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A ditty bag is generally a bag or stuff sack that carries personal items such as toiletries (Wikipedia).   In the context of Girl Guides, it is a fabric bag with the camper’s name on it that holds the camper’s marked dishes and cutlery at camp.

About the Bag:

A good ditty bag is breathable fabric or mesh, has a string or loop to hang it with, and is identified with the camper’s name on it!

The bags themselves are usually made from fabric (never plastic) so that when you wash dishes, you put the wet dishes back in the bag so that they can air dry.

Note – we use the three-pan dish washing method and one of the pans has a bit of bleach in it.  We’re always careful, but don’t send a ditty bag made of a fabric you’re really attached to.  Fading is almost guaranteed and bleach marks happen from time to time.

  • Commercially available ditty bags usually look like the mesh laundry bags you put your delicates in. This one from North Water looks right.   Canadian Tire offers a set of three.  The big thing to look for is a bag with a string that is breathable.   Add a piece of duct tape folded double on the string with the camper’s name and you’re good.
  • Other things that work – a small cloth re-usable grocery bag will do.  A small laundry bag (as long as it has a string) is good.
  • OR, you can make one by sewing a tea towel together like this (the pattern mentions pack cloth, but a tea towel works beautifully).  OR follow this tutorial for market bags which are essentially the same (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Six things (and only six things) go in – and they must all be identified with the person’s name.
HINT – Use nail polish, a permanent marker, electrical tape, … something unique to you.  When we camp, six things go into the bag…

  • Plastic or metal (1) plate, (2) bowl, and (3) cup
  • Metal (4) spoon, (5) fork, and (6) table knife.

Introducing Ditty Bags during a Camping Meeting

Here is a meeting plan from a couple of weeks ago where we introduced Ditty Bags.  We use the Ditty Bag Relay at least once a year.

Ditty Bag Relay

You need one set of the following per team: marked plastic/metal plate, bowl, and mug with marked cutlery and a marked cloth ditty bag, PLUS a few ringer items to stump them… plastic bag, a small toy, a comb, an empty medicine bottle, and a Glass bowl or mug, and maybe some UNMARKED cutlery and plastic dishes.

Step 1 – talk about what you should take camping.  I usually mention that it is ok to bring a stuffed toy for bedtime, plus any medication you bring should be in a plastic bag with your name on it and instructions, then go through the ditty bag stuff.

Step 2 – split the group into the same number of teams as you have sets.  Teams are on one side of the gym, and the ditty bag stuff is on the other side.

The race is a basic relay race.  Girls must run, one-at-a time to the ditty bag stuff and must select the items that should go into the ditty bag.  They sit down when they think they got it right – and a Guider will inspect it.

And that’s it.  Happy Camping!

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We’ve got a lot to cover tonight.  Here’s the plan.

6:30 Arrival Game – Going with Double Simon Says from Becky’s site.  Our original plan was to try to do a matching game for Dress Right, but I can’t find anything online and it was a big job to make one.  Does anyone have a matching worksheet for clothes to wear camping in different sorts of weather?

6:40 Circle Time

6:45 Brownie Circle

6:55 Program

Safety First – Brown Owl to review safety rules 

Fire Safety – Use Becky’s campfire rules

Hiking Safety – Never go alone, tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to be back, always bring a map, whistle, flashlight.  Stay on trail.  Don’t horse around.  If you get lost, blow whistle and stay put. 

7:05 – Skits – Separate girls into four groups.  Tell girls to make skits based on the rules Brown Owl just reviewed.  Our girls love to do it wrong, and then show how to do it right. 

7:20 Bathroom break and probably a running game for sillies

7:30 Skit performances

7:45 Start Sing Ontario Sing


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STEM – Stargazing

Here is a link to a Planisphere which is a guide to what you’re looking at in the night sky.

And this is a link to information about Constellations


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