Land Surveyor Challenge

The Land Surveyor Challenge is a joint project between the Ontario Council and Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS).  The goal of the challenge introduces girls to the science of Land Surveying and how it impacts us.

The challenge is divided up into four groups of activities:

  • What is Surveying?
  • How GPS Works
  • Measuring and Mapping
  • Finding Your Way

This challenge would be a great way to shake up/modernize Map and Compass work.

Challenge crests are purchases though Positive Identity.

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Edible Snowballs

My Guides love cooking and baking.  Well really, I think my Guides like eating but are willing to bake or cook if that leads to the eating.  However, we don’t have ready access to a kitchen at our meeting place.  So I’m always looking for options that require little or no heat.  These No-bake Fudgy Snow Balls look like a great way to celebrate winter.  They are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and can be vegan so they are already a great choice for units with lots of food complications.  The comments suggest replacing the almonds with graham cracker crumbs.  I will have to try that as we have one girl who can’t have nuts.

Update:  I was unable to find a source of dates that hadn’t been processed on the same equipment as nuts, so no  Fudgy Snow Balls for us.  Hopefully it is still useful for other units.  However, if nuts are a concern, you  may want to start sourcing dates well before you need them.

Inuktut Words

As the winter sets in and the nights get longer it might be a good time to learn a few words of Inuktut (one of two indigenous official languages in Nunavut) The website the glossary on tusaalanga.ca includes a large selection of words including handy sound clips so you can hear how they sound.  There is also a drop down for different dialects so you can hear how the same word sounds in different parts of Nunavut.

I found that site though a blog post entitled 15 Inuktitut Words to Know Before Visiting Iqaluit. Unfortunately it is an older post and the links to the pronunciation glossary are broken but it might still be a good place to start to pick a few words.

To take it further, tussaalanga.ca also has information on Syllabics the writing system used with Inuktitut.  It works a little differently then the phonic alphabet English speakers are used to (not that English is a particularly phonic language).  But each symbol represents a pair of a constant and vowel sound.

Town Council on the Moon

This is a variation of Understand How to Be Responsible #2.

Explain to the girls that you are going to pretend to be the town council of the first colony on the moon.  Explain how on Earth, most laws come to be because people perceive a problem and set up a law to prevent it.  Have each patrol discuss what problems they thought a Moon colony might have and what laws they would need.  We had each patrol present their best two ideas but if you have a small unit you might want to let them present more then that.  Once all the laws were written on a piece of chart paper, each proposed law was considered by the whole council.  The girls had a chance to discuss and ask questions about the law.  The patrol that presented it tried to defend their idea.  Then everyone would vote.

Grass Heads

This is a nice project for Understand How to be Responsible #5.
20170222_081635Materials:

  • length of nylon stockings
  • grass seeds
  • top soil
  • eyes
  • floss or thread
  • glue
  • misc craft supplies (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut your nylon stocking into pieces.  We found we  could get six piece from each pair of stockings, three from each leg.
  2. If you don’t have the toe,  tie one end with floss or thread and turn the stocking inside out.  If you have a toe you can skip this step.
  3. Place one tablespoon of grass seed in the stocking.
  4. Fill the stocking with a cup or so of soil.
  5. Tie the bottom of the stocking with more floss or thread.
  6. Pull out one clump of dirt and wrap floss around it to form a nose.
  7. Use white or hot glue to attach the eyes.
  8. You can add felt, pipe cleaners etc to create eye brows, bow ties, etc but don’t cover the top of the head.
  9. Place in a cup and keep damp.  The grass hair will grow in about a week.

You might want to warn the girls to keep their grass heads away from pets as in our unit we had at least one grass head given a hair cut by the family cat.