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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Balloon basket ball

Balloon basket ball is a noisy fun game.

Two equal teams are formed.  The balloon is trown in the middle and players try to hit the balloon to their own goal.

This might be a player standing on a chair  or a piece of newspaper holding a pin!.

To score gaoler must pop balloon without getting off the chair or out of the square newspaper area.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Air, Best, Challenge, Demonstrate, Enjoy, Fun, Girls, hand, Illustrate, Plan and Lead, play, Take part in, Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Give it a Whirl

This is actually a fun whirly glider thing to make.  originally it came from a Guiding Australia magazine as guides through out Australia were being encouraged to fund raise for a bus so that the Kiribati Guides had transport..

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Air, Construct, Create, Demonstrate, Discover, Explore, Find-out-about, Girls, hand, Service, Take part in, Uncategorized, water | , , | Leave a comment

The Create Air badge.

Over the time that the look wide create :air badge has been available the Guides have completed many sections using different things.

Some have colored and made mobiles with various pictures, made posters, used colored pictures of balloons, airplanes, made Bubbles, used bubbles themes and Air in different activities, events and camps.

Making things that fly our of different shapes of paper was interesting too.  When Guides Australia were challenged to assist with a Asia Pacific Region Service Challenge which involved fundraising so that the Guides in Kiribus could afford a bus – different activities came out through magazines.  Kiribus being a atoll in the Pacific there are always air currents. Using air currents was something that the Guides here in Australia could have fun learning about and understanding too.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Air, Create, Create, Explore, Explore, Fun, Investigate, Take part in, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment