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

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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.

Activities

Crafts

Games

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

Readings

White Quilt

Too Much Winter

The Day The Snow Finally Came

Snowflakes

A Snowy Day

Food

Campfire

 

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.