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I sat in on a training today and the group shared some really neat active games.

  1. Bob the Weasel (Video explains it all). This was hilarious. Great for small spaces.weasel Active without running. You need a small toy representing Bob; and someone who knows the song. Our only concern with this game is that the person in the middle might feel laughed at or frustrated. Limit guesses to three. And you’ll be singing Bob the weasel hours after the game ends.
  2. Body Parts (Huckle Buckle) – this was fun. You need a big space and to make sure the girls don’t run into each other. There is a big risk of heads getting banged so explain the game well and pay attention to what is going on.
  3. Tic Tac Toe (Video explains it all). This is a very active game. Needs some strategic thinking and fast running. The parts of the team who are waiting back in the group may get bored. You need a grid of some sort. Hula hoops is the suggestion, but I think masking tape would be good. You need six bean bags in two different colours.
  4. Minefield – not on the list of games today, but it showed up in a YouTube search and looks cool.
  5. Evolution (aka Transformation). The video has Egg, Chicken, Pterodactyl, Nerdy Human, Super cool human. I kind of object to the last two (as a nerd who will never be cool). We use egg, chicken, pterodactyl, and superhero.

 

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I don’t know the name of this game but one of my fellow Guiders noted that it was like musical chairs without the chairs. This is cool because we have no chairs at our meeting. I think Brownies would like it.

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We struggle with going over the rules at camp… they’re really boring. So Snowy Owl made up a Camp Rules Mad Lib and she is willing to share. Customize it for your own rules or use ours. Write them out on big chart paper for presenting to the girls. And just call me Brown Cheetah. =) Mad Lib instructions.

For another rule option, look at our Brown Owl’s Rules game (played like Captain’s Coming).

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Last night we tried the 4 corners game from the Brownie Promise and Law meeting. It was a hit! And now I want to have a few more in my pocket.

  • Spot the Dot (30 Second Edition) looks very cool. (From Becky’s Guiding Resource)
  • Four Corners (also Becky) – the Promise and Law meeting used the Brownie Law with Honest, Kind, Help and World as the four corners. This was a huge hit. So simple.
  • Evolution is always fun!

Are there any games that you play that you think we should add to our repertoire?

 

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We’re having a sleepover this week and the evening program is all about games (with a few crafts thrown in just in case).

We’ve got:

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When I first became a Guider, we had a leader named Barn Owl who often led a game called Romeo and Juliet. She left us after about a year, and I realized almost immediately that I didn’t know how to play it. And Google was frustratingly unhelpful. Tonight we had some Guide visitors who suggested Romeo and Juliet! Pirate Owl took notes while they played and we finally have it.

Romeo and Juliet

  • Needs a big space – girls in pairs (If you have an odd number, promote one girl to leader).
  • Girls line up opposite each other, prepared to run and meet in the middle to perform the call. Once judged,they run back to their original spots to do the next action.
  • Leaders – You need one caller.

Leader calls:

  • Romeo and Juliet!” – girls run to each other. One kneels in the “Marry Me” position (one knee on floor – one knee up). The other girl sits on the knee.
  • Horse and Rider” – one girl on hands and knees. One girl straddles her back as if riding.
  • Fountain” – Standing – one girl makes a circle with her hands and the other sticks her hands up through the loop as if hands are fountain water.
  • Spoons” – Pair stands back to back, elbows linked and rock forwards and back.

Elimination option – Last one to the line to get set up is out.

The girls think it is a funny game and I think it is great to get them to run.

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Getting a group to quiet down when you need to is tough and there are lots of ways to do it without losing your voice (or your mind).

  • Guiding has “the Hand” – a Guider puts her hand up and as people notice it, they put their hand up too and wait quietly for the leader to speak. Eventually, everyone is silent (but it is less effective with younger girls).
  • Schools use other methods like clapping … the leader claps a pattern and the girls are meant to repeat it twice.  OR the teacher says “hands on top” and the kids put their hands on their heads and reply… “that means stop.”
  • I’ve used “Brownies, Brownies, where are you?” and the girls respond with “Here we are, here we are, how do you do?”  Technically this is supposed to be reserved for Circle Time, but it works!

  • There’s always the option of a whistle – but that’s a desperation move for us. It should be reserved for emergencies.

This weekend, I had a chance to see how some other talented Guiders manage groups…

  1. Snowy Owl Danielle (aka Wicked) amazed me by getting 50 girls to shush in seconds at the beginning of a big campfire. She shouted WATERFALL! Everyone put their hands up over their heads and swept them down to the ground while saying “SHHHHHHHHHH” (like water). And we were quiet. It was magic!
  2. The next technique took a little longer and is sort of like “the Hand”.  The Guider who wants attention speaks in a normal voice.  “If you can hear me, touch your nose.” (Guider touches her nose too).  “If you can hear me touch your ear”, and so on.  Eventually, everyone is following quietly along (thanks Guiders Julie and Katherine for an excellent campfire)
  3. I was telling my friend Guider Lisa from Halifax about Waterfall. She said she uses her normal voice and calls “If you can hear me, clap once.” Then “if you can hear me, clap twice,” “If you can hear me, clap three times.” And so on. The clapping gets everyone’s attention and eventually everyone is following along.

We play Brown Owl’s Rules at the beginning of the year to show new girls the ropes…I have added these to the game. How do you let girls know it is time to be silent?

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