The first Make a Difference Day for 2017-18 is World Space Week – October 4-10th. National has released an instant meeting to help you mark this STEM based week. I do a lot of space activities already with my Guides so many of these ideas I’ve seen before but I’m glad to see them being promoted. I am quite interested in the Life on a Space Station activity though.
If you want some alternative ideas, check out the Meeting in a Box: Space from Quebec. I like the active Solar System game. I think the girls would have a lot of fun with it.
If Girl Guides of Canada’s International Day of the Girl instant meeting isn’t inspiring you. You may want to consider WAGGGS meeting suggestion #TeamGirl. It contains 90 min worth of activities which focus on tackling global issues by working as a team. It includes team building games and follows them up by asking the girls to pick an issue they are passionate about and figure out what they can do to make a difference.
A pdf with the meeting outline is found here.
Packs of badges can be bought from the WAGGGS store.
International Day of the Girl (IDG) is an opportunity to bring global focus to girls’ rights, the challenges that girls face in their everyday lives and to empower girls to make a positive difference in the world. This year GGC is focusing on inspiring girls and young women to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the opportunities that exist within these fields.
This year’s instant meeting has a opening and closing activity and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. Units are expected to do at least one activity from each section.
International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21st. Girl Guides has released an instant meeting to make it. It includes 6 main activities:
- Finding Inner Peace
- Slow Down, Quiet Down
- Finding Peaceful Resolutions
- Welcoming Diversity
- International Peace Builders
- Plant Your Own Peace Garden
Plus a number of smaller activities including writing a unit code of conduct, ripple effect and a closing activity.
National has released the last of the promised instant meetings for the Make a Difference Days. This time it is for National Mental Health week May 2-8th. Activities include a worry wall, colouring, yoga, mindfulness etc.
National Mental Health Week Instant Meeting
There isn’t a specific crest for this Make a Difference Day. But if you are interested in exploring this topic deeper with your unit, I’d recommend taking a look at the Mental Health Awareness Challenge produced by the International Bipolar Association.
This week to celebrate International Women’s Day we completed the Famous Five Challenge from Alberta. While the girls were in their patrol corners we distributed copies of the Famous Five word search (from the Famous Five Supplement) for them to work on as a group. After horseshoe we talked a little about how January 2016 marked 100 years since the first women in Canada were legally allowed to vote. We introduced them to the Famous Five and the Persons Case. Next we read the interactive story found in the Famous Five Supplement.
Then we moved out of horseshoe to a table we’d set up with a lace table cloth and a pretty pink centerpiece. We had speakers set up so the girls could listen to the audio from Famous5.ca about the pink teas. Then we let each girl help herself to can of pink grapefruit juice and told them to break up into groups of four or five and hold their own pink tea. What women’s issues did they want to discuss and what changes did they want to see in the world? We came back together as a group after they’d had time to discuss to find out what they’d been talking about. A number of the girls talked about rights of women in other countries and how they didn’t have the same rights we have in Canada. Other groups talked about how girls sports are often over looked and the absence of girls and women in many action figure and other toys.
We wrapped up the evening by learning to sing Can a Women and If I were not a Girl Guide (we choose all career verses).
Girl Guides of Canada has release an instant meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day on or near March 8th. This year’s theme is Women Writing History. The instant meeting includes activities such as making a timeline of important moments in Women’s history, variations on What time is it Mr. Wolf and Octopus to teach girls about women’s history and activities to get the girls thinking about their own history.