The Great Cookie Caper – Wide Game

This wide game is based on Post Office and was developed for the Canada 150 events hosted by Ontario Girl Guides.

The girls must rescue all 6 of their Cookie Friends by tracking down the Cookie Critters and either answering their cookie trivia question or completing a short challenge.

The Great Cookie Caper – Wide Game


Leadership Meeting

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

Guide History Game


Out of Heavy paper or cardboard make cards with all the letters of the alphabet except for Q,X and Z.  Then make the following extra letters 3 -Bs, 3-Cs, 4-As, 4-Os, 4-Os, 5-Ls, 4-Ns.  There should be a total of 50 cards.

On a large piece of paper print the following names and post it on a wall:

  • Olive Baden Powell
  • Robert Baden Powell
  • Crystal Palace
  • Agnes Baden Powell
  • Brownsea Island
  • Scouting For Boys
  • St. Catharines

To Play:

  1. Players sit in patrols in a large circle
  2. Put the letters in a pile in the middle of the circle
  3. Read the first question
  4. The patrol of the person who first answers picks a name from the list to try and spell out and starts picking out the letters.
  5. While they are doing that, read the next question
  6. As additional patrols start to try and spell words they can either pull letters from the first pile or try and steal them from another patrol.
  7. First patrol who completes a name wins.


  1. Who Started Girl Guides and Boy Scouts? Lord Baden-Powell
  2. What was Lord Baden-Powell? Robert
  3. What book did he write for boys? Scouting for Boys
  4. Where did he take boys on an experimental camp? Brownsea Island
  5. Where did Girl Guides first appear? Crystal Palace Rally
  6. What did they say they were? Girl Scouts
  7. Where was the Crystal Palace? England
  8. Who gave the girls’ organization the name “Guides”? Lord Baden-Powell
  9. What city in Canada had the first Girl Guide unit? St. Catharines
  10. etc.

Soaping a Pot

Soaping a pot is a technique used to make washing pots after cooking over an open fire easier.  If your girls are new to the technique it is important to go over it carefully with them.  I’ve seen many rushed Guiders giving instructions that were misinterpreted by the girls.  This often results in soapy stew and is not recommend.

How to soap a pot: 

  1. Turn the pot over so the bottom of the pot faces upwards.
  2. Squirt a little liquid dish soap on the bottom of the pot.
  3. Uses your hand or a dish rag to spread the soap all over the bottom of the pot and up the sides of the pot but not in the pot.
  4. Cook over an open fire.  The outside of the pot will turn black.
  5. When it is time to do the dishes, you will find the black rinses easily off the pot.  Unsoaped pots require a lot of scrubbing to remove the black.

Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea is a critical thinking/team work game.

First you read the senario:

  • You and your patrol have chartered a yacht in the South Pacific for a vacation.
  • None of you have any previous sailing experience, and you have hired an experienced skipper and two-person crew.
  • As you sail through the Southern Pacific Ocean a fire breaks out and much of the yacht and its contents are destroyed.
  • The yacht is slowly sinking.
  • Your location is unclear because vital navigational and radio equipment has been damaged.
  • The yacht skipper and crew have been lost whilst trying to fight the fire.
  • Your best guestimate is that you are approximately 1000 miles South West of the nearest landfall.

Your Patrol have managed to save 15 items, undamaged and intact after the fire. Place them in order from most useful to least useful.

Then distribute the worksheet to each patrol.  Give them 10-15 minutes to work out their priority for the items.  Let them ask questions if they aren’t sure what some of the words mean.

Lost at Sea worksheet

Then review the “official” answers.

According to the experts (US Coastguard), the basic supplies needed when a person is stranded mid-ocean are articles to attract attention and articles to aid survival until rescue arrives. Articles for navigation are of little importance since even if a small life raft were capable of reaching land, it would be impossible to store enough food and water to survive for the requisite amount of time. Without signaling devices, there is almost no chance of being spotted and ultimately rescued. Furthermore, most rescues occur within the first 36 hours and a person can survive with only a minimum of food and water during that period.

So, the following is the order of ranking the items in their importance to your survival:

  1. Shaving Mirror Critical for signaling
  2. 2 gallon can of oil/petrol mixture Critical for signaling. The mixture will float on water and could be ignited with a match. What the experts don’t say is how you get away from this conflagration or what to do if the wind should push the life raft into the flames!
  3. 5 gallon can of water Necessary to replenish fluids lost through perspiration (that’s sweat)
  4. One case of army rations Basic food intake
  5. 20 square feet of opaque plastic Can be utilized to collect rain water and provide shelter from the elements
  6. 2 boxes of chocolate bars Reserve food supply (what were you going to do with that much chocolate?)
  7. Fishing kit Ranked lower than the chocolate as ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ There is no guarantee you will catch any fish.
  8. 15ft of nylon rope Could be used to lash people or equipment together to prevent it being washed overboard.
  9. Floating seat cushion A life preserver if someone fell overboard
  10. Shark repellent Enough said
  11. One quart of 160 per cent proof rum Contains 80% alcohol, which is enough to be used as an antiseptic for any injuries, otherwise of little value – would cause dehydration if ingested (that’s drunk to you and me)
  12. Small transistor radio Of no use without a transmitter. You would also be out of range of any radio station.
  13. Maps of the Pacific Ocean Worthless without navigation equipment. It does not matter where you are but where the rescuers are!
  14. Mosquito netting There are NO mosquitos in the midpacific ocean. As for fishing with it? – stick to the fishing kit.
  15. Sextant Useless without the relevant tables and a chronometer

It is unlikely that any patrol will be exactly right. And they might quibble with the official answers depending on their skills and experience. That is fine. The point is to understand what is key to personal survival (water, food, shelter etc.) and to work together.

There are other similar scenarios available on line such as a plane crash in the arctic or lost on the moon.  I thought these were a little trickier so they might be better for a second play though or for Pathfinders or Rangers.

When a Girl Uses the Word “Fat”

Girl Scouts has developed a series of blog posts for parents on raising awesome girls.

I was particularly impressed with this one: Yes, Your Daughter Just Called Herself Fat Some of the advice would also be good for a leader who has a girl who uses the word “fat” to describe herself at a meeting.  Our first inclination to to say something like “no your not” (whether or not she is) or to say “your beautiful” (as if the two are mutually exclusive).  As Guide leaders we can emphasis that all bodies are good bodies no matter what their shape.