Stellar women

The Canadian Space Agency would like to introduce you to some of the amazing Canadian women who have made major contributions to the exploration of space.  Click the image to download a larger copy.

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Our Unit Scrapbook

An Our Unit Scrapbook is a scrapbook where each girl in the unit contributes a page about herself.  My unit was fortunate to get some scrapbooking supplies such as stamps and fancy scissors donated to us and this is a great opportunity to use them but you don’t need that to make nice pages.

Materials:

  • At least 1 12″x 12″ page of scrapbooking paper per girl.  You may want extras so they can pick a colour that is meaningful and/or cut things out of extra paper
  •  Stickers including letters; images of hobbies, activities and favorite things of your Guides; and general bling
  • Stamps and stamp pads (again letters are good and or whatever you have)
  • Scissors and glue
  • markers, pencil crayons and crayons
  • magazines or other images

Instructions:

We found it was easiest to set up the materials in different stations around the room and let the girls move between them as they wish.  Have each girl start up sticking or stamping their names on their page.  Then add things they like (at least three) to the page.  At the end of the meeting have the girls show off their page and describe why they put what they did on the page.  Then add the pages into a book.

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.

Lexique du Guides du Canada

This document is very useful for French speaking or Bilingual units.  However, if your English speaking unit is working on the Interpreting Badge you may also find this list of Guiding terms in French from the Quebec Provincial Council useful.  If could be great fun to uses some of these words in skits and it would give the girls a challenge they wouldn’t find in their school’s french class.

Lexique du Guides du Canada

Be You Challenge

This is a new national challenge that replaces the NEDIC Love Yourself Challenge.  It covers some similar ground having the girls examine how the media shapes their perception of what it means to be a girl and builds their self esteem to counteract some of the more negative images.  The challenge starts with a backgrounder for Guiders that gives you word definitions and information on eating disorders, media etc.  It also includes core program connections.  Then there is a separate challenge document for each branch with age appropriate activities out lined in it.  Looking though the Guide challenge I’d expect it to take 3 or 4 meetings to cover the challenge well.  But it covers a lot of core program areas along the way.  And could make for a really meaningful month of meetings.

The activities are divided into three themes:

  • Media, Society and Me
  • Accepting Myself
  • My Balanced Life

International Day of the Girl 2016

International Day of the Girl (IDG) is an opportunity to bring global focus to girls’ rights, the challenges that girls face in their everyday lives and to empower girls to make a positive difference in the world. This year GGC is focusing on inspiring girls and young women to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the opportunities that exist within these fields.

This year’s instant meeting has a opening and closing activity and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities.  Units are expected to do at least one activity from each section.

Famous Five Meeting

This week to celebrate International Women’s Day we completed the Famous Five Challenge from Alberta.  While the girls were in their patrol corners we distributed copies of the Famous Five word search  (from the Famous Five Supplement) for them to work on as a group.  After horseshoe we talked a little about how January 2016 marked 100 years since the first women in Canada were legally allowed to vote. We introduced them to the Famous Five and the Persons Case.  Next we read the interactive story found in the Famous Five Supplement.

Then we moved out of horseshoe to a table we’d set up with a lace table cloth and a pretty pink centerpiece.  We had speakers set up so the girls could listen to the audio from Famous5.ca about the pink teas.  Then we let each girl help herself to can of pink grapefruit juice and told them to break up into groups of four or five and hold their own pink tea.   What women’s issues did they want to discuss and what changes did they want to see in the world?  We came back together as a group after they’d had time to discuss to find out what they’d been talking about.  A number of the girls talked about rights of women in other countries and how they didn’t have the same rights we have in Canada.  Other groups talked about how girls sports are often over looked and the absence of girls and women in many action figure and other toys.

We wrapped up the evening by learning  to sing Can a Women and If I were not a Girl Guide (we choose all career verses).