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Following a different route to…

Some very important decissions to be made each time the planning of the Rac Wac (Race around Churchill, Walk around Churchill) is underway is:

a) Where is the starting point,

b) What is the destination

c) Time of day to start, d) theme of day,

e) Mode of transport available (feet or wheels?)

f) Family event, district event or just Guides and Leaders?

g) What are the Occupational, Health and Safety requirements,

h) Is each patrol following a different route to an appropriate destination ( accompanied by an adult with first aid kit and a car) or are the whole lot going together to the end destination?

i) Costs involved?

j) What are the S.W.O.T. things to consider?

K) Menu and allergies to foods.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | body, Check-out, Churchill, cook, Create, Design your own, Discuss, Explore, Feet, Find out, People, Physical, Plan and Lead, Practical, Self, Take part in, Uncategorized, wheels | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Using the ‘My body belongs to me ‘ article.

Have the Guides sit in a circle so that they are comfortable. Explain to the Guides that a discussion about the safety of their own body will be following. Guides who feel uncomfortable are allowed to leave the circle and complete the other activities around the room.  This is an important step in allowing the Guides to feel safe.

Ask the Guides to write on a name tag their own first name.   Ask each Guide to say their own name. ..then to show their name tag.

My body belongs to (name)

With the following discussion topics each Guide is allowed not to talk about herself but to join in on a general line of thought.  We found that it had to be said in the beginning that the discussion could only be about themselves or in general [as in what was on the news, in the newspaper, and in magazines]as otherwise the discussion would be a ‘gossip’ time.

  • I have a right to feel safe ALL the time. If a bigger person is making me feel unsafe or is touching me in a way I don’t feel comfortable about I can say, “NO. Stop that”, even if the person is someone I know.
  • I don’t always have to do what a bigger person wants me to do! It’s okay to make a fuss.
  • I like feeling SAFE
  • I have the right to feel safe and be safe all the time.
  • My body belongs to me. No one has the right to touch me in ways that make me feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
  • Secrets that make me feel unsafe don’t have to be kept.
  • Nothing is so awful I can’t tell someone about it.

The discussion may not cover all topics above.  The answers may surprise you. There were some really positive aspects of the Guides thinking come out of this  discussion. We used this topic as a way of relating the Guides Promise and Law to each Guide growing stronger in their own understanding of themselves.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | body, Care for, Discover, Discuss, Ears, Find out, friendship, Get-in-touch, girl, Listen, mime, People, Self, Take part in, Think, Uncategorized, Understand | , , | Leave a comment

Settling in at Gallipoli

  1. Have the Guides find out what a Periscope, a ballista and what other firing devises for shells were used during the First World War. Or have on display diagrams for their construction.
  2. Dig your trench using sheets, blankets, boxes or anything else suitable.
  3. Using a paper tube and mirrors make a periscope.
  4. Work with a Patrol to make a ballista, trebucket or other devise from which to fire shells – water bombs.

This A.N.Z.A.C. wide game activity has many uses.  Although Guides looks for peaceful ways of resolving conflict this is not to say that Guides cannot be a) inventive and b) gain a basic understanding of what ‘man’ has invented in order to force another into submission statis.

Really good when dad’s come to Guide Family days and try and compete with the Guides.  Never quite sure whose won on these days but makes a lot of laughs as the adults try and out do the Guides.  Then of course you have partners and the opposite sex adults trying to out do each other as well.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, Build, Calculate, Challenge, Construct, Create, Demonstrate, Design, Develop, Discover, Estimate, Find out, Illustrate, Invent, Investigate, People, Plan and Lead, Practical, Practice, Prepare, Recylcle, Rope, Science-and-Technology, Self, Try, Uncategorized, Understand, Write | , , , , | 3 Comments

An A.N.Z.A.C. Experience Wide Game

The objective of this wide game is to teach the Guides something about what preparation the soldiers had on their way to Gallipoli during the First World War. The wide game itself was set out through the Guiding in Australia Magazine.

Since the soldiers traveled by sea their trainings had to carry on throughout the long weeks of the trip. So certain skills were practiced through out this time.

Pre teach the following skills to the Guides in the lead up to the Wide Game time.

  • Understand what the A.N.Z.A.C. acronym stands for.  What did the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps do?
  • Practice Semaphore and Morse Code.
  • Knots using square knots to make things.
  • First Aid and Slings.
  • Knots and lashings to make stretchers.
  • Pre-cook A.N.Z.A.C. biscuits
  • Learn how to make billy tea.

The wide game consists of the following Activities.

  1. Patrols aboard ship and Prepare for sailing.
  2. Staying fit whist on the ship
  3. Arrival at Mena Camp in Egypt.
  4. Further preperations for Turkey
  5. Landing at Galliopli.
  6. Settling in at Galliopli
  7. Surviving the trenches
  8. Decoy cricket
  9. Evacuation to Egypt.
  10. Back in Australia Now.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, April, body, Bow line, Build, Care for, Challenge, Clove hitch, Construct, Create, Entertain, Explore, Feet, figure 8 stopper knot, Find out, Food, friendship, Gadgets, game, History games, mime, People, Physical, Plan, plan and visit, Practical, reef Knot, Rope, Round turn and 2 1/2 hitches, Self, sheet bend, Take part in, Try, Uncategorized, Understand, Visit., Wide Game, WW11 Servicemen and women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle

In the Centenary Challenge Badge there is a light blue section that requires a new physical skill  that some of the Guide participated in was a Night Penny Hike.

The  instructions  given included road sense, tossing the coin, walking together, using a torch..

Since most of the guides participating were not comfortable with walking through parks, near roads, and across traffic during the dark hours this night penny hike was a challenge.  Although not totally enjoying the Dark the Guides are a little more comfortable when walking in a group at night.

Other active games played with friends have been the water game, soccer, making bubbles.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Create, Elements of Guiding Program, Explore, Lead, Outdoors [and the environment], Prepare, Take part in | , , , , , | 1 Comment

The color path through the Centenary challenge

The Guides decided that they would tackle the challenges offered in the Centenary Challenge in the following order:

Dark Blue – Knowing our Beginning

Dark Pink – Learning about our WAGGGS family.

Purple – Looking after our World.

Light Blue – Living a healthy active lifestyle.

Light Green – Learning Guiding Skills.

Pale Pink – Appreciating the Australian identity

Dark Green – Sharing skills with others.

Orange – Understanding others.

Yellow – Understanding myself

April 22, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program | , | 6 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

MAKING BUBBLES

When you mix about 350 mls of dishwash with about 100mls of Glucose you come up with a pretty cool bubble making formula.

This evening at Guides there was very minimal air movement.  While waiting for the others to turn up the Guides went out with bubble wands, a dinner plate each and bubble wands.  They blew big bubbles that floated up and along to there hearts content. The laughter and squeezles was really encouraging to hear.  All the Guides and the new girl were having so much fun with this simple participtary game that age did not matter.

New skills of leadership and other physical skills were able to be applied as the Guides made and played with the bubbles.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | People, Self, Try, Water | , , , | 4 Comments

Australia Days

Over the years there have been different ways the Guides have assisted with Australia Day celebrations.  The assistance needed may be reading a Prayer, leading the songs, giving out the flags to the public or being in the Color party either as color bearers or raising the Australian flag.  Sometimes Guides are invited to Melbourne to attend in the celebrations there, other times the District has gone into Morwell for the Citizenship Presentations.  Most times the local Churchill Celebrations are attended. To check out these posts just click and read on

Pre – Australia Day 2011

Previous years:

2010 : On the day and prep work.

2009 On the day and prep information and work

2008

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Australia Day, Austrralia Day 2009, People, Practical, Self | Leave a comment

Were going to be at Churchill Festival 2010

Every two years Churchill has a festival.  Except for really bad weather the Hazelwood and Churchill Guides have attended this festival over the past twenty odd years that I know off.  There have been so many different things that the District Guides have done.  Each Festival is a different challenge. The same was apparent for this 2010 one as well.

This years festival was in some doubt re the continuance but local business have supported the organising committee.  unfortunately the dates changed.  So many organisations were thrown into disarray re their own appearance.    One such group was the Walker Street playground group.  Which the District leader met when the a presentation was put forward by the Walker Street Playground group at a Churchill District Community Development meeting [CDCA].

The District Leader made a suggestion that the Walker Street playground group conduct a survey of the youth of Churchill as to what they actually wanted to see happen to this land.  There were two challenges apparent.  The most pressing was the actual asking of the children. Not really an acceptable thing these days in Australia where a grown older man approaches the child.  So the District Leader suggested that the Guides of Hazelwood and Churchill do this as a service to their community.  Since the Churchill festival is approaching and the District was attending where there would be children we would make a simple survey and the Guides could ask the questions.  relief on the Walker Street playground mens faces was very apparent.

The Guides have been told of the rules and guidelines this service concept has been given. They are looking forward to the service.  How many friends and people out there do they know.

Over the last few months the Youth members have concentrated on the one hundred year Girl Guide celebrations. Working through different syllabus  aspects, combined with several other themes such as World Thinking day, the History of Guiding, the food and the Guides Four World Centers.  The last meeting we all went over which badges from the first term this year they have actually completed through the Guiding programs.  Some have realised that there were challenges outside of the meeting times.  These challenges count too.  But hay they are unable to receive, sew and wear these badges on the Churchill Festival day.

Not to worry the District leader has said wear no uniform.  No sash, shirt etc.  Dress to the occasion.  The Unit scarves will be supplied for the day.  Why?  When people approach others with a clip board the other person automatically feels vonerable and will put up defenses such as shyness, and an unwillingness to answer questions.  To overcome this no uniform is to be worn…just the scarf…. and a smile on their face and in their voice.

Designated boundaries are to be set.  he adult will be very near by within the specified area. This year our shelter will be the Kitchen fly.  Identifiable by the three flags that will be attached.  The area that the Guides may question the children in is from the front of the three flags.  If the adults at the base cannot see the Guides and their adult then they will be contacted via phone and the request will be made to come back to base. NOW.

Each small group of questioners will have a clip board and pen, a thank-you note which will have an invitation to the Guides Disco that they are planning on the 15th May 2010.  The age group the disco  invitations are aimed at are for the five to ten year olds. Primarily the females – who may bring their friends. The older target girls will be invited to another Disco for their age group when the older Guides begin an a Wednesday evening later in the term. Note we are not turning this age group down though!.

The idea for the Disco invitations came about as the Guides were wondering what the word promote Guiding meant.  Asked what made them realise that Guiding was not so scary most  answered that they had come to a Disco. One said she had promoted Guides through having a CD evening.  So disco was what we would have again this time as well as after the disco up by having a CD evening later this term.

There are other activities that both the Region, the District, the Leaders and then also the Youth are organising through out this years program.

While at the Churchill Festival, from the base shelter, simple painting crafts are on offer for painting.  Again an invitation will be included. The invitations are printed with a RSVP of the whynotgirlguides@gmail.com address and Susan’s – the District Leaders and Debbie’s a Unit Leader phone number.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, CDCA, District team, Friendship, girl, Girl-Power, hand, June, Kitchen Fly, Knowledge Basis, Knowledge management, Leadership-Skills, May, Multicultural Festival, Patrol System, People, Plan and Lead, Self, Service, talents, tent, Youth Members | , | 2 Comments