Dragon Camp

Theme: This camp was run for Rangers but I’m including some ideas that would work for for younger girls as well.

Program Connections:

  • Spirit of Guiding 
  • Art Studio 
  • World Stage 

Activities

  • 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

Crafts

  1. Dragon Eyes
  2. Dragon Eggs
  3. Dragon Themed adult colouring sheets

Games

  • Tsuro – is a simple board game for up to 8 players
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Dragon Tail
  • dragon egg hunt  (look for glow in the dark eggs to make this a more challenging night game)

Readings

Confidence is like a dragon were, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.
― Criss Jami

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.
― R.A. Salvatore

Food

International Dishes from countries where dragons are important. For example:

  • Asian Dragons
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Indonesia/Malaysia
  • European Dragons
    • France
    • Scandinavia
    • England
    • Wales
    • Hungary

Serve dragon fruit as a snack

Try decorating cupcakes as dragons

Try some very spicy food (have milk and bread available)

Campfire

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.

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Stamped Shirts

My unit made these shirts as part of the Mighty Minds challenge but they would work for other topics too.

Materials:

  • 1 white shirt for each girl
  • 1 -6 bottles of fabric paint
  • wax paper
  • foam letters
  • tart tins to hold the paint
  • paint brushes
  • plastic table clothes to cover work area (optional)

I bought mine though tshirt.ca and they offer a good price but if you have a smaller unit you might want to check the price in local stores as shipping costs may make the shirts too expensive.  I choose to go with all XL youth which will be dress sized for some of my Guides but will fit everyone. The foam letters were in the toy section of Dollarama.  I suspect they were intended for teaching toddlers the alphabet but they were a good size and had a little texture to them so they held the paint well.

Method:

Slip a piece of wax paper inside each shirt.  This will prevent the paint from leaching though.  If a girl wants to paint a message on a sleeve you might need additional wax paper.  Give the girls a little time to think about what they want to write on their shirt and to gather their letters.  The girls can dip or paint the fabric paint on to the wrong side of their letter and then stamp it onto the shirt.  Some of the girls choose to add a little bit of splatter paint to the shirts once the message was in place.  Let dry for 12 plus hours.

Paint Night

Paint Nights in pubs have become a fun outing for many adults and I’ve seen many Guiders adapting the idea for their units with great success.  There are many painting instructional videos available on YouTube.  If you have the capacity to play the video at your meeting, you could do it directly.  Or you can have a couple of Guiders watch the video though a couple of times and provide the girls direction.  The YouTube videos range in length from 30 min to about 1:30.  This would likely take up a whole meeting or might be a great extended activity at an indoor camp or sleepover.

Typically you need a couple of different sizes of paint brushes per girl, a canvas (check dollar stores for inexpensive canvases), paint (feel free to use left over craft paint rather then acrylic) and some water.

If you want to complete the Paint Night experience, you might also want some light refreshments like popcorn and lemon aid.

Encourage the girls not to get too caught up in the exact instructions but instead to let their creativity shine.  No one expects their painting to look just like the one in the sample/video.

This is an example of the sort of videos you find on YouTube.