I love the look of many vintage Girl Guide cookie boxes and BC picked one of my favorites to create their Super Cookie Challenge. This challenge would be a great way to get girls fired up for spring cookie season especially if you have some big group sales planned for Cookie Day in Canada.
The Challenge is divided up into the following sections
- The History of Girl Guide Cookies
- Cookie Information
- Essential Life Skills with Cookie Selling
- Cookie Selling and Public Relations
- Think Outside the Cookie Box
- Cookies Around the World
I know these are called many different names but when I was a kid we called them Fortune Tellers.
Fortune Tellers are an easy origami project. This video shows the basics of how to fold them.
There are lots of ways fortune tellers can be used in the program such as:
Girl Guide History from Owl and Toadstool
Girl Guides of Canada from the Brand Center
Promise and Law
I was a a recent training where they made Mighty Mind fortune tellers with self care suggestions inside such as take a deep breath, read a poem, stand in a power pose, dance etc.
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
- Players sit in patrols in a large circle
- Put the letters in a pile in the middle of the circle
- Read the first question
- 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.
- While they are doing that, read the next question
- 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.
- First patrol who completes a name wins.
- Who Started Girl Guides and Boy Scouts? Lord Baden-Powell
- What was Lord Baden-Powell? Robert
- What book did he write for boys? Scouting for Boys
- Where did he take boys on an experimental camp? Brownsea Island
- Where did Girl Guides first appear? Crystal Palace Rally
- What did they say they were? Girl Scouts
- Where was the Crystal Palace? England
- Who gave the girls’ organization the name “Guides”? Lord Baden-Powell
- What city in Canada had the first Girl Guide unit? St. Catharines
CTV did a nice piece on the History of Girl Guide cookies just in time for Spring Cookie Season.
CTV National News: A History of Girl Guide Cookies
Created to celebrate the 100th year of Girl Guides 5 years ago, this video describes the history of Girl Guides in Canada in just slightly over 11 minutes.
The Golden Eaglet is a silent film made by Girl Scouts in 1918. It was apparently shown in theaters across the US. It follows the adventures of two girls as they join Girl Scouts and learn the skills necessary to earn their Golden Eaglet award.
Watching this film now I was struck by both how much has changed and yet stayed the same about Guiding in 100 years. We still teach our girls communication skills, first aid, camping etc. Yet, I can’t imagine our girls today taking over the home of an invalid, or being sent to flag down a train by herself.
Although it isn’t used much today, Morse code is the oldest electric encoding system and has been around for about 160 years. During it’s heyday it was used to send telegrams across long distances.
Telegram companies charged their customers by the word so the style of telegrams often resembled that of modern text messages. Wikipedia has a great list of abbreviations that are used in Morse code. They include some that any text message sender would recognize, such as UR or TXT but lots of others that aren’t uses today such as 88 for love and kisses.
Here are some activities your girls can do to try out Morse code.
Heliograph – A heliograph is a signaling device used to send messages at night using lights. Today they can be simulated quite easily with a flash light. Split your girls into two groups and have each group devise a simple Morse code message. Then have them transmit the message to the other group by flashing a flashlight on and off.
Bracelets – Get some beads and explain to the girls that each colour bead will represent a different aspect of Morse code. For example: blue beads are short, green beads are long, red beads are the spaces between letters. Let each girl make a bracelet using this system. Younger girls would likely enjoy writing out their name, older girls might like to leave themselves a secret message in the beads such as “courage” or “be brave”.
Secret Code – You could write out a message to your girls in Morse code and have them decipher it. It could be the hiding place of a treat or could be something like the promise, law or motto.