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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

Making informed decisions on how to do the Centenary Challenge badge

  1. The Leaders received the Youth members copies of the Centenary Challenge badge book.
  2. Discussion on how, when and where the badge syllabus may take the leaders and the District was held.  The Leaders were willing to support the Guides to revitalize their Guide meeting times knowing that when the Youth members are really enjoying themselves they and their happy parents bring in more families and prospective Guides.
  3. Also the information of all challenges was to be written onto ‘ours2share.wordpress.com’ in order to keep all parents, team, Leaders and Guides informed. Thus for filling part of the District Upgrade.
  4. The following meeting was with the Guide Youth members themselves.  So as part of the program each Guide was given their complimentary copy of the Centenary Challenge book.
  5. A discussion was held with the Guides. The Leaders were excited to hear what the Guides wanted to do.
  6. Firstly what was the Centenary Challenge badge.  How did this badge come around.
  7. Then the levels of the Centenary Challenge were explained to the Guides.
  8. The decision to complete the Centenary Challenge Badge by working through various colors until first level was completed was a novel way sorting out the Programing. The Guides wanted these colors completed during the Guide programs, events, service and activities.
  9. What color came first is another decision made by the Guides.  It was also understood that sometimes the progressive pattern may be muddled up but each of the first level sections and questions would be incorporated.
  10. How would the knowledge gained from the Centenary Challenge Badge be implemented into the Guiding program by the Guides themselves?
  11. Once earned the Guides would know that they had challenged themselves in different ways.
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April 21, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem | , , | 3 Comments

‘Loading up’ the water game

The focal point of the game is a water source.  A stream, the sea, a bucket full, or a tap.

Having made their paper cup each guide is given a small empty container.   Now each of the Guides walk ten paces away – places their container down.

On the word go each guide must fill up their paper cup from the chosen water source. Taking the water to their small container.

Guidies may guard their small container.  When actively guarding it no other guide may encroach and take the other Guides water from that container.

After a few minutes you will see some Guides taking water from unguarded cups, others making a dash to the main water source.  This is a continuous game.  The Guides learn to be observant, to plan strategies and to have their Guide Laws come alive.

Word of Caution for the Adults running the game: If at any time and abuse of the Guide Laws is occurring, or you see one Guides container continually being water sourced stop the game.  Explain why this is an abuse of the not only the Guides guide laws but an abuse of the Guide herself.

Restart the game if there is another five minutes for clean fun!  This game is relaxing, stimulating and healthy with lots of  laughter and fun generated.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Paper Cup creations

Each guide is given a piece of paper that they make square.  Now follow the following  visual directions. A10                                                                                          cm x 10 cm square piece of paper makes a good cup size for a five year old.  Many people in the community have the skills of making these cups.  So don’t worry if they already know how.  Get them joining in making the cups but there other things that many people have not experienced.  Bring these things to the making paper cups experience.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Build, Create, Do, Plan and Lead, Take part in | , | 4 Comments

Delegation and Leadership learned through the making of paper cups

The making of paper cups is an activity that may be done in Patrols following patrol structure or as a meeting group that allows a freer flow of skill sharing – especially in a flexible age group meeting time.  The making of the cup activity is one that as many Guides can participate in as are there. We have made these paper cups at the tables in the patrols corner or scattered around the floor – depending on the numbers of Guides making them.

The adult Leader installs in the Guides that “no job is finished until all have finished the activity”.  Using the  rational in your own leadership provideds a control factor necessary in balancing both the program and the skills that are learned.  Making the cup is only one skill of many -patience, Leadership, self activement, comanionship, mateship being only some skills learned.

Understandably some of the  Guides with more dexterity in there fingers finish quickly.  These Guides are expected to assist  by showing with another piece of paper [ thus making another cup] not by taking over another Guides learning of how to make her own cup.  This showing rather than doing for someone -usually because the doer is impatient for the next step is part of responsible delegation.  As once the second Guide learns how there are now two Guides looking out to assist someone.  The one with the newer skill may need to still be over seen by the nor experienced one.  This is leadership training through making a paper cup.

Guiding provides so many ways of learning and absorbing leadership at all the levels through out the Members. Many activities link into another activity. Put together, the activities are then part of the program structure.  Which in turn is just part of an overall objective.

In this case bubble mix was made then bubbles were created,  next paper cups were made, a water game was played, And the Guides discussed when they were going to go swimming at the pool.  Sounds simple and straight forward.  What was also shown was leadership skills, creating of activities from what was on hand, resourcefulness, resilience, governance, having voice, objectives, participation, interacting with different ages, people recognition, hosting, welcoming, acceptance, self esteem, fun, ownership, laughter, appreciation and being accepted for who and what each of us are, not for what we have.

More importantly that fear of the unknown is one of peoples greatest ‘walls’ that stop them from challenging themselves.  Guiding may provide the start to demolishing these walls.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Empowerment, Lend-a-hand, People, Self | , , , , , | 1 Comment