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

State Holiday Camps and Activities

The Victorian Girl Guides Association is offering  “Holiday Camps and Activities. The first Holiday Camp will be run in the June/July holidays. It is to be held at Iluka and will have an Art theme.
The camp is open to all girls aged 9 to 13 (for both members and non members) and information is also available online. We will also be sending information on the camp directly to District and Unit Leaders as well as to the girls (9 to 13 year olds).” This information has come from the Victorian Guides CEO April 17th information sent out.
This is an opportunity for the Guides to camp and have activities outside of their own Peer unit and this District.  I encourgae parents to utilize this opportunity and have a brake.
I know that when one of our daughters went on a similar State Guide run camp over the holidays she really enjoyed it.  Wanting to go back the next year.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Camps, Guiding Levels, July, June, state, Take part in | | 1 Comment

Were going to be at Churchill Festival 2010

Every two years Churchill has a festival.  Except for really bad weather the Hazelwood and Churchill Guides have attended this festival over the past twenty odd years that I know off.  There have been so many different things that the District Guides have done.  Each Festival is a different challenge. The same was apparent for this 2010 one as well.

This years festival was in some doubt re the continuance but local business have supported the organising committee.  unfortunately the dates changed.  So many organisations were thrown into disarray re their own appearance.    One such group was the Walker Street playground group.  Which the District leader met when the a presentation was put forward by the Walker Street Playground group at a Churchill District Community Development meeting [CDCA].

The District Leader made a suggestion that the Walker Street playground group conduct a survey of the youth of Churchill as to what they actually wanted to see happen to this land.  There were two challenges apparent.  The most pressing was the actual asking of the children. Not really an acceptable thing these days in Australia where a grown older man approaches the child.  So the District Leader suggested that the Guides of Hazelwood and Churchill do this as a service to their community.  Since the Churchill festival is approaching and the District was attending where there would be children we would make a simple survey and the Guides could ask the questions.  relief on the Walker Street playground mens faces was very apparent.

The Guides have been told of the rules and guidelines this service concept has been given. They are looking forward to the service.  How many friends and people out there do they know.

Over the last few months the Youth members have concentrated on the one hundred year Girl Guide celebrations. Working through different syllabus  aspects, combined with several other themes such as World Thinking day, the History of Guiding, the food and the Guides Four World Centers.  The last meeting we all went over which badges from the first term this year they have actually completed through the Guiding programs.  Some have realised that there were challenges outside of the meeting times.  These challenges count too.  But hay they are unable to receive, sew and wear these badges on the Churchill Festival day.

Not to worry the District leader has said wear no uniform.  No sash, shirt etc.  Dress to the occasion.  The Unit scarves will be supplied for the day.  Why?  When people approach others with a clip board the other person automatically feels vonerable and will put up defenses such as shyness, and an unwillingness to answer questions.  To overcome this no uniform is to be worn…just the scarf…. and a smile on their face and in their voice.

Designated boundaries are to be set.  he adult will be very near by within the specified area. This year our shelter will be the Kitchen fly.  Identifiable by the three flags that will be attached.  The area that the Guides may question the children in is from the front of the three flags.  If the adults at the base cannot see the Guides and their adult then they will be contacted via phone and the request will be made to come back to base. NOW.

Each small group of questioners will have a clip board and pen, a thank-you note which will have an invitation to the Guides Disco that they are planning on the 15th May 2010.  The age group the disco  invitations are aimed at are for the five to ten year olds. Primarily the females – who may bring their friends. The older target girls will be invited to another Disco for their age group when the older Guides begin an a Wednesday evening later in the term. Note we are not turning this age group down though!.

The idea for the Disco invitations came about as the Guides were wondering what the word promote Guiding meant.  Asked what made them realise that Guiding was not so scary most  answered that they had come to a Disco. One said she had promoted Guides through having a CD evening.  So disco was what we would have again this time as well as after the disco up by having a CD evening later this term.

There are other activities that both the Region, the District, the Leaders and then also the Youth are organising through out this years program.

While at the Churchill Festival, from the base shelter, simple painting crafts are on offer for painting.  Again an invitation will be included. The invitations are printed with a RSVP of the whynotgirlguides@gmail.com address and Susan’s – the District Leaders and Debbie’s a Unit Leader phone number.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, CDCA, District team, Friendship, girl, Girl-Power, hand, June, Kitchen Fly, Knowledge Basis, Knowledge management, Leadership-Skills, May, Multicultural Festival, Patrol System, People, Plan and Lead, Self, Service, talents, tent, Youth Members | , | 2 Comments

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

Darling overnight stay.

What an event.  The Guides have learned so much about themselves, their tolerances, other people, leadership and most of all what lack of sleep does to one!

I’ve even seen the  Guides working together and sharing their experiances with regard to what badges they have nearly completed.  Working together trying to finish another badge.

While preparing for the overnight stay and during the overnight stay the Guides became aware of the Patrol system.  How the Patrol System functions and what it means to be an active participant and a member of a Patrol. This has been accomplished mainly through out the previous terms activities in the Unit meetings. Some of the Guiding Traditions and skills were also incorporated in the weekly programs.  This overnight stay had a fair amount of just craft activities.  Since it was a State initiative then what the State wanted incorporated was included.  Craft activities were only a means for the Guides to practice their advocacy and governance skills.  Again this was Patrol building participations

The overnight stay itself represented several challenges to management. The first being reminding parents of their financial commitments with regard to paying membership and registration  to Melbourne Guide Center.

Next term I expect to see a list of badges that each girl has completed and is yet to be presented.  Along with the evidence that they have completed them of course.

Evidence… presentations of collections, photos, discussions, talks and so forth.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Arrange, Art, Badges, Awards and more, body, Camp and overnight stays, campfire, Candles, choc, Colors, consider, cook, Create, Develop, evaluation, Explore, Faith Awareness, Food, foods we like, friends, friendship, girl, goals, goodturn, Governance, Hazelwood South Hall, Home, Homes, Lead, Lend-a-hand, manners, Membership, Multi-tasking, participate, Patrol, Patrol System, Placemats, Promise and Law, Self, table setting, Take part in, Traditions of Guiding | | 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.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, action, Action Plan, Activites, events and service, Activities, Advocacy, Advocate, Arrange, Australian Guide Program, Austrralia Day 2009, Badges, Badges, Awards and more, Belonging, Best, Book, Brainstorming, Care, Care for, celebrate, Challenge, Challenges, Citizenship, clean, Clean Up Australia, Collect, Computer, Computers, consider, decission-making, Develop, Discover, Discuss, discussions, Ears, Earth Hour, Elements of Guiding Program, Empowerment, encouragement, environmental action, Explore, Face Painting, Feb. 22nd, Find out, First Aid, First Aider, Four World Centers, Fun Run, Fun Walk, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Generations, Glendonald Park, goodturn, Governance, Guardianship, Hazelwood Honor Board, Hazelwood Honor Roll, investigate, Jump rope for heart, Laws, Leadership, Leadership-Skills, Learn, Ledership, Life skills gained, Lifeskills, mindmap, Multicultural, Olave Baden-Powell Award, other People, Our Canana, Our Chalete, Our-World, Outdoors [and the environment], ownership, parade, Patrol System, People, Physical, planning, Play Ground, Poverty, Power-of-One, Practical, Procedure, programing, Programs, Promise and Law, Promise-and-Law, QG, Recycling, Self, Service, Service, Service, short term, Special Badges, Step by step working plan, Stepping stones, Take part in, team work, The Australian Identity, time, timeline, tolerance, Understand, WAGGGS, Water | , , | Leave a comment

Salad dressing

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tsp whole grain mustard

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vinegar ( was recomeneded to have balasamic vinegar but we used what was on hand.)

1 tsp box honey (some one was allegic to honey so out came the brown sugar)

60 ml unsweetened apple juice.

1 tsbp extra virgin oil

Everything went into a whisk and was combined.  Mix was chilled and used on salads.  Makes only about 100mls per mix.  Therefore is an easy recipe for the Guides to learn and pass on.  A great way of using several steps to complete a multi level learning task.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | action, Action Plan, balenced menu, Calculate, Care for, Carry Out, clean, Collect, cook, Create, Create, Culinary, Demonstrate, Diet, Discuss, Do, Economics, education, Explore, Explore, Food, foods we like, Girls, goals, healthy eating, Help, investigate, job, Leadership-Skills, Learn, Make and Use, Multi-tasking, organise, participate, plan, Practice, Take part in, time management, timeline, tolerance, training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

SWOT General for:Camping or overnight stays

Strengths

  • Years of experience of us
  • Trainings
  • Interests
  • Ability of adults
  • Knowing Guidelines (updates included)
  • Network.
  • Helpers and District Team assistance
  • Complementary learning
  • Leasers know know what’s in the training book
  • Qualifications : Guiding, First aid, food safety, After school coaching program.

Weakness

Lack of girls

Lack of other experienced leaders

  • Time to train other leaders
  • Lack of parental involvement
  • Parents lack of what’s expected of them (assistance, police check, working with Children)
  • Transport.
  • Finances
  • Dietary requirements
  • Opportunities
  • Public relations.
  • Support through ‘Networking’
  • Advertising-Word of mouth, posters, being seen out and about.
  • Increase of skills levels.
  • Recognition levels.

Threats

  • Seasonal illnesses and asthma.
  • Environment danger
  • Boredom and temper tantrums.
  • Other organisations.
  • Non-communication of what they want
  • Objectives and actions for all the District Outdoor activities
  • Increase mental stimulation
  • Encourage practical activities that fulfil the need for achievement and recognition.
  • Badge work, peer acceptance at school and guides,
  1. Achievement of badges
  • Expanding tunnel vision and sharing information.
  • Presentation night.
    • Charts and displays
    • badges
  1. Acceptance of change.
  2. Keeping the programs interesting
  • Back up systems
  • integrated learning and sharing
  1. Increase numbers in guide units.
  • Being seen participating in community activities / service.
  • Girl/ leader/ parent participation.
  • Public Relations being positive.
  • Advertising
    • In Newspaper with region.
    • Posters
    • Word of mouth
    • Radio

5. Training of leaders.

  • Active participation
  • Support network
  • Encourage trainee leaders to bring there personalties into guiding.

6. Encourage outdoor activities

  • follow up and included prelim training during program
  • Open to District these events
  • Included Gipps Guides and parents to participate.
  • Participate in Region and State activities

7. Record of events.

  • Photo evidence.
  • Journals

8. Finances

9. Transport

  • Car Shuffle

10. Adequate clothing for event.

11.Food preparation.

  • Food safety
  • Making sure that everyone to be fed and watered in group.

12. Job descriptions given.

13. Communication links to be function able.

14.       Occupational Health and Safety

Outcomes

  1. Increase mental stimulation
    1. Having calendar of all events from Unit to State.
    2. Girls in meetings programming their own calendar around their interests and known events, service and activities.
  • Encourage practical activities that fulfil the need for achievement and recognition.
    • Walk around Churchill planned and carried out.
      • Assisted by Unit Helper, Gipps Guides, trainee leader and Parents.
    1. Badge work, peer acceptance at school and guides.
  • 1 x bronze endeavour aimed for and achieved.
  • New girls realized that there were people there that they knew therefore – not so frightening being included.
    • Expanding tunnel vision and sharing information.
    • Having the Gipps Guides and parents involved on day builds up the self worth, service times and sharing of knowledge of all participants.
  1. Achievement of badges
  1. Qualifications and life skills knowledge is shared and passed on.
  • Remember that all active participants need food and drink. Especially when directly cooking and not getting fed.
  • Presentation night.
  1. Charts and displays.
    1. i.      Older ones used as training aids.
    2. ii.      Recognition of past peoples efforts in the creation of these charts.
    3. badges
    4. Back up systems
    5. Integrated learning and sharing
  1. Acceptance of change / transformation process .
  2. Keeping the programs interesting
  1. Increase numbers in Guide units.
  • Being seen participating in community activities / service.
  • Girl/ leader/ parent participation.
  • Public Relations being positive.
  • Advertising
  1. In Newspaper with region.
    1. i.      Churchill News will have an article on the Walk around Churchill- 19th Feb 2008.
    2. Posters.
      1. i.      Guides had posters up in schools and hall. They felt good.
      2. Word of mouth
        1. i.      Parent has asked to have updated A4 posters that have our Guides photos included so that the prep parents have something updated to send their girls to.  There is a conscious note by prep parents there is nothing advertised for preps to attend after school.
        2. ii.      2 x (10 yr olds) girls attended before Walk around Churchill activity.  One Girl on the day (7 year old).

5. Training of leaders.

  • Active participation
    • Walk around Churchill (preparation to evaluation, then next years one) organised by current trainee leaders,  unit helpers, Gipps Guides and Guides.
  • Support network
  • Encourage trainee leaders to bring there personalties into guiding.

6. Encourage outdoor activities

  • follow up and included prelim training during program
  • Open to District these events.
    • All levels participated.
    • Included Gipps Guides and parents to participate.
    • Participate in Region and State activities

7. Record of events.

  • Photo evidence.
    • Used Camera.
    • To be added to what the ‘Gipps Guides do’ CD.
    • Stored on Computers in hall and office.
    • Part of the history of activities re youth badges.
    • Journals

8. Finances

  • The expectation of ‘Free’.,
  • Donation from Business.
    • A selection of changeable protides letters for donations to be kept and used.
    • Copy of receipts kept in camp folder.

9. Transport

  • Car Shuffle
    • Licensed driver for car shuffle so that all cars arrived at departing time.
    • Parents who have access to a drivable car that they use regularly for their family actives need to realise that car pooling (by assumption) does not work. They need to get to activity by themselves.  Parents to read and note what’s on the Activity form.

10. Adequate clothing for event.

  • Hats and footwear still a concern.

11. Food preparation.

  • Food safety
    • Purchased just before the event and kept cool until used.
    • Food preparation certificates held by cooks.
    • Making sure that everyone to be fed and watered in group.
      • Note taken that all adults who participate are the first ones to be fed. Suggestion is that food for cooks and active adult participants is kept separately covered and warmed until participant is ready to consume in their rest period.
      • Have adequate fuel for stand by
      • Menu planned by Guides.
      • Overeager food orientated participants/adults are to be fielded away from the table holding/ cooking preparation areas.  Unless given a recognised job with a job description. This may be games coordinator rubbish removalist, Occ Health and Safety person etc.

12. Job descriptions

  • Adult assistances and parents not knowing where there assistance and skills boundaries lie. Job taken by one person then they are moved on by another.

13. Communication links to be function able.

14. Occupational health and safety.

  • Evaluation of Outdoor activities and events
  • Camping or overnight stays
  • Report s

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Action Plan, camp /overnightstays, Emergemcy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wide game: a continuing activity

  • Four World Center activity.
  • Bake and make
  • Brownslea Island
  • Know your knots.
  • Promise and Law game
  • Compass points
  • Brownslea Island…. a find, locate and be informed activity
  • Survival Game
  • Make Camp Gadgets
  • Best tent entrance with chosen patrol colors and name.
  • if we can obtain a sari then figure out how to put it on.

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Bow line, brainstorm, camp, camp /overnightstays, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Checked out Brownslea Island, Poole, England

In 1907 the man now known as Lord Baden-Powell needed an island in which to conduct an experimental camp.Of all the little islands in and around the United Kingdom  Brownslea Island was the one chosen.

A selected group of boys attended this camp.Four Patrols were organised, each with one Patrol Leader and four other members.

Each day of the Program had an over all topic to cover.  The days were divided into manageable time tables, following a set time management flow.  The boys could then know what was to come next and plan accordingly.

At the end of the camp and evaluation was completed and Lord Baden-Powell then made his camp report.  The then King George the fifth had encouraged the camp experiment.  So the report would have been made and given accordingly.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | BP, Brownslea, encouragement, EvaluationsCamps, Event-management, Lord Baden-Powell, patrols, plan, Program, report, time | Leave a comment