Silent Orders

Patrols in their corners.  A girl from each patrol is called to the game leader and told to get her patrol into some given position without speaking to the girls.  Fore example: sitting cross-legged in a line facing a certain direction; facing the door with hands on hips; standing in a row facing one way with legs apart and arms over head; etc.  Points are given to the quickest.  When Patrols become more experienced , they may be given several positions so they will have to carry out a series of positions (first position, second position, etc.) without spoken orders.

Connect with West Coast Area

I wish I’d heard about this earlier, however, this sounds like a great initiative by the West Coast Area in British Columbia.  The idea is for units to make simple postcards out of white index cards.  Mail them to a volunteer in the WCA and she will send you back postcards from another unit.  There are also crests you can order to celebrate your participation (free for members of WCA and $1.50 for units else where in the country).

Connect with West Coast Area

Human Rights Day

National has released the instant meeting for the third Make a Difference Day for this Guiding year.  December 10 is Human Rights Day making the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The Instant Meeting focuses on Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

The Instant meeting can be found here.

Be Together

These videos are all part of Android’s Be Together. Not the Same campaign.  They would make a great jumping off point for a discussion of social exclusion and/or bullying.

This one looks at unlikely friendships in the animal world

In this video they ask the question, what would music sound like if all 88 keys on the piano were the same.

In this video they examine a friendship between scissors, paper and rock.  It is my personal favourite.

Finally, this video shows a whole lot of fingerprints expressing their individuality and then heading to the same party.

BP’s Butterflies

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.

Gateway To Our Past Challenge

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.