I’m sure I’m not alone in being disappointed that WAGGGS isn’t producing a #teamgirl challenge this year. Instead they have suggested units consider their Lead Out Loud challenge which is associated with the Juliette Low Seminar. However, this challenge is designed for girls 11+ so really only useful for Pathfinder and Ranger units. On top of that it is really meant for girls to do individually or in small groups so it is unlikely you can structure a meeting around it. There also only seems to be a digital badge associated with the challenge, although I suppose you could use this one as a substitute.
That said, the challenge is interesting and has some good activities. Even if the girls you work with are too young to complete the challenge you might still find some ideas that could be adapted.
The challenge is divided into 3 parts. Participates should choose 2 activites from each part to complete:
- DISCOVER – Learn new things and try new skills
- GROW – Practice leadership and reflect on who you are as a leader
- ACT – Take the lead and impact the world around you
In 2020 the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted by Japan. In 2020 Girl Scouts of Japan will also be celebrating their organizations 100th birthday. As such, the Girl Scouts of Japan have taken the opportunity to update the WAGGGS Olympia badge (last updated when the UK hosted the games). The new challenge is filled with active games and cultural activities from Japan all with an Olympic and/or Paralympic twist. There are three levels of the badge available from the WAGGGS store depending on how many activities from each of the three sections you unit completes.
- Stadium (body)
- Temple (mind)
- Theater (cultural)
,This challenge would make a great bases for a unit, district or neighbourhood picnic or camp.
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
This is a warm up activity for a planning meeting. To get the girls creative ideas give them a list of the letters of the alphabet and challenge them to work in small groups and come up with one idea for every letter. This is just a brainstorming session so the idea doesn’t have to be practical (although it doesn’t hurt) just and idea of something the unit could do together.
I often find the best stuff while looking for something only tangentially related.
This week I stumbled across this great Campfire Activity Resource Kit from Australia. It is a great kit to teach girls proper campfire edicate, planning, fire building etc. I especially like the first activity that could act as a great opening ceremony to a campfire to set the expectations and mood. I know at least one of my co-Guiders would really like the second activity on proper flashlight (torch) edicate at a campfire. In fact I can think of uses for almost all the activities.
The blog Skip to My Lou has a goal planning kit with printable worksheets. I was particularly taken with this one: Yearly Goal Sheet
This sheet might be a great jumping off point to discusses with Older Guides, Pathfinders or Rangers what they want from their Guiding year.
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato paste
- eggs (1-2 per person)
In a fry pan over a fire or propane stove cook onions and red pepper until soft. Add the spices and tomatoes and cook into a stew. Crack eggs directly into the stew so they poach in the tomatoes. (Should only take a few minutes). Optional: You can top with feta cheese.
Notes: Eat with crusty bread.