The Plastic Free Challenge is a new Challenge from Nova Scotia. The focus is to teach girls about the problems associated with single use plastic items and get them to think about long term solutions. There is a separate list of activities for each branch but each branch has to do an opening and closing activity and then one activity from each activity area: At Home, In the Community and In Nature.
This challenge would pair well with a shoreline cleanup service project.
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.
Theme: This camp was run for Rangers but I’m including some ideas that would work for for younger girls as well.
- Spirit of Guiding
- Art Studio
- World Stage
- Dragon’s Den – We had the girls pitch an idea for an activity they thought the unit should do
- Dragon themed movie under the stars
- Build a catapult to slay a dragon (for large dragons or small)
- Practice your fire lighting skills
- Dragon Eyes
- Dragon Eggs
- Dragon Themed adult colouring sheets
Confidence is like a dragon were, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.
No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.
International Dishes from countries where dragons are important. For example:
- Asian Dragons
- European Dragons
Serve dragon fruit as a snack
Try decorating cupcakes as dragons
Try some very spicy food (have milk and bread available)
Instead of singing, we challenged our Rangers to each bring a folk story about dragons (ideally from their own cultural background) to tell around the fire. With younger girls a Guider could read stories between songs.
These resources are from the Environment for the Americas.
- Habitat Bingo – includes two grids one that would be good for Sparks or younger Brownies and another that would be more suitable for Guides
- Keeping Birds Safe from Cats includes facts about why keeping pet cats inside is safer for both the birds and the cats and how to keep indoor cats happy.
- Story Walk could make a great service project for Pathfinders or Rangers and could easily be adapted to other themes.
- Shorebird Migration Games include several wide games about the benefits and risks associated with migration.
- A pattern for making Owl Masks
- Keep Bird Feeders Clean – provides instructions clean bird feeders and information on why it is important
- Colouring Pages
I actually gave our unit a choose regarding the theme for our Halloween Party. The other option was bats. I think it would have been a great theme too (we may even use it next year or later in the year) so I thought I’d do a short post about what I had in mind for that party. I got the idea for the theme from the Help the Bats page from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
I would have opened the meeting with some “spooky” bat facts.
Then we would have played this eco-location game. It would have to be played in our gym instead of outside as we don’t have access to an large outdoor space from our meeting.
We could have made these cute bat cookies out of chocolaty mint cookies and/or do some Bat Origami. I would have loved to make a bat box or 5 but they are a little out of the budget.
We would have closed the meeting with a little information on white nose syndrome and what the girls can do to help conserve bats.
This years Thinking Day Challenge from WAGGGS celebrates 110 years of Leadership with a game where the girls travel though time. To really embrace this challenge would take two meetings as the pack suggests that each patrol (team) decorate a recycled bottle to be their “time machine” before the Thinking Day event.
Download the pack here
WAGGGS annual challenge for the International Day of the Girl has been released. This year theme is SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Download the pack here.