This challenge was created to celebrate the 100th year of Brownies in Nova Scotia. I really like the crest design.
The challenge is divided up to the following sections:
- Active Living
To earn the challenge all branches must do at least one activity from each section and a lot of the activities would make for good bridging activities. There is a cross-reference section at the end to show where the challenges may overlap with the branch program.
This is an audio archive of a CBC radio show aired Oct. 31, 1942, discussing how Girl Guides prepared girls for Wartime Service.
The blog GIRL GUIDE HISTORY TIDBITS has put together a great meeting plan that will take the girls back in time to 1917 Guide Meeting. The meeting is based on a sample meeting published in 1917. It might be a fun way to explore Guide history. I especially enjoyed reading the instructions for making patrol shoulder knots which would be easy to incorporate into any Guide history meeting.
I was at a training recently where it was pointed out that Baden-Powell’s original book Scouting for Boys and many other early Scout and Guide books are now out of copy write. This means that they can be accessed online and we can make use of the content. For example: You can download an epub version of Scouting for Boys from The Dump or you can check out How Girls can Help their Country (Girl Scouts of America) in several formats of ebook from the Gutenberg Project
The blog Girl Guide History Tidbits has started a project to document each branches uniforms and how they’ve changed over time.
If you are looking for information on old badges or insignia, I recommend checking out the site put together by the Ontario Girl Guide Archives.
Before founding Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell was a military man. For part of his career he acted as a spy. Playing the part of a doddering naturalist, he kept a notebook where he hid information about forts he’d spied upon, in drawings of butterflies, other insects, stain glass windows or leaves.
Why not challenge your girls to do similar drawings. Try to draw a map of their meeting space or campsite hidden inside another drawing. Can they answer questions about it later referring only to their drawing? Questions could include things like: How many tents were there? How many picnic tables? How many chairs on the south side of the room? etc.
The Gateway to Our Past challenge is a Guiding History challenge from Alberta. It is designed to be used with heritage boxes available from the provincial office. I know Ontario has similar boxes so it may work in many provinces. To complete the challenge the girls must learn (and try on) old uniforms, learn heritage skills and talk to someone who was in Guiding in previous generation.
Crests are available from the Alberta provincial office.