- Day Ideas
strikes and it pours with rain and you have access to some form of wet-weather
shelter, here are some ideas to try besides your craft activities:
: Each Patrol is given a bag with five or six assorted items in it and
has to go away - to their patrol tent, own corner of the wet-weather
shelter or somewhere else they can work together undisturbed - and prepare
a short play incorporating all of the items in their bag. Give a time-limit
for preparation - say half-an-hour - and then all patrols have to perform
their play for the rest of the assembled camp.
: Popular with Guides of all ages : an opportunity to do each other's
hair - expert hair braiding is much in demand - and indulge in facials,
either home made herbal preparations (oatmeal and egg-white face-mask,
cucumber or used teabag eye pads) or commercial preparations (e.g. Body
Shop – usually very generous with free samples). Lots of tissues, wipes
etc. should be on hand for cleaning off!
: A selection of popular board games is useful : stick to well-known
ones to avoid problems with rules, e.g. Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Draughts
and Chess, but introduce a few new ones with supervision until the rules
are learnt. We have learnt to avoid Monopoly (they call it Monotony
in my unit) – there are too many bits to lose.
: Take plenty of blank "Beetle" forms, spare dice and plenty of pens
and pencils; give prizes for highest and lowest overall scores.
: (also a fine - weather activity!) - Many of the girls will not have
had much experience of "Long Rope" skipping so Guiders must be prepared
to demonstrate. After practice in running under, jumping over, and "keeping
the pot boiling," try skipping a set number of jumps, coming in to join
the skipping at a signal - "birthdays," "initials," - and simple rhymes.
After the girl's have exhausted the Guiders' childhood repertoires,
they might be able to add some of their own.
- 1) Weetabix Race : each
girl has to eat one dry Weetabix and then whistle a well-known tune
: the winner is the first to succeed!
- 2) Sock Wrestling : (long
trousers recommended) two girls kneel facing each other, preferably
on a large mat, with shoes removed. Make a great show of "psyching
out" opponent, before commencing, at a given signal, to attempt to
remove one of the opponent's socks. WARNING - this can get very boisterous
so make sure pairs of girls are reasonably evenly matched, supervise
closely and be prepared to intervene if necessary, and ask for volunteers
- "Challengers" - rather than nominating. Some girls may enjoy watching
and encouraging rather than actually taking part.
- 3) Blow Football : An
old favourite - two girls kneel at opposite sides of a small table
and try to score goals by blowing through a straw to put a ball -
either a ping-pong ball if available, or a ball of crumpled foil -
through a goal (or off the table). Keep bouts short or the girls will
get out of breath; a messier variation is to have a shallow tray of
water as the "pitch" - much splashing will ensue! If everyone wants
a go, organise a knock-out tournament, with a prize for the overall
- 4) Broomstick Walking
: this is deceptively difficult : hold a broomstick or similar with
hands apart, step over between hands and without letting go with either
hand, bring the broomstick up over the head and eventually return
the broomstick to its original position. If anyone actually manages
this feat, time with a stopwatch to find a champion!
- 5) Sumo : a pair of protagonists
faces each other, adopting the "Sumo Wrestlers'" stance and each,
without touching, tries to make the other girl laugh. The winner is
the one who keeps a straight face longest (difficult when all the
spectators are helpless!)
- 6) Bum Race (even funnier
to watch than take part) : equipment : five or six stones and a saucepan,
(or dixie or similar) per racer. The object is to race to the other
end of the room / shelter, carrying a stone between your bum cheeks,
then turn round and drop it into the pan. (NO HANDS ALLOWED!) When
this has been done successfully with one stone, it then goes up to
2, then 3, and so on. (Dropping a stone en route means automatic disqualification
and elimination from the contest.) It is amazing how many stones the
serious contenders can carry! When the girls have got used to judging
when they have successfully hit the pan by the clang, the sneaky Guider
will try to catch one of the girls’ stones as they fall; when she
doesn’t hear them hit the pan, the antics are amazing. Of course,
the other girls, in on the joke, fall apart at this point and the
races usually end!
- 7) Penny race : they say
the simple ones are the best. (Only suitable if you have a flat floor.)
Use 2p or similar-sized coins : each girl takes it in turn to roll
a coin, either across a line or (better) into a target circle. Nearest
wins a small prize – could be the coins if it’s a small camp and you
haven’t got 100s of Guides!