Be Prepared at Camp

These are a series of skits intended to help get the girls to discuss what should be on a camp kit list and why.  These were for a residential camp in November so if you are using this idea at another time of year you may need to adjust the scenarios.  Each scenario was given to a different patrol.

Pretend it is time to go to bed at camp. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for bedtime and if you aren’t prepared for bedtime. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to sleep?

Pretend it is time to go to get dressed in the morning at camp. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for the day and if you aren’t prepared for the day. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to for the day?

Pretend it is time to go to go for a hike at camp. It is a cold fall afternoon. Light snow is falling from the sky. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for hiking in the cold and if you aren’t prepared for hiking in the cold. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to be outside in cold weather?

Pretend it is time to go to play active games outside at camp. It is raining lightly outside. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared to be outside in wet weather and if you aren’t prepared to be outside in wet weather. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to outside in wet weather?

Pretend it is time to go outside and roast hot dogs. It is unseasonably warm. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you brought what you need to be prepared to roast hot dogs in warm weather and what will happen if you are not prepared. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared for warm weather and fires?

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Finding North without a Compass

This article from wikihow nicely illustrates how several methods for finding north if you are without a compass (or materials to make one).  It is best to have several tricks up your sleeve as they are often dependent on factors like the sun or stars.  Some of the ideas covered include:

Stick Method

Put a stick into the ground and mark the end of the shadow with a pebble.  Wait 15 min and mark the new end of the shadow.  Stand with one foot on each pebble and the stick behind you.  You’ll now be facing north.

Polaris

The star Polaris (or North Star) is approximately north and is visible throughout the Northern Hemisphere.  Find Polaris and then draw a mental line straight down to the horizon.

Observe Nature

Moss often (but not always) grows on the north side of trees where it is the most shaded.

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.

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.