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.
Camp gadgets don’t have to be boring. I’ve previously written about building catapults. And while you’re Safe Guide assessor is probably not going to sign off on a full sized one of these, why not try to make a teddy bear sized one. Ideas for other adventurous camp gadgets can be found on pioneeringprojects.org
- A large safe site for several small fires and fire equipment such as a water pail
- Fire wood, mostly tinder and kindling
- 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.
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
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.
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.)
The Tidy Camper Challenge is a new challenge from the British Columbia Camping Committee. This challenge teaches the girls how to look after themselves, their belongings and their site at camp.
The challenge is divided into three sections:
- Personal Belongings
- At Camp
- Core Challenges
Crests are available from the BC Provincial Office