VOLUME 16, ISSUE 1 SEPTEMBER 2009 GOFER TALES Welcome Aboard ! The theme of the September 2009 information on celebrating 100 edition of Gofer Tales is years of girl greatness in “Welcome Aboard”. A very fitting Canada! theme as we wish a warm welcome aboard to our new Edmonton Area Commissioner, Beverly Simpson Headon and to the many new other faces in Edmonton Area! As the new Publications Advisers for Edmonton Area, we look National forward to the opportunity to keep Registration Week you current on activities, September information and news related to All the best to you as you set Guiding. sail for another adventurous 12-20 We welcome any suggestions, year in Guiding! National Registration Week information and ideas for future issues of Gofer Tales and is an opportunity to welcome you to e-mail us at Yours in Guiding, celebrate Guiding from email@example.com. Jo-Layne Bromberger coast to coast and to share & Anastasia Keller all that Guiding has to offer We look forward to a great year in Co-Publications Advisers with others. It is also a Guiding as we gear up to celebrate 100 years of Guiding in time to grow membership 2010. Check out the website, by registering girls and www. 2 0 10 . girlgu ide s. ca f o r women for another year in Guiding! Gofer Tales has gone Green! We love our environment and so we‟ve reduced our impact by continuing to make Gofer Tales available on line. If you would still like to receive a paper copy, please fill out the form below and return it to the Edmonton Guide Centre (just remember to recycle the newsletters when you‟re done reading them!) I‟d like to continue to receive Gopher Tales in hard copy. Thanks! Name:________________________________________________ IMIS#___________________ District:_______________________________________________ IMIS#___________________ Page 2 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Edmonton Area Council Gofer Tales is published eight times annually by: Area Commissioner Beverly Simpson Headon* Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada Deputy Area Commissioners Glenda Metro* Edmonton Area Goldie Kane* Kirstin MacLaren* 11404 142 Street NW Area Secretary Thea Hawryluk* Area Treasurer Vacant* Edmonton AB T5M 1V1 Office: 451-2263 Fax: 453-1155 Division Commissioners Submission deadline is the 17th of each month. Arrowhead May Korobko Betty Gemmell Vacant Betty Martin Janet Melnyk Articles may be submitted to the Publications Helen Burns Beverly Wilson Area Advisers at firstname.lastname@example.org. If snail Highwood Vacant mail is preferred, please send to the attention of Maywood Karen Crews the Area Publications Advisers to the Guide Northeast Meleena Fulton Centre at the address above. Northwest Acting - Kirstin MacLaren* Papaschase Vickie McPhail* Silver Birch Eileen Stannard* The Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada own most articles and artwork in this newsletter. Members of the Girl Guides of Canada may Area Advisers and Sub-Committees reproduce articles and accompanying artwork, Camping Kim LaFleur* illustration and photography, for use at the unit Facilities Judy Cook International Claudette Vague level and for training purposes in Guiding. Membership Mae Hadley However, if a copyright statement accompanying Link Lindsay Goodberry an article, photograph, illustration or piece of 1st Edmonton Trefoil Guild Joan Hawkins artwork indicates that the item may not be 2nd Edmonton Trefoil Guild Steffie Fossbakken 3rd Edmonton Trefoil Guild Margaret Campbell reproduced, members may not copy the item in 4th Edmonton Trefoil Guild Kim LaFleur any form without first seeking permission through 5th Edmonton Trefoil Guild Maureen Devich the area publications adviser. 50th Edmonton Trefoil Guild Beverly Simpson Headon PR/Promotions Ida-Marie Moltzan & Laura Shewchuk Reproduction of any part of this newsletter, when Gofer Guiding Annie Desautels the reproduction is intended for resale is not Publications Jo-Layne Bromberger & allowed without first obtaining permission from Anastasia Keller the area publications adviser. Before reproducing Web Manager Edna Dach any item, check for copyright status. Check also Program Tiger Rousseau Special Needs Jessica Glombick to be sure everything in the article is up to date Training Tanya Watts and still appropriate. The editing staff reserves the right to edit any material submitted for Area Chairwomen publication. All material will carry credit lines for contributors. Archives Carmel Fenniak Awards Jan Kolotyluk Events Annie Desautels You can read Gofer Tales on the website, or Nominations/Search Vacant Administrative Manager Gerry Hippard* receive a hard copy at your request. Additional subscriptions are $8.00 per year. *Denotes Executive Committee Members Page 3 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What’s Inside ! Dish from the Commish................................................................................................. Page 4 Your Edmonton Area Guide Centre .............................................................................. Page 5 Facilities ........................................................................................................................ Page 6 Membership .................................................................................................................. Page 7 Program ........................................................................................................................ Page 8 Camping...................................................................................................................... Page 11 Public Relations and Promotions ................................................................................ Page 13 Training ....................................................................................................................... Page 14 What‟s Up Maywood Division ...................................................................................... Page 15 Tangletrees Campsite 60th Anniversary Celebration .................................................. Page 20 Gofer Tales Puzzle Page ............................................................................................ Page 23 Events Calendar at a Glance ...................................................................................... Page 24 Did you know …? That you are part of an organization with 10 million members around the world, in 145 countries ! Page 4 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Dish from the Commish From the desk of Beverly Simpson Headon, Edmonton Area Commissioner Welcome everyone! As we start this guiding year, many changes are happening in Edmonton Area. The biggest one is likely the change in Area Commissioners. Marion Rex has served Edmonton Area very well and I am grateful to her for all she has done to keep Guiding thriving and growing. Marion is moving on to Provincial Membership Adviser where I know she will continue to spread the message of Guiding. I am thrilled to be in my new position as Edmonton Area Commissioner and look forward to meeting and getting to know you. For me, becoming Edmonton Area Commissioner was a dream I had, but wasn't certain I would ever achieve. Goes to show that in guiding, all things are possible! For those of you who may not know me, I have been in Guiding both as a girl and adult for 24 years. I was recruited as a leader when my daughter started in Brownies with the same story many of you have heard, which is "we really need a leader or the unit won't run." So after being assured that it was just an hour and a half a week, I seized the opportunity and before I knew it, I was district secretary because they needed one. I have held a variety of positions which include Camping Adviser and have been a leader in all levels of Guiding. I am currently a Ranger leader (for the past 10 years) which I enjoy tremendously. For the past five years I was Maywood Division's Commissioner and was fortunate to have served on Executive Council for four years. Being a member of Guiding has given me many opportunities the biggest one is travel, I have taken both girl trips and leader only trips to all four centres at least once, taken girls to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day 1999 and was part of the Alberta Bound team where I met so many new friends from around the world. Guiding has also allowed to me step outside my comfort zone in a safe environment. With the support of Guiding I have tested the waters with new skills, conquered fears doing things I would never have dreamed of and added all kinds of unique experiences to my life. I would like to welcome aboard and introduce new additions to the Edmonton Area Council, Advisers and Committees. First my three Deputy Edmonton Area Commissioners - Glenda Metro, Goldie Kane and Kirstin Maclaren, Edmonton Area Secretary - Thea Hawryluk, Membership Advisor - Mae Hadley, Awards Committee Chair - Jan Kolotyluk and Awards Committee members Goldie Kane and Pat Yim, Area Dinner Coordinator - Lori Chmelyk, and Publications Advisers - Jo-Layne Bromberger and Anastasia Keller. Please also join me in welcoming Darlene Ackroyd, the Edmonton Guide Centre‟s new Resource Coordinator who will be that pleasant voice on the other end of the phone when you call in. And of course joining Edmonton Area to help us increase our membership are our neighbours to the south and east, Arrowhead Division and neighbours to the north, Northern Lights District. Welcome everyone!! Page 5 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Dish from the Commish The coming year will be exciting as we prepare for the 2010 celebrations of Guiding. Watch for updates as we get closer to the 100th anniversary. Many members around the world are celebrating centenaries this coming year and I am sure it will be great fun. Edmonton Area Council is filled with many enthusiastic guiders with great ideas and I am looking forward to working with them to keep guiding in Edmonton Area brimming with fun, friendship and adventure. Registration is fast upon us and I hope as you are recruiting leaders and girls to join us, you will think of this: if the person who asked me to join Girl Guides didn't ask, what would my life have been like? I know mine would have been far different and probably and a lot less exciting. The opportunity to share my love of Guiding and all it has done for me with others is priceless! Beverly Simpson Headon Edmonton Area Commissioner Your Edmonton Area Guide Centre Meet the team at the Edmonton Area Guide Centre who are happy to help you in any way they can! Darlene Ackroyd, Resources Coordinator email@example.com Grace Nordin, Accounting Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org Gerry Hippard, Administrative Manager and IMIS Clerk email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org The Edmonton Area Administration Office is open 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, closed on weekends and statutory holidays. Get your Edmonton Area items for sale through the Resources Coordinator! Page 6 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Facilities From the desk of Judy Cook, Facilities Adviser Welcome back to another Guiding year. As you‟re planning your year‟s events, please consider taking your unit out to either of our two Guide camp sites, Tangletrees at Pigeon Lake, or Sandy Lake Beach – just west of Morinville. Both facilities have been designed with Guiding units in mind, and we have been working hard to upgrade and maintain both sites. TANGLETREES Tangletrees Lodge - Our lodge has two identical sides – Poplar and Spruce – each of which has beds for 30 people, indoor washrooms and fully equipped kitchens. You can rent both sides or just one. Tangletrees has had all the toilets replaced recently, and in the past year, the Lodge has had new bunk beds, a new water pump and new carpet. Redwood Lodge – is much older, but still functional. There is a main gathering room, a kitchen, two leader‟s rooms sleeping eight, and the bunkhouse with beds for 20. Flush toilets, showers and sinks are available in the heated washhouse. Aspen House – is great for a small unit. There are two bedrooms, one with beds for 6 and one with beds for three (including a cot). Washroom facilities are available in the washhouse. Aspen House has running hot and cold water only in the summer. During the winter, you‟ll have to haul water from the washhouse. SANDY LAKE BEACH The road into Sandy Lake has had new gravel added, so it should be easier to get in. Sandy Lake has: Trefoil House – the main building at Sandy Lake, Trefoil House has a total sleeping capacity of 38, a fully equipped kitchen and a large main meeting room. We use outside pit toilets, or “lats” at SLB, and there are no showers available. There are inside sinks, though. Hillside House – is where you could take a small unit to Sandy Lake. There are four bedrooms with bunks, a small “living” room and a kitchen. We use outside lats, and Hillside House has running water in the kitchen only in the summer months. During the winter, you‟ll have to haul water up the hill from Trefoil House. In addition, both campsites have four group tenting sites, each with a camp kitchen with woodstove and electricity. There is still time to get a tenting camp in this fall – a great way to start an active year with your unit! Reminder – someone in your group must have attended an orientation within at least the past three years in order to book an Edmonton Area campsite. It‟s easy to get oriented, we have orientations scheduled in both the spring and fall – refer to your Event‟s booklet. If you can‟t make those dates, just call or e-mail me (Judy Cook at 780-929-9311 or email@example.com ), and we‟ll set something up. Page 7 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Membership From the desk of Mae Hadley, Membership Adviser National Registration Week : Takes place from Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 20, 2009. National Registration Week is an opportunity to celebrate Guiding from coast to coast and to share all that Guiding has to offer with others. It is also a time to grow membership by registering girls and women for the next year of Guiding. Watch for national advertising during that time to assist us in the field. Try to promote Guiding and registration in your divisions and districts during September with posters, notices in school newsletters and local papers, signs and word-of-mouth. You can register your registration event online or on the national events calendar on the national website at www.girlguides.ca in the MemberZone and click on National Registration Week. The National Registration Week Toolkit resources can be found on the above website and include: 5 steps to a successful registration event tips for promoting your registration event promotional materials that you can use and personalize application forms for new girls and adults You can invite our Gofer Guiding mascot to attend your registration event by contacting Annie Desautels at firstname.lastname@example.org with sufficient notice to make arrangements. Let’s see if we can really increase our membership numbers this year! Page 8 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Program – Leadership Corner From the desk of Dooreen ‘Tiger’ Rousseau, Program Adviser It‟s time. Leaders are meeting to begin the process of program planning for the upcoming Guiding season in anticipation for a full and rewarding experience for themselves and the girls. Quality programming doesn‟t happen by itself and it is a challenge to ensure the girls are safe and enjoying purposeful leadership. Purposeful leadership. It‟s a phrase that is used by corporate entities and the definition is basic - influencing others based on a mission. It‟s a proactive values-driven method of doing business. It‟s connecting with each other to inspire others and be a member of a team. It‟s about taking action. Purposeful leadership is about adventure, fun and building on skills we have and the skills we learn. It‟s showing the girls how to learn by doing and through cooperative learning. It‟s about enrichment learning. There are so many benefits to being a leader. The girls will discover themselves and their values. It is our responsibility as Leaders to guide and support the girls and to provide ongoing learning opportunities; to provide relevant information for the girls to access when they need it. We can show the girls how to link program elements together; how to plan a typical meeting; how to choose activities that will make a difference to others and their communities; how to be agents of change; how to transform dreams into reality. Purposeful leadership begins with a mission. The Girl Guide Mission speaks to us about enabling the girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world. Purposeful action begins with a vision. The Girl Guide Vision is about choices and making a positive difference in the life of every girl and woman, and contributing responsibly to the community. I found this activity on an Australian resource forum. It‟s called Secret Orders and it uses teamwork, communication and leadership skills. The original game that this was based on can be found in the games book Clouds on the Clothesline. Why not give it a try during your first few meetings? Watch how everyone interacts with each other and don‟t forget to play the game yourself! The girls are watching…. Secret Orders Divide players into teams and place one chair in front of each team and one chair behind. On the front chair place a number of cards with secret orders written on them. Tell the players that each team has a set of Secret Orders to fill – in silence! In turn, each player runs from the starting point to her player‟s chair, where she picks up a card, reads the order, and then fills the order. The second team member then runs up, picks the next order, fills the order and so on. After each order is complete, the person who picked up the card jumps up and down on the spot five times OR gives a loud YAHOO! (to signify it is complete), and puts the card on the chair at the back of the team. The first team to complete all the orders wins. (Tiger‟s note: Feel free to add or change the orders as required). Page 9 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Program – Leadership Corner Equipment needed: A skipping rope per team A piece of lashing cord per person A tennis ball per team A book per team A set or order cards per team. Orders: Without talking, shake hands with everyone in your team (left handed) Without talking, get your team into age order, oldest at the back. Without talking, make your team do five jumping jacks each. Without talking, get your team to hop to the far wall and back. Without talking, get your team into a circle, then sit down on the floor and stand up three times. Without talking, get your team into height order, tallest at the front. Each team member must tie a reef knot and show it to the game leader. Each team member must jump rope five times. Each team member must walk the length of the hall balancing a book on her head (no touching) If the book falls off, she must start again. Without talking, form a circle with you in the middle. Bounce a ball to each team member, who must bounce it back to you and then sit on the floor. A great way to begin the year is to work with the girls in the I Believe in We! Girls United: Challenges to Connect. This can be found on the National website. To complete the challenge the girls and the Guiders choose three activities. The activities highlight the negative impact of social aggression and bullying and create a sense of caring, belonging and mutual responsibility between all girls. There are 26 activities to choose from and it‟s possible the girls may want to do more than three. Some of the activities are brilliant for the first few meetings: Build a Safe Social Climate – get to know each other Peace Pin Project – a girl designed project with colors of the rainbow Bracelets with a positive message – blue is the bully-free color Play a trust game Relationship journals – Great idea to start these early in the season! Exploring commonalities – an activity to show what we have in common Safety first! Encouraging girls to make decisions is an important part of program planning. It will also have its rewards in decreasing the amount of time and effort YOU need to contribute. Your primary responsibility is safety, but encouraging girls to think of their own safety in participating in activities, has far greater value than informing them that certain activities can‟t be done. Consider modifying activities or substituting equally exciting alternatives rather than cancelling activities because of safety considerations. Older girls can be taught risk assessment as part of the planning process. Page 10 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Program – Leadership Corner Talking circles As you plan with the girls and suggest opportunities, it is sometimes difficult to hear what they all have to say. Girls need time and space to think and a talking circle is a great brain-storming tool. Girls sit in a circle and are presented with an idea or something to consider. An item such as a talking stick, feather, or a brightly colored cap is passed around the ring. Only the girl wearing the cap, or holding the stick can make a suggestion – anyone without the cap has to listen and not talk. Pathfinders and Rangers often use this idea as an opening or closing to their meetings, where they can safely and freely express a thought, idea or concern. Talking circles might be a fun way to gather ideas at a District meeting where the group dynamics prohibit a fair sharing of ideas. Try it! It‟s a great leadership and teamwork tool that can easily be used in a patrol corner. Patrols can decorate the stick being used – Arts in the program! It is my mission to support you and encourage you to find ways to challenge the girls to be more involved and to give you ideas, activities and share methods that will accomplish this. One of the best resources a Guider has are other Guiders! Edmonton Area offers opportunities for you to meet up with other like-minded Guiders in an atmosphere of learning, sharing, taking action, and all the resources you need to realize your full potential. Those opportunities are usually centered around a theme or a module so the knowledge shared can be directed to a certain area of programming, or identifying a specific need. We call them trainings, but really it‟s a great way to get together and learn neat stuff. A great new leadership tool was unveiled in April through the GET OUT! sessions. Four sessions were developed for May with 84 girls participating. Fantastic!! More GET OUT! nights will be available starting in October. All GET OUT! sessions will be OUTside and will be fun learning activities for the girls. The girls can use the GET OUT! sessions to help plan their programs and it will ensure at least one meeting a month outside and away from the meeting place. Leaders that accompany the girls can gather for an informal training, so it‟s a win-win situation! Look for more leadership tools in future editions of the Gofer Tales. Page 11 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Camping From the desk of Dooreen ‘Tiger’ Rousseau, Camping Trainer Camping is a pastime enjoyed all over the world in all walks of life, and has been the mainstay of our program ever since they were first founded early in the 20th century. Many girls get their first taste of the "Great Outdoors" while in Guiding, from their first „Princess Camp‟ as a Spark, to a Ranger Moot, and develop a love of adventure which will stay with them throughout their lives. Planning for outdoor activities and camping trips is definitely a highlight of a girls experience in Guiding, no matter what the age. There is always something new to learn, friends to make, nature to observe, and just having fun hanging out away from the city and pressures of our day to day lives. The best theme for any camp is “Have fun!” but perhaps the girls are looking for something with a little more structure. Here‟s a theme they might enjoy – “Raiders of the Lost Camp” by Becki Graham (2001). Different stations were set up and the girls rotated through them in groups or patrols. Be sure to adapt the activity to suit the age level. Hieroglyphics – this treasure hunt had clues posted in a made-up hieroglyphics alphabet. The girls had to decipher the clue, then do whatever it said to find the next clue. Younger girls can look at a poster, while the older girls can have the words scrambled. At the end of the hunt, they found the treasure. Volcano – this station was small wading pools filled with damp sand. First, teach them about the 3 different types of volcanoes and then they built their favorite volcano around a paper cup in the sand. The girls were asked to place buttons, representing houses, into the sand where they felt it would be safest during an eruption. The leader put food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar into the cup, and they watched to see if their houses made it. Archeology – the dig site was clay artifacts buried in sand, which the girls had to excavate with brushes and small picks, being very careful not to disturb the precious artifact. Once it was uncovered, they had to make a sketch of it, and measure it, then re-bury it for the next group. They learned how and why real archeologists uncover items, and take notes on what they find. Crime scene – contained drawings of items pertaining to a particular animal, separated into groups. The girls had to decipher the clues to guess the animal. An example was one area had pictures of tracks, a cave, claw marks on a tree and an upset garbage can in a campground – a bear was here! Another had pics of a town, tracks, an empty cat food dish, and a garbage can with the lid off and wrappers around it – a raccoon! Suggestions included porcupine, skunk, deer, etc. Page 12 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Camping Mystery shirts – Make a design with a message in hieroglyphics along with a key and screen print it in black on a very dark green shirt. The design should be barely noticeable. Lay the shirt on a tarp and twist it up however you want and then spray with bleach. Let it sit and fade for a few seconds then dunk them in buckets of cold water and hang to dry. Enough bleach around the design area will make the words show up and they will have a tye-dye finish. Art – Have posters showing actual cave drawings, drawings from inside the pyramids and mosaic tile art. The girls can create their own paintings on paper, telling a story about themselves and then create a mosaic using small squares of colored paper. Make a small paper pyramid and coat it with glue and sand. Doesn‟t this sound like fun? I can‟t leave you without a couple of decadent recipes for your files. Enjoy! Beavertails Take a small flour tortilla, dip it in an egg and milk mixture, and fry it. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on it, perhaps a squeeze or two of lemon, and roll it up. Yum! The girls will be gathered around the grill eager for the next piece. Chocolate Eclairs Use a long thin stick (bamboo stake from the garden center) and wrap the end in tin foil. Spray it with Pam so the dough doesn‟t stick. Wrap one piece of Pilsbury Crescent Roll dough around the foil and pinch the end closed. Cook and brown lightly over the coals. When done slide it off the stick and fill the tube with whipped cream. Melt some chocolate in a pan over a cool area of the coals and drag your éclair through the chocolate to coat one side. Yummmmmmers! Page 13 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Publication Relations & Promotions From the desk of Laura Shewchuk, PR & Promotions Adviser Bring a Friend / Try It Nights National Registration week occurs September 12 – 20, 2009. Many of the Units, Districts and Divisions have put up posters, newsletter ads and phoned last years girls, to let them know the year is starting again. Hopefully, you have been able to set up a registration table at SEARS on September 12, 2009. Even after all these efforts, some units might find their numbers a little small. On the National Memberzone website, volunteers can find information on having Bring A Friend Nights. Easy to print off invitations that you just fill in the blanks! Lots of ideas of program activities to do with girls who bring their friend to Brownies! You might have to plan to have half the patrols bring one week, and the other half of the patrols bring the next week. Don‟t forget to sing “Make new friends!” If you have never accessed Memberzone, get your IMIS number from your Commissioner. Memberzone is full of PR, Program, Service, and Unit Management information. You can access your unit Roster there as well! Try It Nights are another way…to extend an invitation out to the community-at-large to “try” a night at a Guiding meeting. These could special nights planned just for recruitment, or they could be the regular unit meeting nights. Invite the parents to come back for the last 20 minutes to observe a little of what you do. For both the Bring a Friend night and the Try It night, have prepared packages with a brochure, registration form, a letter of invitation to join with a summary of information specific to your unit / District. Thank the girls for coming by giving them one of our special crests for the occasion! Brochures / posters / stickers and bookmarks are available through your Commissioner. Posters made by the girls work great too! There are plenty of community bulletin boards around the neighbourhood. Coffee shops, fast food outlets, grocery stores to name a few. Recruit a mother or father to help put up the posters. Parents are one of our greatest supporters, and energy is high in the fall when the programs are starting START PLANNING…..SEARS COOKIE DAY …..OCTOBER 3, 2009 Page 14 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Training From the desk of Tanya Watts, Training Adviser What can the Edmonton Area Training Team do for you? This is a question we continually ask Guiders – please let us know what you would like us to provide Trainings on and we will do our best to accommodate you! While you are thinking about how we can support you better in the Program you would like to provide, we encourage you to come out to Trainings we are already offering (please refer to the Events Booklet and the on line calendar for dates): Guider Orientation – a mandatory training for all new members to give you a quick overview of this great organization! Safe Guide – mandatory training for all members designed to help you navigate the ins and outs of planning safe activities for your units. Unit Guider Trainings – includes: About the Girl; Programming for the Girl; Quick Start and Putting the Pieces Together (branch specific, designed particularly for the Guider new to that age group) Many other Trainings on a variety of topics are being offered throughout the year. The training team works closely with the Camping and Program Committees, with many members belonging to more than one of these groups, so we look forward to seeing you on many occasions as you discover what we can do for you! Please pre-register for all Trainings through the Guide Office. If you have any questions or suggestions, please pass them along through your Commissioner, the Guide Office, or contact me directly at: email@example.com. Do you like to sing? Are you interested in learning more Guiding Songs? Would you be interested in meeting once a month with other ladies who also like to sing? Then please contact Dawn Nowicki at: firstname.lastname@example.org so a group can be organized and we can discover the Joy of Singing Together! Page 15 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What’s Up Maywood Division From the desk of Karen Crews, Heidi Tooth, and Nadine Beyersbergen Weiting Maywood Division is pleased to welcome everyone back to another great year of Guiding. At Maywood we challenge the girls to make their dreams come true and grow in their experiences. We have a number of units planning trips, camps and other exciting adventures for the girls, so we expect this year to be full of fun and excitement for all. Our Division has 19 units currently operating within our boundaries. Maywood was named for Wop May, the famous Canadian World War 1 flying ace, who settled in Edmonton after the War. He and his brother started May Airplanes and opened Canada‟s first airfield in a rented pasture in the neighbourhood now known as Mayfield. In time, Wop May became a bush pilot, flying medications to the north and assisting RCMP in their searches. He was a well known Edmontonian and this is where Maywood‟s name was derived. Welcoming back the girls returning and the new girls joining is important to get them excited about the year ahead. You want to plan your first meeting around introducing and getting to know each other but also giving the girls an orientation to the unit. It‟s a good idea to structure your first meeting with introduction games, introduce the girls to the program and the rules for the meetings, talk a bit about what some of your plans are for the year and get feedback from the girls on what they‟d like to do. Finish off the meeting with some icebreaker games or a craft, to help the girls get to know each other a bit better. There are many icebreaker and group introduction ideas out there, most of our Guiders use the internet to search for ideas-if you have access to a computer and the internet this is a great site. dragon.sleepdeprived.ca/icebreaker/icebreaker.htm. A lot of the ideas at this site comes from Guiders so you know that these are ideas that worked well. You can put your own spin on the ideas to suit your unit, be creative, make it fun for the girls. Look for ideas that you think will help you to get a little insight on the group dynamics as well as the girls personalities. Here are some ideas for games and first meeting plans submitted by Maywood Guiders. Page 16 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What’s Up Maywood Division Welcome to Sparks ! The first meeting for the Sparks is very exciting, but a little scary too. We like to ease the girls into the program, and for the first meeting focus on having fun. The Sparks really like silly, so those are the types of games and activities we look for. We like to play a silly name game, we call Name Rhyme to get everyone introduced-with everyone sitting in a circle, starting with the leaders name everyone helps to make up a silly rhyme about her. For example, Super “Star” eats Shark, -everyone repeats the rhyme and then we move to the next Girl: Brilliant “Brianna” buys bagpipes-everyone repeats this. After each girls name has a rhyme go around again and add another line to the rhyme….such as Super “Star” eats Shark…but only if it‟s really Dark. The girls will have fun thinking of funny rhymes and surprisingly enough you‟ll find that you learn their names faster this way. After playing the name game, we like to get the girls a bit active, so first we‟ll teach them the Sparks jump up song with actions. Starting in a crouching position. Sparks jump up (everyone jumps) When you lit the fire (flick your finger) Sparks jump up and give a big cheer (jump and hands up to cheer) Sparks jump up when the flames get higher (hands down and raise to go higher) The sparks, the sparks, the sparks are here! (Put hands one at a time in the center when saying “the Sparks”, at “the sparks are here” everyone lifts their hands in the air) After that, we‟ll end the meeting making name tags, using markers and foam shapes, you can buy foam sheets and let the girls cut out their own shapes or you can use precut ones. Be sure to have some sparkly stickers and fun foam moon and stars so the girls can get creative decorating their name tags. Just a word of caution, if you are going to use glitter glue be prepared for it to be quite messy! Page 17 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What’s Up Maywood Division Welcome to Brownies ! The first day of Brownies to many girls is like the first day of school – the second year girls are overly excited to return and see their friends again and the first years are excited but very nervous and quiet. A good way to make all of the girls feel comfortable upon arrival is to partner first years with second years. Have the second years introduce their partner to all of the girls they know and have them teach their first year one important thing that they remember from Brownies in the previous year (e.g. Law, Motto, Promise). This will make the first years feel welcome and the second years will feel important. Plus it gives the leaders time to meet parents and get organized! One of the things that my co-Owl and I feel is most important is letting the girls know that we, as leaders, are there to have fun too – we‟re not just there to supervise and enforce the rules. A good way to introduce your Owls to the girls is an entertaining skit. Go all out! Wear costumes and be silly. The girls will laugh and appreciate you. You can get them to participate in the skit as well. This is also a very good way to casually introduce the rules and explain some Brownie basics like the uniform, the law, motto, promise and the difference between a Tweenie and a Brownie. There are a few really good games out there that can be used for introductions. And all Brownies love games! A great one that we like to play is a version of the game Memory. How it works: prepare large versions of Memory playing cards before hand. Instead of putting pictures on the cards, write the Brownies‟ names (each name will be on two cards). Turn all of the memory cards upside- down on the floor and have the girls stand around them. Each girl gets to take a turn flipping over two cards. If the two cards do not have matching names, they get turned back over and the next girl goes. If the cards do have two matching names, the girl has to then point out whose name she has turned over. If she is correct, the pieces get removed from the playing area and the next person takes their turn. If she is incorrect, the playing pieces get turned back over and the next person goes. Keep going until all of the pieces have been turned over. Of course, every Brownie likes to be able to complete a craft and take it home to show off. A simple and fun craft that can help when getting to know each other is a beaded bracelet. Pick up plastic string, colored beads and lettered beads at any craft store. Have the girls spell out their name in letter beads on the bracelet and then decorate around it any way they like (colored beads, braiding, knots, etc.). If there‟s time, have the girls make a second bracelet with just colored beads and exchange with a new friend they‟ve made. You can even tie the name bracelet and the colored bead bracelet together to make one. A great way to finish off the night is to introduce the girls to their circles and announce who the Circle Leaders and Circle Seconds will be. The first years will be able to take home their first badge (the circle badge) and put it on their sash for the next meeting. Good luck and have fun! Page 18 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What’s Up Maywood Division Welcome to Guides ! These are a couple of ideas for introduction games for Guide age girls, but could probably work for all age groups. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Name Wave Everyone stands in a circle. The leader of the group introduces herself to the group by saying her name, and doing an action (anything she likes) along with it. For example, I might say "Becky" while saluting at the same time. Starting with the person immediately to the leader's right, everyone repeats the leader's name with the appropriate action. The effect is that of a 'wave' of "Becky's" and salutes traveling around the circle. Once the leader's name/action have made it all the way around the circle, then the person standing immediately to the leader's right will say her name and show the group her action. The new name/action are repeated all the way around the circle. Repeat this process until everyone's name has been introduced I Like People Who... Mark out spots on the floor for everyone in your group arranged in a circle with one in the middle -tape works well to mark the spot. Everyone then stands on their spot, with one girl or the leader starting in the middle being “IT”. The girl who is “IT” calls out "I like people who . . . ." and they fill in the blank-some suggestions-like camping, eat cereal for breakfast, have pets. Anyone in the group who falls into that category needs to change places with someone else in the circle. The person who is “IT” tries to get a spot also and the person who is left in the middle makes the next statement. You may not take a space next to you! Welcome to Pathfinders ! To welcome and get to know the Pathfinders, we like to look for icebreaker games that are a bit more challenging, and ones that involve some team building skills to get them focused on team spirit and to learn a bit about each other. Team building skills are important as the girls will be planning meetings and unit activities together so it‟s good to start teaching those skills early in the year. We‟d start the meeting with getting to know each others games. Here‟s a fun and challenging name game we found on the intranet posted by a Girl Scout group. Mena Mega (NAME GAME) Take the letters in your name (first, last, whatever works) and scramble them to form a new word. Then make up a definition of your new word which describes you. The group would then share their real name, and can then share what their new name is and what it means. The name "Sharon" can become "Arshon" which is defined as a silent listener, because Sharon is a good listener and doesn‟t talk a lot. Page 19 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What’s Up Maywood Division Welcome to Pathfinders - continued After everyone has had a chance to introduce themselves, then we‟d play a game called truth and a lie, to have a bit of fun and to see if we learned anything about each other from our name game. To play truth and a lie, Everyone is asked to write down three of their personal quirks, either past or present. Two must be true and one is false. The rest of the group must decide which quirk is false. Example: I‟m scared of heights, I wiggle my nose when I‟m thinking, I talk to my fish. Now guess the one that is false? This can be lots of fun and a great way to get to know each other better. You can play this game with other categories if you like-like instead of quirks do dislikes or funniest things that have happened to you. Now it would be time to get some activity into the meeting, so here‟s a couple team building activity ideas to try. Back to Back Divide into partners with one person left over in the middle. You need one person to be the “caller”. The call will yell directions telling the partners to line up “back to back”, “foot to foot”, “elbow to elbow”, “shoulder to shoulder” and so on. When the caller yells “people to people”, everyone must find a new partner. The one left over is now in the Relay Lock Race Each person selects a partner. They stand back to back and lock arms by the elbows while holding their own stomach with their hands. The coach gives the instruction to get from one side of the gym to the other. Don't give them specific instructions on how to get to the finish line other than they can't let go of their stomachs. This causes creativity and laughter. These are our suggestions for a first meeting and welcome session. The girls can also be encouraged to do some research on the internet and bring in their ideas for some more fun team activities to do at future meetings, there are so many out there! Page 20 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Tangletrees Campsite 60th Anniversary Celebration From the desk of Eileen Stannard TANGLETREES, OUR STORY First I would like to express my sincere thank-you to each of you for attending, and especially to thank the Guiding members of Poplar District, Silver Birch Division for arranging to hold their District camp at the same time as the Anniversary Celebration. Our heritage is often preserved in the commonplace things around us – the things we sometimes take for granted. It‟s the songs we sing, the stories we tell, the crafts we make, the people in our lives. Women are often the guardians of tradition. It‟s a role we take on willingly. We are most likely the ones who preserve that box of old photographs, to hand down songs, stories, recipes and family heirlooms. The story of Tangletrees is rich in our Guiding history. How fortunate we are to be standing and/ or sitting here today to celebrate 60 years of camping on this very site. During the past few months, Carmel Fenniak and I have been having a marvelous time searching out the history of this Guiding treasure –learning about the many stories hidden in it‟s past. We were able to access our Archive files at Edmonton Area, we reread “Landmarks” by Barbara Cormack and “I Promise” with diligence. Both publications afforded us with wonderful information. In addition, the most fun came from reading the “old” Provincial Newsletter – „Woodsmoke‟ – a valuable resource that helped us with our story. Imagine back to 1946, and the final decision to purchase 14 acres of land at Pigeon Lake for a Provincial Campsite! What a challenge confronted the members of Alberta Guiding. The land was found by Mrs. Palfrey, Wetaskiwin Division Commissioner and the newly appointed Camping Commissioner. The Provincial Commissioner Mrs. Gandier and her committee oversaw the construction of this site. It took three years to complete – but by 1949, they were ready to host the first camp -- a Patrol Leader training camp – held in July. It cost $10.00 to attend the camp. “The official opening of the camp was planned for July 16 th – but it had to be cancelled because of the weather – no one from outside” was able to reach us!” However, many visitors from the village of Mulhurst and the cottages adjacent to the camp attended the camp on Sunday July 16th and our plans were carried through.” Page 21 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 TANGLETREES, OUR STORY Continued A reminder was printed in the Provincial newsletter reminding everyone going to camp that the “official camp uniform must be worn at camp. This consists of either the copen blue dress, or the navy blue shorts and copen blouse, with the Guide crest. When the entire camp is outfitted in either of these outfits it looks ever so smart.” This was the first and only Provincial Guide campsite in Alberta. To choose which highlights to share with you has been a challenge as well. Gandier Lodge was the first building on the site – and was situated where we are sitting today. Mr. H. A. Dowler – previous owner of the land, assisted in the development of the campsite and built this beautiful stone fireplace. Gandier Lodge burnt down in 1956 and shortly thereafter Redwood House was built. One of the most spectular sights and sounds was the bell and bell tower at Tangletrees that stood just to the left of where we are sitting. It was a very important part of the campsite. The bell - originally a school bell from Clover Bar School (incidentally a school very close to where the girls camping here today are from) rang to waken everyone in the morning, and at various other times during the day. As a Guide – I camped here in the mid 1950‟s. My recollections of camping here as a Guide are of fun times, wonderful campfires (we held our campfires up at the chapel/campfire area, swimming in the cold……….water of Pigeon Lake (that hasn‟t changed) – and of having to complete lots of camp chores. We camped in tents – no frills – that‟s for sure – and when we went to the Gandier Lodge – we were not allowed to cross the doorway – no girls were permitted – only Guiders! In 1953 – the beautiful wrought iron gates were dedicated to the memory of a long time member of Guiding – Margery Lowe. The gates are still the first and last thing you see when arriving or leaving the campsite –and as Carmel said “a symbol of friendship and openness”. The Chapel was dedicated on the same day. Do you remember having a „silent walk‟ after you crossed the bridge on the way to the Chapel? The names of our sites are part of our history too – the names Birch, Willow and Spruce were the patrol names chosen at the first Guiders training camp. These names are still an important part of our campsite today. Naming the campsite also caused much decision making. After many suggestions, the name chosen was “Hidden Creek” and then (in true Guiding fashion) someone thought of the name “Tangle Trees‟ (two words) which ultimately became Tangletrees – a name very recognizable in Alberta Guiding. With plans for future development, an additional 20 acres of land was purchased in 1966. In 1959, a plea for help was put out to all members of Guiding in Alberta – “wanted, 2,244 one- pound Nabob Coffee Coupons”. “When we get that amount, we can get a beautiful 48-cup, coffee urn for Tangletrees. Start today, do your share in helping your camp.” In true Guiding fashion, the Nabob Coupons came pouring in. Not only did Tangletrees get the coffee urn, but many Area campsites were able to share by receiving some much needed utensils – now all our camps have the “Nabob Coupon look!” Page 22 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 TANGLETREES, OUR STORY Continued By 1970, many Areas in Alberta had developed their own campsite, not the least of which was Edmonton Area. An arrangement was made for Edmonton Area to use the Tangletrees campsite, and ultimately a decision was voted on in 1975 to purchase the site from Alberta Council for $25,000.00. We held a mortgage burning ceremony at the Area Dinner in May, 1990. Development of the campsite has continued throughout the years – the Tangletrees Lodge, Aspen House, Wild Rose and Fir Sites, the Washhouse, a new Silver Birch shelter, and our Recreation Building. No campsite should remain stagnant – and Tangletrees has withstood the test of time. The maintenance and growth of our campsite has certainly not been without problems, difficulties and challenges. With thanks to all our hundreds of volunteers over the years, and some maintenance staff, we can all be proud of the success of this camping facility. As we look back on our sixty years, thousands of girls and their guiders have had the opportunity to camp and enjoy the great out-of-doors. I wonder how many campfires have been held here over the years? For sixty years, the sounds of singing and the joyous laughter of children enjoying their camping experience is one we will all remember. Celebrating a 60th Anniversary is an achievement all on it‟s own. We are here today to celebrate and remember Tangletrees of yesterday, to celebrate Tangletrees of today and to look forward to Tangletrees of tomorrow. At the completion of our program, we would like to invite everyone to the Lodge for a time of refreshment, and to provide you with an opportunity to view some of the items on display. At the dedication of the gates in 1953, Mrs. Gandier began her speech with a well known poem by John Keats – “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever; it‟s loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” This is Tangletrees! Congratulations Tangletrees on your 60th Anniversary! Page 23 G O F E R T AL E S - S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 9 Gofer Tales Puzzle Page Welcome Aboard! R S Z E S Y D H W W R E F O G R Z S E G S P Z Y Z G P N L C B F B M B D L F P J P A T H F I N D E R S F I U G B A N H S E I K O O C O H C U M I R E R C S U C B E K O D G S G R R O M Z K H Y B W S J D N R L A E L W U M B S Y W X U K I H E E R N Q N S M E E T I N G P Q C S U A O Q I I R B K A Q K M F D E I F N I X E C E R J I Q A U K U G M U G S H S T C J J R C N Z U N N O G E S K H I T R A I N I N G I E R P R I B N N J O P H F G Q X F L P N S M N W U E N J J J O S M O L G J F M O W R K H W A W A L V R A I A Q O T A G R E A T N E S S M H K X R C A H C T Q Q J P U B V O C Y Brownies Gofer Promise Camping Greatness Rangers Challenge Guides Sparks Commissioner Law Training Cookies Meeting Uniform Fun Music Unit Girl Pathfinders September 2009 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 National Registration Week Begins 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 End of National Safe Guide Training Registration week 27 28 29 30 Safe Guide Orientation to Website Training Training Guiding Training October 2009 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 Campfire Magic Campfire Magic Sears Cookie Day Trefoil Guild Potluck Luncheon 4 5 6 7 8 Sparks & 9 10 Campfire Magic Finance Training Brownies Songs, Dance & Drama Training 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Safe Guide Training Orientation to Guiding 18 19 20 21 22 Guides, 23 24 Pathfinders & Rangers Commissioners Safe Guide Training Team Council Songs, Dance & Drama Training Training 25 26 27 28 Pathfinders & 29 30 31 Brownie & Guide Sparks Stream Stream Training Training Please refer to the 2009-10 Edmonton Area Events Calendar for specific details and information pertaining to these events and training. 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