The booklet includes lots of activities to learn about birds without drowning the girls in dense text.
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their Naturalist badge. This is also a great topic for covering some Girl Guide history.
Patrols: Patrols could be named after famous fictional spies or spy agencies.
Hold a Menu Meal
Before the hike along a short section of the trail place 10-20 items that don’t belong in nature. As you approach that part of the trail, tell the girls what you’ve done and tell them that they should count how many they can see without saying anything. After you pass though that part of the trail ask the girls to name as many as they can remember.
This website contains 3D models of many Canadian Animal tracks. They create the models by taking many (20 plus) photos of a track found in the wild from different angles. In addition to the digital 3D models they also have created 3D printer STL files so if you have access to a 3D printer you can print out the models to show kids in the field. The site also has instructions for taking your own photos of tracks you may come across to add to their database. That might be a fun project for Pathfinders or Rangers.
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Here is a video showing a similar technique:
This is an interesting article on the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing.
Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy. … Just be with trees. No hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything.
I don’t think it will be a surprise to anyone in Guiding that being outdoors in nature is good for Mental Health. But this piece can serve as a good reminder that we don’t always need to be so goal driven when we are in nature. I’ve given my Guides time to just be with trees while we were on hikes. Just wonder among the trees. Smell the forest. Feel the bark. Some of the girls really enjoyed it, some didn’t really know what to do.
If you are working on the Astronomy badge and you are looking for some diversity in stories of the constellations or phases of the moon why not include these videos from CBCs Unreserved Tuseday Teachings.