Broomsticks

One player stands in the middle of the room, and holds the broom upside down on the floor.  Then she calls out the name of another player, lets go the broom and runs away.  The player whose name is called must catch the broom before it hits the ground, then name someone else to catch it.  Anyone who does not catch the broom before it hits the floor must return the broom to the caller.

This game is best played very quickly, and with all players kept as far away from the broom as possible.  Depending on the size of the room, you may make a rule that everyone player must be touching one of the walls when the broomstick is being held.

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WAGGGS OLYMPIA BADGE 2020

In 2020 the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted by Japan.  In 2020 Girl Scouts of Japan will also be celebrating their organizations 100th birthday.  As such, the Girl Scouts of Japan have taken the opportunity to update the WAGGGS Olympia badge (last updated when the UK hosted the games).  The new challenge is filled with active games and cultural activities from Japan all with an Olympic and/or Paralympic twist.  There are three levels of the badge available from the WAGGGS store depending on how many activities from each of the three sections you unit completes.

  • Stadium (body)
  • Temple (mind)
  • Theater (cultural)

,This challenge would make a great bases for a unit, district or neighbourhood picnic or camp.

Interview and Introduce

This is a short get-to-know-you activity.  Have the girls pair off.  Ideally, they should be paired with someone they don’t already know well.  This is not a time to partner with your best friend.  Each pair has 5-10 min to talk to each other and get to know each other.  It is important when instructions are given that you emphasis that the girls need to take time to both talk and listen.  After the discussing time, each girl needs to introduce their partner to the group.  This introduction should include her name and several interesting things about her that makes her special.

Hare and Hounds

This is a good game for both urban and rural units.  The hare is given 3 minutes start and some chalk.  As she goes she makes a chalk mark on the sidewalk or trees from time to time.  The hounds follow, all with chalk, (a different colour) and as they discover the trail they mark it off (make a cross or x) the hare tries to get back to the meeting place before she is caught.

This game was originally played with paper scrapes but playing with chalk (or something biodegradable like bird seed) is better.

Moon and Morning Stars

This game from Spain, is played on a sunny day in an area where there is a significant patch of shade such as in the shadow of a house or by a large tree.

One player is chosen to be the Moon and she stands in the shadows and must not go into the sunshine.  The other players are the morning stars and they dance around the sunshine because they belong in the light.  They venture into the shadows where the Moon tries to catch them.

The Morning Stars recite the following:

The bright Moon and the Morning Stars.
Where the light shines bright and we dance and play,
But who will dare the shadows?

When the Moon succeeds in tagging a star, that player becomes the new Moon.

Lemon Roll

Equipment:

  • 1 lemons/team
  • 1 pencils/team

Ever tried to roll a lemon across the floor with the pointed end of a pencil?  Well this game gives everyone a chance to see how difficult it can be.  Form two (or more) teams with players lined up behind one another.  On the starting signal the first player of each team tries to push her lemon across the room and back with a pencil.  Then the second team member repeats the procedure and the relay game goes on until one complete team has finished to course.

If you have uneven teams, some players can go twice.

 

Numbers

This is a game from Angola that teaches the girls to count in the Umbundu language.

  1. one – mosi
  2. two – vali
  3. three – tatu
  4. four – kwala
  5. five – tulu

Practice the numbers a couple of times as a group.  Then the girls spread out around the room and move on their own around the room until the leader calls out a number.  Then they have to form groups of that size and keep moving as a group until a new number is called.