I always pick a theme for camp because among the myriad of activities you could do at camp, I find a theme helps me (and/or the girls) focus on what to do at this particular camp. I was recently discussing this with a fellow Guider and she was worried that themes sometimes take away from girls time to just enjoy nature. So I thought I’d put together this simple theme to show how you can do both.
This theme would also work really well for multi-branch unit camps or multi-unit camps as many of the ideas and activities could easily be done by Sparks or Brownies.
If you wanted you could easily add in activities from the Polar Challenge as well.
Theme: Ice and Snow
This outline is for an residential winter camp.
- Art Studio
- My Physical Self
- Science Lab
Opening and Closing
There is an often sited “fact” that the Inuit have 52 words for snow. That idea has been largely discredited by modern linguists as to find 52 different words you have to count the same word in multiple dialects. That said, both the Inuit and English speaking Canadians have a lot of words and phrases for ice and snow.
Put up a large blank sheet of paper at the beginning of camp and challenge the girls to write as many words for ice or snow as they know. At the end of camp, count up how many words they came up with. Did they get to 52? You can check this list or this one if you need to extra words to fill out the list or to get the girls going.
- make snow angels or snow moose (one boot print and two glove prints)
- snowflake identification
- Build snowmen and/or snow forts
- Discuss hypothermia and frost bite – prevention, symptoms and first aid
- Go for a hike though the snow and try and identify some animal tracks
- make “hot ice” hand warmers
- snow snake
- freeze tag
- Coloured Ice Scavenger Hunt (From Winter 2019 Canadian Guider)