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
- 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.
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.
The Guides welcomed our sister Pathfinder and Ranger unit as guest this week to work on the 2019 WAGGGS Thinking Day challenge. The Rangers ran most of the activities. Because we have a large unit, I dislike the giant board game format as I find it leads to a lot of waiting for your teams turn. So we set up one table with a large die. Each patrol took turn rolling and headed off to different times based on the results. Once they finished an activity the got a slip of paper with the leadership lesson from each card on it. This system worked pretty well and most patrols finish at least 10 or the 12 activities we had available during the meeting time. One piece of feedback I did get was that we should have given the patrols the option to re-roll if the stations they were sent to were all full as that did lead to some waiting around. It was nice to see the girls from 9 to 18 all working together.
This challenge from the Alberta Council is a pretty straightforward challenge consisting of three parts. Raise $5/girl for the Canadian World Friendship Fund, participate in the WAGGGS Thinking Day Challenge and learn a little about WAGGGS.