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.
These adorable bug snacks would be a great snack for Sparks or Brownies and look easy enough for Guides or Pathfinders to make. The actual ingredients may need to be adjusted to take allergies and ingredient availability into account.
Fruit and Vegetable Bugs
A mocktail is a fancy alcohol-free mixed drink. They can be a fun way to celebrate or can open a discussion on alcohol use.
- fruit juices such as apple, orange, cranberry, lemon-aid etc.
- fizzy beverages such as ginger-ale, lemon-lime, soda water etc.
- fruit including lemons, lime, orange, grapefruit, berries, watermelon etc.
- vegetables such as celery or cucumber
- spices such as cinnamon or herbs such as mint,
- bling such as drink umbrellas or fancy swizzle sticks, different shape glassware
- Discuss with your girls what a mocktail is and why it is fun to make them. With older girls you can also discuss why it might be preferable to enjoy a mocktail instead of a cocktail.
- Give the girls a opportunity to invent their own perfect mocktail. Have them consider appearance, tastes, presentation etc. Each girl should name her concoction.
- If you’d like you can hold a contest at the end where girls try the drinks the others have made. Or you can create a menu/recipe book of all the girls creations.
Theme: This camp is based on the Colour Me Healthy Challenge and took place at a camp that provided many adventurous activities including horseback riding, archery, wall climbing etc. The Guiders only needed to provide programming for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday morning.
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their My Physical Self theme and also touches on the My Mighty Mind theme.
Patrols: You could name your patrols after different healthy foods (apples, carrots etc.) or different activities (swimming, hiking etc.)
- water bottle counter
- peas in a pod hat craft
- Horse Finger Puppet
Collective Campfire with lots of action songs
Caring and Sharing
I am Unique
Freedom to Be
I am a unique person.
I must experience the world and express the person I am.
You are a unique person too.
You must experience and express yourself differently.
The experiencing and expressing of our total beings
Will find fulfillment in our appreciation of the differences and our mutual love
– Everet L. Shostrom
Go Well, and Safely
Many units enjoy playing games with Rubber Chickens.
Why play with rubber chickens? Because they are funny! Using a silly object in a game encourages participation.
Rubber Chickens can frequently be found in a dog toy department.
BC Program Committee publishes this list of Rubber Chicken games including Chuck the Chicken, Chicken Detective, Rubber Chicken
Blob Tag, Hacky Chicken and Duck-Duck-Chicken. After trying some of these games you can challenge the girls to create their own chicken games.
Very little wrecks a fun day outside faster then dehydration. I can still picture a Pathfinder I worked with 20 years ago sitting in the shade, her head in her hands swearing to me that she would never not drink water when I told her too again if I’d just call her Dad and have him come and get her.
It won’t work well in an outhouse, but if you are using flush toilets then one of the easiest ways to help the girls to manage their hydration is to discuss the colour of their pee. (Yes, this may also lead to some giggling).
Another option is to make water counters like this as a camp craft.
The Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, launched in June 2016, are guidelines that recommend the amount and intensity of physical activity, sleep, and limits to sedentary time for children and youth aged 5 to 17 within a 24-hour period.
A healthy 24 hours includes
Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity
An accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities, and muscle and bone strengthening activities should each be incorporated at least 3 days per week;
Light physical activity
Several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activities;
Uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5–13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times;
No more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time; Limited sitting for extended periods.
The Build Your Best Day is a fun tool from Participation to introduce girls to these guidelines and discuss how to fit more activity into their day.
You can use an interactive online tool to explore these options at Build Your Best Day
Or you can print out handouts to do it off line at Resources for Educators.