What it’s like to be a Girl Scout in Syria

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.

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Sister in Guiding

I haven’t met you personally,
But one glance confirms a friend I see;
For behind the trefoil and the smiles,
Lies strong ideals linking hearts and minds,
That banish time and miles.

Chorus:
You are my sister in Guiding,
You’re a friend I can confide in,
No matter if you’re a diff’rent race,
Young or old, from some far place,
As sisters in Guiding we share a secret drive,
To make this world a better place in which to be alive.

From around the world we throng,
Eight million people can’t be wrong,
Guides are found in many lands,
You’re never far from a friendly smile
And willing, lending hands.

So we travel on together
Through the bright and stormy weather,
Striding forth in work and game,
We are joined by the Guiding spirit,
The world is ne’er the same.

tune from e-guide

Thinking Day Meeting

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.

Why Thinking Day

In 1926, Girl Guide and Girl Scout delegates from around the globe met in the USA for the 4th World Conference. Among other decisions, they agreed that there should be a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and appreciation for our international Movement. This was called Thinking Day. The delegates chose 22 February as the date for Thinking Day because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.

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Nova Scotia International Women’s Day Challenge

 The Nova Scotia International Women’s Day Challenge is a challenge for Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers.  The “challenge is designed to raise awareness of issues affecting girls and women in every community. By exploring individual, community, national, and global issues”

The challenge is divided into the following sections:

  • Considering Myself
  • In My Community
  • Thinking Nationally
  • A Global Perspective

There is a mandatory challenge in each section and additional challenges that can be competed.  So you could easily do this challenge over the course of several meetings or a weekend camp.

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

2017 has been declared by the UN to be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

While tourism often brings needed money to regions the needs of the tourists are not always aligned with the needs of local people.

There are five key areas they are hoping to draw focus too:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  5. Mutual understanding, peace and security

We often talk to our girls about travel and life in other countries.  Why not ask the girls what they think it would be like to have lots of tourists coming to their town, taking photos of their homes etc?  What can we do when we travel to ensure that the next generation of travelers can also see what we get to see today?

WAGGGS 2017 Thinking Day Challenge

This years Thinking Day Challenge is entitled GROW and is all about growing the Girl Guide and Girl Scout movement.  A mandatory part of the challenge is that each group do the challenge with girls who would not normally be in Guiding (a bring a friend meeting or as part of a community activity etc.)  The activities themselves are divided into the four parts of the tree: Roots, Branches, Trunk and Fruits and Flowers.

 

The badge is really striking and can be ordered though the WAGGGS store as individual pins or as patches in  lots of 10 or 25.