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.

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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The More We Get Together…

I recently had the opportunity to attend Ontario Council’s Guide Super Program weekend in Toronto in my capacity as National Program Adviser.  My purpose in attending the event was two-fold: to see how Guiders and trainers are working with the … Continue reading

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Remembering our Guiding Roots on Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is not just an opportunity to talk about peace, or what soldiers did during the First and Second World Wars or Afghanistan – it can also be a great opportunity to introduce our girls to our Guiding roots. … Continue reading

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A Feast Fit for Zombies

Learning all about outdoor cooking doesn’t have to be boring! Mix together some creepy zombies, yummy food, and fun – it’s a great opportunity to engage older girls and practice important skills. Last weekend, West Coast Area hosted our annual … Continue reading

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Girls Count… It Makes ‘Cents’

Last spring Girl Guides of Canada together with TD Bank Group piloted a new financial literacy program, Girls Count. Stretching from coast to coast and from Sparks to Rangers, 35  units together with 53  TD employee volunteers presented the pilot … Continue reading

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Let them sing!

One of the highlights of Guiding for me as a youth was the feeling I got singing at a campfire.  Community or campfire singing lifts our emotions; it encourages a sense of inclusion and group spirit. I wanted to provide … Continue reading

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The stars are bright on the Guiding Walk of Fame!

What happens when a Guider sees a photo on Facebook of a Hollywood birthday party theme? She turns it into a Guiding advancement ceremony, of course! Since we all know that every girl in Guiding is a star, we decided … Continue reading

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Hammers + nails = awesome Spark bird houses

It may have been our noisiest meeting night ever, but it was likely the most fun for each of the Sparks. Eight dads and one mom were on hand as helpers for building our bird houses. A couple of dads … Continue reading

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Designing T-shirts

It’s finally – finally! – almost T-shirt weather across Canada. And while we know that nothing beats the Girl Guide uniform T or your favourite camp shirt, there’s something pretty awesome about girls designing their own T-shirts. As we head … Continue reading

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Guiding Underwater

Sitting around the dining room table at one of our weekly meetings before the end of summer last year, our Pathfinders were discussing all the things we wanted to do the following year. To me as a leader we had … Continue reading

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Say cheese! Setting up a Girl Guide photo booth

I often forget to take pictures at Guiding events. At our recent Olympic sleepover we chose the scrapbook option in the Quebec Spin Challenge and I set up a photo booth to make sure some pictures were taken. I’ve seen photo booths … Continue reading

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“Loom-y” for Girl Guide Cookies!

A lot of the kids I know are caught up in the loom bracelet craze. My daughter, her friends, the girls in our unit – all of them love making and trading them. So I thought:  “Why not combine two … Continue reading

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Why every Brownie unit should have a rubber chicken (or two)

Have you met our unit’s pals,  Mr. and Mrs. Chicken?   Here’s why we think you should have at least one rubber chicken in your unit kit, too: Chicken Games are Awesome!  Thank you Becky’s Guiding Resource.  Chickens can often … Continue reading

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How engineering could take you to Mars

March is National Engineering Month (NEM), which shines a spotlight on the role of engineering in society and (hopefully!) inspires future engineers to pursue engineering as a career path. As a soon-to-be mechanical engineering graduate at the University of Guelph, … Continue reading

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Beauty on a budget

For the past two years, the leaders of the 3rd Bowmanville Guide Unit have been teaching girls all about natural beauty on a budget. It’s important to us because our own children have gone away to college and one has … Continue reading

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Girlfriends Through Time: Bridging the Distance between Guiding Generations

This year, our unit was looking at new ways for doing things. As a multi-branch unit, some of our Guiders  have been with the unit (and in Guiding!) for many years, as have  a number of our girls.  After a … Continue reading

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We Can Make a Difference

A year and a half ago 1st Red Wing TREX signed up to take a humanitarian trip in 2014 through Me to We, an organization committed to social justice and empowering youth. Each month a different member of our unit … Continue reading

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We CAN Sing Challenge and Community Service Event

Being in Girl Guides allows us to work together as a team while planning a project that will bring about awareness for those who are less fortunate. Our We CAN Sing project was one of the ways that we as … Continue reading

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Our Guiding Tradition

Guides love crafts! So for their Christmas party, we decided to make a cute elf of felt and cardboard rolls.  I was new to this unit and checked that we had glue guns, but didn’t realize we were really short … Continue reading

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Guinness World Record Holders!

In August, members of Girl Guides New Brunswick-PEI gathered at Snider Mountain Ranch for Bridging Friends Forever 2013, a provincial all-ages camp. With a theme like Bridging Friends Forever, it seemed fitting to make an attempt to set the record … Continue reading

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Inspiring Teen Esteem

I have been involved in a workshop geared towards Grades 7 and 8 girls for the past three years that discusses topics directly linked to young girls’ self-esteem called Teen Esteem. The turnout is always impressive and the event can … Continue reading

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The More We Get Together…

In Guiding, we place a huge emphasis on teaching girls to communicate better. We play team-building games, talk about bullying and healthy communication, and encourage girls to express their own opinions. So, my question today is: Why, as leaders and … Continue reading

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2013 Photo Contest Winners

The Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC) is very happy to share the winners of the 2013 annual photo contest.   The judges were impressed by all 350 entries from members across Canada and had the difficult task of selecting only … Continue reading

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Ideas Worth Sharing

First off, a confession: I’ve loved TED for a long time. I’ve watched in my car and on my computer. Who’s TED, you ask? TED is a what, not a who – it is a conference; an acronym for: Technology … Continue reading

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The Promise Bunting Relay Race

The activity has been modified for Girl Guides of Canada. It was originally posted on  Guider Snowflake’s blog. ——————————————————————————————- I can’t really claim the credit for this activity — it is a variation on an activity featured in Guiding UK magazine. However, every … Continue reading

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Girl-Centred Planning

“I wish we could pick berries or go to the apple orchard.” “I would like to have a haunted house.” “Let’s visit the Sparks again!” “We should plant seeds in an egg carton.” “I wish we could have an extra … Continue reading

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Swinging along the road…

I’ve done a lot of hiking over the last few months – some with our unit, and some with my family.  I’m always a little surprised when people express shock that I would even CONSIDER hiking with children, especially Sparks.  … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Adopt a District: Twinning Challenge

The Guiding season is about to start up again. Looking for an interesting challenge to do with your unit? Here’s a guest blog post by Guider Shannon and her experience doing the Twinning Challenge. This is part of our Flashback … Continue reading

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Inspiration to Guiding: Following in the Footsteps of a Canadian Heroine

Flashback to 1813 On the evening of June 21, 1813, American soldiers knocked on the door of the Secord home in Queenston, Ontario, demanding food.  As they ate, Laura Secord overheard their plans to attack the British and Canadian forces … Continue reading

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Being Creative in More Ways than One

For the last few years the Winnipeg Grand Pines Area has supported a unit in a Manitoba Housing Complex.  They met once a week in the Woodydell Family Resource Centre, but it was always very stressful on the Area’s resources, … Continue reading

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Flasback Friday : Bandanas and Things I Have Learned About Them

This post is part of our Flashback Friday blog post series for the summer months. Enjoy: ——————————————– This post was originally shared on Guider Kaarina’s blog Guider Sunshine. Thank you Kaarina for allowing us to share this awesome idea! ——————————————– Our Ranger helper … Continue reading

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Things get EXPLOSIVE at Girl Guides!!

On a dreary Tuesday April night, 2nd Eastern Passage Girl Guides were having a BLAST! The girls were the first ever Girl Guide Group to go on a tour of the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford. They got a … Continue reading

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Flashback Fridays: Bumbling [Brownie] Badges

This post is part of our Flashback Friday blog post series for the summer months. Enjoy: ————————————————————————- Badges can be the bane of a Guider’s existence, can’t they? Although they provide satisfaction and joy, they are small and easily lost. … Continue reading

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Friendship Bracelets: World Record Attempt

Girl Guides – New Brunswick Council is hosting an all branches provincial camp this summer called Bridging Friends Forever (BFF).  Some people go to the beach or visit Paris on vacation … but lots of fantastic women (a lot of … Continue reading

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Getting Dirty and Why it’s Important

At the beginning of this Guiding year, we sat in our Brownie ring and talked about community service.  We all agreed that community service should be one of our themes for the year.  The girls came up with ways that … Continue reading

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The Longest Play Day

June 21st in Canada is the day with the most daylight hours of the year! Here’s what  ParticipAction’s had to say on their blog about this special opportunity to get out and play! —————————– As a child who loved to … Continue reading

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In Defence of Crafts

A few weeks ago one of my fellow Guiders was telling me about her latest Guide meeting.  One comment struck a particular chord:  “Last [night] one of my Guides was stressed that she hadn’t finished her craft. When I offered … Continue reading

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