This is a variation of Understand How to Be Responsible #2.
Explain to the girls that you are going to pretend to be the town council of the first colony on the moon. Explain how on Earth, most laws come to be because people perceive a problem and set up a law to prevent it. Have each patrol discuss what problems they thought a Moon colony might have and what laws they would need. We had each patrol present their best two ideas but if you have a small unit you might want to let them present more then that. Once all the laws were written on a piece of chart paper, each proposed law was considered by the whole council. The girls had a chance to discuss and ask questions about the law. The patrol that presented it tried to defend their idea. Then everyone would vote.
I missed this instant meeting for World Hunger Day while I was taking my break last Spring. But the activities fit in nicely with some of the goals of NSP: Action on Poverty, so the meeting will still be relevant this fall.
The instant meeting is designed to get girls thinking about the causes of hunger. It has an opening and closing activity and 7 other suggested activities to pick from to round out your meeting. I think all the actives look great and I will definitely be using this material at some point during the Guiding year.
I would like to draw attention the fact mentioned at the beginning of the Instant meeting “According to Food Banks Canada, about 13 per cent of Canadians struggle with food insecurity and do not have access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food.” It is more then possible that a girl in your unit is living with food insecurity or has done so in the past.
ReACTion is a meeting idea that National has put together partially in response to some of the negative media that has been surrounding us during and since the American Election. The activities are designed to help girls find their voice on local and global issues.
The two stated goals are:
- Girls will explore the fundamental idea that no one person is less important than another and that all individuals are entitled to feel that they belong, have a voice and have a place.
- Girls will develop the confidence and become empowered to share their voice on topics or issues that are important to them.
No matter what the current news stories are, these goals are always needed and I’m sure many units will find the meeting activities useful.
I really like the image they have chosen for this meeting. It repents the parts of our promise we make to ourselves, our beliefs, Canada and to take action for a better world.
Elections Canada has a great set of resource available to hold a mock election in which your unit elects a mascot.
The Choose a Mascot page includes campaign material for five mascots, ballots and other documents you need to elect your mascot the same way Elections Canada runs a polling station.
The Right to Food: A Window on the World is a series of comic books created by WAGGGS and the UN and illustrated by kids. Each story highlights food access issues in a different country. Each story ends with a “What do you think” page, which encourages girls to discuss the story. It might be interesting to give each patrol a different story and ask them to come back to the unit and report what they learned.
Dotmocracy is a process where by girls vote on ideas with dot stickers.
- Discuss the nature of the problem or idea
- Have the girls brain storm (as a group or in patrols) and write each idea on a different piece of paper.
- The papers are then posted on a wall. If different patrols came up with the same idea those papers can be posted together.
- Each girl is given the same number of stickers. They don’t have to be dots. Especially if you are doing this with Sparks they might enjoy something else.
- Each girl can stick her dots on whatever idea she likes the best. She is allowed to stick more then one sticker on an idea so that if she feels really passionate about one idea she can stick more stickers on that.
- You can iterate steps 3-5 several times if you need to reach a conscience.
We used this for Discover What’s Important to You #1 but there are lots of other applications. For older girls or for more complex problems you might want to consider using Idea Rating Sheets instead.
Alberta’s Find Your Voice Challenge teaches girls to be active citizens. It teaches the girls the basics of participating in democracy and shows them ways they can be involved in local issues. It also encourages girls to have opinions and to learn to express and spread them. It might be a very relevant challenge to do during or right after an election.