Shadow Hand Puppets

When camping,  I frequently find the girls want to spend a little time messing around with flashlights.  So why not make it part of the plan.  If they learn to make some of the shadow puppets, then can make shadow skits for the other girls in the unit.

This video shows some simple options

This one shows some more advanced options for older girls or experienced shadow puppet makers


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.

Preparing for Thinking Day

This weeks meeting my Guides prepared for the 2019 WAGGGS Thinking Day Challenge.  We did the “Get Ready to Time Travel” section on pages 13-14.  First the girls got together in patrols to discuss what it takes to be great time travel team and to develop their personal challenges for next week.  We have this handout for them to keep them on track.

Then we gave each patrol a plastic bottle and put out a variety of old craft supplies to let them build their “time machines”  I’m glad we used the bottles instead of the suggested matchboxes as it gave the girls more room to be creative.  The Guides really got into it, so much so that we didn’t get to the planned team building games.

Next week we will be getting together with the local Pathfinders and Rangers.  The Rangers will be running the stations for the challenge for the younger girls.

Ice and Snow Camp

I always pick a theme for camp because among the myriad of activities you could do at camp, I find a theme helps me (and/or the girls) focus on what to do at this particular camp.  I was recently discussing this with a fellow Guider and she was worried that themes sometimes take away from girls time to just enjoy nature.  So I thought I’d put together this simple theme to show how you can do both.

This theme would also work really well for multi-branch unit camps or multi-unit camps as many of the ideas and activities could easily be done by Sparks or Brownies.

If you wanted you could easily add in activities from the Polar Challenge as well.

Theme: Ice and Snow 

This outline is for an residential winter camp.

Program Connections:

  • Art Studio
  • My Physical Self
  • Science Lab

Opening and Closing

There is an often sited “fact” that the Inuit have 52 words for snow.  That idea has been largely discredited by modern linguists as to find 52 different words you have to count the same word in multiple dialects.  That said, both the Inuit and English speaking Canadians have a lot of words and phrases for ice and snow.

Put up a large blank sheet of paper at the beginning of camp and challenge the girls to write as many words for ice or snow as they know.  At the end of camp, count up how many words they came up with.  Did they get to 52?  You can check this list or this one if you need to extra words to fill out the list or to get the girls going.




  • snow snake
  • freeze tag
  • Coloured Ice Scavenger Hunt (From Winter 2019 Canadian Guider)


White Quilt

Too Much Winter

The Day The Snow Finally Came


A Snowy Day




Speed Stacker

Here is one more offline programming game from Canada Learning Code.  Speed Stacker creates a 6 symbol program language for stacking cups.  One girl acts as the programmer and writes the symbols on a piece of paper, while her partner (who does not know what the finished structure is suppose to look like) tries to follow the instructions to built it.  There is even an extension for turning it into a competitive game once the girls have the hang of it.