World Thinking Day 2020 Challenge – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This years World Thinking Day Challenge is on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  The activities in the package are based around the an event called Living Threads.  Basically each group will complete at least one activity for each of the three themes (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) and for each activity completed, each girl will receive a different colour length of wool or string.  At the end of the event, each girl is challenged to turn her string into a unique bracelet to ware.

This years Thinking Day challenge looks a little easier to adapted to different sized groups and/or different locations then some of the previous years challenges.

Badges are available from the WAGGGS shop

Festivals and Celebration Challenges

The Festivals and Celebrations challenges are a challenge from the BC International Committee.  There is one challenge for each WAGGGS region.  Each regional challenge included three countries from that region, information about Guiding in that country and lots of activities from that country.  To earn the center crests girls are suppose to try at least one activity from all 15 countries.  You could also work on the sections individually, exploring one region at a greater level of detail.

Inuktut Words

As the winter sets in and the nights get longer it might be a good time to learn a few words of Inuktut (one of two indigenous official languages in Nunavut) The website the glossary on includes a large selection of words including handy sound clips so you can hear how they sound.  There is also a drop down for different dialects so you can hear how the same word sounds in different parts of Nunavut.

I found that site though a blog post entitled 15 Inuktitut Words to Know Before Visiting Iqaluit. Unfortunately it is an older post and the links to the pronunciation glossary are broken but it might still be a good place to start to pick a few words.

To take it further, also has information on Syllabics the writing system used with Inuktitut.  It works a little differently then the phonic alphabet English speakers are used to (not that English is a particularly phonic language).  But each symbol represents a pair of a constant and vowel sound.

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

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Instant Meeting

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the second Make a Difference Day.  Girl Guides of Canada has put out an instant meeting for anyone who wishes to mark this day in their unit.  This year’s theme is Breaking Barriers: Accessibility for All.  Activities include an Accessibility Audit and activities to understand better what it might be like to have a different kinds of disability.

BC Diversity Challenge

The BC Diversity Challenge “has been created to encourage girls and Guiders to explore the concept of diversity and what it means in the community where they live. ”

It is divided into four broad categories of diversity: Social-economic, Disability, Personal and Cultural

In addition to the challenge, the program team in British Columbia has also produced a series of Instant Meetings that cover the challenge material

Generic Graces

There is a great religious diversity in my unit (both among the girls and the leader).  So as we were looking towards camp I was concerned about graces.  I’m an atheist and even as a kid I often felt uncomfortable with some of the graces that were sung.  That said I do like the idea that we take time at camp to be thankful for the food we eat.  This can be especially meaning full at camp where preparing food can sometimes be extra challenging.

I was pleased to recently come across a website of Generic Graces for Girl Scouts.  It includes many graces I could see using with my unit.  I also found alternative words for the World Hunger Grace (tune), a grace I’ve always loved.

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For peace in a world where many walk in fear
For friends in a world where many walk alone
We  all give humble thanks this day.

I’m not sure if I would use that with my unit as it might cause confusion if they head off to provincial summer camps but I may use it myself at home.