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.
Last year Girl Guides introduced Guidelines for Transgender Members. As one of the follow ups to this new policy, Quebec Girl Guides have produced meeting in a box on Gender and Sexuality issues. It is aimed at Guides and Pathfinders. The MiaB contains a great number of well thought out activities to get girls thinking about and talking about these issues. There is actually enough material for several meetings so you can pick and choose which ones to do. There is also a nice index showing what program areas are covered by each activity.
I’d defiantly present it as a meeting idea if I were working with a Pathfinder unit. For Guides I think it could work with a unit more mature then my current one.
Meeting-in-a-Box: Gender and Sexuality