A Camp for Girl Guides
Theme: This camp is based on the Top Secret Challenge. Other ideas were taking from a training at Share The Fun – Guider Enrichment Day
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their Naturalist badge. This is also a great topic for covering some Girl Guide history.
Patrols: Patrols could be named after famous fictional spies or spy agencies.
- Plaster Animal Tracks
- Finger print doodles
- Morse Code bracelets
- Hide and Seek Bottle
Hold a Menu Meal
Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
– Arthur Conan Doyle
First you need to decide what your crime will be. With older girls you might do a murder as in the original Clue game but for younger ones I suggest a theft (“Oh no someone stole the s’mores”) or the kidnapping of a unit mascot. Then you need to make up your Clue cards. You will need location cards for locations around your play area, suspects (Guiders?) and either weapons or hiding places. I’d suggest 6-8 cards for each category. You will also need to make a score card per patrol that has a list of all the possible cards and check boxes. I recommend making more then 1 row of check boxes in case the girls want to play the game several times.
Before you play, shuffle each pile separately and select one card from each pile. Set them aside in a secret place.
Have a list of 6 locations, associate each one with a side of a die. Then divide the remaining cards among the leaders. At a central location have a die available to roll. Patrols take turns rolling the die and travel to that location. Once they arrive they can propose a solution to the Leader there. If she has one or more cards that contradicts the proposed solution she shows it to the girls. Once the patrol is sure they know the solution they can tell the Guider supervising the die rolling. If their answer is correct they win.
Towards the end end of the game, when some patrols have been to the same location over and over, we let them re-roll if they sing a camp song.
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.
I have found that Guides’ Own can be a hard concept to explain to someone who hasn’t participated in one. And it can be hard to understand how to put one together. I developed this planning guide to help my Guides (and Rangers) put together a Guides’ Own.
Guides’ Own Planner
A Residential Camp for Girl Guides
Theme: This camp is based on the Mighty Minds Challenge. With additional ideas from Girl Scout Mental Health Awareness Challenge and the Mental Health Week Instant meeting
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their Feeling Good badge.
Patrols: Patrols could be named after different emotions
- Stress Balls
- Beady Nerons
- Anti-stigma t-shirts
- Mighty Me Jars
- Worry Dolls
Invent a whole new game
If you are happy and you know it
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)
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.