Category Archives: Awesome Activities

Looking for some meeting ideas? Perhaps something tried and tested, or something a little more innovative? Our “Awesome Activities” highlight blog posts sharing how-to instructions or feedback and suggestions when doing a specific activity in a Unit.

Remembering Beyond Remembrance Day

On April 9, Canadians will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. Guider Michelle writes how inviting a woman from the Canadian Forces helped her Guides explore their own leadership skills and the achievements of those who … Continue reading

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A positive egg-sperience in responsibility

Warning: Some eggs may have been cuddled in the making of this post The theme for one of our recent unit meetings was understanding responsibility. The girls brainstormed ways to be responsible in Guides, create kit lists and set goals for … Continue reading

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Work hard. Be kind. That is all.

“You’re not good enough.” “You don’t try hard enough.” “You don’t fit in.” These are messages that girls hear not only from society, but often from each other and themselves as well. I volunteer with a Guide and Pathfinder unit … Continue reading

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Spicing up the program

At a recent unit meeting, we tapped into our Guides’ creativity by having them design and market their own potato chip flavours. I made a trip to the store to buy all the spices and flavourings and went a little … Continue reading

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Boo! Cooking for a cause

Iron Chef is West Coast Area’s annual Halloween-themed outdoor cooking competition for Pathfinders, Rangers and adults. The 1st Burnaby Lakes Pathfinders have been attending the competition for the past five years and every year they have a blast! The girls … Continue reading

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Welcome to Canada – we hope you like it here!

At the recent Burnaby Mountain District camp, girls had a great time all weekend with the theme “Camp Flower Power.” Activities were designed, where possible, to fit around the concepts of peace and love. This didn’t only involve tie dye … Continue reading

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Guiding Our Way Through A Wedding

Midnight. The night before camp. My fiance is sitting on the couch cutting out tiny white felt circles with child-size scissors. He loads the vehicle for camp, videotapes our enrollment, and has his own special name-tag that says “Mr. Sparkles” … Continue reading

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Marching with pride

Being a member of Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada has always been an influential and positive experience for me. But I never realized just how proud I was to be a member of such an incredible organization until I … Continue reading

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Helping the Bees

Earlier this spring, the 2nd Cedar Park Guides in Quebec took an environmentally friendly action for the 3rd years to complete their Lady Baden-Powell Challenge and to help the bees. They also invited the 3rd Cedar Park Brownies to partake … Continue reading

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Little Free Brownie Library

The current National Service Project: Words in Action has been well-enjoyed by our unit! In its first year (2015), our unit held a book swap which resulted in a donation of 325 books to our city’s library. This year, we … Continue reading

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A Sparks outing to Fire Hall #6

This week, girls from the 1st Burnaby Mountain Sparks had a very exciting visit to Burnaby Fire Hall No. 6 — a little bit more exciting than they had hoped! Every time Guiders book this outing they are warned that … Continue reading

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Reflecting on positivity

Our unit is just starting the Key to Me, and being the end of the year I really wanted to find something special for our girls to do. I knew it was recently Mental Health Week in Canada, and there … Continue reading

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Avoiding checking out too soon

If you’re like me, you may have noticed the girls in your unit have had a little more trouble sitting still lately. Maybe they’re just a little more chatty than normal. You may have even had to remind yourself to … Continue reading

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A Very Royal Correspondence

Earlier this spring, Sparks in Regina packed their sleeping bags for a night at Regina’s Guide building. But this wasn’t just any sleepover – it was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Pax Lodge, one of the World Association … Continue reading

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Guides learn the nuts and bolts of auto mechanics

This year, our programming has been focused on trying new things. Our unit brainstormed ideas of things that girls should know how to do but might not traditionally learn. Most of the girls had participated in a tool or building … Continue reading

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Words in Action: It’s more than just collecting book donations

When we started off the 2015-2016 Guiding year, we asked our Guides what they thought Guiding was about and what they wanted to focus on this year. To our surprise, the number one answer (tied with camping) was community service. … Continue reading

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Rangers Take On Taxes

I’ve been working with teenage girls for over 20 years, the last four years with Rangers. In all that time, I thought I’d done it all, so I was not at all prepared when this year’s Ranger group started planning … Continue reading

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A Silent Meeting

We loved this post by guest blogger and Guider Melissa and wanted to share it again as a great anytime, anywhere activity to try with girls. —————————————————————— One meeting a year in our Brownie Unit, there is no singing. There … Continue reading

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Guiders like to play, too

Guiding encourages girls to try new things, learn through playing, and to challenge themselves, all while earning badges along the way. You can tell a unit meeting is going well by the sound of fun, the sound of laughter and … Continue reading

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The un-meeting or…. what to do when your plans don’t go the way you planned

One of my favourite meetings unfolded in a most unlikely way. It was a bridging evening for our multi-branch unit in early spring. The third-year Guides were with the Pathfinders, and the Sparks, Brownies and remaining Guides were going to … Continue reading

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Taking action for refugees… and a better world

In recent months, Canadians have proudly opened their arms to welcome newly arrived refugees – and Girl Guides are no exception. Today’s post shares how one Quebec unit learned about the lives of Syrian girls while collecting clothing and other … Continue reading

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Kayaking. Indoors. In the winter.

Kayaking lessons may not seem like the most obvious kind of activity to do in the grips of a Canadian winter. But for a group of eager Girl Guides and some anxious parents, it was the perfect way to learn … Continue reading

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When compliments are contagious

Like most great things, it happened as an accident. The craft group wasn’t quite done and the Guides I was working with couldn’t handle another running game. So we sat in a circle and caught our breath. “I have an … Continue reading

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The ABCs of making a difference

Today is Family Literacy Day! Find out how one Ranger is getting the word out about the importance of literacy. If you’re like me, you’re probably constantly looking for a way to make a difference. After learning statistics on poverty … Continue reading

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This is what Link looks like

What happens when Link members get together for the Young Guiders’ Retreat in  Nova Scotia? See for yourself! We didn’t all know each other when we arrived… Brownie-Ranger Guiders, DCs, former DPC, NS Arts Advisor, National Link Liaison… Lots of … Continue reading

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Touching Hearts – Valentines for Vets

Break out the markers and the red and pink construction paper! Valentine’s Day is just over a month away and it’s a great time to plan a Valentines for Vets activity with your unit. This Veterans Affairs Canada program distributes personal … Continue reading

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Hats’ off!

Girl Guides definitely love to show-off their Guiding style. When we asked members to post photos of their Trefoil toques on our Facebook page, we were blown away  by their yarn-tastic enthusiasm. Here’s a sample of our members’ knitting awesomeness: … Continue reading

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Opening the vaults: How Girl Guides Contributed to War Efforts

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Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) members made significant contributions to Canada’s war efforts during the twentieth century. Our national archives collection offers a glimpse into how Girl Guides demonstrated bravery, ingenuity and selflessness during our nation’s most difficult … Continue reading

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Dear Lego….

When we heard how the 70th Toronto Guides celebrated International Day of the Girl (October 11), we had to share their story with you: We shared with the girls the story of a female scientist who asked Lego to create … Continue reading

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Saying ‘Welcome’ and ‘Bonjour’ with a postcard

A few years ago, I decided to start sending out mail to my Brownies and Guides at the beginning of August in preparation for the next Guiding year. There were many reasons that led me to come up with this … Continue reading

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We can be the change

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  With this statement as a foundation, we challenged our Guides to have the courage to speak out and take action on important issues to make the … Continue reading

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Spreading the word – and the fun of Guiding – over the summer

Summertime is a quieter season after a long Guiding year (whew!) but our area is taking advantage of tons of opportunities to have fun in the sun while expanding our programs to reach thousands more girls and women. West Coast … Continue reading

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The Link Summer Challenge

At the start of June, the Link Challenge was launched for Link members to complete over the course of the summer. The challenge’s theme is staycation and asks members to explore their community and connect with each other. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Are you a Swap-a-holic, too?

We know our members are a little, ahem, ga-ga for swapping. As many Girl Guides gear up for summer camp, we’re re-posting one Guider’s confession.   Hat crafts. Traders. Swaps. You can call them whatever you want. I call them … Continue reading

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What girls can learn from puppets

The great thing about Guiding is that anything is possible in a unit meeting. For example, it turns out that puppetry is a great way to learn about the arts and the environment from a female entrepreneur right in our … Continue reading

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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – More than just a cleanup!

Bridging, having fun, exercising leadership, making a difference and making an impact are the outcomes of our neighbourhood units’ participation in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. In 2009, as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (Shoreline Cleanup) and Ottawa’s … Continue reading

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Engineering some excitement

“Hi I’m Rose and I’m a mechanical engineer, and my job is really cool!” That’s how I started every ‘Mission to Mars’ and ‘Don’t Wake Mom!’ workshop I facilitated this March for National Engineering Month 2015 – with the aim … Continue reading

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The votes are in: Alberta Girls’ Parliament for the win!

Alberta Girls’ Parliament (AGP) is an annual event for Girl Guides to flex their political muscles and develop their public speaking and debating skills – and have a lot of fun, too! The parliament is a hands-on way for girls … Continue reading

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Captivated by the Drum

The Ardrossan Alberta Sparks and Brownies had the amazing opportunity to participate in a group event that hosted one of Canada’s acclaimed speakers and First Nations grass dancers, Jason E. Skani. Growing up in what he calls “Cree Country” Alberta, … Continue reading

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Heritage and History Around Us

Sometimes you read through the badge requirements and find a badge that really “fits” your unit. This is what happened with my Guide unit when we worked on our Heritage badge. The Guide Heritage badge is generally about learning of … Continue reading

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Guiding the way to STEM

When I tell people that I am a Science Communication graduate student, I get many of the same questions as I get when I tell people that I am a Girl Guide leader: “What’s that?” “How is it relevant in … Continue reading

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Inviting Rangers to the conversation

In Quebec, one of our most anticipated Guiding events is the Guider Symposium in January. Adult members from all over Quebec gather in one place for a day of training, networking, and an all around great time. In the past, … Continue reading

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Girl Guides Make their Case

“All rise! Girl Guide Court of the Northwest Territories is now in session.” Those words opened one of the most unusual court sessions ever seen North of 60 — or maybe anywhere — as girls aged 9-11 were selected as … Continue reading

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Capturing Guiding in action

As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I take pictures of my girls so that one day they can look back at them and remember all the fun things that they did with their Guiding … Continue reading

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Girl Guide fun + chocolate = the perfect Valentine’s Day

The Quebec Chocolate Challenge! What’s more fun than making and eating chocolate? Sharing, of course! The 1st Valois Brownies created an event called “Chocolate Wonderland” to complete the Quebec Chocolate Challenge and in the spirit of sharing, invited the Valois Sparks in order … Continue reading

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Opening the vaults: The Maple Leaf Forever

On February 15, 1965, the maple leaf flag was first unfurled and raised across our country as our nation’s official flag. Designed by George Stanley, the beautiful red and white design  is based on the flag of the Royal Military … Continue reading

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Reading – a pastime, a passion, and a way to take action

Reading is one of my favourite things to do. I would probably say that I’m a bit of a fanatic about always having a hard-covered book to read. I have tried e-books (I commend everyone who can master that technology) … Continue reading

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Getting Dirty and Why it’s Important

Sure, we’re in the bone-cold middle of January, but who says you can’t daydream about spring and summer? Why not keep the winter blues away by working with your unit to plan a tree planting project for this spring or … Continue reading

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