Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Meeting #15: Ice Rescue/Safety

You and Others: Learn About Safety (YaO4)
Fit for Life challenge (FfL)
Ice safety is an important part of winter life in Canada. We did this topic the last time we did Fit for Life challenge and the girls really enjoyed it so we decided to do it again.

6:30-7:00 Patrol Time
We had the girls finish their What Makes Me Happy lists from last week, and it gave the girls who missed last week's meeting a chance to get it done. (FfL:F1)

7:00-7:15 Horseshoe
We had everyone share what Makes Them Happy. (FfL:F1)

7:15-7:30 Slideshow
I put together a PowerPoint presentation on Ice Safety and Rescues. Most of the information came from the Red Cross website. (Ice Safety Slide Show, PP)(FfL:H2, YaO4#6)

7:30-7:50 Ice Floe game
We got this game from Becky's Guiding Resource. We went to the gym and the girls worked in Patrols (about 5 to a team) to get from one side of the gym to the other. We gave them newsprint papers to stand on and if they ripped them, they could get a new one but would have to start over again. We also made them start over if they put their hands or feet "in the water". They really enjoyed this!

7:50-8:20 Ice Rescue Skits
We asked them to make a skit about rescuing someone from the ice. We had rope and some brooms they could use in their skits. After each skit, we talked about what they did right and what they did wrong. As the skits went on, they remembered more things. They did a great job with the skits!

8:30-8:30 Closing

Meeting #14: Gym Games

Discovering You: Discover What's Important to You (DY1)

Fit for Life Challenge (FfL)

We're working on the Newfoundland Girl Guides Fit for Life Challenge this year. There are 10 activities that need to be completed, and we've been doing them here and there. Tonight, we were in the gym because the Sparks needed our regular room, so we decided to have some fun!

6:30-8:00--I looked through some websites ( and to find some new games to try. Sometimes we have the girls pick and choose which games, but tonight we just taught them games, with the hope that they will enjoy some new ideas and will ask for them again. I picked more than we'd need. (Gym Games, Word doc)

We played:
Head Catch
Ball Lose-All (Ffl: D#5)
Five Pennies (we used quarters)
Rattlesnake (we own a large stuffed snake that we used for this)

8:00-8:20--We returned to our room after the Sparks left and the girls listed and drew things that make them happy. (DY1#6, FfL: F#1)

While they were doing that, we collected their papers and money for our upcoming camp.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Meeting #13: Planning

You in Guiding: Be Involved in Your Community (YiG4)
Camp-Out (CO)

6:30-7:00: Patrol Time--We have camp coming up, so we had the Patrols plan what they wanted for meals and snacks.

7:00-7:30: Horseshoe
We had each Patrol tell us what food they planned. For each meal, each Patrol told us their thoughts, we gave out some suggestions, and then everyone voted. Our Quartermaster got a new Waffle Stick maker for Christmas and planned to have that for Saturday breakfast, but she was voted down for pancakes and bacon.They also requested tacos, which we had had at tent camping but wouldn't have thought of for residential camping (for some reason). And they suggested chocolate fondue for Saturday mug-up, which is a great idea! They get to practice lighting a match and it's delicious! (CO#1)

Then we needed to decide how to raise money for CWFF. Of course, before we could come to that decision, we had to talk about what CWFF was and ways that we've raised money in previous years. We've made water bottle money banks and done penny calendars and asked them what they wanted to do. After much discussion, they came up with taking back bottles to raise money. With GGC fundraising rules, we told them that they can't go door-to-door asking for refundables, but they could ask their friends and family and they could put up signs requesting people to bring their refundables to them. We will have a friendly competition between patrols to see who can raise the most. They are to return the refundables themselves and bring us the money. (YiG4#5)

The next decision they had to make was about what kind of hat traders did they want to make for Thinking Day. Our District has a party for Thinking Day and all of the units bring hat traders for the girls to trade. The WAGGGS theme this year is "Education" so our crafty Guider came up with some neat ideas for the girls to pick from. There was a backpack, a book and pencil, birthday in a bag, clipboard and pencil, jump rope. They decided that they liked that backpack and the book, so we decided to do both and put the book into the backpack. And the other ones that they liked would be available as a craft at camp to make.

7:30-7:50 Games
Then we decided that we'd been sitting and talking for long enough, so we played some games! We did the Caimarusa dance and I Let Her Go-Go that we learned last year while doing the Twinning Challenge.

7:50-8:10 I had some Canadian Guiding Trivia Questions that we challenged the patrols with. We gave each patrol an animal sound and one girl from each patrol competed at a time.

8:10-8:30 Singing
We ended the night with some fun songs and closing.