*We always start with an active game to try to run out some of the girls’ energy. It usually leads to better listening later in the evening.
Girls do attendance
This week we have new circle bins (our old ones broke), so present those and let them switch out their goodies
Give the girls books about service projects and tell them to pick one they would like to do this year (1 pick per circle)
*We picked out two books for each circle to look at from the local library and were able to get two copies of most of the books. This is building on what we learned last week during our visit to the Municipal Office.
Book 1: The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara A. Lewis
Book 2: Pay it Forward Kids by Nancy Runstedler
Book 3: Our Heroes by Janet Wilson
Book 4: Be the Change in Your Community by Megan Kopp
Opening Ceremony / Big Circle Time
3 presentations while in big circle (2 girls for girlfriends through the ages and 1 for be a chef)
Ask if anyone else has “badgework” to turn in. Encourage them to bring back their girlfriends through the ages sheet next week (we handed this out before Thanksgiving)
Circle Leader from each circle gives presentation on the service project their circle picked
Hand out voter ballots and pens and have each girl vote. Winner to be announced at end of the meeting (we were lucky that the Township Office photocopied real voter ballots for use during this activity, free of charge!)
Tell the girls that we sold 20 cases of cookies at our cookie sales on the weekend. Congratulate all the girls for their hard work so far this year
Read these books: Start Little: Think Big, Vote Little; Barbie: I Can Be President
Snowy Owl explains the craft and why we are making these invitations
Craft Time: We are making invitations for friends. Two weeks from now, at our October 30th meeting, we will be having a Halloween Party / Bring a friend to Brownies night. I will post this craft separately after our meeting. Right now, I don’t know what Snowy has dreamed up!
Games: Wheelbarrel race (pair up); Red Light Green Light
Song: We are learning some songs from different regions as part of the Sing Ontario Sing Challenge of 2019-2020. This week we are going to learn an American Girl Scouts Song, Make New Friends.
Make New Friends
Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.
A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.
A fire burns bright,
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.
You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.
Silver is precious,
Gold is too.
I am precious,
and so are you.
You help me,
and I’ll help you
we will see it through.
The sky is blue
The Earth is green
I can help
to keep it clean
Across the land
Across the sea
We will always be
Today was my first ever cookie days in Canada event and it went So. Well. !!!
We sold 16 cases in 4 hours. I have no idea how that compares to other units’ sales, but I was super proud of my girls. They completely embraced sales and remembered their manners. They also handled most of the money, with supervision of course. But there were very few instances where I had to correct the amount of change they were going to give someone.
The girls were so excited to be there selling and had great attitudes, even when people didn’t want to buy any cookies. I was also overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. People were so kind, and there were many who told us to keep the change, or who made a small donation when they didn’t want to purchase cookies.
This was my packing list of what to what to bring:
cases of cookies
cashbox (we didn’t have one and used some tubberware instead)
water bottles / juice boxes
swag, to give to kids and parents of kids
The sway I ordered in August from girl guides. The are promotional materials, including stickers, magnets, bookmarks, “cootie catchers”, pencils and pins. There were also pamphlets advertising girl guides that we gave out to parents of girls. Gotta rep that brand!
The posters I made for our girls got some smiles and chuckles:
Even though we were inside the double sliding doors at the front of our local Walmart, it got very chilly! I never took off my coat and still came home for a hot bubble bath. Glad it isn’t truly cold out yet! But the weather is definitely a good motivator to get those cookies sold fast.
The float consisted of one roll each of loonies and toonies ($75), a twenty, some tens and a bunch of fives. It ended up working out to $195.00. This was proficient and we probably didn’t even need the coins.
There are so many potential badges that the girls can earn. So many games and songs and activities and challenges. So many service projects. And so many cases of cookies to sell.
I feel like there isn’t enough time to do half of it! One of my other leaders was saying the same thing earlier this week. I guess we think alike! We both wish that Brownie meetings were 2 hours instead of 90 minutes. The poor parents were waiting the last two weeks because we were still doing our craft (usually our last activity due to the mess factor) when it was closing time!
Now I do programming for ages 0-99 at work, so this type of thing comes fairly naturally to me at this point. But I could easily have my unit for 2 hours twice a week and still never have to go searching for ideas.
We have things to do, people to see and places to go …
Anyone else out there who feels overwhelmed by the sheer mass of opportunities?!
Well, the municipal election is coming up later this month in Ontario so we are going to talk about local governments.
How they get elected … who is elected … what functions it fulfills …
And what better way to do this then by taking a tour of our local municipal office with the clerk’s department!
I love nights like this, because leaders basically just show up to supervise the girls. The clerks are going to be preparing all of the programming for our Brownies. We will carry this theme into next week to help the night to have more meaning, but basically – I get this week off!
Well timed, since we celebrated Thanksgiving at my house today.
I’m not sure exactly what badge this is going to contribute to yet. I need to sit down and really look at the book, but if you happen to know, comment below!
I mentioned in my recent post, Week 4 Meeting Plan, that I would explain the craft in a separate posting. Well, this week we are doing two crafts so I guess that means I am writing two posts! One craft is very small and the other much more time consuming. It also requires more prep work from the adult, so I will post it first.
The more intricate and detailed craft. Definitely a test of patience.
I got this idea from a blog website called Fun A Day to allow the kids to make a corn mosaic that they can show off to their families for Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to get too into traditional crafts that schools and families do this time of year. I was really hoping to find something more unique that children don’t repeat year after year for the holidays. Using corn as a medium to create seems close enough to the origins of the Thanksgiving feast, while still offering something new (I hope!) to the crafting perspective.
Thankfully, corn kernels are super cheap at Walmart and the paper, (liquid) white glue and dye were already in our stores.
mixing bowls or pots
protective gloves (optional)
old towels or paper towels
thick paper (cardstock, etc)
white glue (liquid, not gluesticks)
In order to die the corn, I filled several large mixing bowls with water, 1-2 tablespoons of food colouring and several tablespoons of vinegar (adjust based on the size of your bowl). Stir to mix the colour in. I then added 475 ml (~2 cups) of corn to each. Make sure that the water covers the corn. Allow to sit overnight, or for 24 hours if you can.
*Note: If you use plastic bowls, they will probably stain from the food colouring.
After the kernels have taken on the proper colour, pour out the excess liquid as best you can and then remove with a slotted spoon. I laid down wax paper to protect the counter and then put down old towels for the corn to dry on. You could use paper towel instead if you really care about your towels, but you will go through a lot of it!
I am very happy with how the red and orange ones turned out. The green and blue didn’t dye as well, even though I followed the same recipe, and even added extra dye and vinegar for the last few hours of soaking. I am also going to try making some purple overnight … I just ran out of bowls and counter space yesterday.
Below, there are a couple of gorgeous mosaics from the Fun A Day post. I am purposely not making an example, because I don’t want the girls to copy it. I would much rather they craft with free expression, which is so much harder after they have seen an example.
Let me know in the comments if you tried this craft, or if you have done something similar. I hope that it goes well for you. If you have an easier time dying than I did, please send me some tips for my next attempt!
Girl Guides of Canada and Girl Scouts of America both offer a badge to members for participating in a Pen Pal program. We decided to partner up this year with two units in the United States that we could exchange letters with.
WAGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) heavily encourages the use of Pen Pals as a way to participate in World Thinking Day each year. They have a website called GLOW that leaders can make an account on and meet up with other leaders around the world who are also searching for a unit to exchange letters with. This is how I found the two units in USA for my girls to write (they are smaller units and together make up enough numbers to match my 1 unit).
It was much easier to facilitate this exchange than I had expected. Both of the American units agreed to send us the first letter, and then we will write back when we receive them. As a part of this process, we will also do some small gift exchanges throughout the year, and send holiday postcards.
I would highly recommend that you work with the leaders in the other unit to match up specific girls (ex, Kandra in my unit with Andrea in the other unit) and have those same girls always write to one another. Also, we are sending our letters in batches. This way all the girls get letters and write back on the same night. As the facilitating leader, I send and receive all letters in one large envelope using my personal address; the leader at the other end does the same.
Additionally, make sure you read the letters your guides/scouts have written to make sure there is nothing too personal in there and that it is appropriate. You also want to make sure that they are responding to specific questions that were posed to them in the letter and asking some of their own. You will probably have to do a lesson on how to write a letter at the beginning of the program and at the start of each letter-writing session.
We are going to expand upon this program slightly, but introducing limited calligraphy. Learning to write in calligraphy is one of the ways to earn a Super Crafts badge in Brownies. Although the letters themselves will be printed, I want to teach the girls how to write their names and the name of their partner in calligraphy, and perhaps the salutations as well.
The most difficult aspect of everything so far has been purchasing reasonably priced and cute stationary! I didn’t want to use regular lined notebook paper, but I also want the stationary to be lined because second and third graders … need I say more?
Walmart, Dollorama and Amazon Canada have all let me down. Staples does have cute stationary so I guess I will be shopping there. I am going to try using a ruler to draw the lines on one paper, using that as a master, and then photocopying the lines onto the other pages … we’ll see how this goes.
I have also found some websites that allow you to download stationary to PDF and then print them on regular white paper. I’m going to try this first because it seems soooo much easier, but I want it to be quality too. Le sigh.