Bring a Book – Online Meeting Idea

This is an idea for an online meeting (although it would also work in person)… before the meeting, ask each girl to pick out a favourite book to introduce to the other girls in her unit.  The book can be fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel, biography or whatever else she wants.

Opening

I met a Dragon

Introduce your Book

Give each girl a few minutes to tell what book she brought and why she picked it.

Bring Your Own Book

This is a game based on the card game Bring Your Own Book The game leader reads a prompt and all the players have 1 or 2 minutes to find a word or phrase in their own book to match the prompt. Depending on the size of your group, the players can take turns being the judge (the judge does not play that round) or everyone can vote on the best answer. The best answer can be either the most appropriate or the funniest.

Example prompts:

  • Something heard at camp after midnight
  • A new Guide law
  • A weird thing to pack for a hike
  • Something a Guider might say after a meeting
  • The name of a campfire song
  • A new Guide badge
  • A skill you didn’t expect to learn in Guides
  • Your camp name
  • etc.

 

Down Under Camp

Theme: I ran this camp for Pathfinders and Rangers but I will include some ideas for younger girls as well.  Ideas were generated from online sources, lived experience by my co-Guider and the Festivals and Celebration Challenges section on Australia.

Patrols: Patrols could be named after Australian animals.

Program Connections:

  • Spirit of Guiding 
  • Global Guiding
  • World Stage 
  • Commonwealth Award

Activities

Crafts

Dot Art

Koala/Australian facts swaps

Boomerang swaps

Games

Netball ( or Action Netball)

Try throwing a boomerang

Readings

My Country by Dorothea MacKellar

Food

  • Corn Fritters
  • Baked Apples
  • Pancakes
  • chicken stew
  • Loaded baked Potatoes
  • damper and billy tea
  • pavlova

Campfire

  • Australian Campfire Opening
  • Kookaburra
  • Cuddly Koala
  • Little Johnny English
  • Waltzing Matilda

 

 

Lead Out Loud

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