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

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.

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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

Lessons learned long ago are still there.

I have been checking out a link that I have from Facebook.  Heres my memory flash.:

I actually cannot remember what mine was.  1970’s are a bit long ago.  I do remember having to sew the darn thing onto my dark blue uniform sleeve.  Then finding out about a month later that I had sewn everything on in the mirror image.  I think thats when I learned to unpick my own sewing well.    Guess who had to sew everything back on the other way around.

Years later I got really hard to sew the badges down the sleeves, remove others as they had to be replaced when emblems took their place.  No wonder I enjoy informing the current guides that leaving the  badges on their sash (except patrol emblems) is a terrific idea. A personal history pathway that can lead to really great discussions with others who want to, are or have do a similar badge.

Yes I still sew things on in mirror image today.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Care for, Feet, girl, Hands, Help, Learn, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

An A.N.Z.A.C. Experience Wide Game

The objective of this wide game is to teach the Guides something about what preparation the soldiers had on their way to Gallipoli during the First World War. The wide game itself was set out through the Guiding in Australia Magazine.

Since the soldiers traveled by sea their trainings had to carry on throughout the long weeks of the trip. So certain skills were practiced through out this time.

Pre teach the following skills to the Guides in the lead up to the Wide Game time.

  • Understand what the A.N.Z.A.C. acronym stands for.  What did the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps do?
  • Practice Semaphore and Morse Code.
  • Knots using square knots to make things.
  • First Aid and Slings.
  • Knots and lashings to make stretchers.
  • Pre-cook A.N.Z.A.C. biscuits
  • Learn how to make billy tea.

The wide game consists of the following Activities.

  1. Patrols aboard ship and Prepare for sailing.
  2. Staying fit whist on the ship
  3. Arrival at Mena Camp in Egypt.
  4. Further preperations for Turkey
  5. Landing at Galliopli.
  6. Settling in at Galliopli
  7. Surviving the trenches
  8. Decoy cricket
  9. Evacuation to Egypt.
  10. Back in Australia Now.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, April, body, Bow line, Build, Care for, Challenge, Clove hitch, Construct, Create, Entertain, Explore, Feet, figure 8 stopper knot, Find out, Food, friendship, Gadgets, game, History games, mime, People, Physical, Plan, plan and visit, Practical, reef Knot, Rope, Round turn and 2 1/2 hitches, Self, sheet bend, Take part in, Try, Uncategorized, Understand, Visit., Wide Game, WW11 Servicemen and women | , , , , , , , | 1 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

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.

P11

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

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

STAND EASY

STAND EASY:

Command – Unit, stand EASY

The feet remain in the same position as stand-at-ease, but the hands and body may be moved. This position is used when a group are in position and waiting for the arrival of a VIP as in a guard of honour. To bring the group to attention, give the command: Unit, atten-SHUN. On the word ‘unit’ the group will come to the stand-at-ease position and on the final order come smartly to attention.

Practiced using the Ceremonial made Easy pamphlet.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Feet, Flag, Marching, parade | Leave a comment

STAND AT EASE

STAND AT EASE: Command – Unit, stand at EASE

The left foot is moved about 30cm from the right, weight is placed evenly on both feet; hands are held behind the back and the right hand clasped in the left. This is a more relaxed position and can be maintained for a longer time.

Practiced from Ceremonial Made Easy pamphlet

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Commands, Feet, Flag, Marching, parade | Leave a comment