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.
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.
The Games Go Global challenge was developed by WAGGGS in 2012 to celebrate the London Olympics. It apparently followed challenges developed for the 2008 games in Beijing and the 2004 Olympics in Athens so their may be a 2016 Rio Challenge in the works but if there is, it hasn’t been released yet. WAGGGS seems to have only very limited badges for this challenge still in stock (Silver in English and Spanish, Bronze in French and Spanish) but the content may still be helpful if you want to run an Olympic themed camp or picnic this spring.
The Games Go Global Challenge is divided into three sections
- Stadium (body)
- Temple (mind)
- Theater (cultural)
To complete the challenge girls had to complete 1 challenge from each section for a “bronze”, two from each section for a “silver” and three from each section for “gold”. Some of the activities are specific to England as the host country but many could be used for this year’s Olympiad.