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.

Cookie Bites Challenge

Nova Scotia has released a new cookie based challenge: Cookie Bites.  Unlike the Cookie Rising badge, this challenge is divided into Creative, STEM, Active Living and Events sections and includes a wide variety of activities in each section.  It might be a great way to shake the dust off of preparing your girls for cookie selling this spring.

Please note: Some Guiders (myself included) are having trouble viewing the challenge on the Nova Scotia site.  I’ve read the challenge when it was posted on the Unofficial Girl Guides Facebook group.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

The Twelve Days of Guide Camp

The Twelve Days of Guide Camp

(to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)

On the first day of Guide camp my Leader said to me…

“Be careful of poison ivy.”

On the second day of Guide camp my Leader said to me..

“Clean out the lats and be careful of poison ivy.” etc etc…

3rd day “Don’t chew gum” 4th “Don’t throw up!” 5th “Where’s your hat?” 6th “Time for inspection.” 7th “Take out the garbage.” 8th “Eat your oatmeal.” 9th “Where’s my repellant?” 10th “Drop that snake.” 11th “Not another seance.” 12th “Where are your parents?”

Polymers without Borax

The Chemistry Badge contains an option for exploring polymers by making borax slime.  Making borax slime has been a popular science experiment for many units but sadly Health Canada put out a warning last year encouraging people to cut back on their borax exposure by not doing crafts with it or making home made pesticides.  You will find many slime recipies on the internet that claim to be borax free but use liquid starch, contact lens solution or Tide Free Liquide detergent.  Most formulations of these products contain borax or boric acid on their ingredient.  And I suspect if you find a version that doesn’t it won’t work well as it is the chemical interaction between the glue and the borax that makes these work

These two project though allow you to explore polyers with your girls without borax.

Milk Plastic

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • strainer or coffee filters
  • small bowls
  • food colouring and/or sparkles (optional)
  • rolling pin and small cookie cutters

Instructions

  1. heat the milk until almost but not quite boiling
  2. add the white vinegar and stir until the milk goes lumpy.
  3. strain the mixture keeping only the solids
  4. kneed the solids  to get out more liquid.
  5. If you’d like you can add a little food colouring or other decorative elements
  6. roll out your milk solids and cut with a cookie cutter
  7. Let dry for one day then flip over and dry for another day or two on the other side.

Gummie Candies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fruit juice
  • 4 packs gelatin
  • bowl
  • pot
  • glass baking dish

Instructions

  1. mix 1/2 cup of juice with the gelatin and set aside
  2. heat remaining 1 1/2 cups of juice until just boiling
  3. add gelatin mixture to heated juice and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  4. pour into baking dish and refrigerate for 2 hours or more
  5. cut into cubes and enjoy.

Inventing Badge meeting – Part 2

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.