Pre-camp Meeting

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.

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Be Prepared at Camp

These are a series of skits intended to help get the girls to discuss what should be on a camp kit list and why.  These were for a residential camp in November so if you are using this idea at another time of year you may need to adjust the scenarios.  Each scenario was given to a different patrol.

Pretend it is time to go to bed at camp. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for bedtime and if you aren’t prepared for bedtime. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to sleep?

Pretend it is time to go to get dressed in the morning at camp. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for the day and if you aren’t prepared for the day. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to for the day?

Pretend it is time to go to go for a hike at camp. It is a cold fall afternoon. Light snow is falling from the sky. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared for hiking in the cold and if you aren’t prepared for hiking in the cold. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to be outside in cold weather?

Pretend it is time to go to play active games outside at camp. It is raining lightly outside. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you have brought what you need to be prepared to be outside in wet weather and if you aren’t prepared to be outside in wet weather. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared to outside in wet weather?

Pretend it is time to go outside and roast hot dogs. It is unseasonably warm. Create two short skits (no more then 2 minutes each) showing what will happen if you brought what you need to be prepared to roast hot dogs in warm weather and what will happen if you are not prepared. What items should be on our kit list to ensure we are prepared for warm weather and fires?

Observing the Eclipse

Just a reminder that on Monday August 21st, 2017 there will be a eclipse of the sun visible throughout much of Canada and the United States.   Eclipse are an amazing and very accessible astronomical phenomenal but it is important to take precautions to protect your vision if you are going to observe a solar eclipse.   You may want to order something like this Eclipse View from RASC now so you are prepared for the summer.  Otherwise you may want to consider making a pin hole camera.  

Rope

Sam eased the pack on his shoulders, and went over anxiously in his mind all the things that he had stowed in it, wondering if he had forgotten anything: his chief treasure, his cooking gear; and the little box of salt that he always carried and refilled when he could; […] flint and tinder; woollen hose; linen; various small belongings of his master’s that Frodo had forgotten and Sam had stowed to bring them out in triumph when they were called for. He went through them all.

“Rope!” he muttered. “No rope! And only last night you said to yourself: ‘Sam, what about a bit of rope? You’ll want it, if you haven’t got it.’ Well, I’ll want it. I can’t get it now.”

– JRR Tolkin, Fellowship of the Ring

Be Prepared – Emergency

After the events in Fort McMurry last summer, I’m sure many units will be working on the Be Prepared Not Scared Challenge or the Emergency Preparedness Challenge or just working on emergency preparedness as part of Learn About our Environment.

The Government of Canada put out some excellent information for Emergency Preparedness Week 2016

These include :

 

Be Prepared Not Scared

Be Prepared Not Scared is an emergency preparedness challenge from Alberta. It has two mandatory sections (Learn and Do) and a third optional section (Safe Guide).

This challenge is less structured then the Emergency Preparedness Challenge from Ontario.

While looking for information on the challenge I came across a similarly title booklet from the Red Cross and Federal Government that would provide a useful resource for the challenge:  Be Prepared Not Scared: Emergency Preparedness Starts with You.  And I also found this similarly useful resource from Alberta Health Services: Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness Guide.

Grandmother’s Clothesline

Materials:

  • clothespins
  • newspaper
  • a clothesline for each patrol (string strung between two chairs or trees)
  • marker or pen for each patrol

Directions:

This game can be used to discuss what to wear on an outing or to develop kit lists for camp.  Patrols line up in relay formation.  On go the first girl runs up the the clothesline and rips the shape of something the girls will need to wear out of the newsprint.  She writes the name of the item on it and pins it to the clothesline.  Then runs back so the next girl in line can go.  Examples of items could be t-shirt, long pants, socks, hat, shoes etc.

Note: The Guider who taught me this game always started the game with a rectangular piece of paper pined to each clothesline as an example.  She’d explain to the girls that her Grandmother always dried her “unmentionables” ie underwear inside a pillow case.  The girls thought this was really funny.