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

Preparing a camp fire

Choose a theme and sort out the camp fire program 

  • Learn the song selection [at least be familiar with.]
  • My favorite camp things
  • What about using the Yells, Chants, and camp fire games?

Know the campfire and flame safety rules.

Practice with marshmallows and candle.

Have activities in the dark.

Have alternatives for bad weather.

Make equipment to use at campfire

  • Notice board with emergency assembly area on display
  • Sign in / sign out book.
  • Campfire song book each member.
  • Making an entrance.
  • Marsh mellow sticks.
  • Water buckets.
  •  Camp Blanket.
  • Woodpile – graded.
  • Musical instruments
  • What about the campfire too?

Now just who is the target audience for this campfire.  Just the Guides as part of their program or a camp? Or the Unit or Adults such as the Gipps Guides too?  To be inclusive of friends and family? As a District event that is target to what audience.  The combination of the talents and skills learned by those preparing the campfire suggestions / evaluations made before, and who the target audience is strongly reflects the planning and management of the campfire.

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HAIRCUT MACHINE

A Guide wearing a large wig enters a hairdresser and asks for a haircut.

The hairdresses asks her to pop her head into the haircut machine.(A large box)

The Guide puts her head in the haircut machine and there is much yelling and shouting, accompanied by sounds of machinery.

The GTuide switches her wig for a bathibg cap.

She removes her head from the machine and runs wildly offstage.

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I THANK YOU GOD

I thenk you God, for making me,for making me eyes that I may see.

All the beautiful things around,for making ears with which to hear,

All the wonderful world of sound.

And thank you for my nose as well,so many lovely things to smell.

Like homemade cakes, just freshly baked.

Or gumtree on the fire baked,.

I thank you for the gift of voice, to laugh and sing and to rejoice.

Lord, thank you for my body strong.

And for a heart to know and feel.For joys that fill me when I kneel.

And know that God did make me whole.

A body,  heart and mind and soul.

Accept my praises God to Thee

For all these gifts that make me.

From the collection of Sylvia Dalziel.who held many positions in Guiding in the Baw Baw Region.

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot


Swing low, sweet chariot,

Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,

Coming for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan and what did I see,

Coming for to carry me home.

A band of angels coming after me,

Coming for to carry me home.

Australian Boyscouts Song Book

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The Belt skit.

cast ; two

Both characters are standing on stage, one standing quietly, the other rushing around in a panic, swatting the air, yelling:   “Its all around me, its all around me!”

“What’s all around you? “My belt, of course!”

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THINKING DAY YELL


Divide into four sections and begin to  work the Guides into alternating versions of rounds.

First Round                           Second Round
Sec 1   Belgium                        England
Sec 2   China                           Norway
Sec 3    Holland                         Kenya
Sec 4   Greece                           France

ALL      Happy Thinking Day

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SWEDISH FIRE SONG

Chorus;

Burn clear against the sky,

your song is always new

So sing with us and light our way,

Until the fire burns through.

Light up the fire and join the ring,

Let the music echo,

Cheerful hearts are calling

Where the flames leaps strong and high

Revealing all around us,

fire and song remind us

How our promise binds.

Holding us in one

Chorus;

Burn clear against the sky,

Your song is always new

So sing with us and light our way,

Until the fire burns through.

Australian Campfire Song Book

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SONGS etc ‘Q & R’

Where possible throughout the index of songs, chants, yells shirts etc has hand the prefixes ‘the’ or ‘a’ removed from the title.

Quartermasters song

Rock my Soul

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Wanted: the arts of etiquette and conversation.

Lieut. Gen. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powe...
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At a Gipp’s Guide meeting the topic of conversation ranged from what to do next meeting, different ideas for making pin wheels, learning and using more etiquette both at home and in Guide Meetings.  With or without Guests. Sounded strange to me as I had not consciously realised that there was a recognised need for social conversation practice along with etiquette.  In fact the Gipp’s Guide who initially made the comment went further and suggested that she include this learning approach in the Olave Baden Powell Award syllabus for herself. The long forgotten arts of etiquette and conversation that Lord Robert and Lady Olave Baden-Powell used were going to be resurrected.

Once one of the visitors was evicted [ the child and baby stayed] the Pin Wheels that they had been making was consumed by the guests and the Gipp’s Guides.

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Manners and mannerisms

The not having or having different manners and etiquette habits causes confusion in any meeting and eating place.  This is not to say that any one method is better than the next.  What follows are the norms that are taught through the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District.  That was everyone will come to understand what is to be expected and begin to adapt to those standards expected when at meetings, in public or representing the District of Region to International events. Also when everyone in the District has the same way of doing some things [traditions] then moving from one unit to another, or from the Youth into the Gipp’s Guides, even as a parent into the District Team or Leadership barriers of being unsure of what to do in a given situation are easily forged.

With this in mind let me share with you some of the things we do.

As a Hostess

  • Meet and great the Guests and visitors.
  • Ask the visitors to sign the guest book/ visitors book [ names needed for a variety of reasons – emergency assembles and re-invitations to other events being two].  Note all there sign in and out for Occupational Health and Safety reasons.
  • Where possible have a bit of information on the Guests  / Visitors background interests, work, service. As a small question with reguard to easing them into a welcoming group environment.
  • Do not pri or be nosy.
  • Listen, ask a small question, be patient with other person when they are answering you query.
  • Introduce one person to another with similar interests. Wait there for a small space of time and may be offer a conversation starter… [Name of person 1] ‘how are the lettuces growing this year’.  Person 2 who grows rabbits may be very interested in persons 1 lettuces but is it not better to introduce lettuce growing conversation to another lettuce grower? NOTE Person 1 raising rabbits may not be happy talking to [person 2 whose dog or ferret eats rabbits!  If this is the case start their conversation of with how well the roses smell this year.
  • It is considered bad form to have a guest inindated with people
  • Stear away from closed subjects i.e. wanting to know personal things about what ever.
  • When your guest is plesently conversing with another person move onto another guest or person who is not in conversation.
  • The Hostesses role is welcome, greet and keep the conversations going.  So the Hostess will be on the look out for people standing back and not for some reason participating.  There may be a very good reason for non participation.  The reason may be as simple as needing to know where the bathroom / toilet is or they have a spider phobia and theres a spider on the wall.
  • After the event or when the guest must leave the Hostess is there at the door thanking the Guest / visitors for coming.  Gently reminding them that the next time we meet they are welcome to come again to.
  • Before the week is out after the activity /event the Hostess has made sure that special Guests have been posted a personal  thank you letter.
  • All sub-committee members and general visitors receive a acknowledgement of their attendance and help.

Meeting and Greeting:

  • We use the Left Hand of Friendship for shaking hands with people.  The Left Handshake is common the World over for people who are currently or have been in either the Boy Scout or the W.A.G.G.G.S. [World Organisation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts] Organisations .
  • We offer a smile to the recipient of our greeting.
  • In most of Australia people glance into the other persons eyes upon greeting and communicating with them.  This shows trust and respect.  Looking too long though is considered intrusive while  looking away is taken as bad manners.

Circular Discussions

  • When in the circle of conversation [ Brownie Guides called this the Pow Wow circle] conversation flows to the Left.
  • Unless other wise indicated by the Leader of the conversation everyone ways for the speaking turn. Thus, upthrust hands waving urgently in the air and pained expressions on the face tend to be ignored [toilet needs exempt].
  • If there is nothing you want to say… or you cannot immediately remember what is was, you are given time [five counts by the Leader] to sort thoughts and begin to voice your suggestion or opinion.
  • The wasting of time and other mucking around that draws attention to one person [herself] is counted out  and everyone moves onto what the next Guide has to express.
  • Once the circle of conversational input is complete the it is up to the Leader to either left the conversation go around again or ask individuals in a random order.
  • Random order lefts the Guides have only one more say on the topic.

At the Table

  • The Leader then sums up the topic of conversation for all the Guides to hear.
  • When preparing to eat the food is placed on the table with the left hand.
  • Grace is ‘said’ before the food is touched.
  • Grace may be said/ sung / acted for all by the Leader or the Leader may allocate someone else the responsiblity.
  • The Grace said will not offend anyone of other cultures who is sitting at the table.
  • Should you not want to participate in the Grace you may observe silently, or to bow one’s head.
  • No one begins eating until the Leader in Charge  / hostess if away from meeting  is seated and has taken the first bite.
  • Items on the table get passed to the left which is why there is more than one butter dish, jug of water,salt and pepper or tomato sauce container.
  • At the table empty plates / cups/cutlery  are gathers up from a Guides right side.
  • When sitting arrangement have people sitting on the ground / floor then when the Guide is  finished with the plates the plates / cup / cutlery is placed from our right around our back and onto the Ground.  This allows for ease of removal by the meal waitresses.
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