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

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

Outcomes from the overnight stay [Food and Four World Centers]

  1. Governance practiced in situations where the Guides begin to understand their roles, how governance occurs, the implications of Governance
  2. Structuring the Guides in their own Patrols so that they are comfortable to allow Advocacy has occurred.
  3. What is a Patrol Activity is becoming clearer to the Guides.
  4. Leadership under different situations occurred.
  5. Recognition of each guides potential is being gained by the Guide herself, those Guides around her and the friends and family.
  6. Life skills are being recognised as needed, looked for and fulfilled to each Guides individual pace.
  7. Seeking out information skills has begun.
  8. Joining the library as members.
  9. Identity issues are still being worked on.
  10. Badges, and other rewards and recognitions for a job being attempted, roll being taken on , skill learned are appreciated.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Badges, Awards and more, Culinary Arts, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Governance, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Promise, Survival methods, Traditions, Uncategorized, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Begining the Olave Baden-Powell award.

Having made their Guide Promise members of the Gipps Guides are choosing to begin their journey through the Olave Baden-Powell Award.

These 18 to 29 year olds are challenging themselves to that both their Guiding Promise and their Guiding into the wider community.

Quite often bringing back to those around them different lessons and influences that they have experienced. Often not realising just how much influence on other peoples lives, thoughts and interests that being involved with activities, events and programs which appeal to them can have.    Part of the Olave Award progress is to present what you have done to your peers.   If you are working in any youth organisation/ work place as a Leader/ teacher or Adult Carer your experiences will transfer to others.  When an event/activity/ service is described, it’s successes, and flops along the way, the struggles/ surprises and things that go right all combine to challenge others in how different to do their chosen things.

Setting out to do something is often a challenge rewarded and supported by others already travelling or who have travelled along that path too.  There are many friends you meet and make within this Olave Program.  people you may have met at school, work, camps or round the block even.

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, Challenge the World, Culinary Arts, District team, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Hazelwood and Churchill, Leadership, Life skills gained, Region Guiding, Stepping stones, Survival methods, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, World Guiding, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment