Paracord Bracelet

Paracord Bracelets are both attractive and useful.  In an emergency they can be un-knotted for 7 or 8 feet of rope.  Paracord comes in different weights and if you intend to use the rope for survival purposes go for a heavier gage.  I was able to buy a big bag of multi-coloured buckles from Amazon at a good price.  Other units bought kits at a dollar store but those clips were smaller and more fragile.

The knot will be familiar to anyone who has done macrame before.  We found it useful to have the girls mark one of their knoting ropes either with a small knot at the end or a piece of tape.  Then it was easy for them to remember that one rope always went over and one rope always went under no matter what side they started the knot on.

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Boiling Water Competition

Materials:

  • A large safe site for several small fires and fire equipment such as a water pail
  • Fire wood, mostly tinder and kindling
  • Matches
  • a tin can per team filled with water
  • dish soap

While you wouldn’t want to drink water with dish soap in it, a drop of dish soap can be an effective way to figure out who boiled water the fastest.  The soap will bubble up with the water is boiling clearly demonstrating the wining team.  Be sure to review safe fire lighting techniques and make sure all the girls have their hair tied back and are wearing appropriate clothing.

 

Solar System Hike

The purpose of this hike is to give the girls a sense of the scale of the solar system.

You will need:

  • any ball with an 8″ diameter (Sun)
  • a white seed bead (Mercury)
  • a peppercorn (Venus)
  • a second peppercorn (Earth)
  • a red seed bead (Mars)
  • bouncy ball 1″ (Jupiter)
  • acorn (Saturn)
  • coffee bean (Uranus)
  • second coffee bean (Neptune)
  • (optional) Facts about each planet to share at each stop
  • (optional) gravel

You might want to tape the seed beads to white cards so they can be seen when you get far away from them.

Place the large ball down at the beginning of your hike.  This ball represents the sun.  Pick a girl to count out the paces.  She will be the “Spacecraft”.  You can switch out after each planet if you’d like.

10 paces. Place the Mercury seed bead down.

Another 9 paces. Place down the Venus peppercorn.

Another 7 paces Earth

Another 14 paces Mars

You may want to scatter some gravel between Mars and Jupiter to represent the asteroid belt.

Another 95 paces to Jupiter

Another 112 paces to Saturn

Another 249 paces to Uranus

Another 281 paces to Neptune

After Neptune you can explain that it could be as much as 242 to the dwarf planet Pluto.  You can discuss the other dwarf planets and asteroids and comets that make up  the Oort cloud.  Feel free to scatter more gravel.  Then head back along the same path to collect your planets

 

All Seasons Challenge

The All Seasons Challenge is a new challenge from Ontario Girl Guides.  It challenges girls to be active in their community all year long and focuses on low cost activities and service projects.  The challenge is divided into 5 sections, one for each season and a section of all season activities.  Depending on the branch girls must complete a set number of activities per season.  All Season activities can be counted towards whatever season you do them in.  I’m sure you could structure your entire Guiding year around a challenge like this and it would be a lot of fun.  It would also be a great challenge for multi-level units as most of the activities are not aimed at a particular age group.

Penny Hike

To hold a penny hike you need a small disk for each girl.  A penny would be a fine choice but they are getting harder to find so instead you could use a tiddlywink or something similar.  Each girl is challenged to find as many things as she can to fit on her disk while she hikes.  She should not pick living things.  Each thing on her disk must be different and they must all fit on at the same time.  At the end of the hike, have the girls get together and show off their finds.  This is a great time to get out some magnifying glasses or small microscopes if you have access to them.  See if the girls can identify what they found.  Or have them classify things (rocks, shells, organics, living creatures etc.)