International Women’s Day Meeting

Girl Guides of Canada has released a new instant meeting for International Women’s Day on March 8th.

The meeting focus’ on entrepreneurship.  The meeting includes lots of activities for all branches.


Our Unit Scrapbook

An Our Unit Scrapbook is a scrapbook where each girl in the unit contributes a page about herself.  My unit was fortunate to get some scrapbooking supplies such as stamps and fancy scissors donated to us and this is a great opportunity to use them but you don’t need that to make nice pages.


  • At least 1 12″x 12″ page of scrapbooking paper per girl.  You may want extras so they can pick a colour that is meaningful and/or cut things out of extra paper
  •  Stickers including letters; images of hobbies, activities and favorite things of your Guides; and general bling
  • Stamps and stamp pads (again letters are good and or whatever you have)
  • Scissors and glue
  • markers, pencil crayons and crayons
  • magazines or other images


We found it was easiest to set up the materials in different stations around the room and let the girls move between them as they wish.  Have each girl start up sticking or stamping their names on their page.  Then add things they like (at least three) to the page.  At the end of the meeting have the girls show off their page and describe why they put what they did on the page.  Then add the pages into a book.

Career Night

This was an easy meeting to run and might be a great choice for a week you know you are going to be a little short on Guiders.

We sent out an invitation to the parents a few weeks in advance to generate some volunteers, we also spoke to some friends and family of the Guiders.  In the end we got 5 volunteers a doctor, a flight attendant, an engineer, an opera singer and someone who works for public health.  Our unit has 5 patrols so that worked out well.  We had each volunteer set up a station around the room and ran the evening as a round robin, with 10 minutes at each station.  That gave the volunteers time to tell the girls about their job and left some time for the girls to ask questions.

Stamped Shirts

My unit made these shirts as part of the Mighty Minds challenge but they would work for other topics too.


  • 1 white shirt for each girl
  • 1 -6 bottles of fabric paint
  • wax paper
  • foam letters
  • tart tins to hold the paint
  • paint brushes
  • plastic table clothes to cover work area (optional)

I bought mine though and they offer a good price but if you have a smaller unit you might want to check the price in local stores as shipping costs may make the shirts too expensive.  I choose to go with all XL youth which will be dress sized for some of my Guides but will fit everyone. The foam letters were in the toy section of Dollarama.  I suspect they were intended for teaching toddlers the alphabet but they were a good size and had a little texture to them so they held the paint well.


Slip a piece of wax paper inside each shirt.  This will prevent the paint from leaching though.  If a girl wants to paint a message on a sleeve you might need additional wax paper.  Give the girls a little time to think about what they want to write on their shirt and to gather their letters.  The girls can dip or paint the fabric paint on to the wrong side of their letter and then stamp it onto the shirt.  Some of the girls choose to add a little bit of splatter paint to the shirts once the message was in place.  Let dry for 12 plus hours.


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.

Socrates and the Three Sieves

There is a story that the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates told his students that they should pass any story they were going to tell about another person though three sieves before they told it. The first sieve is “Is it truthful?” The second sieve “Is it good or kind?” The third sieve is “Is it necessary?” If the story doesn’t fit though one of the three sieves then Socrates didn’t want to hear it and therefore the story didn’t need to be told. While there is some doubt Socrates ever said these things, the story would still make a good starting place for a discussion on gossip.

Here is an animated telling of the story.


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.