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

The Pioneer camp

By the time the Guides had finished practising the knots that they wanted to learn how to tie a great many had been left to learn at a later date.

The fact that the Guide were also organising a Pioneer camp should have warned the leaders what might have been forming in the Guides minds. You got it they were going to put their knots into practice and make an obsticale course while at camp. So a great deal of time was put aside learning the knots, whipping, splicing and other rope work involved in making gadgets, equipment and used in safety measures.

The Leaders paper work was up to date.The menu and rules had been created by the guides.  A Guides own organised, a campfire prepared, a night hike [complete with spooky animal noises and torches].  Camp duties and camp Patrols were up on the notice board. Along with the fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures.

As the pioneer camp drew nearer the equipment had to be sorted, the tents organised, along with the cooking equipment, Camp and Unit flags made. The World Guide Flag was packed to be taken as well. The program had been sorted out, transport arranged and food was purchased.  The camp site at Burnett Park was checked and where the camp would actually take place was arranged.  All was set.

There were a few surprises going to take place though.

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | Build, Calculate, Care for, Check-out, clean, consider, Demonstrate, Develop, Discover, Discuss, Evacuation, Find out, First Aid, Food, friendship, girl, Hands, Investigate, knots, Nature, Plan and Lead, Practice, Prepare, Rope, Take part in, tent, Uncategorized, Unit Flags, World Flag | Leave a comment

The challenge of making a rope ladder out of all rope.

The Guides have made and experienced different rope ladders used either for crossing the water, going over the mud or swimming across something to get to the other side.  When Guides actually know their knots and the knots uses it is amazing what they can come up with to do.

At one stage the Guides used the following page from the ‘Ropes n’  Poles / ngataura me ngapou Guides New Zealand P 6’ in other pre-camp activities such as walking in the local bush, orienteering, Thinking Day , and the Lorraine Glazebrook Shield Challenge.

There were other rope ladder designs the Guides came across as well.  All various ladders were made and tried out.  Some were just ropes tossed over a branch and anchored around a lower tree branch and the trunk of the tree.  The dangling rope had half hitches going up it.  At first the Guides did not mind the swaying that occurred.  Then the higher up they went the more unsettled they each became.  There were a group of Guides holding the rope at the lower ends.

This method of stablizing the rope the Guides decided was not good as what happened if the branch was not safe and fell down on them all.

The next thing the Guides tried was tying the base of the knot to several different trees.  The ropes went out in different directions.  The Guides could still see the base of the dangling rope moving upward as the next guide tried to scale up the rope.

The final decision for this rope was that it would be good in an emergency or as a rope designed to have fun from over water.

The actual rope ladder that the Guides enjoyed most was one that had both wood and ‘thinish’ branches across as the rungs of the ladder.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Demonstrate, Develop, Discover, Feet, girl, hand, Hands, Invent, Plan and Lead, Practice, Rope, Science-and-Technology, Take part in, tree, Uncategorized, Use | , , | 2 Comments

The Guides agree that their tummy goes funny when..

In an article published years ago through the  Guiding in Australia magazine the following concept was put forward.

“I know when I’m feeling unsafe. My palms go sweaty, my tummy feels funny and my knees go wobbly. I feel as though I want to go to the toilet. I say to myself, “I have a right to feel safe and be safe ALL the time.” Nothing is so awful that I can’t tell anyone about it.”

The Guides all agreed that there are times when this occurred to people.  These time included when there was a danger around while walking in the bush, or down a dark street or alley [cause the lights had been destroyed by people throwing rocks at the lights], when people called out rude word, names, and other abuse to them or their friends, When it was time to sit tests and exams, time to get up in front of a class and talk about something they had done or saw.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | body, Develop, Discover, Discuss, Explore, Extend, Get-in-touch, girl, Listen, play, Practice, Take part in, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a 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

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.

or

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

April 26, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, Challenge, Demonstrate, Discover, Ears, Exchange, Explore, Find out, Get-in-touch, hand, Learn, Listen, Look, Practice, Read, Record, Science-and-Technology, Take part in, Try, Uncategorized, Write | , | 3 Comments

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

Give it a Whirl

This is actually a fun whirly glider thing to make.  originally it came from a Guiding Australia magazine as guides through out Australia were being encouraged to fund raise for a bus so that the Kiribati Guides had transport..

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Air, Construct, Create, Demonstrate, Discover, Explore, Find-out-about, Girls, hand, Service, Take part in, Uncategorized, water | , , | Leave a comment

Insect word Find

Insect word search

Find the insects or words associated with insects.

Some appear twice or more.

D C T P R E Y 1 N G M E M P E R O R
U R N S R E L E E S A O N E M O D G
N 1 A H O U S E F A N T S X B A B U
G C S G U B A S L F T S 1 Q D S A M
Y K E S 0 L A D Y B 1 R D S U 1 T O
L E T N A N T L E C S S G U B L T T
F T 1 A E L F E S 1 E G N D S V O H
R O M M S R L L A C E W 1 N G E R W
E N R O E Y E S Y A B H W Y H R E A
T E E T G N A T S D P 1 S M E F P N
T B T H N B U L L A N T 1 P A 1 P D
U U N T A Z M 1 T E A R X H D S O E
B L A O T F 1 C O C K R O A C H H R
E L S O L D 1 E R B E E T L E T S E
E A T E W J A C A B B A G E M O S R
S N A 1 E A R W 1 G S 1 X S O U A S
A T N A T Z S S T H O R A N T M R 1
W G G L E G S P S M O N A C H S G X
Cicada Grasshopper Emperor gum
Dragonfly Cricket Dung
Housefly Flea Head
Ladybird Termite Thorax
Nymph Gnat Abdomen
Egg Mosquito Feelers
Earwig Preying Mantis Mouth
Wasp Cockroach     „ Eyes
Bee Aphid Jaws
Bull ant Soldier beetle Six
Ant Monach* Legs
Moth Wanderer Bug
Butterfly Cabbage moth Ear
Lice Lacewing Saw
Silverfish Wing
Ed. ‘Monach is actually spelt Monarch
OiA October 1996
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April 11, 2010 Posted by | Achieve, Animal Tracks, Associate, Care for, Collect, Create, Create, Discover, Discuss, Do, Explore, Feet, Find out, Food, Hands, Illustrate, Investigate, JBP, Lead, Learn, Outdoors [and the environment], Plan, Plan and Lead, Promote, Raise, Science-and-Technology, vegetation | , , , | Leave a comment

Word Find : Fun at the Sea

Fun at the sea
S U R F T E D A P S
B A R E T A W B E L
S U N S C R E E N E
W B C D L A H S G W
I A O K C L E S U O
M R V H E A E D I T
M C R E W T S H N F
I L A E S A L T S U
N T E W A O A T L N
D G A N C H O R S E
ANCHORS SANDCASTLE
BEACH SEAWEED
BOAT SEAL
BUCKET SHELLS
CRAB SPADE
CREW SUNSCREEN
FISH SURF
FUN SWIMMING
HAT TIDE
NET TOWELS
PENGUINS WATER
ROD WAVES
SALT WET

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Achieve, Animal Tracks, Associate, charts, Create, Create, Demonstrate, Discover, Discuss, Do, Enjoy, Explore, find, Find out, hand, JBP, Learn, learning, Outdoors [and the environment], Pet, plan, Plan and Lead, play, Practice, Promote, Raise, Science-and-Technology, Share, Take part in, Teaching, Tell, Theme, Think, Try, Water | , , | Leave a comment

Wordfind for Australian Animals

K A N G A R O O E A G L E W
O O K P O S S U M S E G T A
O B A W O M B A T S L E N L
K A P L A T Y P U S E C B L
A N E A A E U O E K R K M A
B D C M R N M R I N N O A R
U I H G O R U R T E G A G O
R C I F A L O M R L M U P O
R O D R D L E T B I E U I L
A O N O S N A K E A N T E N
Y Y A G P Y T H O N T R A T
  • Galah
  • Turtle
  • Numbat
  • Python
  • Koala
  • Kookaburra
  • Eagle
  • Frog
  • Parrot
  • Emu
  • Kangaroo
  • Bandicoot
  • Possums
  • Lorikeet
  • Platypus
  • Wallaroo
  • Echidna
  • Rat
  • Gecko
  • Ant
  • Magpie
  • Mole
  • Penguin
  • Mouse
  • Snake
  • Wombats

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Animal Tracks, Arrange, Associate, Australia, Book, Care for, Carry Out, Check-out, Collect, Demonstrate, Discover, Discuss, Display, Do, explore, Explore, Explore, find, Find out, Illustrate, Investigate, Learn, Outdoors [and the environment], Pet, plan, Plan and Lead, plan and visit, Practice, Promote, Take part in, Tell, The Australian Identity, Try | , , | 1 Comment