Camp Fire Song List

Does anyone know other great campfire songs that I could teach to my Brownies? I want to try to learn 3 new songs a month with them because I think that music is so important. It helps create a bond between the girls and memories that will last forever. When I think back on my camp trips, songs are the part I remember most clearly.

 

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And from a leader perspective, the more songs the girls know the better. It means you have more options to pull out of thin air to amuse everyone and keep them focused when you have 10 minutes to fill, or on a long hike or drive.

Brownies Song List

  1. Taps
  2. Fire’s burning
  3. On top of spaghetti
  4. I met a bear
  5. Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
  6. Land of the silver birch
  7. Home, home on the range
  8. Ging gang goolie
  9. Found a peanut
  10. Oh my darlin’ Clementine
  11. Black Socks
  12. Canada in my pocket
  13. This land is your land (Canadian)
  14. I’se the b’ye
  15. The more we get together
  16. The ants go marching
  17. There’s a hole at the bottom of the sea
  18. There’s a hole in my bucket
  19. Doin’ the Newfie stomp
  20. The cat came back
  21. Magdalena Hagdalena
  22. We’re all together again
  23. Oh! Susanna
  24. John Brown’s body
  25. Boogie woogie washing woman
  26. Thorn Rosa
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Brownie Law, Promise and Motto

The Promise

I promise to do my best,

To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.

I will take action for a better world

And respect the Brownie Law

 

Brownie Law

As a Brownie

I am honest and kind;

I help take care

Of the world around me

 

The Motto

Lend a Hand!

(on hand, through your right hand up into the air)

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Closing a Meeting

Here’s a tip for any new leaders!

When you close a meeting, you go through a closing ceremony.

It varies slightly between the different types of units (Sparks, Brownies, etc) but in general, you gather everyone in the unit around in a circle. The brownie ring (toadstool, flag, etc) should be at the centre, or whatever is sacred to your unit.

This is a great time to recap the night and ask the girls questions to help the evening’s activity or lesson to have a deeper meaning. You can talk about what is coming up in the next meeting or talk about reminders for upcoming trips, cookies, etc. If you have extra time, sing some songs! You can check out the start of my awesome song list here!

Finally, you sing the closing song.

For Brownies it is:

Oh Lord our God,

Thy children call.

Grant us Thy peace.

And bless us all.

Good niiiiigggghhhhhtttt.

Now run along home and jump into bed,

Say your prayers and don’t cover your head.

The very same thing I say unto you

Is you dream of me and I’ll dream of you.

Goodnight Brownies, EVERYWHERE! 

(Shout the last word and throw both hands up in to the air.) Other actions at end of post.

The other units sing a different song. I’m not too sure why Brownie units evolved to have their own special closing song that is unique to them. Maybe some of the more experienced guiders can fill us in on this? I have always heard this song referred to as “Taps”. Here are the lyrics.

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh.

Please remember, this is how we sing the songs where I am. I know that there are lots of slight (and sometimes significant) variations in other regions, so if things look slightly different from what you are used to, that is likely the reason.

Finally, at the very end of the meeting, we join hands with our arms crossed in front of us (Rhand on Lside and vice versa) and sing:

The squeeze is going around

The squeeze is going around

Let’s think of a good turn we can do

The squeeze is going around

During this, one leader starts the “squeeze” by squeezing one of the hands she holds. It keeps going around in a circle. We repeat this song as many times as necessary for it to go around once. Then a pre-selected leader (or Brownie!) yells stop once it starts the second pass. The girls are always super exited to be the one who is “it” at the end of the night. This person gets to do an extra good turn (our term for a good deed) and in our unit, we have them flush the toilets (because the girls always forget), check that the bathroom faucets are off, and turn off the lights in the bathroom.

And you’re done!

Don’t forget to monitor the girls leaving. It is your responsibility as a leader to make sure the right girls go home with the right parents!

*Actions for Closing Song*

Oh Lord our God, (no action)

Thy children call. (no action)

Grant us Thy peace. (no action)

And bless us all. (no action)

Good niiiiigggghhhhhtttt. (no action)

Now run along home and jump into bed, (run in place)

Say your prayers and don’t cover your head. (prayer sign with hands, then pull hood overhead)

The very same thing i say unto you (shake finger like someone is naughty)

Is you dream of me (put hands by one ear and tilt head like going to sleep)

and i’ll dream of you. (point with finger and do a circle around you to indicate you are talking to everyone)

Goodnight Brownies, EVERYWHERE! (shout last word and throw both hands in the air)

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What I Would Like to do at Brownies

Girls are supposed to have opportunities to help plan and run meetings in Girl Guides of Canada. The amount of responsibility starts very small, maybe 5% for Sparks, and increases to about 25-80% for Pathfinders but at any age, girls should have some say in the unit. This provides girls with the opportunity to actively participate, show leadership, and gain organization and planning skills. It also helps them to learn to set and reach personal and group goals.

With very young girls, such as Sparks or Brownies, the easiest ways to have them participate in the planning is to give them a little worksheet to fill out, and to offer them an A-B choice (we can do this or that).

I have included here a worksheet that I plan to give out to the girls in their Circle Groups at our very first meeting. This gives leaders feedback on what the girls liked in previous years and what they want to do in the future. It would also be a great idea to do again at the first meeting after Christmas break. It will help inform your program choices for the coming months!

What would I like to do at Brownies …

Name:

Somewhere I would like to go …

A badge I would like to earn …

A country I would like to know more about …

Something I would like to cook or bake …

Something I would like to know more about …

My favourite thing I have done at Brownies or Sparks …

I think I have attached this document to this post. Please feel free to download it and use in your own unit!

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Opening a Meeting

At the beginning of every Brownie meeting, girls and leaders stand in a large circle around the Brownie toadstool and flag. We begin by singing the opening song together:

Opening Song:

We’re the Brownies, here’s our aim,

Lend a hand and play the game.

We’re the Brownies, here’s our aim,

Lend a hand and play the game.

Then the girls skip around the centre set-up while singing their Circle songs (Fairies, then Pixies, etc). *songs at end of post if you need them

When every circle has taken their turn, everyone recites the Brownie Promise, Law and Motto together. This opening ceremony is something that the girls should all be striving to memorize.

The Promise

I promise to do my best,

To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.

I will take action for a better world

And respect the Brownie Law

 

Brownie Law

As a Brownie

I am honest and kind;

I help take care

Of the world around me

 

The Motto

Lend a Hand! 

(on hand, through your right hand up into the air)

Circle Songs:

Fairies:

We’re the fairies shining bright,

Trying hard to do what’s right.

Sprites:

Sprightly sprites we’re on our way

Play and laugh and help today.

Leprechauns:

Happy leprechauns are we,

Helping friends and family.

Gnomes:

Here you see the laughing Gnomes,

Helping others in their homes.

Elves:

This is what we do as elves,

Think of others not ourselves.

Kelpies:

We’re the happy, friendly kelpies,

Smart and quick and ready helpers.

Dryads:

Playful Dryads strong and true,

Nature’s friend in all we do.

Lares:

Now you watch the Lares working,

Playful, singing, never shirking.

Nymphs:

Nymphs love water bright and blue,

Smiling, playing, helping too.

Pixies:

Look! We are the jolly pixies,

Helping others when in fixes.

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Brownie Circles

 

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Need a little help setting up your group for next year? In Brownies, we use “Circles” to break the girls up into manageable teams. Circles can be used for activities and trips, but we mostly use them as a way to keep the girls busy at the start of each meeting, while waiting for everyone to arrive.

Each circle has a box of stickers, paper, colouring materials, etc. They are responsible for keeping their box orderly and putting it away each meeting. This is a good way to introduce responsibility and ownership of the unit to them. It also provides new and shy girls a way to make friends by providing them with time to meet with the same smaller group of girls each week, which is less overwhelming than facing the whole unit as one.

Every circle has a leader and a co-leader who are responsible for taking attendance for their group and then reporting that to the guider(s) for the night. We change leaders one or twice throughout the year. Everyone should get a chance over the course of the two years that they are in Brownies to serve in one of these roles. This gives you the opportunity to emphasize the qualities in a leader and remind them that they are not the boss of the other girls.

I favour circles that are 6 girls in size. There are a number of different circle names, each with their own emblem and song. You can pick your favourites and stick with them or rotate every year! Many of the badge emblems have been discontinued unfortunately, but I am hoping to find enough this year to give to the girls. I think it helps them to bond as a subgroup and helps assert their identifies.

 

 

**All copyright of the emblems belongs to GGC.

 

Fairies (example names – not real Brownies)

Circle Leader: Hannah

Co-Leader: Kandra

Members: Hannah, Kandra, Diane, Ewa, April, Jan

We’re the fairies shining bright,

Trying hard to do what’s right. 

(Each circle song is always repeated twice)

 

Sprites

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Sprightly sprites we’re on our way

Play and laugh and help today.

 

Leprechauns

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Happy leprechauns are we,

Helping friends and family.

 

Gnomes

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Here you see the laughing Gnomes,

Helping others in their homes.

 

Elves

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

This is what we do as elves,

Think of others not ourselves.

 

Kelpies

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

We’re the happy, friendly kelpies,

Smart and quick and ready helpers.

 

Now, for other circles that I am not currently using:

Dryad

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Playful Dryads strong and true,

Nature’s friend in all we do.

 

Lares

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Now you watch the Lares working,

Playful, singing, never shirking.

 

Nymphs

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Nymphs love water bright and blue,

Smiling, playing, helping too.

 

Pixies

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Look! We are the jolly pixies,

Helping others when in fixes.

 

I assign girls to their circles BEFORE the first meeting so that I can organize them quickly and easily when they arrive. To do this, I first assign all the second years to the circle groups and choose a Leader and Co-leader for each circle, from the second years. Then I assign the first years to the circle as well. Ideally, each circle has an even mix in ages.

In each box, you should have thrown in colouring sheets, etc before the first meeting of the year, and also include a notebook that is for the girls to track attendance. Make sure you get boxes that have secure lids on them and pre-label them or have a colour code system so the girls can tell which boxes belong to which group.

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First Post !

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog! I am going to write all about program ideas and resources for Guiders in the Girl Guides of Canada! I am a newish guider to a LARGE group of rambunctious Brownies (more than 30 girls). I have been in it for a year now and next year I am taking over as Treasurer, Cookie Orderer and “Head” Guider, as I am the only leader returning to the unit.

So a little about me:

I am a Guider in Ontario, with Girl Guides of Canada. What we do may look a little different if you are in a different province/territory or country but most of the program ideas should still be applicable. I will be going off of the new curriculum that is beginning in the 2018 guiding year. We are in the GTA. I don’t want to be more specific than that, but most daytrips and overnight trips I reference will be in driving distance from here.

I found when I started last year that there was A LOT I didn’t know. I feel that the training for guiders is less than impressive. There is lots of review of Safeguide but not very much in the way of organizing and running the meetings. I didn’t even know the Brownie Promise/Law or Circle Songs when I started! I didn’t grow up in GGC so I did not know anything.

The posts may be a little slow at first as we are entering the off season, but I want to create this resource to help other guiders who are new to come up with some excellent program ideas. I hope you will share your favourites in the comments section!!

Hopefully I will be able to write a post every week come September, as we get geared up for another exciting year.

I also will figure out how to upload documents that you can download to use for your units. Sharing is caring haha.

Please note, this blog is filled with my personal ideas and beliefs. It is not a reflection of the beliefs of GGC and is not officially affiliated with them in anyway.

Until next time!

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