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

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

The game of STREETS and ALLEYS is hillarious


All players except two stand in several parallel lines making ranks and files with four

or more players in each. These lines should be far enough apart so players in one can

just clasp hands with their neighbours in the next one either way. The two extra

players act as thief and policeman. The players join hands across ranks, forming

streets. Then the thief runs and the policeman tries to catch him. When the leader

says, ‘Right turn’ the players face right and join hands along the file, forming ‘alleys’

at right angles to the ‘streets’. To make the game lively, the command to change from

street to alley should be given often. The thief and the policeman must keep to the

streets and alleys. They are not permitted to break through the joined hands nor to go

under them. When the policeman catches the thief, two other players take their places

and the former thief and policeman step into the places left vacant.

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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 | body, Develop, development, Ears, energy release activities, Enthusiasm, Feet, friendship, Fun, game, girl, Lead, mateship, Plan and Lead, Take part in, Try | | 1 Comment

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

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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And the music flows

Listening to different types of music adds variety to our lives.

Sometimes during the meetings CD’s have been played. The Guides or leaders bring their CD’s, check with the leaders that the CD’s music is appropriate, and the Cd’s are played as back ground music through the meeting.

Over the years there has been played: Guide songs and campfire singing, traditional Australian Aborginal music from different ‘Nations’. Various other traditional music from other countries: New Zealand, Wales, France, Germany, American Indian, and Indian just to name a few.

Even Music from different music trends: The Australian Youth Choir, Abba, ACDC, Whitesnake, Celian Deyon, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Metal (heavy, fairy, light electrical,,) Pop…

Various compilations such as Aussie BBqs, Power Songs, Imprisonment tapes, Childrens Nursery Rhyme Tapes, International freedom CD’s.

The lists just go on.

The Guides and their friends are checked re their knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety in regards to electricity, handing of home appliances, appreciation of noise levels, who running the show and who has over all power with regard to saying turn it off.

November 18, 2009 Posted by | BP, Create, Develop, Discov-'re-Potential, Ears, Explore, JBP, Lifeskills, Music | Leave a comment