DeCode is a new National Challenge on digital literacy. It replaces the old Cybercitizen Challenge.  It is in the form of an instant meeting for each branch.  There is also a backgrounder document for Guiders.  Many of the activities can be done off line so don’t disregard this challenge if technology is not available to your unit.  No matter what branch meeting you uses the challenge involves and opening and closing activity plus activities from the following three themes: My Digital World, Safe and Positive Spaces, and Disconnect and Reconnect

If you are looking for more digital literacy ideas, don’t forget that WAGGGS also has the Surf Smart Challenge although the free trial period is now over.


What is Missing

Patrols take turns to act out a scene from a well-known fairy tale, but they must leave out some vital objects or persons.  Foe example: Little Red Riding Hood going to Granny’s house and not carrying her basket of goodies.  Actors may talk but must not use any objects or costumes.  The points go to the group which first notices what is missing.

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.