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.
The clear marbles for making these are inexpensive on Amazon. Some sets even come with backings to make necklaces out of.
Printed directions can be found on Craft your Happiness.
Making a folded heart can be a nice small craft for Valentine’s Day. These hearts aren’t hard to make compared to a lot of origami patterns. There are lots of instructions on YouTube but it is a nice, easy to follow example.
My unit made these shirts as part of the Mighty Minds challenge but they would work for other topics too.
- 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.
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.
This craft would be a great way to teach girls some basic crochet stitches. I’d make it in blue with only three leaves for a Guiding trefoil. You need two pull tab tops per leaf per girl plus yarn, crochet hooks and wool needles.
Another easy and fun way to make candles is to make sand candles. You uses wet sand to make the mold. You can even decorate the candles with small shells or rocks. Once the wax is cooled you can either brush the sand off or leave it there as a decoration.
This Instructable gives great instructions for making candles using a shell as the mold.
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.