Don’t know how to tie your Guide uniform scarf? Check out this handy step by step guide from the Singapore Girl Guides website using the method of tying a reef/square knot.
Step 1: Fold scarf a third of the way. Continue to fold/roll long edge over.
Step 2: Place long edge around neck and tie a reef (or square) knot.
Step 3: Adjust scarf so that it is neat and tidy on both the front and back
That’s right, the World Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) will be held in Hong Kong next year. There will be an oppurtunity for our unit to make little souvenirs to give to visiting delegates and to meet Guiders (leaders) from units around the world. An awesome opportunity to meet our Guiding sisters from around the world and learn from each other. Watch this website for more information as it comes.
WAGGGS 35th World Conference in Hong Kong – the logo says it all!
Camping with Guides – building skills and relationships
As a leader I appreciate the chance to get the know the girls better on camp over a longer period than our regular meetings. I can see how much they learn and gain by coming on camp. It is so rewarding to see the big smiles on the faces of girls who’ve tried something for the first time and mastered it – whether that’s using a knife, preparing a three course meal for their patrol, washing and drying dishes (in Hong Kong the Helper or maid normally does this), tying and crossing a rope bridge, navigating from a map or sleeping in a tent. This is a huge confidence boost.
I had to post the quote below here as it is so true of what the girls gain when they come on a Guide Camp. I found it at this lovely Girl Scouting blog from this post.
“I think camp is just as valuable to today’s young women as the girls of yesteryear. Maybe even more so, as camp provides a safe haven away from the noise of today’s world – a place to develop valuable skills without pressure or analysis.
Hidden amongst the lanyards and S’mores and campfire songs, I feel girls gain so much more:
- Planning and organization skills, the type that can only be gained through the existence of natural consequences. Just ask any girl who forgot to bring her spoon or her poncho (she’ll be easy to spot – she’s the one wearing a leftover garbage bag.)
- Teamwork and accountability. Just ask any girl who dropped the ball with her kapers and got stuck cleaning the bathroom.
- Independence. Just ask any girl who’s suffered through waves of homesickness and ended the week smiling.
- Willingness to learn. Just ask any girl who has picked up a bow and arrow or hopped on a horse.
- Patience. Just ask any girl who had to get up for 3rd time in a night to go to the bathroom with a buddy.
- Communication skills. Just ask any girl who’s shared a canoe or served as an aide.
- Problem-solving. Just ask any girl who’s navigated her way along a trail or negotiated a cease-fire between two friends.
- Confidence. Just ask any girl who’s tackled the ropes course.
- Courage. Just ask any girl who confronted a fear at camp, whether it’s handling a pocketknife or braving a thunderstorm.
Maybe it’s just me – but that list reads like the job requirements for today and tomorrow’s leader.
We can talk about self-esteem until we’re blue in the face – or we can actually set up the building blocks for a healthy self-esteem.”
So what are you waiting for? Join Girl Guides and come on camp!
We made the Outstanding Unit Award list!!
Of course, we already knew we are awesome, but it is nice to have official recognition (and a badge to wear on our uniforms for the coming year!) Well done everyone at 64EK Co.!!
We’ve started back for a new year of Guiding! We’ve lost a few girls and we’ve gained a few. Welcome to the new Guides! – 3 flew up from Brownies and 3 were friends of existing Guides.
On the first night, we had a new flying up ceremony to last time: This time the girls walked around the Brownie Ring saying goodbye, then received their wings from Brown Owl. They then flew around the Ring, over to the Guide Horseshoe, around the Horseshoe, and fitted into gaps left for them in the Horseshoe.
Plans for this term: camp!, adventure, make a cutlery holder, bring a friend night, games, (maybe) tie-dying, Senior Guides as Junior Leaders, a sleepover, Promise and Law games, team building, fun, cycling, Christmas party, etc…
Our Division Camp is in October. The theme is movies, so it will be glamorous fun on the ‘red carpet’! Stay tuned for updates!
New Guide ready for adventure! (source: Girl Guides of Canada)
We survived another year of Guiding – yay! We achieved a number of badges, went on fun outings, learnt new stuff, met new people, learnt things about ourselves, camped indoors & out, and most importantly – we had a great time doing it!
Congratulations to Eve and Agnese who got their World Guiding Knowledge collective emblem!! This emblem requires 5 particular interest badges and is compulsory for the highest award in Hong Kong Guiding – the Chief Commissioners Award. Well done girls!!
World Guiding Knowledge Emblem
We finished the term with a water fight followed by a campfire with s’mores. The thunderstorm even held off, so we stayed dry (apart from the water fight, of course!).
Hope to see everyone back in September. Have a great summer break!