International Day of the Girl Meeting

This week we completed the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for International Day of the Girl.

We started the meeting by having each patrol look at cards with the  Need/Want items on them.  Each patrol separated the cards into two piles and then after horseshoe we asked how each patrol had categorized each item.  For some there was no debate (fizzy drinks are a want, clean water a need) but for others there was more debate.  I asked a few questions a long the way too to challenge their thinking.  For example, the girls all agreed that a garden was a want until I asked if their answer would change if the garden was a major source of food for the family.  Pretty flowers are a want but vegetables are a need they all agreed.

We followed that up with short discussion about barriers for girls attending school around the world.  I was impressed by how much our girls already knew about the subject.

Then we played the giant board game included in the package.  Some of the squares were pretty difficult for Guide age girls but the hardest one was staying quiet until your next turn.

We finished up by having each patrol draw posters of what they liked best about school and what they would miss if they couldn’t go to school any more.

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#TeamGirl 2017

The International Day of the Girl isn’t a Make a Difference Day this year, but if you still want to mark it with your unit you can complete the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for 2017.  This year’s focus is on the right to education of Girls around the world.

Before doing this challenge you may want to review the new Advocacy Guidelines.

The is a “letter from Hogwarts” making the rounds that might really help younger Guides understand what is lost when girls aren’t able to attend school.  It seemed quite timely to me as it came across my social media feed just after I was reading the #teamgirl challenge.  Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Waitlist

Sing Ontario Sing 2017-18

This years edition of Sing Ontario Sing is on a Celebrate Canada 150 theme.  It is in a campfire format so it could all be done in one meeting or over several campfires.  In edition to to the songs each unit is expected to share some “fun Canadian facts” as part of the challenge.  A song booklet has been assembled with lyrics and tune references.  Each song is on it’s own page so you only need to print the pages you intend to use.

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.