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Australia Day … Yes I’m Cool.

Australia Day 2009 [written by one of the Youth Guides]

On the 26th of January 2009 Churchill and Hazelwood Guides made their way over to the Churchill community hall, to start the Australia Day ceremony. We started the ceremony with the colour party coming forward, this year I got out of colour party and instead I took some magnificent photos. The colour party then had to raise the flag (Although they only had to do was pull a string to release the flag). After the flag got put up we sang the Australian National Anthem.

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May 4, 2010 Posted by | Australia Day, Austrralia Day 2009, Take part in, Uncategorized, Write | , | 3 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

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.

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

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

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

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