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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

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

Making ANZAC hats

The Guides  enjoyed making this slouch hat. Things did get a little hair raising but nothing a touch of the Glue gun could not fix.

Materials:

•  scrap felt

•  long gold bead to represent badge

•  needle and thread for stitching it together

•  leather strip for chin strap

•   narrow ribbon for brim.

Instructions:

1. Cut from felt—two crown pieces and one brim.

2. Stitch the two crown pieces together, using either back stitch or overcasting stitch, leaving the flat side open.

3. Turn the crown inside out (stitching inside).

4. Stitch brim to crown using either back stitch or overcasting stitch.

5. Turn up one side of hat to form slouch and sew the bead in the middle to hold in place.

6. Push crown down in middle.

7. Add leather strap underneath to form chin strap and ribbon for hatband.

Altered from ‘Aileen Anvey, a Guide Leader from  Queensland.

We found that on one camp the Guides enjoyed pinning this slouch hat to their camp hats. Another time small cork pieces were used for it to become a swaggy’s hat!  However when they tried to attach pieces of feathers we all learned new expletives.  The Glue was hot.  Eventually someone thought of using a pin to poke and direct the glue over the fluffy feather bits.  These hats really looked quite effective actually.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | ANZAC, Australian Icons, Challenge, Create, Create, Design, Design your own, girl, Hands, Illustrate | , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Family BBQ’s are just for fun

A few years ago the Units held Family get together’s.  This meant that the parents could meat and great each other.  Instead of being so and so’s mum or dad they met someone with a name!

These Family BBQ’s were quite successful for a while.  Being run once every two terms proved better than every term.  So in the middle of the first and third terms a night was chosen and things were arranged.

  • Advocacy, Governance and ownership by all levels of Guiding within this District.
  • No special agenda just good food and friendship.  Not a political evening. But a good way of quietly providing an avenue where parents and friends could be included and of assistance.
  • The Guides who could attend had an increase in their self confidence as their parents and families are important enough to be invited and come to a District function.  The mind set of having parents involved offered a protection around the guides attending.
  • The Guides attending quietly showcased their talents and skills learned through the night.
  • Risk annalysises were completed
  • Hostessed by the District Leader and the District team divided the work load.  Of course offers of help were taken up be they from Guides, the parents or family friends.
  • The District Team got together to divided the jobs.
  • Invites were sent out one month in advance.
  • The RSPA was two weeks before the date set.
  • Parents received reminder notices via face book and twitter as the evening approached..
  • Membership tended to increase as the public interest hightened.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, August, BBQ, Belonging, Carry Out, Challenge, clean, cook, Create, Culinary, Demonstrate, Develop, Discuss, District team, Entertain, Enthusiasm, Explore, Extend, Family BBQ, Food, Friendship, Get-in-touch, Gipps Guides, guest, Hands, Hazelwood South Hall, Hostessing, identity, job Description, March, Objectives, Occupation Health and Safety, ownership, Pancake morning tea, Plan, PR, Practice, Prepare, protection, Protocol, recognition, response, risk, Risk Annalysis, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Self-presentation, special, Take part in, talents, volunteer, Youth Members | | Leave a comment

Choosing governace

Governance is about having the choice to choose, then knowing what to do with this choice.  All levels of Guiding are shown different processes for the same thing.

The 7 to 9’s are called Dolphin Patrol.  We already have the Koala Patrol for the 10 to 13’s.

We played Hop-Scotch. And we did some more of the Columbia badge.

Some more Guide revieved their sashes and some badges.

There were
Special Badges – 100 year celebration, Jota/Joti,  2 round badges called Build a better World, Discover your Potential.

Some Guides got their Explore: Freiendship badges.

We are nearly finished some others too. They are

Explore: Our World, Life Skills,Guiding, Outdoors, Arts

Some have started their Explore: Faith Awareness and their Explore: Health and Fitness and Science and technology badges.

And we have also begun the :
Challenge Badges: Girls, Rope, Food, Fire, Hands, The Arts.

Theres one called the Bridges over to Argetina and we have started that too.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | explore, Faith Awareness, Fire, Fitness, Food, friendship, Friendship, Girls, guiding, Hands, Health, life skills, Our-World, Rope, Science-and-Technology, Types of | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Teddy Bear Picnic 2009 program

In the lead up to the 2009 Teddy Bear picnic the Unit had included the following:

  • Making bear out of balloons
  • Inviting ther CFA to the Hazelwood South Hall
  • had made origami animals.
  • Coloured in pictures of bears.
  • Taking ID photo’s of the Teddy Bears attending.
  • making a fundraising “best Teddy Bear ” vote.
  • Planned the menu.
  • Practiced BBQing.
  • Made no bake biscuits to take along.
  • Read, then made up their own Bear Stories.
  • Learned Teddy Bear songs to sing while on the Rac Wac.
  • Included the event as part of the Rac Wac 2009.
  • Sewn Teddy Bear Puppets.
  • made cloths peg Teddys for the fridge.
  • Created invitations for the day – these went home pegged to the clothes peg Teddy.
  • Tried to organise the transport.
  • had worked on first aid (just in case)
Encouraged to be written by Clear Vision

December 14, 2009 Posted by | brainstorm, Governance, Hands, mindmap, Scissors | Leave a comment

different table setting to create for meals

At times we have created ourselves, or sat at professionally done table settings for different events.

These events have been at :

  • buffet meals,
  • formal table settings,
  • Japanese table settings,
  • finger food
  • smorgess board
  • hostessing by the plate and requesting refreshment types.
  • picnics formal or impromtue,
  • around campfires
  • sitting on the ground at camp

There are basic Guide traditions and ettiquete that we have shown all the Guides over time. As the Guides learn one thing another is shown. From making the table settings to suit the occasion, to how to eat, pass food, cut meat, handle knives and forks, use fingers, wash hands, communicate, basic table manners, to hosting, serving and doing the dishes.

Written by Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District
Encouraged to be written by Clear Vision

December 12, 2009 Posted by | buffette, camp, communicate, decoration, Food, Formal, Hands, Hostessing, international, manners, OHS, others, picnic, table | Leave a comment

Tea cup biscuits


Since teddies need a ‘cuppa of tea’ for refreshment and they do not want to get wet these little cups were made for all. The Guides actually had their drink bottles too.

Encouraged to be written by Clear Vision

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Churchill, Girl Guides, Hands, Leadership, refreshment | 1 Comment