I’m sure I’m not alone in being disappointed that WAGGGS isn’t producing a #teamgirl challenge this year. Instead they have suggested units consider their Lead Out Loud challenge which is associated with the Juliette Low Seminar. However, this challenge is designed for girls 11+ so really only useful for Pathfinder and Ranger units. On top of that it is really meant for girls to do individually or in small groups so it is unlikely you can structure a meeting around it. There also only seems to be a digital badge associated with the challenge, although I suppose you could use this one as a substitute.
That said, the challenge is interesting and has some good activities. Even if the girls you work with are too young to complete the challenge you might still find some ideas that could be adapted.
The challenge is divided into 3 parts. Participates should choose 2 activites from each part to complete:
- DISCOVER – Learn new things and try new skills
- GROW – Practice leadership and reflect on who you are as a leader
- ACT – Take the lead and impact the world around you
WAGGGS annual challenge for the International Day of the Girl has been released. This year theme is SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Download the pack here.
This week we completed the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for International Day of the Girl.
We started the meeting by having each patrol look at cards with the Need/Want items on them. Each patrol separated the cards into two piles and then after horseshoe we asked how each patrol had categorized each item. For some there was no debate (fizzy drinks are a want, clean water a need) but for others there was more debate. I asked a few questions a long the way too to challenge their thinking. For example, the girls all agreed that a garden was a want until I asked if their answer would change if the garden was a major source of food for the family. Pretty flowers are a want but vegetables are a need they all agreed.
We followed that up with short discussion about barriers for girls attending school around the world. I was impressed by how much our girls already knew about the subject.
Then we played the giant board game included in the package. Some of the squares were pretty difficult for Guide age girls but the hardest one was staying quiet until your next turn.
We finished up by having each patrol draw posters of what they liked best about school and what they would miss if they couldn’t go to school any more.
The International Day of the Girl isn’t a Make a Difference Day this year, but if you still want to mark it with your unit you can complete the WAGGGS #teamgirl challenge for 2017. This year’s focus is on the right to education of Girls around the world.
Before doing this challenge you may want to review the new Advocacy Guidelines.
The is a “letter from Hogwarts” making the rounds that might really help younger Guides understand what is lost when girls aren’t able to attend school. It seemed quite timely to me as it came across my social media feed just after I was reading the #teamgirl challenge. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Waitlist