This can be used to evaluate your whole Guiding year or adapted to evaluate different parts of a camp or other event.
- Signs with major meetings and events throughout the year
- post-it notes. At least one per sign per girl
- pens or pencils
- Review your year and make signs. I included all the camps or outing we went on as well special meetings from thought the year. I also included a couple of key words to help the girls remember the meeting.
- Post the signs around the room.
- Hand out a stack of post it notes to each girl.
- Let the girls wonder around and write feedback on each event. If they weren’t at an event they can just skip over it.
- Gather up all the post its and review the feedback.
This week we started the meeting with a short evaluation of the enrollment the week before. I tried out a new idea for evaluation where each girl was suppose to list one thing she want to continue, one thing she want to stop doing and one thing she wanted to add. It was clear after the first few girls that it wasn’t going to work. At least not that night with those girls. So we opened it up to a more free flowing conversation. The girls generally enjoyed the enrollment but their ideas for things to change next year were good.
Our enrollment this year was on a camping theme. We took our light up campfire and surrounded it with toasting sticks and sleeping bags. The parents pulled their chairs up around the outside. It was lovely and cozy.
Then we had each patrol make a patrol flag. We had them brain storm ideas based on the patrol flag template. Then they created a rough copy. And finally they created a good copy on a half sheet of Bristol board. Most of the patrols worked well together and the flags looked great. One patrol developed creative differences and a leader had to step in but even they ended up with a flag in the end.
Dotmocracy is a process where by girls vote on ideas with dot stickers.
- Discuss the nature of the problem or idea
- Have the girls brain storm (as a group or in patrols) and write each idea on a different piece of paper.
- The papers are then posted on a wall. If different patrols came up with the same idea those papers can be posted together.
- Each girl is given the same number of stickers. They don’t have to be dots. Especially if you are doing this with Sparks they might enjoy something else.
- Each girl can stick her dots on whatever idea she likes the best. She is allowed to stick more then one sticker on an idea so that if she feels really passionate about one idea she can stick more stickers on that.
- You can iterate steps 3-5 several times if you need to reach a conscience.
We used this for Discover What’s Important to You #1 but there are lots of other applications. For older girls or for more complex problems you might want to consider using Idea Rating Sheets instead.