Monday, July 17, 2017

Oceans Sleepover


For our sleepover, we chose the OCEAN CHALLENGE from WAGGGS, to further our learning about SDG#14: Life Below Water. 

FRIDAY 
7:00-7:30 Arrival 

7:30-7:45 Orientation 

7:45-8:00 Ice Breaker: EvolutionWe adapted it to be sea creatures. Everyone starts out as Plankton. You play Rock/Paper/Scissors and if you win you move up a level and if you lose, you move down a level. (Though as Plankton to start, you stay at Plankton until you win). You can only play R/P/S against someone who is at the same level as you.

Level 1: Plankton—hands make one eye in front of face (say "Karen", Plankton's wife from Spongebob Squarepants)) 
Level 2: Minnow—crouch down to walk around (Say "Gilligan"--the ship on Gilligan's Island was called the SS Minnow)
Level 3: Catfish—Make fists for ears and meowing sounds 
Level 4: Seal—clap hands with straight arms and bark like a seal
Level 5: Shark—Make a fin above head and dun dun sounds (from Jaws)

This was hilarious to watch!

8:00-8:20 Learn about oceans (A.01, A.10) 
We printed off a large map of the world to show where the world's oceans are and gave each girl a worksheet we found on the internet to fill in and label the oceans.
Worksheet to fill out ocean locations 

8:20-8:30 Brainstorm types of life (flora/fauna) in the ocean (B.01) 
We just had the girls come up with as many different types of ocean life as they could!

8:30-8:45 Talk about favourite seaside activities (C.01) 
Everyone got a chance to talk about what they like to do at oceans and lakes.

8:45-9:15 Mug up 
Fish and chips—goldfish crackers and potato chips, water 

9:15-9:45 Build a story (C.02) 
Start by talking about what a fisher does during the day. Think of plot points we can include. Then each girl adds a sentence to create the story. This was a lot of fun and the girls had a great time doing it. (What's Your Fish Story) (DY2#5)


9:45-10:00 Campfire singalong 

10:00-10:30 Get ready for bed 

10:30 Lights out 

SATURDAY 
7:00-8:00 Get up and pack up. Dress for a hike 

8:00-9:00 Hike with breakfast. There's a Cowboy Farm across the street from where we have our sleepover. We call ahead to ask permission to hike on their trails and it's a great start to the day (plus we get to see the horses and animals from their petting zoo.) We pack a paper bag breakfast to take with us and eat on the way. 

Unfortunately, it was really cold out that morning. We didn't cancel the hike--we just made sure everyone was dressed properly--with snow pants and hats and hoods and mittens) and we had our breakfast when we got back so they didn't have to take their mittens off to eat. 
Mini bagels, squeeze apple sauce, water bottles 


9:00-9:25 Round Robin 1
9:30-9:55 Round Robin 2
10:00-10:25 Round Robin 3
10:30-10:45 Snack Fish and Chips trail mix (Swedish fish, banana chips, chocolate chips and whatever else you want to put into your trail mix)
10:45-11:15 Round Robin 4

Round Robin activities
#1: Underwater Scope craft (A.08)
Materials: Yogurt containers, saran wrap, duct tape, aquarium/basin, rocks, shells, toys 
(DY2#6)










#2: Coral Reef (D.08) 
Background information: P56, P78
Materials: Plasticine

I am always blown away by how creative the girls are (you'd think I'd expect it at this point!) The coral reefs were so intricate and delicate and they did a great job replicating the polluted reefs.
(DY2#6, Art Production #2)









#3: Build a boat (C.06) 
Materials: Aluminum foil, basin, beans, various items

The girls were just given aluminum foil and told to make a boat! Once they had their designs, they tested them to see how much weight they could hold.
(BY3#4)






#4: Bean Count (E.06) 
Simulate how fish tagging works
Materials: bowl/jar, beans, markers

This was my activity and it turned out so cool. We had a large bin of beans. For each group that came through, I explained how tagging works and had them decide how many beans they wanted to tag and each girl got a chance to mark them. Once they marked all their beans, they mixed them back in and then each girl took a handful out and counted how many they had removed and how many of those were tagged. Using a formula, we could determine how many the group thought there were total.

The more beans each girl and group tagged, the closer they were to the number. The more beans each girl and group pulled, the closer they were to the number. 

While they were eating lunch, we counted up the actual number of beans. When averaging each group together so we have 14 samples, our estimate was 1566. The total number was 1577! Even though I know math and science work, it is so cool to see math and science work! (BY3#4)
(Link to activity: Counting Fish)

We had some time to fill at the end of my activity, so I challenged them to create one sea creature with their bodies (Be-a-Shark pantomimes). This turned out cool too. (DY2#6)

Top left: Octopus, Top Right: Lobster
Bottome Left: Shark, Bottom Right: Seal
   


11:30-12:15 Ocean Pollution skits
Background info: P53, P55, P57, P61, P64, P77-79

After a discussion about what causes ocean pollution, they came up with skits to show how pollution is bad and what changes can be made to prevent it. They always love doing skits!

12:30-1:00 Lunch Fish and Chips. There is a local fish and chips shop 5 minutes from our sleepover so we ordered in for lunch! The girls all loved the fish and chips!

1:00-1:30 We shared the bean results, we shared the pantomimes with everyone,  and then we played a game of Pass the Whale Charades (YaO2#2).


1:30-2:00 Closing

Friday, July 14, 2017

I'm still here!

Image result for work in progress

My poor blog has been terribly neglected this year for a number of reasons (not just laziness!). We had some great, interesting meetings, outings, and camps, and I plan to update this summer all the program work, badges, and challenges we did. Water camp, Under the Sea sleepover, lots of outdoor badges and skills -- we had a lot of fun this year!

In the mean time, though, Dropbox has changed how it works and all of the links to my files are broken. I have reorganized my Dropbox and I will be working on updating the links as best I can. (1 post down, 125 to go!). If there is anything you are looking for, comment on this post and I will get the updated link to you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Meeting #1 Welcome to Guides

Discovering You: Understand How to Be Responsible (DY4)

6:30-6:55 Arrival--Nametag craft.  We made shrinky dink nametags. The girls wrote their names on a piece of paper so they could trace it backwards onto the shrinky dink. Then they coloured and decorated the shrinky dink. Luckily, we have an oven in our meeting space so they baked while we moved onto the next activity.

6:55-7:10 Ice breaker game--We all went around the circle and said our names and then something we like to do. Then we added a stuffed animal to throw and had to say the name of the person who threw it to you, then your own name, and then the name of person you were throwing it to. That way everyone got to hear everyone's name multiple times.

7:10-7:20 Overview of the Guide program. Explain badges vs program squares, talk about patrols and patrol leaders, LBP Award, confirm Guiding Years.

7:20-7:30 - Planning (DY4#3)
We had some decisions to make about upcoming activities so we discussed them here. 
1. Hiking--Do we want to do as much hiking this year as last year? The answer was YES!
2. Remembrance Day--Did they like doing the Postcards for Peace or would they rather do Valentine's for Vets? Valentine's for Vets was the chosen activity for this.
3. IWK service project--are the girls interested in learning how to crochet/knit? They said yes so we are going to look into how feasible this will be. 

7:20-8:15 Global Goals (DY4#3)
In an effort to help the girls be more globally aware, we decided to learn about the Global Goals and incorporate them into our planning and service projects this year. We couldn't possibly cover all 17 in one year, so once we learned about them, we had the girls vote on which 3 we would concentrate for the year.

Talk about what Sustainable Development Goals and United Nations mean.

There are a few videos that explain what the Global Goals are and how we can make a difference in the world.



After we watched the video, we talked about what each global goal means. Then we had 16 "posters" (8.5x11 sheets) around the room with each Global Goal. Girls got 3 stickers to vote on which Global Goal they want to concentrate on this year. They walked around the room and voted with their stickers.

Our 3 Global Goals for this year are:
#2 Zero Hunger
#5 Gender Equality
#14 Life Below Water

Then we brainstormed activities we can do that are related to these goals.

We also watched this video:
And then we went around the room and asked each girl what they "really really want" for gender equality.

8:25--Closing

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

First Aid Badge

You and Others: Learn About Safety (YaO4)

Beyond You: Discover Your Community (BY1)

First Aid badge (FA)

Our sister Guide unit contacted us about how to complete the First Aid badge. We brainstormed together and came up with a 2 meeting plan--one night at our meeting space on Tuesday and then the second meeting at their meeting space on Monday. It all came together quite nicely!

Meeting #1:
With 40 Guides expected, we needed a bigger room to fit everyone, so we requested a room change at our school and were in the gym instead of the Family Studies room.

6:30-6:50--Since we were going to be sitting and listening, we thought a good opening game that could be joined in progress would be Hospital Tag. Everyone is IT and when you get tagged, you cover the spot you were tagged with your hand. When you get tagged a second time, you cover it with your second hand. When you get tagged a third time, you sit down. We played with a variation that if you're sitting down, someone (anyone) can run around you twice to "cure" you.

Be Prepared Kits from the Guide Handbook
6:50-7:00--We had a huge horseshoe! We had them line up in their patrols, so we did Horseshoe with 8 Patrols! They did well.

7:00-7:45--One of our leaders is a Dietician, so she recruited 2 nurse friends of hers to come present. They covered all of the requirements of the badge, except the first aid kit. (FA#1, FA#2, FA#3, FA#4, FA#5, FA#6, FA#7, FA#9, FA#10)

7:45-8:30--We moved to the cafeteria, after the Sparks had left, because  we wanted tables to make our Be Prepared kits. We call them Be Prepared instead of First Aid because we add more than just basic first aid things.

We used plastic containers from the Dollar Store and filled it with lots of good things. The book has a good starting point for what to put into a Be Prepared kit. (FA#8, YaO4#2)

MEETING #2
6:30-7:00 For our arrival activity, we had them use their Be Prepared kits to play Kim's game. They laid all the elements out on the table and everyone got a chance to study it. Then they covered it and tried to remember everything that was in it. Once they did this, we suggested that they have one person remove an item and everyone else had to try to figure out what was missing.

7:00-7:45--This was a great bridging meeting! The Pathfinders meet in the same building and they planned this portion of the meeting for us. They worked in groups and presented various First Aid scenarios for the Guides to try to help them with. They had 5 different scenarios for the Guides to cycle through. (YaO4#1)

7:45-8:15--Building Audit: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities Instant Meeting had an accessibility audit with pre-made forms to fill out. We had 8 groups so we sent 2 groups to each location and had them audit the locations. Then we got back together and each group reported their findings. This went fairly well and the girls had some great thoughts on what was provided and what would be needed to improve. (BY1#4)

It was better for us to use their building for the audit--we meet in a school that was built in the last 20 or so years, so it is quite accessible. The other Guide unit meets in an old church hall, with lots of stairs. It is partially accessible but it has lots of things you can think and talk about with regards to accessibility.







Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WAGGGS Program in a Bag

You in Guiding: Learn About WAGGGS (YiG3)

We're doing lapbooks again this year and I decided our WAGGGS meeting we would do as Program in a Bag. Each Patrol works at their own pace and does as many of the activities as they can. Each activity is in a plastic sheet protector with the instructions face-side down.

I gave them 8 activities to start and if they finished those, then they could pick from the last 3. 3 out of 4 Patrols finished 8-9 activities. One Patrol had difficulties and only completed 5 of the activities. I sent them home with what they missed so they could earn their square.

WAGGGS Program in a Plastic Bag

Activity #1: Uniforms (YiG3#5) (Paper Doll file)
INSTRUCTIONS: St Vincent and Grenadines in our Twinning Country partner. Learn about their uniforms by
1. Colouring the paper doll in the appropriate colours
2. Cutting it out
3. Gluing it into your lapbook.
Equipment: Colouring pages, Markers/Coloured pencils, Scissors, Glue

Activity #2: World Centers (YiG3#2) (World Centers Posters, Updated Booklet with Posters)
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut out and fold your World Centers booklet.
2. Find the matching poster for each page and fill in the details.
For the map, put an X at each location. Don’t worry if you can’t write the whole name.
3. Put the booklet into pocket in your Lap Book.
Equipment: Booklet, Posters, glue

Note: This activity originated with Owl and Toadstool. I updated the booklet to include Kusafiri (and subsequently, she also updated her booklet!) She created the original posters file, I created the Updated Booklet and posters, based on her design.

Activity #3: World Flag (YiG3#4)
INSTRUCTIONS: Play a World Flag beetle game.
You are to draw the World Flag, but you can only draw what the dice tells you draw! Using the following instructions, take turns throwing the die and see who can complete their World Flag first. Use the World Flag card to show you where everything should go. After the game is over, you can put the World Flag card into a pocket in your Lap Book.
Equipment: Paper, D10, pencils, World Flag cards from Guide store
NOTE: This game can be adapted to use a regular 6-sided die instead of a 10-sided die (Game taken from this site)

Activity #4: KNOTTING (YiG1#5)
INSTRUCTIONS: Tie Reef Knots! Time yourselves for 5 minutes. See how long you can make the rope by tying the smaller pieces together with reef knots, one person at a time. When the time is up, measure your rope. At the end, we’ll see which Patrol could tie the longest rope.
After measuring, untie all the knots so the ropes are ready for the next patrol.
Equipment: Ropes, Masking tape (for measuring)
Hint: Reef knot—Left over right and under; right over left and under.

Activity #5: Camp Skills: Bedrolls (Camp-out badge #3)
INSTRUCTIONS: Using the supplied equipment, make a proper bedroll.
Equipment: Tarp, Sleeping bag, Blanket, Pillow, Stuffy, Bungee cords/rope

Activity #6: Teamwork
INSTRUCTIONS: Flood! The flood waters are rising! Try to fit your entire group onto a "rock" (a plastic tarp). Once everyone's on the "rock", the flood waters can rise further (i.e Fold the tarp in half and then fit everyone on it again). How small a "rock" can your group fit on?
Equipment: Tarp

Activity #7: Problem Solving
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. With your Patrol holding hands, pass a hula hoop around the circle without letting go.
2. Try it again, and see if you can do it faster.
3. Add the second hula hoop and send it in the opposite direction and try to get both hula hoops back to where they started.
Equipment: Hula hoops

Activity #8: CWFF: INSTRUCTIONS (YiG3#3) (Word Search)
1. Fold Word Search in half twice.
2. Glue folded Word Search into Lap Book
3. Glue CWFF label onto Word Search
4. Work on Word Search
Equipment: Word Search, CWFF Label, Glue

Activity #9: Minutes
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Stand in a circle. Every Guide closes her eyes. At the word “Go”, each Guide must estimate the length of a minute, and sit down when she thinks the minute is up. Ask a Leader to tell you who was closest.
2. How many times can each Guide touch all four walls in a minute? Write down your score.
3. Every Guide must balance on one foot for one minute. Ask a Leader to time you.
Equipment: Leader, Stopwatch

Activity #10: Dexterity
INSTRUCTIONS: Complete a jigsaw upside down without peeking. When you are finished, turn it over to see the picture.
Equipment: Puzzle

Activity #11: Gadgets
INSTRUCTIONS: Make a camp gadget.
Equipment: Skewers, Rope, Program book

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Special Event: The Bigger Picture



It was time for the biennial NS Guider's Conference. The theme this year was The Bigger Picture and if you look for the hashtag #GGCNSBiggerPicture2015 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you can find lots of posts and pictures of all the goings-on!

We started on Friday with the opening ceremonies, which was MCed by Brenda Harvey. Our Twinning Leads, Lashauna and Janice, showed us a great SVG tourism video that got everyone on their feet and dancing.


Then we played Family Feud with #twinning2020 questions about our partner country, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Questions included: Which countries are paired with which provinces? What sports are most popular in SVG? What are the most important agricultural products in SVG? What are the names of the levels of Guiding in SVG? What are the 5 areas of focus in the SVG Ranger program? 

After the opening ceremony was over, we went back to our room and hung out with some young Guiders who are mostly university students. It was lots of fun and we got to meet some new people, which is a great reason to attend Conference!

There were dozens of sessions to choose from on Saturday and I enjoyed all 4 that got. 

Music for the Musically Challenged
I love singing campfire songs so it's always nice to learn some new ones, and there are always new ones to learn. 
Black Socks: I knew this one, but I learned new actions to go with it but they are on Becky's Guiding site if you scroll down.

Make New Friends: Again, I've done this in a round but not with actions. I can't find the actions but I'll try to describe it. Standing in a close circle, everyone puts their right arm in front of the person beside them. Then they take their left hand and hold the hand of the person two to their left. Everyone should have the same arm crossed over top all the way around the circle. The leader starts with both of her arms on top of the other arms. Then when you start singing, you bring your arms over the person's head and this goes around the circle until everyone has their arms around each other. Then you can go back the way you came you'll end up as you started. 
Herman the Worm craft

I Let Her Go Go: We learned this when we "travelled" to Curacao!

Herman the Worm: Always a fun one. We changed the people Herman eats into a Spark, a Brownie, a Guide, a Pathfinder, and a Ranger. We were also given a simple craft that could be done by the girls when you teach them the song.

It's Not Hard: This was new to me and should be fun to teach to my girls.

Singing in the Rain: I did this as a girl, and it's an old standby of mine, especially if we're camping in the rain!
Dum-Dum-Da-Da

Dum-Dum-Da-Da: This one was completely new to me. Here's a Youtube video which shows it being sung and with slightly different actions. I love the way this camp director uses a "Ready" call and repeat to settle everyone so he doesn't have to yell over them. I may need to try it!

Rain Storm

Canadian Girl Guides (yell)

Good King Wenceslas with Barnyard Choir: A video of us singing this at Conference closing! You could use any easy song to do this with the girls, like Jingle Bells.

It Isn't Any Trouble: On the fourth verse, you can just make a laughing sound and then you can sing it through and each line will end with S-M-I-L-E, then G-R-I-N, then L-A-U-G-H and then the last line you would laugh.

Say Why: One I never sang as a girl, but love it now that I've learned it as an adult. We sang this at our last camp!

It's a Small World: with Guiding verses

T.I.R.O: I've never heard this one before and it was another fun action-type song. Here's a video, because I could never describe it! The only difference is that we put our right leg in front of the neighbor's left, which put us even more off balance!

And then we ended with Linger and Zulu Farewell (Go Well and Safely).

SUPER GUIDER GREATEST HITS
Two of our Guiders got to attend the Super Guider Conference in Ontario last year and brought back some of their learnings to share. They also gave us each a flash drive with more info on it, because it's hard to condense two days worth of sessions into 75 minutes! 

Mary Louise talked about outside activities and easy ways to incorporate outside activities into your meetings and we had a fun game of Oh Deer. The space wasn't large, but it was perfect for Guiders who really don't want to have to run!

Caira talked about communication. We played a game where you draw on each other's back and the front person then has to draw it on paper (a form of telephone). Then we played in pairs (back-to-back) and one person had to describe it to the other using only words and the other person had to draw it. Then we did the activity where you say something mean and squirt out toothpaste. Then you say something nice and have to put the toothpaste back in the tube, showing how hard it is to take something back once it's been said. 

This was a great session and I can't wait to delve into all of the information on my flash drive.

TWINNING 2020
After lunch, I did a session with our Twinning Leads, Janice and Lashauna. They talked about the Twinning Resources on the NS Girl Guide page and what's been done so far and then what's in store leading up to Thinking Day. 

Then we did an activity from the WTD Activity pack. The theme this year is Connect, and we did #3: Connect with How I Learn. I like making origami, so I had a lot of fun with this activity. I'm a visual learning, so the heart origami where we only got to look at instructions, was my favourite way to do it. 

Finally we made some Caribbean punch from the Let's Meet SVG: Culture Sharing Activity.

PROMISE AND LAW
My next session of the day was on the Promise and Law and activities to incorporate activities into our meeting. I'm not good at touchy-feely stuff, so this was a good session for me to stretch my comfort. 

One activity was there were papers hanging on the walls with various places like Outdoors, Community, Friends, School. Then we had to write down things we can do each place that relate to the Promise and Law. 

BRIDGING
The last session of the day was a chance for Guiders of each branch to get together and discuss and share ideas. 
Cats on a bus

After our supper banquet, the Rangers led a number of games for the Guiders. There were 5 or 6 activities, and we rotated through 4 of them. We did the back drawing game of telephone, a drama game called Get on the Bus, a version of Headbanz, and Pictionary. They all did a great job running the activities--they'll be great leaders in the future!

All in all, it was a great weekend! I met lots of people, learned lots, and had lots of fun. Thanks to the Conference Committee for putting on such a great event. See everyone again in 2 years! 















Monday, October 26, 2015

Special Event: Camp in a Year (Residential)

Nova Scotia Brownies 100th Anniversary Challenge
You in Guiding: Learn About Guiding (YiG2)
You in Guiding: Be Involved in Your Community (YiG4)
You and Others: Learn about Leadership in a Group (YaO1)
Discovering You: Discover What's Important to You (DY1)
Discovering You: Discover Your Creativity (DY2)
Discovering You: Stay Fit and Healthy (DY3)
 
Beyond You: Try New Things (BY3)
Campfire Leading badge (CL)


For our camp we completed the NS Brownie 100th Anniversary Challenge (full disclosure--I helped create the challenge!) and we had our theme as Camp in a Year. The two dovetailed nicely together and we had a wonderful time!

FRIDAY
7:00-7:30 Arrival

7:30-8:00 Orientation and Ice Breaker: The girls played the Human Knot as we waited for our last girl to arrive. Then we went over the rules and the plan for the weekend.

8:00-9:00 Glow Stick Ring Toss (4 groups)—
This was really fun. We had two different versions of the game--2 groups had a hoop made out of bracelets and 3 necklace pendants to throw into the hoops. The other 2 groups have 4 water bottles with necklace pendants in them and used bracelets to try to throw onto the water bottles. (STEM #2)
Supplies: 5 bracelets/hoop, 3 necklace pendants/hoop, 8 water bottles, 8 necklace pendants, 6 bracelets 

While we were outside, we also lit sparklers, then had our countdown to 1915 New Year's, and sang Auld Lang Syne.

9:00-9:30 Mug Up—Apple juice and Sprite in plastic champagne glasses. Appetizers of crackers, cheese and turkey kielbasa. They had a choice of either straight apple juice or apple juice mixed with pop.

9:30-10:00 Campfire—We had a campfire sing-a-long. (CL#1) We sang:
Fire's Burning
Buddies and Pals
Ging Gang Gooli
Sharks
Barges
On My Honour
Taps

10:00-11:00 Get ready for bed

11:00 Lights out

SATURDAY
7:00-8:00 Wake up and make valentines. Each girl made 2 valentines to give to the girl sitting on either side of her at breakfast.
Supplies: card making supplies or premade valentines 

8:00-9:00 Valentine’s Breakfast--Pink pancakes and fruit

After breakfast, the girls did their duties before we started our stations.

9:00-11:30 Four stations, 30 minutes each


STATION 1: Birthday boxes (SERVICE #1) (YiG4#3) Each group will make create 1 box with the supplies needed to have a small birthday party. 
Supplies: Cake mix, frosting, candles, cups, paper plates, decorations, party favours, napkins, small toy for birthday child (we got Beanie Boos, since our girls love stuffed animals so much), wrapping paper to decorate boxes, cookie boxes




STATION 2: Brownie History (HERITAGE)—One of our leaders still has her Brownie badges on a piece of yellow felt so she brought that and the girls had to guess what they thought the badges were for and then they searched through the Brownie Badge Archive from the Ontario Girl Guides that had been printed off to find out what they really were (YiG2#6)



STATION 3: Fractals (STEM #3)
In 1915, Waclaw Sierpinski describes the Sierpinski triangle for the first time, though the pattern had been used in decorations for years before.  Fractals are self-similar patterns that can be found in many places, but nature is a great place to start looking.  The Sierpinski triangle is the simplest fractal to recreate.
  • Dots are the midpoints of the edges, half way between the corners.  Connect the dots as shown below to form a new triangle, pointing down.  Colour it in.
  • You are now left with three white triangles.  Find the midpoints of each of these three triangles, connect them, and color in the resulting triangles (pointing down).
  • Each of the 3 triangles now turns into 3 smaller triangles, leaving 9 small white triangles.  Connect the midpoints of each of the 9 white triangles to form 27 smaller triangles, pointing downward.  Colour them in.
  • Continue this process if you wish, as long as you have patience.
  • When you are done, cut the big triangle out and write your name on the back.
  • Next join your fractal triangle with 2 other fractal triangles to form a bigger triangle.
  • Then add 2 more groups of 3 triangles to form a bigger triangles made of 9 triangles


Supplies: Pre-printed triangles, markers/colour pencils (BY3#4)


STATION 4: Campfire songs (ARTS #1) For each of the four groups, I prepared a different set of songs from 1915 or earlier. With each group, we sang/learned all 7 or 8 songs in the set, and then each girl chose a song to lead at campfire that night. Then we practiced what they need to do to lead a song (say the name of the song, divide the group if it's going to be in rounds, explain if there are repetitive parts in the song). (YaO1#5, CL#2, CL#3, CL#6) (Songs with lyrics, Word doc)

9:00-9:30 STATION 1

9:30-10:00 STATION 2

10:00-10:30 Easter Snack—Snacks were put into Easter baggies (one of our Guiders has everything you'd ever want) and hidden outside for them to find.

10:30-11:00 STATION 3

11:00-11:30 STATION 4


11:30-1:30 LUNCH Cinco de Mayo—Tacos in a bag. We've started taking the camp stoves to residential camp as well as tent camping, to give the girls more exposure to using them. 

Cook hamburger on camp stoves, chop tomatoes and lettuce, grate cheese. Everything goes into a Ziploc bag with tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream

After lunch, we had a pinata for them. We had mostly non-candy--stickers, pencils, notepads, plastic rings--plus Welch's gummy snacks, chocolate bars, and rockets. They were told to take one of each non-candy thing and then they were allowed to have 2 food products. 

We lined them up from youngest to oldest, to take away the fighting over who got to go first. For the first time through, they were blindfolded and got to take one swing. The next time through, they weren't blindfolded but again, just one swing at the pinata. I think they all got 3 chances to hit it before it broke enough to spill its content. 



1:30-2:30 Quiet time/Free time--Now is the time that they can hang out in the bunk room. We also set out craft supplies for them to do with as they please and to make presents for their secret buddies.

2:30-3:15 Afternoon snack—Eid al-Fitr. We have a Muslim girl in our unit and wanted to include a holiday that's important to her as well. I emailed her mom for suggestions and they offered to bring the date squares for our snack. The date squares were DELICIOUS and every girl tried them and most of them loved them.
Date squares, carrots, cucumbers

3:15-4:15 Outside games  (ACTIVE LIVING #2) 
Playing Mousetrap
We organized some outdoor running games and had a beautiful afternoon for it. We started with some tag games, then played Mousetrap and Pip, Squeak, Charlie. Then we got some ropes and balls out and let them play some games on their own. 

If it had rained, we would have done some inside, since we had a fairly big space in our building. If we hadn't had a space, we would have played board games instead.
(DY3#4)
Supplies: jump ropes, hula hoops, balls

4:15-5:00 LBP Time line: I took the story of LBP that is in the BC Lady Baden-Powell challenge booklet and created 12 milestones in LBP's life, while also adding in when she visited Nova Scotia. I made 4 sets for the relay race. First, I read the story out loud to them, and then they had a relay race where they had to gather the 12 colour-coded pieces, and then put them into order. (LBP Relay race, Word doc) (YiG2#1)

5:00-6:30 Supper—Halloween-inspired food. We had Mummy dogs (crescent roll hot dogs), spider dogs (each end of the hot dog was sliced into four and then boiled, which makes the "arms" curl up), plus a pasta salad.

6:30-7:30 Quiet time/free time--More time on their own

7:30-9:00 Campfire
The girls all did a great job leading their songs at campfire that night. (CL#7, CL#8)

9:00-9:30 Mug Up – Christmas Eve. We roasted marshmallows over the fire and then everyone got Smore mix as well (Teddy grahams, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips). Plus hot chocolate, which was much needed on the cool October night!

9:30-10:30 Get Ready for bed

10:30 Lights Out

SUNDAY

7:00 Wake up

8:00-9:00 Bags must be packed and outside before campers are allowed to have breakfast. Once finished breakfast, they can help clean the building.
Breakfast: Muffins, fruit, boiled eggs

9:00-10:00 Clean up

10:00 Guide’s Own Oh, they were so intrigued by the stockings! We filled them as though we were in 1915, with oranges, chocolate, a small toy (rubber duckie), and their earned badges. We started by singing Buddies and Pals, revealing our Secret Buddies, singing Say Why, sharing our Apples and Onion (2 things we liked about camp, 1 thing we didn't), singing Softly Falls, opening our stockings, and finally singing Daytime Taps.