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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.

June 1, 2010 Posted by | August, Find out, Food, Fun, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I GOTTA COLD

Patrol come tiptoeing out cautiously. Whatever is said is whispered loudly and passed down to the patrol second who replies and sends the whisper back up the line.

PATROL LEADER:    That’s where I saw the ghost.

SECOND:                      Where?

PATROL LEADER:      Near that tree.

SECOND:                      How big was it?

PATROL LEADER:      About three metres tall.

SECOND:                      How long ago?

PATROL LEADER:      Last year.

SECOND:                      Then why are we wispering?

PATROL LEADER:     Because I gotta cold. All run off chasing the patrol leader.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This is The day


This is the day,

This is the day

That the Lord hath made,

That the Lord hath made,

We will rejoice and be glad in it,

For this is the day that the Lord hath made

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day, this is the day,

That the Lord hath made.

May 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I remember when we would melt…

I remember when we used to go camping and we would melt mars bars and cream over the fire and then dip granny smith apples in it….. yummy!!!!!!!! I stil crave that some days. lol

This message is from Brooke.  Yes those Mars Bars and cream dipping days were good.  I’ll see if this time I can get photos of the mix… before it is all eaten. May be we can practice this one before hand!

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Rac Wac 2008

Late 2007 saw the guides plan there own Rac Wac [Race around Churchill/ Wheel and Churchill.]   They planned the route together.  One Guide stated she would like to organise some of the other Guides to help her over the end of Year brake from school.

Early the next year the menu was finaised as the guides wanted a BBQ at the end of the Rac Wac.  Parents were organised to follow everyone around the desired route.  Which was altered for some reaason known to the Guides themselves.

Half way round one Patrol was sat down and they had to explain to the Leaders and the Gipps Guide, what an asthma management plan was, what they should do to lessen the chance of an attach brought on by a sudden wind change in the early evening and when they would have to be responsible to phone an ambulance.  What the number of the Emergency services was and what to tell then.  With this breather done they procceded to walk to the BBQ a[and toilet] area.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Before overnight stays, camps or expeditions leaders need to

The format for preparing, going, returning and evaluating overnight stays to expeditions is constant.  The value of being constant being that of repetition.  Everyone knows what you are in need of, will offer you help and be able to help you out / direct you where to find what you are looking for. The Guides and Parents also recognise the power of duplication.  They too become familiar with their procedures and pre-camp agendas.  Therefore when undergoing training as adults they are familiar with the standards set and are comfortable emulating this Duty of Care level needed.

  1. Have appropriate paper work completed sighted and signed off by District Leader.
  2. Leader in Charge needs to be qualified
  3. Parents need to be informed
  4. Guides need to be fully registered
  5. Guides need training too
  6. A pre-camp list for the Guides needs to be sorted out well in advance.
  7. Any Medical needs and processes known.
  8. Risk analysis to be done.
  9. Emergency evacuation procedures and assembly areas known and sited.
  10. Guides need input to the planning
  11. Attendance list needs to be up to date and current.
  12. Allergies to be known.
  13. First Aid kit checked and if necessary updated.
  14. Book site.
  15. Cleaning and maintenance to be done.
  16. Menu chosen.
  17. Program to include wide games, campfire, Guides Own, free time, outdoor activities, camp jobs, patrol activities depending on time available.
  18. Ongoing preperations for evaluations to be written.
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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Making informed decisions on how to do the Centenary Challenge badge

  1. The Leaders received the Youth members copies of the Centenary Challenge badge book.
  2. Discussion on how, when and where the badge syllabus may take the leaders and the District was held.  The Leaders were willing to support the Guides to revitalize their Guide meeting times knowing that when the Youth members are really enjoying themselves they and their happy parents bring in more families and prospective Guides.
  3. Also the information of all challenges was to be written onto ‘ours2share.wordpress.com’ in order to keep all parents, team, Leaders and Guides informed. Thus for filling part of the District Upgrade.
  4. The following meeting was with the Guide Youth members themselves.  So as part of the program each Guide was given their complimentary copy of the Centenary Challenge book.
  5. A discussion was held with the Guides. The Leaders were excited to hear what the Guides wanted to do.
  6. Firstly what was the Centenary Challenge badge.  How did this badge come around.
  7. Then the levels of the Centenary Challenge were explained to the Guides.
  8. The decision to complete the Centenary Challenge Badge by working through various colors until first level was completed was a novel way sorting out the Programing. The Guides wanted these colors completed during the Guide programs, events, service and activities.
  9. What color came first is another decision made by the Guides.  It was also understood that sometimes the progressive pattern may be muddled up but each of the first level sections and questions would be incorporated.
  10. How would the knowledge gained from the Centenary Challenge Badge be implemented into the Guiding program by the Guides themselves?
  11. Once earned the Guides would know that they had challenged themselves in different ways.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem | , , | 3 Comments

Creating a Patrol Corner

Part of the overhanging mobile

While the Guides are learning about Patrols they are practising their Leadership skills. Although not all the Guides make it every night so quite often the others fill them in. So far this is where they are at.

Ready Set go

This how we play Kim's game

The Guides are creating their Patrol corner.  Learning how governance works, participating in creating their identity, and imprinting this identity on what they do and who they are.

First off came the getting to know one another, then the taking responsibility for your actions and recently the making of the patrols.  Then the choosing of Patrol Leaders and Seconders.  Learning and practising the listening to your Patrol members was an important issue.

Last night some of  the younger Patrol of Guides had arrived on time. A challenge was given to them.  Did they want to make a patrol Corner. Then make a Patrol Corner. Ahh Delegation is wonderful.So they got to work out where the Patrol Corner was to be. This reward was a decision made by the Leaders in recognition of these Guides arriving on time.

Keeping this corner clean and tidy is a Patrol responsibility. House keeping skills came into practice. While some of the Guides rolled up the carpet, others swept and then vaccumed the Patrol corner.

What furniture was to go where. Were they going to have flags there, which flags and where the flags would go.  What about utilizing one of the notice boards that was already on the wall.   While working on all this what was the World Guide Flag, and which of the three identifying unit flags they would rally under as a Patrol.

The area chosen is the furtherest away from both sets of exit doors, the kitchen and the heater, but next to the storage cupboards.  There was an old two meter bench thing with cupboard they asked for help to move to the other side of the Patrol corner. This has two shelve in hight but three spaces in length.

Okay, they took stuff from the cupboards and placed some things on the shelves.  The middle one being a combined area of stuff.  When the Guides were going through the storage cupboards they realised that there was heaps of stuff there.  Asking what they could take out we advised caution on quantity of ‘stuff” going on the benches.  Realising that all they had to do was ask and the key would be provided to open the storage cupboard the wooden shelves have a minimal amount of items on them.  things lie some jig-saw puzzles, pens, crayons, scrap paper.  Even pencil sharpners were found.

As Patrols they have Patrol books that they can record what they are doing in it.  These Patrol Books they used later with a Kim’s game that was played. There was a ‘weekly record book’ book from a few years back that one guide saw but I think it was put back into the cupboard.  When the guides are ready they will probably recycle or make their own ‘weekly’ record  book.

The tables have chairs there and now a table cloth on top. A new purple plastic one that covers both.  May have to purchase another couple for when more tables are used there though. But this decision will be there to make and to fund raise for.

The animal mobile that was made last year which is still hanging above the two tables ,  The combined choice is to leave it there.

Then they found out that there was an unlocked two shelve, glass cabinet, high up on the wall. From memory some of the ordinments that previous Guides have purchased are now in there.  They are dolphins swimming , a koala on a branch, a girl on a purple chair.

Yes to the notice board.  No to what was already there. When what was to go on the notice board was worked out a strong personality was over riding the others.  This was worked out with a Patrol Leader from one and a Patrol Second from another Patrol holding up posters and signs.  Where to best place these was decided by the others win the Patrols standing by the furtherest away from the notice board.

The establishment of this Patrol corner has been important in the practice of governance and having a voice in your Patrols Identity.

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Badges, Awards and more, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Governance, Leadership, Life skills gained, Stepping stones, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments