Future Voter Challenge

This is a brand new challenge from Ontario developed for units who want to discuss democracy along side the current Federal Election.  The details of the challenge can be found here.  Basically the units have to finish the appropriate Voices to Vote 2019 Instant Meeting (Sparks and Brownies | Guides | Pathfinders and Rangers) and then complete a few other activities with your unit using democracy to plan your year.

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Aquatic Ambassador

Aquatic Ambassador is a new challenge from Nova Scotia for Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers.  “The goal of the Aquatic Ambassadors Challenge is for you to learn more about the ocean and our connection with it from different perspectives while highlighting our cultural mosaic and diversity as Canadians.” It contains a starter and closing activities and activities on three themes:

  • Marine Life
  • Shoreline Protection
  • Water Conservation

This challenge might be a great companion piece to a Great Canadian Shoreline clean-up.  Or could be done at a camp in combination with the WAGGGS Ocean Challenge.

Scrapbooking

I realized when I wrote up our  Deliver Your Dreams meeting that I’d never done a post on scrapbook pages.  This is a program delivery method that we uses at least once a year and it is always a well received meeting.  I’ve heard of other units that uses it as an ongoing project for the girls to make scrapbooks of their Guiding memories.

If you’ve done scrapbooking as an adult you may be familiar with the concept of acid free supplies to ensure they last a long time.  For most of the projects I do with the unit I don’t worry about the quality of the supplies as much as I do wanting to ensure the girls have a wide variety of materials so their creativity can really come out. Most of our supplies come from either the dollar store or donations. We were fortunate to receive a donation of a number of rubber stamps from a former Guider who was no longer working on scrapbooks.

For each scrapbook night we pick a theme for the girls to make a page around.  We’ve used “Why I’m special”, “My future career” and  “Photos from camp”.  We’ve also used much the same materials to make cards for Valentines for Vets.  We’ve found it works best if we set up a number of different stations around the room such as a gluing  things table, a cutting things table, stamping things table and sticker table.  The girls can move between the stations as their design evolves.

Materials:

  • Full sheets of basic scrapbook paper
  • Other scrapbook paper the girls can cut up
  • Stickers (both letters and images appropriate to the subject)
  • Glue
  • Other craft misc supplies (fancy tape, feathers, sticky gem stones etc.)
  • die cut paper

Supplies:

  • scissors (if you have access to fancy edged ones that it great)
  • stencils
  • stamps and ink (optional)
  • markers

Depending on the project we either let the girls take their pages home at the end of the night or assemble them into a single book.

Talk for One Minute On…

This is a quick activity that can help girls warm up to public speaking.  If you have a small unit (10 or less) you can play as one group otherwise you might want to break girls into patrols.

In an envelope or cup place slips of paper that all have a topic around a central theme.  Ideally the theme should be picked so that it is something all the girls are familiar with.  Some examples might be colours, ice cream flavours, popular book or movie characters etc.  Use a timer or a phone to keep track of each girls turn.  On her turn she should pull a slip of paper and the aim is for her to talk about the subject in a authoritative way for the full minute.

Extension:  I visited a Pathfinder unit last year who used a variant on this idea to open their meeting each week.  Each girl had 2 minutes to talk about how her week had gone so far.  The girls really seemed to like it but some of them were clearly challenged to talk about themselves for two full minutes.

Deliver Your Dreams

This week my Guides worked on the new Deliver Your Dream activity on the Girls First platform. This is Girl Guides of Canada’s contribution to Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada

Since we’ve had a couple of meetings in a row that involved giving them girls a blank piece of white paper and telling them to fill it with something, we opted instead to go more colourful and got out some scrapbooking supplies.  It was great fun to see what the girls came up with and the girls in our unit are certainly interested in pursuing a wide variety of careers.  I opted to photograph each of the girls work so they could take them home and then I submitted them to the Add Your Voice page.  But mailing the originals is also an option for those in parts of the country where data is more dear.

We finished the meeting with a couple of rounds of Stand With Me.  It took a few turns to get the girls on track with this activity (not to be silly) but once they got going they voiced a lot of their opinions.