This was an easy meeting to run and might be a great choice for a week you know you are going to be a little short on Guiders.
We sent out an invitation to the parents a few weeks in advance to generate some volunteers, we also spoke to some friends and family of the Guiders. In the end we got 5 volunteers a doctor, a flight attendant, an engineer, an opera singer and someone who works for public health. Our unit has 5 patrols so that worked out well. We had each volunteer set up a station around the room and ran the evening as a round robin, with 10 minutes at each station. That gave the volunteers time to tell the girls about their job and left some time for the girls to ask questions.
Our meeting this week was to get the girls ready for an upcoming camp.
After horseshoe our quartermaster presented options for each meal and let the girls vote on what they wanted.
We then had the girls fill out pre-camp surveys. I’ll put up a post on these next week.
Next we had the girls do skits about being Prepared at Camp and used that to discuss what should be on our kit list.
We were going to finish the evening with a campfire but we have a lot of girls who haven’t been to Guide camp before and some of them have a lot of questions. So instead we just sat in a circle and I answered as many questions as I could.
This week was my unit’s Halloween party. All the girls were invited to wear a costume instead of their uniform.
We started the night with patrol corners and a game of Jack-o-lantern Beetle. This actually took longer then I thought because the girls were really into it and having so much fun.
Roll a Pumpkin
After horseshoe and announcements, the girls went back to patrol corners to play a Halloween themed game of charades.
This week we completed the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for International Day of the Girl.
We started the meeting by having each patrol look at cards with the Need/Want items on them. Each patrol separated the cards into two piles and then after horseshoe we asked how each patrol had categorized each item. For some there was no debate (fizzy drinks are a want, clean water a need) but for others there was more debate. I asked a few questions a long the way too to challenge their thinking. For example, the girls all agreed that a garden was a want until I asked if their answer would change if the garden was a major source of food for the family. Pretty flowers are a want but vegetables are a need they all agreed.
We followed that up with short discussion about barriers for girls attending school around the world. I was impressed by how much our girls already knew about the subject.
Then we played the giant board game included in the package. Some of the squares were pretty difficult for Guide age girls but the hardest one was staying quiet until your next turn.
We finished up by having each patrol draw posters of what they liked best about school and what they would miss if they couldn’t go to school any more.
This week was our annual patrol leader election. We wanted to give the girls a little food for thought in picking their patrol leaders in hopes that it wouldn’t be a straight up popularity contest so we themed the whole meeting around leadership. We used some of the activities from the leadership instant meeting from Saskatchewan
7:00 – 7:15 Announcements and teach the Guide Marching Song
7:15- 7:35 Leadership Qualities Activity
This one went really well. The girls needed a little nudging at the beginning but all three groups got really into it once they got it idea. I was also pleased that all three groups choice to draw their “leader” as a Guide even though that wasn’t part of the instructions we provided them with.
8:00- 8:15 While votes are counted play Group Draw
Not sure this one worked quite as well. Even though we’d told the girls they had to be quite there was still some stage whispering going on. I think if I was to run the activity again I would tape the papers to one wall and have the groups at the other end like a relay.
8:15-8:30 songs and taps
This week we finished working on the Invention badge. We’ve taken our ideas from the Meeting In A Box: Inventing from Quebec.
This week we split the girls up into two groups. Each group did a different activity at one end of the gym and then we switched. We have a large unit so this gave each girl more of an opportunity to participate.
At one end of the gym we ran Invention Jeopardy using the questions from the meeting in a box.
At the other end of the gym we ran Inventor Speed Improv.
This was an exciting night because for some of our third year girls this was the last challenge they needed to finish their squares. Just a few pieces of the Lady BP challenge to finish off for them now.
This week we started working on the Invention badge. I’ve been looking at this badge for a couple of years and I had difficulty figuring out how to make it fun. Luckily for me, other Guiders had more luck. We’re using the Meeting In A Box: Inventing as our guide. But I also found some great ideas from the Caladonia Girl Guides. We’re going to spread the badge out over two weeks so we don’t need to feel rushed.
This week we worked mostly in Patrols. We started with the intro activity and had each patrol discuss what inventors they knew, whether or not they thought they could be an inventor and what qualities you’d need to be an inventor. They shared their thoughts at horseshoe after our opening.
Then we went onto the second activity. Each patrol was give four current inventions to use as inspiration. They had to combine and two of them into a new invention. Then prepare a poster and a skit marketing their invention.