This can be used to evaluate your whole Guiding year or adapted to evaluate different parts of a camp or other event.
- Signs with major meetings and events throughout the year
- post-it notes. At least one per sign per girl
- pens or pencils
- Review your year and make signs. I included all the camps or outing we went on as well special meetings from thought the year. I also included a couple of key words to help the girls remember the meeting.
- Post the signs around the room.
- Hand out a stack of post it notes to each girl.
- Let the girls wonder around and write feedback on each event. If they weren’t at an event they can just skip over it.
- Gather up all the post its and review the feedback.
One of my co-Guiders complemented me on the meeting plan and asked “Where did you get this idea”. “From Facebook, like most of my best ideas!” I responded. And I was only half joking.
I belong to several active Guiding Facebook groups and the ideas and sisterhood I get from them are often the best part of a visit to the Facebook website. I belong to Unofficial groups for Guiders at the National and Ontario level as well as group for my Community. There are less active but still valuable groups for Guide Leaders, Camp Themes, Program Ideas and Buy, Sell or Trade. I’m also a member of of the UK based Girlguiding Challenges group. All of these groups feed me ideas of things I can do with my Guides. Sometime I end up squirreling the ideas away for years before I find the right moment to use them.
Most of the time the community on Facebook can also be a great source of sisterhood. Guiders who don’t know how to deal with a situation often find good advice or at least a sympathetic ear. Hardworking moderators do their best to keep any drama to a minimum. I appreciate that a lot. Good online communities are often built on good moderation.
The down side to Facebook is that the search feature works less well then I’d like. It can be hard to find that post you read days or weeks ago let alone something you read last year. That is why I choose to record so many of my ideas in a blog that is easier to search and link to.
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.
ReACTion is a meeting idea that National has put together partially in response to some of the negative media that has been surrounding us during and since the American Election. The activities are designed to help girls find their voice on local and global issues.
The two stated goals are:
- Girls will explore the fundamental idea that no one person is less important than another and that all individuals are entitled to feel that they belong, have a voice and have a place.
- Girls will develop the confidence and become empowered to share their voice on topics or issues that are important to them.
No matter what the current news stories are, these goals are always needed and I’m sure many units will find the meeting activities useful.
I really like the image they have chosen for this meeting. It repents the parts of our promise we make to ourselves, our beliefs, Canada and to take action for a better world.
It was recently pointed out to me how many songs I have rattling around inside my brain. I’m a great team mate in a game of Encore. This lead me to think about all the songs I know that I wouldn’t teach my Guide unit any more for one reason or another. For example, Girl Guides of Canada updated their Laws in 1994 but I can still cheerfully sing you the old Guide Law song I learned as a girl (and yet I can not get the new one to stick). I know other songs that are too “churchy” for our diverse and inclusive unit. Of these my favorite is probably the Breton Fisherman’s Vesper or some of the camp graces like Johnny Appleseed. There are others that I’ve set aside because they use terms which would no longer be considered appropriate (and perhaps never were.)
Are there songs you no longer sing? Or perhaps you still sing them when you are home doing the dishes but don’t teach them to the girls in your unit? Are there songs you unit should probably retire but you haven’t yet for one reason or another?