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

Keeping skipping ropes tidy and safely away.

Our Guides often enjoy the use of a skipping rope rope.  The ropes are often used to tie things together, for a skipping activity, play snakes and other jump activities with while also learning to tie knots with and so on.

When the Guides have finished skipping they are meant to tie the rope up in a double overhand.  This care means that the rope is stored in such a way that when they rush to get the ropes out for the next activity the Guides can go straight into that activity  with out having to spend extra time unravelling the ropes. However the best way of making sure that everyone knows how to tie the ropes in a double overhand, and will enforce the tieing of the ropes up after an activity, is when the ropes are ‘found’ to have been uncared for and stored lazily away run the activity again the next week using the same ropes.  All the Guides must then work to unravel, retie the ropes and store away before the activity will commence.  The Guides soon learn to take a collective time out at the end of the game/ activity just to put the ropes back properly.

April 30, 2010 Posted by | Arrange, Care for, Demonstrate, Find out, Girls, hand, Learn, Plan and Lead, Practice, Rope, Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

The two really basic knots and a few challenges to face.

There are so many varieties of knots to learn how to tie, their names and what their uses are.  So when showing the younger Guides knots I show then two basic knots that they may be using anyway.  These being the half knot, stopper knot, overhand and the double over hand knot.

Most new Guides actually knot one or two knots.  What is not associated with this basic knowledge is the name, use and safety factors of the knots that they know.  Many times these Guides are scared of being considered ignorant. Left handers especially as they have tying difficulties. It is not realised that actuall rope twists are not meant to be loosened as a left hander will be doing if they tie the rope up in a way that makes left handed sense.  Because the traditional ropes instructions are set out for tying in a right hand fashion many of the instructions are still set out this way.

As a leader showing these basic ropes to learning Guides draw the instructions backwards and challenge your Guides to ties them with their other non dominant hand.  Your challenge may prepare them for tying ropes up when they are awkward positions, have an injury on their dominant hand.  Also the challenge brings everyone onto an open playing field.  One that has the left hander having an advantage in their life.

What most Guides really need reinforced is the care and storage of the ropes during and after any activity.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | body, Carry Out, Challenge, Demonstrate, Explore, friendship, girl, hand, Illustrate, Learn, Plan and Lead, Practice, Prepare, Rope, Show, Take part in, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

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.

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

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.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Associate, Carry Out, Challenge, Computer, Construct, Demonstrate, Discuss, Explore, Extend, Find out, Investigate, mime, plan, Practice, Promote, Take part in, Try, Uncategorized, Use, Write | | 3 Comments

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

A.N.Z.A.C. biscuits

There are many different ways of preparing A.N.Z.A.C. biscuits.   This is a basic recipe.  These biscuits were cooked so that they were crispy rather than tender or the biscuit would not last until it arrived on the Battle front as it would crumble or mold.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 4 tblspns golden syrup
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 2 tblspn boiling water

Method:

Turn oven to 160’C. Lightly grease oven trays.

Put oats, flour, coconut, sugar in big mixing bowl. Melt butter and golden syrup in pan. Take off heat.

Mix baking soda and boiling water in a cup. Add to melted butter in the pan. Quickly add to big mixing bowl. Mix well.

Roll tablespoonful lots into balls. put on trays 5cm apart.

Press lightly with fork.

Bake for 20 minutes, one tray at a time.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Demonstrate, Enjoy, Entertain, Food, friendship, hand, Practice, Prepare, Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

Quarter Masters Store song

There are rats, rats, rats as big as alley cats

In the store, in the store

There are rats, rats, rats as big as alley cats

At the Quartermaster’s store

CHORUS:

My eyes are dim, I can not see

I have not brought my specs with me

All-i-gators … Eating Nilla Wafers Ant-e-lopes … Using all the rope Apes….eating all the grapes

Beagles … Being chased by eagles

Beans….as big as submarines

Beavers … Wielding rusty cleavers
Bears … Running down the stairs (or: With curlers in their hair)

Beetles … Running on the needles

Bees….with little knobby knees

(or: Buzzing ’round the keys)

Bob-bob-whites … Wearing silken tights

Bread….with great big lumps like lead

Buf-fa-loes … Eating all the dough (or: With hair between their toes) Butter….running in the gutter

Cakes….that give us tummy aches

Cheese . . . that makes you want to sneeze. (or: with kilts and hairy knees)

Coke….enough to make you choke

Deer … Drinking all the coffee

there

Dip-lo-dacus … Causing quite a fracas

Eagles … Chasing little beagles

Eggs…with scaly chicken legs

Fishes….washing al the dishes

Fleas … Crawling on our knees Flies….swarming ’round the pies

Flour . . . that will give you super power.

Foxes….stuffed in little boxes

Goats….eating all the oats

Gold-gold-finch … Sitting on the winch

Gravy….enough to float the navy

Hats . . . being worn by hairless rats.

Hip-hip-pos … Stepping on our toes

Ice … If you’re really nice

Kippers . . . in little furry slippers.

Lard….they sell it by the yard

Leaders….slapping at the skeeters.

Meat . . . smelling like [Name’s/Sergeant’s] feet.

Mer-chan-dise … Sold at twice the price

Mice….running through the rice

Moths….eating through the cloths

Owls….shredding paper towels

Pepsi….that gives you apoplexy

Plat-y-pi … Eating all the pie

Quar-ter-masters … Hanging from the rafters

Rac-rac-coons … Stealing all the spoons

Ravens … Acting rather craven

Roaches….sleeping in little coaches

Snails … Crawling on the nails

Snakes … Big as garden rakes

Soot….they grow it by the foot

SPLs … Making funny smells

Trout … Causing lots of grout

Tuna … Running ’round the room-a

Turkey … Eating all the jerkey

Turtles….wearing rubber girdles

April 25, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, Arrange, Demonstrate, Do, Entertain, Lead, Learn, Plan and Lead, Practice, Take part in, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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