25 of November – 10 of December are the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. This year WAGGGS is collecting images of where girls feel unsafe for use in their advocacy work. To this end they have created an instant meeting called the Safe Spaces Sketch Session.
WAGGGS recommends that before you hold your Safe Spaces Sketch Session, you review your organisation’s child safety policies and know the correct procedures to follow in the case that a child chooses to disclose an incident of abuse during the session. In Canada those polices are found here: Girl Protection and Self- Harm
If you are looking for a different way to mark the look at Girl Empower Challenge
Maclean’s magazine has a excellent article this week on what it is like to be a Girl Scout in Syria. What it’s like to be a Girl Scout in Syria The organization is small there as it was banned for much of the 80’s and 90’s but it sounds like they offer the girls they do have a great program. I’m am very glad that I don’t have to teach my girls the best way to stay safe during an aerial bombing though.
For Thinking Day this year we held a bring a parent night. We made all the parents honourary Guides for the night. They even marched into horseshoe with their girls.
We based the meeting around this years WAGGGS Thinking Day Challenge Grow.
After horseshoe we all played CABAÑA, GUEST, or VOLCANO to complete the roots section. Then we split into three groups for a round robin.
The first station was run by a Guider originally from Holland who taught them a party game where you eat snack bread off a string while blindfolded. Everyone also got to try the snack bread she’d made.
The second station was the Grow your collaboration game from the challenge pack. We ran that out in the hallway where we could set up a good maze of wool. The girls and parents went though the maze three times, once on their own. Once holding hands with a partner. And once holding hands with one partner blindfolded.
The final station was our seeds stop, were the girls made seed heads (instructions soon) with the help of their parents.
After the round robin we had a badge presentation for all the badges the girls have earned since enrollment. It was nice to have the parents there for that.
National has released the last of the promised instant meetings for the Make a Difference Days. This time it is for National Mental Health week May 2-8th. Activities include a worry wall, colouring, yoga, mindfulness etc.
National Mental Health Week Instant Meeting
There isn’t a specific crest for this Make a Difference Day. But if you are interested in exploring this topic deeper with your unit, I’d recommend taking a look at the Mental Health Awareness Challenge produced by the International Bipolar Association.
The BC Passport to the Arts challenge contains a truly enormous collection of arts activities from other countries. It is divided into four major sections: Dance, Music, Crafts and Drama. Each of those sections are divided by continents. To complete the challenge girls must complete at least one activity from each region plus additional activities based on their branch.
Guides on the Air (GOTA) is also known as Thinking Day on the Air (TDOTA). It is an annual event where Girl Guides team up with amature radio hobbiest to talk to other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. This year it will be head on February 20th and 21st.
Alberta has a challenge relating to participation in GOTA. In addition to participating in GOTA, it challenges girls to learn a little more about amature radio and amature radio trations such as the phonetic alphabet and Morse Code.
If you are interested in learning more about GOTA check out the yahoo group.
Dot-to-dots may not be especially challenging to all Guide age girls but it might make a nice bridging activity with Sparks.
World Badge Dot-to-Dot