Saturday, 28 January 2012

Finger Knitting

I had been saving my old jeans for a while so that we could make a purse out of the pockets.  However, I wasn't sure what to use as a strap.  So, at Brownies, it was White Owl's turn to plan that week's meeting and she wanted to show the Brownies how to knit using just their fingers.  So that afternoon I did a You Tube search for finger knitting since I had no idea how to knit {finger nor regular knitting}.  I came across a video on how to do it and also one that uses four fingers to knit.  It was really simple to do so I was happy that finger knitting was a breeze.

I thought this would be the ideal 
strap for the Guides to make for
the denim pocket purse.


The Brownies had a ball making bracelets.  Some girls came back the following week with wrists full of bracelets and new fancy finger knitted scarves! The Guides had a blast finger knitting the straps for their denim pocket purse.  We also added a little "Gem Magic" bling on the front.  This craft was used as part of the Guides "Fashion" badge.  We LOVE finger knitting!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Guiding Law

The Guiding Law Challenges me to:

  • Be Honest and Trustworthy
  • Use my Resources Wisely
  • Respect Myself and Others
  • Recognize and Use my Talents and Abilities
  • Protect Our Common Environment
  • Live with Courage and Strength
  • Share in the Sisterhood of Guiding

The Brownie Law:
  • As a Brownie I am honest and kind; 
  • I help take care of the world around me.
The Promise & Law are an intricate part of the Girl Guide Program. Our goal ,as Guiders, is to reinforce Girl Guides of Canada's Vision, Mission, and Values by teaching the Promise and Law to Sparks, Brownies, and Guides.

Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, the organization of choice for girls and women, makes a positive difference in the life of every girl and woman who experiences Guiding so she can contribute responsibly to her communities.

Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada enables girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.

The stated values for Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada are stipulated in the Promise and Law.

In our Guide Unit,we aim to learn about one Guiding law per weekly meeting.  As the Guides arrive and gather in their Patrol groups they are given a law to discuss. Our Guides made a circuit tester file folder activity.  This activity is a fun way to help the girls to remember the laws.

The Guiding Law Song is a great tool to help us remember all those laws!  I had first learned the lyrics to this song in 1996 and usually refer back to it when challenged to remember the laws!  It works for me!

Guide Law Song
(words and music by Brandis Purcell)
(source: "Celebrate With Song", Girl Guides of Canada, 1995.)
I challenge myself with the Guiding Law
To be honest and true
To be wise in the use of resources I have
To respect myself and others too
To know and to use my gifts and skills
To protect our common world
Live with courage and strength
And to share in the joys
Of the Guiding sisterhood!
Go to this link for the Guide Law Song tune:

The Circuit Tester activity is suitable for Brownie age girls too.  I did this activity with the Brownies in 2007 and they really enjoyed making it. 

Any topic would work with the Circuit Tester activity. 
It is always great to reuse old ideas!

Thanks Santa Stephen!

Hey Everyone...I finally got the book "How the Girl Guides Won the War"!  I got it for Christmas and I am currently reading it. { I also got "The Help" for Christmas so I read that first}.  I am half way through Janie Hampton's book and I love it.  There are loads of interesting stories and amazing acts of bravery.