Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Plants and Animals badge

Plants and Animals badge (PA)

Beyond You: Learn About Our Environment (BY4)

We used two sessions to complete the Plants and Animals badge: A trip to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and then finished up at our meeting. (BY4#4)

I contacted Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. They put on lots of different sessions, but none really fit what we wanted but they were great to work with and I sent them our badge requirements and they created a program to suit our needs!

Raccoon footprint
We arrive and started learning about how animals and plants are classified. She introduced the concept of  kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. Then we looked at their shell collection and determined if they were bivalves (clams, oysters), or gastropods (snails). (PA#8)

We chose to include a craft with our session, so we made Plaster of Paris footprints. They had lots of different footprints to choose from: skunk, raccoon, deer, etc.

Next we went on a tour of the park. Sue was great and gave us lots of great info. It was a cool day, so we got to see animals moving around and being active that you don't necessarily see when you go to the park on a hot summer's day! They each had a clipboard and wrote down the Latin names of the animals we saw. (PA#6)

After our tour, we went back to the learning center and did a few more activities. She set up four hula hoops labelled AIR, FOREST, DESERT, WATER and a bin of stuffed animals that they had to place in the environment that they lived. The girls loved doing this and was such a great activity! They even turned the hula hoops into Venn diagrams (Owls live in the air and the forest!) (PA#5)

It was a 3-hour session and the girls learned lots and had a great time.

For girls who couldn't go to the Wildlife Park, we created a worksheet for them to complete and home. (Animals worksheet, Word Doc)

6:30-7:00 Patrol Time: I created a fun worksheet to learn about all of the things that can be made from plants! (Plant puzzle, Word Doc) (PA#1)

7:00-7:15 Horseshoe We discussed what we learned on the worksheet.

7:15-8:00 Plant people/chia pets
Supplies: plastic cups, pantyhose, soil, googly eyes, grass seed, spray bottle

The girls put grass seed into the toe of the pantyhose and then filled with soil and tied a knot in the pantyhose. Put the panythose into the plastic cup with the knot side down. Glue on googly eyes, draw on a mouth, and then mist water onto the top to wet the seeds. The grass will grow and create and hair! (PA#2)

8:00-8:15  Plant nourishment--This takes pre-prep. Around lunch time (or you can do it the night before), I put a pice of celery into water with red food colouring, another into a glass with blue food colouring, and a third piece of celery I split halfway up and put one side into the red water and one side into the blue water. The result was pretty cool--the leaves on the split one were red and blue! We talked about how the celery veins pulled the water up to feed the leaves, and that's how plants drink water from the soil.

8:15-8:30 Clean-up and closing

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Meetins #21 & 23: Singing badge

Singing badge (S)
You and Others: Learn About Leadership in a Group (YaO1)

We used two meetings to complete the singing badge. The first meeting was a lot of planning and talking and the second meeting had a whole lot of singing!

Meeting 1:
6:30-7: Patrol Time--We gave them a worksheet to fill out, coming up with different types of songs required by the badge and each of them planned a short campfire we could do with the Brownies. (Singing worksheet, Word doc) (S#1, S#2, S#6)

7:00-7:30: Horseshoe and Discussion--Everyone got to share the songs they thought of (and we sang snippets of a lot of them). Then we voted in each category to decide which songs we would sing for the badge. To vote,we had the girls close their eyes and raise their hands, so they couldn't see what everyone else was voting for. (S#1, S#2)

7:30-8:00: Research! We brought laptops and tablets (and meant to tell the girls to bring their own if they had them, but forgot) and we had them draw names of Canadian singers to research. Ideas included Bryan Adams, Justin Bieber, Drake, Jann Arden, Anne Murray, Denny Doherty, John Allan Cameron, Classified, K-OS, Hedley, Alanis Morissette, Rita MacNeil. A number of ours were also from Nova Scotia. We had them find out some information about the singer--where they were from, what band/songs they were famous for, anything else they found interesting. After research time, each girl shared her information with the rest of the group. (S#7)

8:00-8:20: Planning--Finally, we planned a Teen Tween Idol contest. We asked them to get in groups of 2 or 3 so they could work on a song together over the next couple of weeks. For girls who didn't want to sing in the contest, they were to be judges and the judges were tasked with coming up with ideas for categories the groups win. They love doing Talent Shows at camps so we knew they would like this part of the badge. (S#5)

8:20-8:30: Clean-up and closing

Meeting 2:
6:30-7:00: We finished planning the Brownie campfire. We used the songs they had voted on the week before and since the Third Years had the opportunity to lead when we did Gym Games a few weeks ago, I wanted the 2nd years to have the opportunity to do the leading. We have one 2nd year who is new this year who didn't really know enough songs to lead (and is quite shy), we had her introduce each song and who would be leading it. They all did a great job teaching the songs. (S#6)
The Judges were very focused

7:00-7:30: The Brownies meet in the same school as us, so we invited them to come and sing some songs with us. They had a lot of fun and asked us for some names/lyrics of the songs they sang so they could sing them with their girls when they go to camp soon. (S#1, S#2, S#6)

7:30-8:30: Tween Idol! We let them have 15 minutes to rehearse/change while we consulted with the judges about what the categories were that they'd be judging them on. I made up awards to give out and suggested that the judges make sure everyone wins something. (S#5, S#8)


The girls did a great job! This group really loves to sing and perform. :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meeting #13: Postal Badge/Postcard Exchange

You and Others: Build Skills in Communication (YaO2)
Postal badge (PB)

I got the idea for this badge meeting from Hollah Guiding--I wish they had posted more of their ideas on-line because I used almost everything they did!

6:30-7:00--Patrol Time: I made a worksheet for the girls to work on to figure out how much stamps costs, post office special services, and how to address a letter/postcard. All patrols were able to figure out the answers without asking for help. (PB#1, #2, #3) (Postal badge worksheet, Word doc)

7:00-7:15--Horseshoe: We discussed the answers to the worksheet, talked about where post offices were and talked about what the Postcard Exchange was. (PB#5)

7:15-7:40--Package wrapping game: Each patrol had to wrap a cookie case and a cookie box and address it to someone, but they all had to have one hand behind their back! We gave them paper to wrap with, tape, and markers. Some wrapping jobs were better than others! (PB#4, YaO2#4)

The winning team got to unwrap their cookie box and eat them (and share with the other Patrols!)

7:40-8:20--Postcard Exchange: We finished the meeting by addressing our postcards for the Thinking Day Postcard Exchange, which I'd discussed earlier. We had enough addresses for everyone to address 2 postcards. We discussed where in the world our postcards were going and coming from and explained that you wouldn't necessarily get the postcard from the country that you were sending out. The girls always like to sit at their tables and work and chat!

8:20-8:30--Clean up and closing

Friday, March 13, 2015

Meeting #17: Glove Creatures

Discovering You: Discover Your Creativity (DY2)
Discovering You: Understand  How to Be Responsible (DY4)

Patrol Time: We asked them to look through the Cookies Rising activities and come up with some games or activities. Some patrols were confused by the instructions, so it may need more words to explain it better. (Patrol Time, Word doc)

Horseshoe: We discussed their ideas. One group suggested having cookie selling rules taped  on balls and they have to find the balls and put them in the right bucket. I think this can be adapted to a relay race for the girls.

Glove Creatures: We found some fun ways to create creatures for the girls to sew, but not too much sewing!

Gloves (1 or 2 per girl, depending on the creature)

For the cat wearing a sweater, you cut off the middle finger (save it to make a tail) and then sew up the hole it leaves. The thumb is one arm and the little finger is the other. For  a little extra sewing but a more accurate anatomy, cut between the ring finger and the pinkie finger until it  is even with where the thumb begins and then sew that together to make a longer arm. You may need to trim the pinkie finger so it's the same length as the thumb and then sew the end up as well.

Sew buttons on for eyes, then stuff the glove with stuffing. Sew up the top of the glove and you have a cat/creature! To add the sweater, you can make the pinkie into the arm in the same way. Cut off the tips of the thumb and pinkie, and them completely cut the other three fingers off.

Stuff the piece of middle finger you cut off the original glove and sew it onto the back of the sweater to create a tail. Put the sweater on the cat and that's it!

We also showed them pictures of other glove monsters so they could pick and design whatever type they wanted to do. (DY2#2)

At the end of the meeting, we handed out a worksheet that they had to fill in for the week, to show how they looked after their creature. (Responsibility Chart, Word doc) (DY4#5)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Meeting # 18: Cookies Rising

Cookies Rising (CR)
You and Others: Learn About Leadership in a Group (YaO1)
You and Others: Learn How to Plan (YaO3)

Patrol Time: Goal Setting (Financial)--I gave them the information on how many cases of cookies we had to sell and how much money our unit would earn. Then I gave them a list of activities we can do from now to the end of the year and had them choose what they wanted to do with the money. (Budgeting, Word Doc)

Horseshoe--We talked about what they had planned. 

Business (Etiquette)--Dos and Don'ts relay game--I modified a game the girls suggested last week. I wrote a number of things you should and shouldn't do while cookie selling onto clothespins. Then we gave them pieces of cardboard that had DO and DON'T written on them. The clothespin were put in a pile and they had to run up and pick a clothespin and put it in the right spot on their board. There were 3 of each item (one for each patrol), and they couldn't use the same one twice. Once they had finished, we went over each item and talked about why it was a Do or a Don't.

Social (Teamwork)--I searched for some new Team Building activities and found a booklet from 4-H Club. (Team Building Activities, PDF). We chose Team Body Spelling (YaO1#2): 
1. Divide into two teams. Decide on 1 or 2 judges. 
2. Three people at a time form the first letter with their bodies on the floor. We had the girls choose a word and they suggested G-U-I-D-E-S
3. Once accepted by judge(s), the 3 must run back to team, and next 3 leave to form 
the next letter. 
4. The winner is the team that finishes the word(s) first and sits down. 

GGC (Public Relations)
Make Cookie signs--We had the girls work in groups of two to make posters that we can use while cookie selling. (YaO3#2)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Special Event: Fall Camp - Reindeer theme and Feeling Good badge

Reindeer Challenge

Feeling Good badge (FG)
Camp Out badge (CO)
Discovering You: Discover What’s Important to You (DY1)
Discovering You: Discover Your Creativity (DY2)
Discovering You: Stay Fit and Healthy (DY3)

Beyond You: Explore the Outdoors and Nature (BY2)
Beyond You: Learn About Our Environment (BY4)

6:30: Arrival

DIY Buddy Burners - GPS1504 - burners-1-258.jpgPick Reindeer Name – The Patrols were all Santa's Reindeer names. The girls picked the name out of a hat when they arrived.

Make buddy burners -- Girls were asked to bring a tuna can, so once they had settled and picked out their bunk, they tightly rolled the cardboard into the tin cans while waiting for everyone to arrive. Once all the cans were done, we melted wax and poured it into over the cardboard to make buddy burners.

7:30: Camp rules and Ice breaker game
Safety/Fire Drill (CO#5, CO#6, CO#9)--We went over the safety rules. For the fire drill, I took an idea from another Guider and on Saturday we put up a picture of fire so that when someone found the picture, they were to call out "Fire" and everyone needs to go outside.

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Playing Animal Name Game
Buddy System (CO#6, CO#9)

Pick secret pals (DY1#5)--We always pick secret pals for the weekend (including the leaders).

Ice Breakers: I found a document on line that has lots of great ideas for ice breakers. (Ice Breakers) We played Animal Name Game and Bunny Bunny, except I changed Bunny Bunny to Rudy Rudy and we played with a stuffed reindeer.

Pass out weekend activity books including zentangle pages and blank word search pages
(Reindeer Activity Book, PDF)

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Mug up!
8:00: Mug Up – Reindeer Themed Snack -- Our quartermaster had fun with the Reindeer theme and we had lots of fun reindeer food. Mug up was a wagon wheel with pretzels and m&ms, plus apple slices. I believe she used a kitchen torch to lightly melt the chocolate to make things stick, but you could just as easily using icing.

8:30-9:30 – Campfire (CO#7): We tried to choose songs that fit with our "Feeling Good" theme.
Fire's Burning
Buddies and Pals
Ging Gang Gooli
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Singin' in the Rain (though we changed Rain to Snow)
Everywhere We Go
Magalina Hagalina
On My Honour
Softly Falls the Light of Day

9:30 PJs
10:30 Lights out -- At lights out, we read them a story from Relax Kids: The Wishing Star. They really liked this and asked for it again the next night. (FG#5)

7:00 – Wakeup

8:00 Breakfast and cleanup: Breakfast was pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange slices, bananas, and juice/milk.

For the morning, we set up 5 stations. We ended up only having 4 leaders available to run the stations, but Station #3 could run on its own.

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Great-to-Be-Me jars
Station 1: Create a ‘Great-To-Be-Me’ jar –  the girls were requested to bring empty plastic mayonnaise/peanut butter jar for this activity. We gave them scrapbook paper, stickers, ribbons, etc and they all turned out beautifully! (Jar labels, Word doc) (FG#1, FG#3, DY3#5)

Station #2: Spa Kit creation and marketing slogan  – We made the Spa kits with the following items: Organza Drawstring bag from Dollar Store (get in in the craft section), Mini Nail Polish bottles (x 2 colors), Emery Boards, Q-tips, Cotton balls, plus all of the other items we made – salt scrub, face mask, stress ball.

We then took our ‘Spa Kits’ and went to a Bristol board and wrote out ideas.  If we were going to sell this kit to raise $$ how would we market it?  How much would we sell it for?  Lots of good ideas came out of this.  The biggest theme was that it was home made, and you can relax at home.  The going rate was $10 per kit.
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Sugar scrub and lip balm, with spa kits in the back
Station #3: Fillers for the Great-To-Be-Me’ jar – We gave them some forms to fill out with questions about themselves, plus some popsicle sticks that they could write ideas for activities they could do when they were bored. (Jar fillers, Word doc) (FG#1, FG#3, DY3#5)

Station #4: Make Mask/Scrub and/or Lip Balm – (FG#6)

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Making stress balls

Station #5: Stress Balls – We made stress balls using balloons and flour. These are the instructions we used: Stress Balls. We happened to have cake flour, and found this made the balls squishier than using regular flour, though either will do. To make funnels, we just cut the bottom off of a disposal water bottle.

We also put three layers of balloons on them, and I read them the riot act about how these were not balls that could be thrown around in the bunk room! (FG#7)

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9:00-10:30: We rotated through 3 stations.

10:30-11:00 Morning Snack--Cheese strings, carrots with dip, crackers. Again, our quartermaster had fun turning cheese strings into reindeer!

11:00-12:00: We finished the final two stations.

Displaying buddyburners.jpg12:00-130: Lunch – Buddy Burners and Camp stoves for Grilled Cheese and Soup. One problem with being a long-time leader is that you forget when you last did things. It felt that we did Buddy Burners all the time, until one of our girls told us that she'd heard that grilled cheese sandwiches on buddy burners were delicious! Oops. We promised her we'd do that at our next camp so here we are.

We also use camp stoves when we tent camp, but we thought it might be good exposure for the girls to use them more than just once a year, so we had them make their own soup on the camp stoves as well. It takes longer when they make their own food, but it also teaches them useful skills.  (BY2#2)

1:30-200: Cleanup

2:00-4:00: Outdoor Activities

Oh Deer game: A running game where they also learn a little something!  (BY4#4)

Land Art & Outdoor Gallery: This was really cool. I always love when we give the girls a free creative activity, because they always blow my mind with their creativity. The leader who ran this says it works better in the spring or summer, when there are more colours available in nature, but I thought the girls came up with some great ideas.  (CO#7, FG-#9, DY2#6)

Clockwise from left: A face (made with moss, leaves, and wood), a cow (sticks make the outline and leaves fill it in), three campfires, a jellyfish (they found the stone with paint already on it)

4:00-6:00: Free Time

Skit preparation (Reindeer Themed)
Bunk Time
Hat Crafts (emery board spa lady, plus a couple other Reindeer Themed or Spa Themed Hat Crafts)
Secret Pal crafts

6:00-7:00 – Supper--spaghetti, garlic bread, caesar salad

7:00-7:30 – Cleanup

Displaying chocfondue.jpg7:30-8:30: Skits and Reindeer Nails and Facials (DY2#3, FG#6)

8:30-9:30: Chocolate Fondue--Always a favourite activity! These are just mini buddy burners, with a tea light underneath a soup can. We use foil cups to hold the chocolate chips for melting, and they get strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, and teddy grahams for dipping. We make each girl light her own candle.

9:30 - 10:30 – PJs

10:30 – Meditation story and lights out

7:00 – Wake Up & Pack (CO#2)

8:00 Breakfast: Sunday breakfast is always grab and go! Muffins/yogurt/fruit

9:00-10:00 - Reveal our secret buddies, Apples and Onions, give out badges (CO#7, CO#8, DY1#5)

1000 - Home

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Meeting #10: Program in a Plastic Bag


Program in a Plastic Bag is a great meeting, because once we get there, the leaders don't need to do much, other than observe and help facilitate some of the activities, but the girls do most of the leading.

We did this activity two years ago and we ran it basically the same way. I took away some of the activities, and told them they had to do #3, #5, and #14, as these are the ones that count towards the Camping badges (Basic Camper and Camp-Out).

Meetings like this are great, because it makes the girls step up. The third year girls should know how to make a bedroll and they can teach the newer girls. There is problem solving that they have to do and some groups struggle with this. If they can't figure it out, they turn to an adult to bail them out. Don't tell them the answer--make them work at it!

Basic Camper
Girls at this age are perfectly capable of lighting a match but are rarely given opportunity in their everyday lives.We knew we would be lighting matches at our upcoming camp and this gave them some extra exposure to it. After many years of teaching match lighting, I've a list of things I tell them now to help lessen their fears.

1. Take the match from the box and then close the box back up. Never light a match with the box open.
2. Hold the match firmly and push it away from you along the scratchy strip.
3. When the match lights, the flame will make a "Whoosh!" and then settle back down. The "Whoosh!" can be scary, but don't worry! It will be over quickly and the flame will get smaller.
4. Once the match lights, turn the match so the flame is up, not down! Fire is lighter than air and always goes up. If you hold the flame down, the flame will go up the match and try to get your fingers.
5. When you light the candle, move the match away from the candle before you blow it out. If you blow it out over your candle, you will blow out your candle too! How many have done that before? (All of the third years raise their hands, because almost everyone does this their first time because they are anxious to blow the match out!) This shows the first-timers that they don't need to feel embarrassed if they blow out their candle and match at the same time.

Program in a Plastic Bag (Word Doc)