It’s that time of year when we write letters telling loved ones what we’ve been up to through the year. I thought I’d write to you to let you know what we got up to this past term. Scroll to the bottom for a challenge for the Guides.
This past term has been a bit different as we have worked through the global Guiding badge called Free Being Me that promotes positive body image – very important with the amount of advertising we are bombarded with every day. We talked about the way people are ‘photoshopped’ in advertising and how it’s impossible to look like the ‘perfect girl’ without surgery. We discussed things to say when others at school make ‘body talk’ comments and how to focus on what people are good at rather than what they look like. The programme was very full-on and some sessions we did over 2 nights to allow more time for discussion e.g. when does a compliment become ‘body talk’ and what characteristics make people more likable (compared with those who make negative comments about others). My favourite quote came from one of the Senior Guides: “If you don’t have a thigh gap, then you’re one step closer to being a mermaid.” – Love it – I might be a mermaid in the making!!
Free Being Me badge for on the back of the uniform sash
We had a great Harry Potter themed camp at the invitation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Hong Kong branch under [Guider in Charge] Headmistress Professor Mumblemoor. Guides were ‘pupils’ on a Hogwarts Special Overnight Camp where they made magical pouches, drew their Patronus, searched for Scabbers the rat that Ron lost on site, played quidditch, spotted magical creatures, and earned their wands. Highlights were searching for Scabbers and playing quidditch. Popular suggestions for next time – longer camp and more Scabbers to find!
The Hogwarts Special Overnight Camp scroll that was delivered by owl overnight. Also showing beaded charm (a reward for finding Scabbers) and my patronus badge
Our new patrol leaders have started to grow into their leadership roles and are starting to take care of the younger Guides and lead activities (such as the patrol cooking at camp). We had 3 Senior Guides (girls who’ve been in Guides at least one year and are 13 years or older – though the exact requirements change to suit the girls in the unit each term and depending on whether the older girls are patrol leaders or not). The Senior Guides have run games, helped prepare hot chocolate for the unit, instructed patrol leaders and lead the younger Guides through the Promise and Law. All great leadership roles that give them a little bit more responsibility and keep them engaged with Guiding. Sadly we have no Rangers in the English-speaking division, but new resources for Rangers are under development for Hong Kong and hopefully will also be printed in English to give us the option of English-speaking Rangers units.
New Guide ready for adventure! (image source: Girl Guides of Canada)
Earlier in the term we went kayaking at the HKGGA venue near Plover Cove. A great day out paddling and playing games. The Guide’s highlights were capsizing (!) and seeing a jellyfish.
Jellyfish similar to one spotted ‘swimming’ under our kayaks! [Must scan in and post our Guider’s watercolour ‘artist’s impression’ of the jellyfish]
As the school term finishes and we take a break for a month, I will leave the Guides with the following Christmas challenge:
Your mission, should you choose to accept it…
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to select an interest badge to complete before Thinking Day (22nd Feb). You may wish to complete the Hiker badge you started last year [hint: use these links!!], you may choose to approach your teacher to assess you for a badge such as Language, Computer, Singer, Piano, etc. Or you may choose to complete your badge over the Christmas holiday break – good ones are: Traveller, Writer, and Reader. Badge requirements may be found here: http://www.hkgga.org.hk under Girl Guide Members / Guide / Badges System. Good luck. Finally, remember our motto, ‘Be Prepared’ and you will not self destruct in life.
Guider in Charge