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The land before time

The Land of Time

A mix of games and trails to enjoy yourselves with TIME challenges. Our Guides did.

White Rabbit has rushed ahead to keep a very important date in the  Land of Time. When he came through here he was very worried because he had dropped his beautiful gold watch and couldn’t find it. To travel through the Land of Time every one must wear a watch to help them find their way. The White Rabbit asked if anyone finds his watch, could they please deliver it to his home and leave it on the front door step.

Instructions:

• Give each Guide a paper watch to wear showing the same time.

• Name each patrol—blue train, red train, green train, orange train etc.

• Find your train station (stations have corresponding colours).

• At each station the leader gives each patrol an envelope which reads: From your Station Master, Mr Backwards. Inside is a message which reads backwards:


/ have seen something gold shining near: toadstools, a fire place, cupboard, cork box.

After the Guides have deciphered the message and have found a piece of the White Rabbit’s watch the leader says: “The watch piece is very precious and it needs to be carefully carried to the White Rabbit’s home so it can be mended. It must always be carried in someone’s hand and never be put down again until it is delivered.”

Each patrol now forms a train and is given words to say whenever they are travelling around:

blue says: digital clock, digital clock,

red says: grandfather clock, grandfather clock.

green says: cuckoo clock, cuckoo clock,

orange says: tic toe, tic toe.

When the train whistle blows it is time to move on to the next activity. Before leaving the station, the ’round robin’ begins:

1. On a large clock face at the station the Leader turns the hands to different times. The Guides discuss the time. When the hands are the same as their own watches, the train leaves the station and moves to the first activity.

2. Game as a unit: ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf.

3. Hickory Dickory Dock: Cardboard mice with a hole for a tail to be attached. The mice have run through the kitchen and the farmer’s wife has cut off their tails. The Guides must learn to attach a string tail on the mice using two half hitches.

4. Judging the time: Using a clock with a second hand, first count out one minute by seconds. Then standing away from the clock, judge one minute and sit down. Try sitting with eyes closed, then after one minute open them and stand up.

5. Across the ‘ice flow’: Learn to tie a reef knot. Join all the pieces of rope together then throw the rope across the ‘ice flow’ before it melts. Walk across the rope, but do not fall in. Try to complete the task before the next train whistle. If you finish early untie rope and throw back across for the next Patrol.

6. The crocodile from Peter Pan is lurking about. There are a variety of activities to try but keep a watch out for the crocodile. You know he is coming when you hear a bell. Quickly huddle together for safety and he will leave you alone. Go back to what you were doing and continue counting from where you left off. skip rope … count

• hop on one leg … count

• bounce a ball… count

• squat up and down … count

•  pat a ball in the air with your hand … count.

7. Read the time relay: (as a unit) Each Patrol has a large clock with hands that move. In front of eachPatrol is a pile of small clock pictures showing different times. In a relay, a picture is picked up and the Guide sets the large clock to the time on that picture after discussing what the time is with her patrol. She then runs with the clock to the Leader at the end of the hall to show and tell her the time. She then returns for the next Guide in line to take her turn. Set a digital alarm clock to go off near the end of the meeting allowing enough time to find the White Rabbit’s hole and return the watch pieces. The White Rabbit has left as a reward for finding his watch a packet of Tic Toe biscuits.


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What do I get out of this?

Everything we do as a person is knowledge gained that can be used towards something else. These are called stepping stones or gaining of life skills.

Some things we set out to do (our goals) are directly put towards badges.  Other things in the weekly program you helped organise may still go towards badges but we may not be sure where they fit in.  Talk to others around you (include the leaders as they may just know something too!!!) and find out where others have used these challenges. Activities, events and Service things are often being planned from the District and above level too. getting involved in these events again widens your views on what can and is achieved.

Show your badge books to your friends and family they may have ideas too.  Your friends might even want to be invited to do something with you too.

Every time the challenges are used or done they take on more dimensions.  We develop what we do.  First by learning from someone else, making mistakes, redoing the challenge, improving on how things work, having the skill to use the equipment in a ‘funner’ way… or on why the thing did not work out.

Oranising ourselves, team members, the public and even our families and friends. Knowing what to take, the jobs and activities that go into making this an event to remember (and want to remember!)  Talking and communicating with each other is a good skill to always improve on. Having a voice (advacacy) as well as using the governance skills gained where you and your friends can represent yourselves as individuals, or as a group/ team.

Working through the evaluations, then the pre-programing for the next time the challenge is run is a built on experience. Knowing how the thing is meant to work, the program and then what actually does happen to make it work.

Next level of gaining the skill is doing the job as a full member of the team or by yourself.  This greatly depends on what the challenge is, the job is.  Once you have the hang of this then your next challenge is to show someone else how and what to do.  Let them have the fun of just doing something, being part of the team, making the mistakes, correcting them too, including  them in the next adventure.

Gaining a skill, then showing others how to do this skill, learning another skill and repeating the basic process  is part of skill gathering and may be even ‘maturing’ – not necessarily getting older either. Do we ever stop learning.  I hope not. But as we progress in  Guides there are different ways of  wearing badges.

Check out the lapel badges

Lapel badges not often seen

In the beginning of anyone’s Guiding experiences the gaining of badges may happen quickly.  Then they get a little harder.  There is going to be gaps to fill in now on different badge requirements.  So now you set out to fill in these gaps either by yourself, with family, friends, peers, other Guides (at Guides or not).

When badges are presented please remember that some Guides may have taken a long time to actually finish off a few which seem to be be given out at the same time.  This is just how things happen.  The impression is false if one thinks that someone is a ‘better’ Guide, or better at Guides than someone else because of the badges on a sash or a shirt.  This is not the case.  Take into consideration how many years has that person been in Guides, is her family involved, does she include other activities into her Guiding awards?  Does she choose not to wear her badges on her sash?  Was there a problem where the sash or shirt was destroyed (accident, fire) or lost (when moving, or put down on a train, at a camp?)   Simply is she not interested in awards, unable to afford the sash or badges?  Or is she busy finalizing a handful of others but has not finished them yet? May be she just wants to do one at a time and do that one well.

Encouraged to be written by Clear Vision

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, Challenge the World, Culinary Arts, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Governance, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Region Guiding, Stepping stones, Survival methods, Uncategorized, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, World Guiding, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments