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.  



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


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


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.

Be Prepared Kits

This is an activity originally designed by Hollah Guiding for Understanding the Promise and Law.  I was able to reconstruct her original sheets and modify them for my own use.

Each patrol will get one Be Prepared kit for designed for a trip to a destination.  The destinations I decided on where school, the movies, a sporting event, sleepover and a picnic .  When the patrols come back together in horseshoe, they have to defend their be prepared kit and explain why they include each item.

Download Worksheets Here

Be Prepared at Camp

We’re wrapping up our pre-camp meetings.  Both the Camp Out and the Basic Camper badges want the girls to develop Be Prepared plans for camp.  I wanted a fun way to go over this information with the girls.   I will give each patrol cards that read “A”, “B”,”C” and “D”.  I will read each of the multiple choice questions and give the patrol one minute to decide on their answer.  Then the patrol leader will hold up their answer and we will discuss it for a few minutes (if necessarily).

Example question:

11) To protect yourself from sunburn and sunstroke you should:
  1. put on sunscreen
  2. wear your hat and a shirt that covers your shoulders
  3. drink lots of water
  4. all of the above


Alternatively, you could post the letters around the room and have the girls run to the correct answer.