Fire Camp

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.

Activities

  1. Make a fire starter
  2. waterproof matches (from the Fire instant meeting)
  3. buddy burners and Tin Can Stoves
  4. Practice Lighting matches/jar over candle what do fires need (from BC Girl Guides Fire Camp)
  5. Light a camp stove/ camp stove safety
  6. Woodpiles
  7. fire safety
  8. fire drama activity (also from the Fire instant meeting)

Crafts

Games

Food

Songs

Campfire Openings

Readings

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Pre-camp survey

Before each camp I like to run a survey for the girls who are attending.  My current edition has five questions:

Name 3 girls who you would like to share a tent/room with

Name 3 songs you’d like to sing at campfire

What are you excited to do at camp?

What worries you about going to camp?

What should we know about feeding you at camp? (Are you vegetarian?  Are there foods you don’t eat?)

The first question helps me organize the sleeping arrangements.  I try to make sure all the girls get at least one friend in their tent/room.

The second gives the girls an opportunity to help plan campfire.

The third and forth question give me some incite into how the girls are feeling about camp.

And the fifth questions captures a lot of don’t liked foods that won’t show up on the health forms because they aren’t allergic to them.

Survivor Camp

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.

Activities

  • 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

Crafts

Games

  • 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.

Food

  • bugs on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
  • tropical fruit

Campfire

We had each patrol create a short skit about something funny that happened at camp for the final campfire.  They were fantastic.

Pre-camp Meeting

Our meeting this week was to get the girls ready for an upcoming camp.

After horseshoe our quartermaster presented options for each meal and let the girls vote on what they wanted.

We then had the girls fill out pre-camp surveys.   I’ll put up a post on these next week.

Next we had the girls do skits about being Prepared at Camp and used that to discuss what should be on our kit list.

We were going to finish the evening with a campfire but we have a lot of girls who haven’t been to Guide camp before and some of them have a lot of questions. So instead we just sat in a circle and I answered as many questions as I could.

Be Prepared at Camp

These are a series of skits intended to help get the girls to discuss what should be on a camp kit list and why.  These were for a residential camp in November so if you are using this idea at another time of year you may need to adjust the scenarios.  Each scenario was given to a different patrol.

Pretend it is time to go to bed at camp. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for bedtime and if you aren’t prepared for bedtime. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to sleep?

Pretend it is time to go to get dressed in the morning at camp. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for the day and if you aren’t prepared for the day. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to for the day?

Pretend it is time to go to go for a hike at camp. It is a cold fall afternoon. Light snow is falling from the sky. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for hiking in the cold and if you aren’t prepared for hiking in the cold. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to be outside in cold weather?

Pretend it is time to go to play active games outside at camp. It is raining lightly outside. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared to be outside in wet weather and if you aren’t prepared to be outside in wet weather. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to outside in wet weather?

Pretend it is time to go outside and roast hot dogs. It is unseasonably warm. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you brought what you need to be prepared to roast hot dogs in warm weather and what will happen if you are not prepared. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared for warm weather and fires?

Tidy Tent Award

When I was a girl I remember my Guiders had a small banner that read Tidy Tent Award that they hung outside the first tent at camp to be all cleaned up.  We re-institued this with our unit last spring but instead of a banner one of our Guiders bought a colourful dustpan and brush from the dollarstore and then went to town on it with a glue gun and a bag of gem stones.  The blinged up result was a big hit with our girls and they worked hard to be the tent (or room) that got to display the award for the day.

Soaping a Pot

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: 

  1. Turn the pot over so the bottom of the pot faces upwards.
  2. Squirt a little liquid dish soap on the bottom of the pot.
  3. 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.
  4. Cook over an open fire.  The outside of the pot will turn black.
  5. 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.