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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.

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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

Learning Whistle signals

Learn / practise whistle signals. Patrols choose their own special signal. Leader uses scatter signal to send patrols searching for tokens hidden round playing area. If one is found, finder stands still until PL notices, signals patrol to assemble before patrol collects token. Whenever leader signals “rally”, first patrol back earns extra token; last patrol forfeits one. Vary with “PL come here”; deduct a token from patrols of any girls who mistake that signal for “rally”.

Mc Evory, M. Program Compendium : a life line for leaders in Brownie Guide

and guide sections. Girl Guide Association of Victoria 1985

April 11, 2010 Posted by | camp, come, Create, Develop, Ears, emergency plan, EvaluationsCamps, Extend, Feet, Find out, Follow, Fun, girl, Girl-Power, Lead, Make and Use, Outdoors [and the environment], Patrol System, Practice, Safety, Take part in, Try | , | Leave a comment

patrol Activity through the Rac Wac’s.

Sometimes when the Rac Wac has been planned the idea was that:

Each patrol was to follow a different route to an appropriate destination ( accompanied by an adult with first aid kit and a car).  The year that we were to try this out everything was cancelled, delayed or rearranged due to the Fires that were / had been ranging around Churchill for nearly a month.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | action, Action Plan, Activities, Adult members, Advocacy, Arrange, BBQ, body, Brainstorming, Carry Out, Challenges, decission-making, development, emergency plan, evaluation, Events, Explore, Feet, Fire Education, Fire safety demonstration, First Aider, Food, friendship, Fun Walk, Gipps Guides, girl, goals, Invite, JBP, Lead, Leaders, Learn, March, mindmap, Outdoors [and the environment], Patrol System, Patrol-badge, Peak Achievement Award, physical fitness, Plan and Lead, Police Check, Prepare, Rac Wac, risk, Risk Annalysis, Safety, safety program, social occansion, Take part in, talents, tolerance, Warmth-factor, Water, Youth | Leave a comment

Darling overnight stay.

What an event.  The Guides have learned so much about themselves, their tolerances, other people, leadership and most of all what lack of sleep does to one!

I’ve even seen the  Guides working together and sharing their experiances with regard to what badges they have nearly completed.  Working together trying to finish another badge.

While preparing for the overnight stay and during the overnight stay the Guides became aware of the Patrol system.  How the Patrol System functions and what it means to be an active participant and a member of a Patrol. This has been accomplished mainly through out the previous terms activities in the Unit meetings. Some of the Guiding Traditions and skills were also incorporated in the weekly programs.  This overnight stay had a fair amount of just craft activities.  Since it was a State initiative then what the State wanted incorporated was included.  Craft activities were only a means for the Guides to practice their advocacy and governance skills.  Again this was Patrol building participations

The overnight stay itself represented several challenges to management. The first being reminding parents of their financial commitments with regard to paying membership and registration  to Melbourne Guide Center.

Next term I expect to see a list of badges that each girl has completed and is yet to be presented.  Along with the evidence that they have completed them of course.

Evidence… presentations of collections, photos, discussions, talks and so forth.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Arrange, Art, Badges, Awards and more, body, Camp and overnight stays, campfire, Candles, choc, Colors, consider, cook, Create, Develop, evaluation, Explore, Faith Awareness, Food, foods we like, friends, friendship, girl, goals, goodturn, Governance, Hazelwood South Hall, Home, Homes, Lead, Lend-a-hand, manners, Membership, Multi-tasking, participate, Patrol, Patrol System, Placemats, Promise and Law, Self, table setting, Take part in, Traditions of Guiding | | Leave a comment

Heads Held High

Disabilities are many where people are concerned. How people react to their disabilities as well as how other people react and inter-react with those who have disabilities will change as knowledge and experience change both in our community, our daily situations and ourselves.

Guiding has many opportunities for both those with or without disabilities.  Learning about and exploring different aspects of disabilities helps all of us in our daily lives.  To this end always has been Service Badges that the members of guiding can work towards.  Enjoy finding out more about what and how these various badges have worked over the decades.  gain a wider knowledge of what other badges have entailed and what different generations of girl guides  have done towards earning these Service orientated badges.  Where possible follow ons have been hyper-linked for your interests.  Having a glimpes of what and where a simple service assistance has taken various Guides may help you better understand the Service components of being a Girl Guide in the Hazelwood and Churchill District Girl Guides.

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Global Action Theme is known as GAT

Global Action that has been ”Changing the World’ has been happening through out Girl Guide and Girl Scout programs for over 100 years. Action themes may have occurred on a World Wide basis involving the Regions of Guiding working together through our World Association of Girl guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) right down to just an individual question,action or activity sparking off a patrol activity that may lead to an International activity.  Global Action keeps occurring on a multitude of levels within Guiding.

As the members get older sometimes they move away from Guiding as their career develops or interests evolve, or they may stay within the movement, but the essence of having experienced the GAT is there. Typically Leaders bring into Guide program what they themselves enjoyed as a Youth member as well as what their interests and life skills are now.

The essence of service is still service. Over the years many form of service have been built on.  Different badges have been provided. The Guides have worked towards these with different service awareness and methods utilized.

So how is the GAT so successful? Simple really.  WAGGGS influences to have a voice and to listen.  Then to speak out, look at root causes and do projects.  While this occurs the Guides are learning.  And the life skills and interest circles are quietly going around still into the next generations.

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RAC WAC S.W.O.T ANNALYSIS

Strengths

  • Years of experience of us
  • Trainings
  • Interests
  • Complementary learning
  • We know what’s in the training book
  • Qualifications: Guiding, First aid, food safety, After school coaching program.

Weakness

  • Lack of girls
  • Lack of other experienced leaders
  • Time to train other leaders
  • Lack of parental involvement
  • Parents lack of what’s expected of them (assistance, police check, working with Children)
  • Transport.

Opportunities

  • Public relations.
  • Support through ‘Networking’
  • Preparation for state event – Ram (Race around Melbourne)
  • Advertising-Word of mouth, posters, being seen out and about.

Threats

  • Seasonal asthma.
  • Boredom and temper tantrums.
  • Other organisations.
  • Non-communication of what is waned.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Achieve, Activities, Activities, brainstorm, Carry Out, Collect, consider, Create, decission-making, Demonstrate, Design your own, Develop, Explore, Explore, Explore, friends, Fun Walk, investigate, mindmap, Outdoors [and the environment], outside, participate, Patrol System, Risk Annalysis, Safety, Take part in, team work, Understand, Water, Weather Conditions | 1 Comment