This years edition of Sing Ontario Sing is on a Celebrate Canada 150 theme. It is in a campfire format so it could all be done in one meeting or over several campfires. In edition to to the songs each unit is expected to share some “fun Canadian facts” as part of the challenge. A song booklet has been assembled with lyrics and tune references. Each song is on it’s own page so you only need to print the pages you intend to use.
The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified.
The Neuroscience of Singing
This fascinating article discussing the effects on the brain of singing in a group. The singing we do at our meetings or around a campfire really can contribute to long term mental health. Don’t forget to add some singing to your Mighty Minds program.
This week was our multi-unit advancement. We went with a campfire theme based on posts from Becky’s Guiding Resources and Brownie Meeting Ideas.
We started with each unit singing their opening songs. We welcomed the guests and laid down a symbolic campfire. Then each unit was given a chance to hold their advancement. Finally there was a chance for snacks and photos.
Laying down of campfire
Speaker 1: One of the most important things to remember when building a campfire is the foundation. Building your fire on the right site keeps the fire safe and guards it so that it may be enjoyed by all. The foundation of Guiding is its leadership: Guiders, Trefoil Guild members and Community Guiders.
Two Adults lay down the foundation pieces of the campfire
Speaker 2: If you want to make a permanent site for your campfire you need a ring of stones. The stones help outline your campfire area – and ensuring that you don’t burn or scorch anything outside this area. Our Sparks are the beginning of a Guiding campfire. Tonight they will lay a ring of stones.
Two or three sparks lay down a ring of “stones”
Speaker 3: Next we’ll need some tinder. We know that paper and dry grasses would be a good starter material for our campfire. Just like tinder in Brownies the Guiding fire really starts to burn.
Brownies lay down some pine cones or bits of paper for tinder
Speaker 4: To keep a fire going you need to add some larger pieces of wood. The Guides tonight will represent the kindling and fule logs for our fire.
Guides place the unlit candles and the larger pieces of wood.
Speaker 5: To make our campfire success, we always make sure we have safety equipment on hand. As girls grow, they take on more responsibility within Guiding. The Pathfinders will ensure our fire is safe before they light it.
Some Pathfinders will bring a bucket to the fire and then light the battery operated candles.
Everyone sing Fires Burning x 2 in a round