International Volunteer Day

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Today is a day to say “Thank You” to all those who Volunteer their time and efforts!!!! Their are organizations world wide of volunteers and this post is for you!!!!

#Volunteer #Volunteering #InternationalVolunteerDay

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Remembrance Day

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As a girl who grew up part of my life on the military base and in Guiding. As an adult helping my Grandmother prepare my Grandfather’s gear from World War II for a local museum and having friends who serve and have served the importance of Remembrance Day is not lost on me. So intern I pass this on to my Sparks so Remembrance Day and why we remember is not forgotten.

This year instead of waiting to create our Valentine’s for Vets in January I decided to include it as a part of or Remembrance Day meeting.

I also took some time and checked out the learning resources that Veteran’s Affairs Canada has available for Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day Learning Resources.

CRAFT:  Valentine’s For Vets

2014 – 2015 Spark Year

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My 2014-2015 Guiding year is now in full swing and I feel a lot more confident about being a Contact Guider than I did last year. That being said I am going to post a new meeting plan that we did for enrollment this year, we called it Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spark. We used a modified version of the song in the Spark Book to go with the enrollment theme.

New Spark Year

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Well it is a new year and as always a new group of girls. It is interesting how the dynamics change when you put a different group of girls together each year. You quickly learn that what works for one group of girls doesn’t always work for another group of girls.

I am excited to see how this year unfolds. I feel more prepared and confident this year then last year and I also feeling more ambitious in that I am planning to do 2 sleepovers and a camp…yes I did say a camp. Camping was one of those things I loved as a Guide and am looking forward to trying with the Sparks. I think camping with the girls is an important part of the program.

So I leave you with this:

“If it isn’t fun, it isn’t Guiding” – Lord Robert Baden-Powell

Cookie Selling and Sparks

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I was thankful I came across this article/blog on GirlGuidesCANblog Yes, She’s a SPARK. No, She isn’t cute. This struck a chord with me since so many times I have heard “She’s a SPARK she’s cute it’s no wonder you have no problem selling cookies.” Yes I have been guilty of saying “She’s a SPARK she’s cute who wouldn’t want to buy cookies from her.” This article made me stop and think, as Guiders we are the last people who should be saying anything like this it isn’t fair and it isn’t right. What are we telling our older girls when they hear this? As Guiders we are here to teach these girls positive self esteem and saying these things undermines that.

Upcycling Project – Felted Wool Dryer Balls

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Originally I got this idea as a part of the National Service Project – Operation Earth Action but I had a feeling it might be a bit of a challenge.

I wanted to find an easier way to do it since I was dealing with Sparks and rolling a ball from scratch wasn’t going to be easy, so I found a site where she used old wool clothes to create the cores…bingo…found a solution. So to create the felted wool dryer balls I bought 2 men’s old wool sweaters from Value Village. Total cost worked out to be $10 for 25 felted wool dryer balls and we can make 25 more.

Before:

Wool Dryer Ball Parts

Core:

Core of Dryer Ball

In progress:

Dryer ball in progress.

The directions I found the most helpful from Crunchy Betty. This site also tells you how to use them once complete.

I had the core pre-rolled before giving them to the Sparks. They then rolled the rest and put them in a nylon and tied them closed with the help of the Pathfinders that helped out that night.

Being Me

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This is one keeper that I think in future I will work on with the girls earlier in the year since it is a good way for the girls to get to know each other and they can add to it during the year.

I was struggling with how to make this simple and fun at the same time. Then remembered a book my brother had at this age called “My Book About Me” that asked questions, gave the ability to draw in and add photos to. I also set it up so the girls could add more to it by adding in more pages if they wanted.