Cookie Bites Challenge

Nova Scotia has released a new cookie based challenge: Cookie Bites.  Unlike the Cookie Rising badge, this challenge is divided into Creative, STEM, Active Living and Events sections and includes a wide variety of activities in each section.  It might be a great way to shake the dust off of preparing your girls for cookie selling this spring.

Please note: Some Guiders (myself included) are having trouble viewing the challenge on the Nova Scotia site.  I’ve read the challenge when it was posted on the Unofficial Girl Guides Facebook group.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Ocean Aware

The  Ocean Aware Challenge was developed by the BC Program committee and  Ocean Networks Canada.  It is designed to get you to think differently about oceans whether you live near one or not. The challenge is centered around 7 principles of ocean literacy.  There are suggested activities for each principle with detailed instructions for each one.   A lot of the activities are suitable for a wide range of ages making this a great challenge for multi-branch units.  This challenge would also be a great starting place for planning an underwater themed camp.

Québec, c’est la fête Challenge

Quebec is a province recognized internationally for some of it’s festivals. Québec, c’est la fête challenge encourages girls to attend these festivals  or reproduce aspects of Quebec’s festivals such as Sugar Shack, Ceinture Fléchée or People Sledding.

There are four different versions of this crest available with different colour borders so it can be repeated by different branches of Guiding  Crests can be ordered from the Quebec Provincial Office.

Nova Scotia International Women’s Day Challenge

 The Nova Scotia International Women’s Day Challenge is a challenge for Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers.  The “challenge is designed to raise awareness of issues affecting girls and women in every community. By exploring individual, community, national, and global issues”

The challenge is divided into the following sections:

  • Considering Myself
  • In My Community
  • Thinking Nationally
  • A Global Perspective

There is a mandatory challenge in each section and additional challenges that can be competed.  So you could easily do this challenge over the course of several meetings or a weekend camp.

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Heritage Challenge

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are beautiful and exciting provinces. By completing this challenge you will learn about your province, your community and your family and provincial heritage. You will also be able to share your personal Heritage with others.

The New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Heritage Challenge is divided into four sections:

  • Community
  • Family
  • Province
  • Social

The challenge is pretty specific to the two Provinces sponsoring it, but many of the activities would be worth while no matter where you live.

Mighty Minds

Mighty Minds is Girl Guides of Canada’s new challenge on Mental Health.  The challenge was jointly developed by Girl Guides,  Kids Help Phone and The Psychology Foundation of Canada.  The package includes background information for Guiders and a different activity pack for each branch Sparks though Rangers.  While you might be able to do the challenge in one meeting, there is a lot in each pack and you could easily spend 2 or 3 meetings discussing this important topic.

If you are in Toronto this weekend Girl Guides is hosting a launch event Nathan Philip Square at 5:30 on Saturday January 21st.  There are other launch events being held in other communities in the weeks to come so if you live elsewhere in the country you may want to keep an eye out for it.