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Landing at Gallipoli

  • Using simple equipment construct a simple stretcher.
  • Carry one member of the team out by avoiding craters made by shells. (mark out the battle zone area0
  • Attend to other injuries. These can be devised before the activity begins.

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General information on Morse Code

Did you know that the words sounded out to guide the spelling of words changes with different languages that are spoken?

The international Morse code is just a tap of this button away

If you would like to practice and learn the Morse Code using a JAVA script then follow this link.  It’s fun. And there are many different ways to learn Morse Code.

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Further preperations for Turkey

Send a Semaphore message .

Use semaphore flags if available otherwise use arm movements. learn to phrase simple words such as: medic needed or supplies wanted.


Using torches or lanterns tap out simple sentences with Morse Code.

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What happened to the Guides membership

In the early to mid 1990’s there was so much change going on in the Australian Girl Guide Movement that people just left.  These people could or would not handle the change they thought was going to happen.  Girl Guides was going to change.  Well that was a fact! ~  but change into what?  This fear of the unknown was previlant.  Rather than work with the changes so that a positive vibrant front was presentable a large void developed.  Other organisations benefitted…. much to their delight. Guiding is a survivor.  So it’s members learn to be resilient. We are females in a male dominated world.  We have to be resilient.

There will always be members in organsations that have a smug attitude.  There will also be underhanded and down right dirty adusive attitudes. How ever although we acknowledge these attitudes we do not have to be like them or take the attitude on board ourselves.

The Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District has many levels operating. Guides has a motto: Once a Guide always a Guide. Once we have made our Promise we treasure it.  Our Guide promise is there to live by and to come back to when and if we forget about it.

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The Guide Promise in Action

Ever wonder what happened when?  Can we see the outcomes?  Which factors influenced the outcomes as we understand them? Social awareness factors, financial, educational and technological advances.  Can these same factors help regroup and strengthen the changes that occurred?

This copy of an article from : The Promise in Action  GiA  August 1996  p 16/7 may help you understand the significant changes that happened during the early to mid 1990’s.

“LAST month we looked at the four elements of PHYSICAL,” PRACTICAL, PEOPLE and SELF and how they are used to ensure a balanced program as guides undertake a variety of activities along the guiding path. It was pointed out that these are not designed to be four ‘points’ like the eight points, but rather elements to be included in every activity.

Some units may wish to concentrate on a particular activity such as boating, entertainment or sport either as a special interest unit or perhaps for one term only. So how will a unit of guides, concentrating only on one interest, maintain a balanced program and include the activities which make guiding special?

Let’s take a unit that chooses to concentrate on ‘entertainment’ either permanently or for a term. Through the various planning processes and activities within the unit starting from “What will we do?” to a final concert at the end of the year, the unit’s members will have developed their SELF in a variety of PRACTICAL, PEOPLE and PHYSICAL activities such as:

•      working in a team

•      writing and editing a script

conflict resolution—sorting out what roles they will play painting background scenery exercise program for the dancers —’everyone has to do it!’ rehearsing   at   camp   or   an overnight stay, including cooking, eating, singing

•     learning lighting and audio

•      publicity, promotion, ticket selling

•      talking with elderly citizens while

‘on tour’ to the local nursing home.

Take another example of a unit concentrating on boating. The range of activities may include:

making a fibreglass canoe, taking part in day or overnight expeditions, helping to organise a district or region water activities day, working as a team in a rowboat exercise  and  healthy eating program for fitness first     aid     and emergency training,  map reading,  camping skills, mending boats, rope work such as splicing.

Even when the Program is, say netball oriented, the girls will need to elect a leader of their team or teams. Follow the rules of the game, work together as a team, trust each  other,  turn  up fo.-practice,      show      a ”    ___ commitment to the team, develop a team spirit, practise together, develop their own traditions, ceremonies, even perhaps a mascot. They will also learn to interact with other girls and other adults. We envisage such a unit would undertake additional activities possibly related to their sport but activities which extend them such as camps or overnight stays, singing, health type activities such as a fitness program, talks on healthy eating, fund raising, as well as the opportunity to join in other guiding activities at district and state level. There are endless opportunities with a little bit of lateral thinking and a flexible leader and district team which enable it to happen.

Some of these groups may not learn a great deal about Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, but they will learn the skills of lifesocialising, negotiating, fair play, making life long friendships and having fun. Along the way they will pick up that something that makes guides so special and become more than the local netball team; they are Guides who choose to enjoy netball, or boats or horses, cooking, entertaining or whatever.

This is the philosophy of the Australian Guide Programit’s not what you do but how you do itwe are building citizens of the future, girls with integritya !.ense of fair play, group responsibility ^nd leadership. The Promise in action.

Check out GiA where Australian Guide Program questions were tackled:

•   Flexible Districts, October 1995

•   Girl Ownership, November 1995.

•   The Great Outdoors, February 1996.

Shared leadership Steering from the Rear, March 1996.

Obtaining ideas from girls New Ways, April 1996.

Decision making Big Decisions, May 1996.

•  Totally Australian, June 1996.

Overview of the background of the development of the Australian Guide Program and suggestions as to how to start implementing a shift to greater emphasis on the working of the patrol system throughout 6-18 year age span A Guide for Leaders, centre spread, July 1996.

can do anything, July 1996.

Jan Forrest Australian Program Adviser ”

GiA August 1996

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Where are all the Guides?

It is with some frustrations that when members of one organisation helped with the tent that we had been requested to use at the Churchill Festival 2010 that a Gipps Guide was there when the District Leader was asked “Where are all the Guides?  Or have we got them all now”.  Yes this other organisation has now many a girl in it. The girls believe that they are Girl Scouts when in actual fact a Girl Scout is part of W.A.G.G.G.S.  Our World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  Were we are all female the other organisation has both girls and boys with in it.

Yes that organisation may be enjoying itself currently.  But there is such a thing as karma. What goes around will come around.

This Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District is gradually growing in numbers.  The members both own and participate in it.  Bringing the District into it’s own community and one day the World.  Depending on the interests of the Guides themselves.

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Surviving the trenches

  • Carry water for ten meters in a paper cup.  Make the paper cup with a A4 Sheet of paper.  You will need to make enough trips to fill a one liter tin can with water.
  • Be a Patrol Messenger.memorize a message with 10 facts and run 100meters to your Captain.
  • Sketchers were drawn, poetry and long letters were written. remember you are uncomfortable and lonely most of the time. You are missing your family but do not want them to worry too much about you so you keep the tone of your letters cheerful. many of these letters told of the strong bonds of mate ship that had formed among the soldiers.

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Decoy Cricket

Lots of laugh this game as there is bound to be a fair bit of cheating.  Which is probably half the fun of the game !The confusion that rains is reminiscent of the trench warfare battles in that there is confusion every where.

Two Patrols play the game of French Cricket.

One team will defend [ the A,N.Z.A.C.s] and the other team [The Turks] will bat and try to stop the A.N.Z.A.C.s by firing ‘shells’ [water bombs] by using the model ballista.


  • The attacking Guide [Turk] has the cricket bat.
  • Taking up position in the center of the field they may now not move their feet.
  • They try to hit the ball while trying not to get their legs hit by the ball.
  • They are out if they are hit below the knee or their ball is caught.
  • the next person goes into bat.
  • To score a run they must hit the ball out of the rope circle.
  • The defending team must run around the rope circle fielding then throws the ball back to another team member or at the bat, trying to hit the batters legs or to make them raise the ball for a  catch.
  • Any batter can score up to five runs at which time they retire.

Missile Firing

  • The attacking team [ the Turks] can use their ballista while the game is in progress to try and hit any of the fielders [ the A.N.Z.A.C.s]. If a water bomb hits the fielder then they can no longer stay on the field for that innings.  But instead go to the ‘field hospital’ where they receive treatment and become spotters for incoming missiles.
  • Reducing the fielders gives the person who is batting [the Turk] a better chance of making the runs.
  • Fielders will need to dodge the missiles while trying to get out the batsman.

Challenging and rather wet.  Play on a warm day.

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