A Camp for Girl Guides
Theme: This camp is based on the element Fire. It was largely based on the BC Camps to Go: Guiding Elements Fire and their . For this camp cooking is a core part of the program and it is a great choice if your girls don’t have a lot of experience doing outdoor cooking because you can make room in the program to take your time with the food.
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their Outdoor Cooking badge and Basic Camper emblem.
Patrols: Patrols could be named after different types of wood or types of fires.
- Make a fire starter
- waterproof matches (from the Fire instant meeting)
- buddy burners and Tin Can Stoves
- Practice Lighting matches/jar over candle what do fires need (from BC Girl Guides Fire Camp)
- Light a camp stove/ camp stove safety
- fire safety
- fire drama activity (also from the Fire instant meeting)
A Camp for Girl Guides
Theme: This camp is themed around the reality tv show Survivor.
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed for the Outdoor Adventure badge but there are others you could do just as easily.
Patrols: Call the patrols tribes. Each tribe should have a colour and each girl given an inexpensive buff or bandanna to show their tribe. We named our tribes off of tropical islands such as Bali, Bora Bora or Tahiti.
Opening: We used tiki torches for our campfire the first night. They set the mood for the weekend.
- trail signs
- Shelter building
- Gadgets, Catapults or a Merry-go-round
- Lost at Sea Scenario
- Tribal council: We had the girls vote on 5 or 6 camp awards such as funniest, quietest, most helpful etc.
- Idols: We made a idol out of a jar decorated with Popsicle sticks and feather. Inside the jar we’d hide a coupon for something (like first served a dessert or help from a Guider at an activity). Our Pathfinder helpers took great delight in finding new places to hide the jar throughout the weekend and the girls enjoyed searching for it in their free moments.
- Build a raft to see if you can keep a potato (or Barbie doll) afloat. You can do this as a gadget out of sticks or Popsicle sticks. Or out of recycled material
- Finding North without a compass
- relay races
- Wide Game: survival luxuries. Played like Smugglers and Spies but with luxury items from Survivor such as Rice and Beans, Chickens, Fishing Gear, Hammock, Fire making supplies, Tarps, Spices, Fruit
- Night Game – Post Office but call it tree mail.
- bugs on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
- tropical fruit
We had each patrol create a short skit about something funny that happened at camp for the final campfire. They were fantastic.
This craft creates a popsicle stick shadow box for your camp memories.
- popsicle sticks
- cardboard (or foam core) backing
- various types of seeds or small rocks, seed pods etc.
- white glue
- Glue popsicle sticks together as sown in diagram. Having 4 on top of each other as show in diagram, having 3 on top of each other as shown, overlapping the ends.
- Glue a piece of cardboard onto the sticks to form a back
- Dividers are now made by cutting the sticks to desired length and glueing into the frame on their edges.
- Glue seeds of various types into the sections, with one section.
Alternative layouts for the shadow box.
Trail signs can be a lot of fun for the girls. Not only do they give them a usable skill to lay a trail but I’ve found that most girls like to play with rocks and sticks and this gives them a good excuse.
When I run a trail sign activity I normally split the girls into two or more groups and have each group lay a trail starting in a different direction. Ideally, I pick an area where they will be able to find two or more materials to make markers out of. Once all the girls have returned, we switch trail starting points and they try to follow another groups trail. If you’d like you can leave some sort of treasure at the end of the trail (camp crests or a snack for example).
This article from wikihow nicely illustrates how several methods for finding north if you are without a compass (or materials to make one). It is best to have several tricks up your sleeve as they are often dependent on factors like the sun or stars. Some of the ideas covered include:
Put a stick into the ground and mark the end of the shadow with a pebble. Wait 15 min and mark the new end of the shadow. Stand with one foot on each pebble and the stick behind you. You’ll now be facing north.
The star Polaris (or North Star) is approximately north and is visible throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Find Polaris and then draw a mental line straight down to the horizon.
Moss often (but not always) grows on the north side of trees where it is the most shaded.
Camp gadgets don’t have to be boring. I’ve previously written about building catapults. And while you’re Safe Guide assessor is probably not going to sign off on a full sized one of these, why not try to make a teddy bear sized one. Ideas for other adventurous camp gadgets can be found on pioneeringprojects.org
Soaping a pot is a technique used to make washing pots after cooking over an open fire easier. If your girls are new to the technique it is important to go over it carefully with them. I’ve seen many rushed Guiders giving instructions that were misinterpreted by the girls. This often results in soapy stew and is not recommend.
How to soap a pot:
- Turn the pot over so the bottom of the pot faces upwards.
- Squirt a little liquid dish soap on the bottom of the pot.
- Uses your hand or a dish rag to spread the soap all over the bottom of the pot and up the sides of the pot but not in the pot.
- Cook over an open fire. The outside of the pot will turn black.
- When it is time to do the dishes, you will find the black rinses easily off the pot. Unsoaped pots require a lot of scrubbing to remove the black.