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
Maclean’s magazine has a excellent article this week on what it is like to be a Girl Scout in Syria. What it’s like to be a Girl Scout in Syria The organization is small there as it was banned for much of the 80’s and 90’s but it sounds like they offer the girls they do have a great program. I’m am very glad that I don’t have to teach my girls the best way to stay safe during an aerial bombing though.
For Thinking Day this year we held a bring a parent night. We made all the parents honourary Guides for the night. They even marched into horseshoe with their girls.
We based the meeting around this years WAGGGS Thinking Day Challenge Grow.
After horseshoe we all played CABAÑA, GUEST, or VOLCANO to complete the roots section. Then we split into three groups for a round robin.
The first station was run by a Guider originally from Holland who taught them a party game where you eat snack bread off a string while blindfolded. Everyone also got to try the snack bread she’d made.
The second station was the Grow your collaboration game from the challenge pack. We ran that out in the hallway where we could set up a good maze of wool. The girls and parents went though the maze three times, once on their own. Once holding hands with a partner. And once holding hands with one partner blindfolded.
The final station was our seeds stop, were the girls made seed heads (instructions soon) with the help of their parents.
After the round robin we had a badge presentation for all the badges the girls have earned since enrollment. It was nice to have the parents there for that.
This years Thinking Day Challenge is entitled GROW and is all about growing the Girl Guide and Girl Scout movement. A mandatory part of the challenge is that each group do the challenge with girls who would not normally be in Guiding (a bring a friend meeting or as part of a community activity etc.) The activities themselves are divided into the four parts of the tree: Roots, Branches, Trunk and Fruits and Flowers.
The badge is really striking and can be ordered though the WAGGGS store as individual pins or as patches in lots of 10 or 25.
The International World Regions Challenge from Saskatchewan teaches girls about the 5 global regions of WAGGGS. It starts by having the girls complete a series of challenges about WAGGGS and then explore each region further though games, crafts, songs, food, guest speakers, celebrations etc.
There are lots of challenges that look at the 5 world centers but this is one of the few I’ve seen that look at the WAGGGS regions.