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
The first Make a Difference Day for 2017-18 is World Space Week – October 4-10th. National has released an instant meeting to help you mark this STEM based week. I do a lot of space activities already with my Guides so many of these ideas I’ve seen before but I’m glad to see them being promoted. I am quite interested in the Life on a Space Station activity though.
If you want some alternative ideas, check out the Meeting in a Box: Space from Quebec. I like the active Solar System game. I think the girls would have a lot of fun with it.
I missed this instant meeting for World Hunger Day while I was taking my break last Spring. But the activities fit in nicely with some of the goals of NSP: Action on Poverty, so the meeting will still be relevant this fall.
The instant meeting is designed to get girls thinking about the causes of hunger. It has an opening and closing activity and 7 other suggested activities to pick from to round out your meeting. I think all the actives look great and I will definitely be using this material at some point during the Guiding year.
I would like to draw attention the fact mentioned at the beginning of the Instant meeting “According to Food Banks Canada, about 13 per cent of Canadians struggle with food insecurity and do not have access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food.” It is more then possible that a girl in your unit is living with food insecurity or has done so in the past.
Spring cookie time is coming fast for all units. And with that units are often looking for new ways to present the Cookie Rising program. Here is a “meeting in a box” from Quebec that has some great ideas. I especially like the Cookie Math Relay. It is both active and has the girls practicing making change.
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.
The blog GIRL GUIDE HISTORY TIDBITS has put together a great meeting plan that will take the girls back in time to 1917 Guide Meeting. The meeting is based on a sample meeting published in 1917. It might be a fun way to explore Guide history. I especially enjoyed reading the instructions for making patrol shoulder knots which would be easy to incorporate into any Guide history meeting.
I will admit I’ve looked at the inventing badge a number of times but I could just never see a way to make it fun for the girls. In the book the badge looks so dry. Then I came across this meeting from Quebec’s collection of Meetings in a Box on Inventing. So much more fun then anything I would have come up with on my own. This is why I value instant meetings so much.
Additional fun ideas for this badge can be found on blog of the Caledonia Girl Guides.