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.

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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.

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

 Girl Guides of Canada introduced a new challenge in 2013 to mark the International Day of the Girl on October 11th.

The theme in 2013 was Girls Take the Lead and the challenge was in the form of an Instant Meeting that can be found HERE.  The meeting does require a guest speaker so it may take some weeks to set up.

EDITED TO ADD: The 2014 theme is Girl Heros.  It also takes the form of an Instant Meeting and can be found HERE.

Cybercitizen Challenge

The Cybercitizen challenge is a smaller challenge that could easily be completed in one meeting or it could be done as part of the Computer Skills badge.  If you don’t have any Internet access at your meeting place you might be more limited as to which parts of the challenge your unit completes so an off-site meeting might also be a consideration.