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 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.
Science Out of the Box is a new resource from the always excellent BC Program Committee that replaces their old Science in a Box Program. The new resource contains 72 pages of science activities for Sparks – Pathfinders. All the activities can be completed with materials available from local stores. If you are looking to complete any of the STEM badges with your unit, this resource will have ideas for you. The index is divided into:
- Applied Science
- Computer Science
- Earth Science
- Environmental Science
- Forensic Science
And there is an extensive appendix at the end showing the program connections for all four branches.
If Girl Guides of Canada’s International Day of the Girl instant meeting isn’t inspiring you. You may want to consider WAGGGS meeting suggestion #TeamGirl. It contains 90 min worth of activities which focus on tackling global issues by working as a team. It includes team building games and follows them up by asking the girls to pick an issue they are passionate about and figure out what they can do to make a difference.
A pdf with the meeting outline is found here.
Packs of badges can be bought from the WAGGGS store.