  The girls stand in a circle with their hands behind their back, they are the cobblers.  One girl is selected to go in the middle, she is the customer.  She takes off one shoe and hands it to a cobbler and says “Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe, Get it done by half past two.” The customer then closes her eyes.  The cobblers pass the shoe around the circle until someone hides it behind her back.  The then cobbler who started with the shoe says “The shoe is lost!”  Then the customer opens her eyes and tries to figure out who has the shoe.  If the cobblers think she is getting close they can try to pass the shoe behind their backs.

A more modern take on this would be Bob the Weasel

Secret Missions

This is a camp activity that is a lot of fun.  On Friday night give each girl a secret mission she needs to complete over the course of the weekend (we told them to start Saturday morning).  Examples would include, “find out the birth date of everyone in your patrol”, “Pretend to caught until you can get someone to get you a glass of water”, “Get everyone in your patrol to sing ______ song.”  etc.   They can be a silly as you’d like but they should be respectful.  Tell the girls that even once they are finished their mission they aren’t to tell anyone.   Then on Sunday at closing as all the girls who completed their mission to stand up and say what their mission was.

Find the Buttons

This game is a variation of one that appears in Scouting for Boys.  BP’s original instructions are:

Thimble Finding
(indoors)

Send the Patrol out of the room.
Take a thimble, ring, coin, bit of paper or any small article, and place it where it is perfectly visible, but in a spot where it is not likely to be noticed.  Let the Patrol come in and look for it.  When one of the Scouts sees it, he should go and quietly sit down without indicating to the others where it is.
After a fair time he should be told to point it out to those who have not succeeded in finding it.

We used buttons and instead of hiding just one, we hide 15.  The girls spread out looking for the buttons.  None of the buttons were hidden in such a way that anything had to be moved to see them but some were more hidden they others.  When a girls thought she knew where all 15 were, she sat down.  Once half the unit was sitting we called the game to a halt and had the girls who sat first go one by one to bring a button back.

Girls First, Coming in September

Plans for the new Girls First program are steaming ahead.  My Guide unit was a test unit.  The feedback we got from the girls on the test meetings was very positive and it has made me really excited to see the complete program.  The Girls First Champions have completed their training and hopefully Canadian units will hear from their champions soon.

For anyone who hasn’t been keeping up on all the latest I’d recommend checking out the Girls First website.  Or you can look a these highlights

Pass the Coin

I learned this game from the 2018 Thinking Day challenge from WAGGGS. Our girls had a great time playing.  We ended up splitting the group into four teams and had them play at opposite ends of the room.  Then after a few rounds we swapped which teams were playing against each other so they could try their strategies on different opponents.

This game requires concentration, communication, strategy and powers of observation. Split your group into two teams. Have the teams sit in two parallel lines facing each other about a metre apart.
Each line receives a coin which is passed or appears to be passed down the line. Each person can pass the coin or just appear to pass it on. Hands must be kept in front of the body.
Both lines pass at the same time. The participants should be watching the other team, not their own, to see if they can figure out where the coin stops.
When the passing reaches the ends of the lines, each group huddles to choose who on the other team has the coin. Then ask the teams to come back and sit in their original lines. The head of the line gets up and goes to the end of the line and this repeats until everyone has a chance to lead the line.

Guiding Treasures – Multi-branch advancement

Props:  You need a “treasure box” and treasures in all the Guiding colours.  I was able to find different gem stones at a dollar store.  It just so happened that the clear gems had fake pearls mixed in.  The is also a great opportunity to “bling up” anything you are handing out to the girls.

 

Have all the girls line up by unit in the hall.

Opening

Sparks come into gym, sing their opening song and then sit to one side.

Brownies enter gym, sing their opening song and sit next to Sparks.

Guides and Pathfinders enter the gym, sing their opening song and then sit next to the Brownies.

Speaker 1: Welcomes Parents and any other Special Guests.

Treasure Chest Ceremony

Speaker 1: Girl Guides are a little bit like treasure boxes. As girls progress up though the branches of Guiding they collect treasured memories and new skills that they will value their whole life though.

Speaker 1 places the treasure box on the table and opens it.

Speaker 2 (Spark Guider): Our youngest girls are the ones in pink. Sparks treasure friendship, fun, excitement, sharing and discovery.

Some Sparks put the pink gems in the treasure box.

Speaker 3 (Brownie Guider):  Next in line are the girls in brown.  Brownies treasure adventures, new skills, fair play, a helping hand and a Brownie smile.

Some Brownies put the brown gems in the treasure box.

Speaker 4 (Guide Guider): After Brownies, we have our girls in blue.  Guides treasure challenges, teamwork, thoughtfulness and being prepared.

Some Guides put the blue gems in the treasure box.

Speaker 5 (Pathfinder Guider):  The girls in green are after Guides.  Pathfinders treasure adventure, making choices, laughter and flexibility.

Some Pathfinders put the green gems in the treasure box.

Speaker 6 (Ranger Guider): Our oldest girls are the ones in red.  Rangers treasure leadership, travel, independence and volunteering.

Rangers put red gems in the treasure box.

Speaker 1:  Our final precious gems are the Leaders who volunteer in each unit.  They bring with them creativity, patience, dedication and pearls of wisdom.

Put clear gems and pearls in treasure box.

Adult Awards

If there are adult awards or special thank you gifts they can be awarded here

Advancement

Sparks move to Advancement Area with their leader.  Brownies move to Receiving Area with their leaders. Spark leaders say goodbye to Second year Sparks.  Sparks advance down path.

Brownies move to Advancement Area with their leader.  Guides move to Receiving Area with their leaders. Brownie leaders say goodbye to Second year Brownies.  Brownies advance down path.

Guides move to Advancement Area with their leader. Pathfinders move to Receiving Area with their leaders.  Guides who have completed their Lady BP awards receive them. Guide leaders say goodbye to third year Guides.  Guides advance down path

Pathfinders move to Advancement Area.  Rangers move to Receiving Area. Pathfinders who have completed their Canada Cord receive them. Pathfinder leaders say goodbye to third year Pathfinders. Pathfinders advance to Rangers.

Rangers move to Advancement Area.  Have some extra leaders represent adult members. Rangers who have completed their gold award receive them. Rangers and their leaders say goodbye to third year Rangers. Rangers advance to Adults.

Everyone sings Make New Friends.

Closing

Spark closing song

Brownie closing song

Taps

snacks and have photo ops