Sunday, January 13, 2013

Meeting #12: Curacao Twinning Challenge/Travel Badge

Curacao Twinning Challenge 

Travel badge (T)
You in Guiding: Learn about WAGGGS (YiG3)

In looking at the Curacao Twinning Project, I thought there was a way we could incorporate the activities in the Travel badge and the Cultural Awareness badge. So we're going to spend three meetings on Curacao and hopefully earn a bunch of program!

(As an aside, has anyone else noticed that the Travel badge skipped #5 and only has 7 requirements?)

6:30-7:00 Patrol Time: Fill out a Child's Canadian Passport application. I printed off a copy for each girl to fill out. They fill out so few forms on their own that it took them a while to get through this. Not many had finished by the time we called horseshoe! (T#4)

7:00-7:10 Horseshoe

7:10-8:10 Once girls completed filling out their passport applications, we gave them a Passport to Curacao, with a number of activities to complete. We set up stations and let them wander on their own and complete their passports at their own pace. A few of the stations required leader guidance. We took their picture so they could glue them into their passports.

Curacao passport (Word doc)

Station one involved deciding which attractions to do while in Curacao (T#2) and then figuring out the costs in Curacao money and converting the costs to Canadian money (T#6).

I researched the attractions ahead of time and printed them off for the girls to pick from. They also need a calculator to help with the currency conversion.

Curacao Attractions (Word doc)

I printed off the first four pages of the Twinning Challenge and the girls had to look through the pages and find the answers to the questions. (T#2)

I found this mapping activity on the internet. It was a way for the girls to learn a little bit about the island and where it is in relation to Nova Scotia.  (T#2)

Since we have WiFi at the school, we brought in four laptops that we set up so the girls could learn how to book things on Expedia and get an idea of how much flights and hotels cost.

We let girls work in twos to find their flights.  (T#2)

There was also a flag in the passport that the girls could colour when they finished the other stations or were waiting for a station to be free.

8:15-8:30 Learn the Promise and the language. The final two pages in the passport had the Curacao promise written in Papiamentu and the translation. We read the Promise in English and discussed the differences between their Promise and ours. (YiG3#1)

And finally, I found a song in Papiamentu called Fire's Burning. The English translation isn't anything like ours but the rhythm fits with ours. So we learned to sing it in Papiamentu. We're going to do it the next few meetings, and hopefully we'll know it well enough to teach it to our District at our Thinking Day party.


  1. This is great! Thanks! I'll definitely use some of the things you've prepared for our Thinking Day sleepover!

    For #5 of the Travelling badge, my book says "Watch a travel video about a destination you would like to viist. Your local library will have different travel videos to choose from. Talk about the places of interest that are pointed out and any tips provided in the video for enjoying a visit to this location. Do you still want to visit?"

    1. Thanks, Holly!

      I looked in two different versions of the Program Book, and neither had #5. Weird.

  2. Cat - THANK YOU for being the most awesome Bluenose Guider ever, your thorough meeting plans have saved us many a time since we discovered you late last year. This week, as one of our Guiders threw out her back, we will be implementing plan B: The Curacao meeting, based on the above! Many many thanks.
    And one question - the passport document, what kind of formatting should that have / how should it be optimally printed? Much Guiding kudos from the 5th Vancouver Guides, from coast to coast!

    1. Thanks for your great comment! It's nice to hear that my plans are helpful to other people.

      For the Passport, I printed it out double sided. The first two pages are all different, so cut in half and you get two different pieces to the passport.

      The last two pages, after they are cut, make the same page so you only need to print half as many of those as the first two pages. Does that make sense?

      The pages are numbered so you should be able to figure out which order they go in. Stack the three pieces, fold in half, and staple in the middle.

  3. HI Cat...this looks like a fab meeting plan! I was looking into the Twinning Challenge and now that I saw your post I think I will try to do it along with the badges too! {my Guide book has #5 in the travel book was new last year. I'll email it to you} Guider Lee Ann