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									      A Centenary challenge for all sections




            Further copies of this booklet can be downloaded at
http://www.lobguides.org.uk/assets/100-Years-of-Homemaking-Challenge.pdf
Homemaking has been part of the Guiding programme since the beginning,
with Cook badge dating from among the earliest Guide badges.

Lots of things have changed over the past century and new technology has led
to time-saving appliances that take the hard work out of many domestic
chores. But homemaking skills will never go out of fashion and this challenge
encourages members to have a go at some of the skills needed to run a house.

Guiding is sometimes the only place where today’s girls have the opportunity
to learn homemaking skills and they can have great fun trying out such things
as baking, planting bulbs and sewing on buttons while at the same time
learning life skills to stand them in good stead for fending for themselves and
setting up home when it comes to college, university and beyond.

The challenge consists of six zones, each based on a different badge or
combination of badges from the last hundred years: Cook/Confectioner,
Hostess, Knitter/Needlewoman, Laundress, Homemaker/Handywoman and
Gardener/Flower Arranger.

Each zone has a variety of activities making it suitable for all sections from
Rainbows through to Trefoil Guild and ideas can be adapted if necessary to suit
all units. Most, if not all, of the activities can be done in the meeting place or
could form the basis of an indoor holiday.

The inspiration for the badge design is the Little House Emblem, which in
previous Guide programmes was awarded to Guides gaining a selection of
domestic interest badges.

To earn your ‘100 Years of Homemaking’ badge, complete a challenge from
each of the six zones then send off the badge order form on the back page.
Badges cost £1 each plus postage and packaging. To guarantee availability,
please order before 31st July, 2011.

We hope you enjoy!

                               2nd Woodford Rangers
                           London Over the Border, LaSER
The proceeds of this challenge will go to support local Guiding, plus a donation to LaSER’s
International Centenary Challenge – God’s Golden Acre Houses of Hope.
                                                            Make one or more of the following
Try baking and/or decorating some treats
                                                            from scratch:
for example:
      Decorate rich tea biscuits                                    Bread
      Use gingerbread people cutters to make biscuits               Pasta
       and decorate accordingly.                                     Ice Cream
      Bake a batch or two of fairy cakes and either
       decorate with coloured icing and sweets, or turn
       into butterfly cakes
      Make a cake for tea – carrot, coffee and walnut,
       Victoria, lemon drizzle, and decorate in the
       traditional way

                                                  Try your hand
                                                    at making
                                                   some jam or
                                                     chutney!

                                                                Using at least 5 different
                                                              fruits, prepare a fruit salad.
                                                              Maybe try and use as many
         Plan a 3 course meal and cook at
                                                             different colours as possible!
                  least one course



              Cook potatoes in three different ways. You could then use
              the most popular method, and make a meal to accompany
              it. Try:
                                                               Try making some
                    Boiling
                                                               sweets. Here are
                    Roasting
                    Mashing
                                                               some ideas to get you
                    Frying/Sautéing                           started:
                     Chips
                                                                                 Chocolates
                     Baking
                                                                                 Fudge
                                                                                 Marzipan Fruits
  Make a type of pastry (e.g. short crust, puff or                               Peppermint Creams
  choux) and use it to prepare a dish or dessert.                                Truffles
                                                                                 Fruit Drops
                                                                                 Marshmallows
                                                                 Have a go at serviette folding. See
Make and serve afternoon tea (sandwiches,
                                                                 how many of the following designs
scones, cakes, pastries, tea!) to one of the
                                                                 you can do:
following:
                                                                         Fan
      Your unit
                                                                         Bishop’s hat/Mitre
      Parents
                                                                         Ship
      Friends                                                           Swan/Peacock
                                                                         Waterlily/Rose




                                                     Design and
                                                      make an
                                                   invitation to a
                                                   special event.

       Gift wrap 3 different shaped                                       Lay a table for a dinner party
       parcels using paper, ribbon,                                       with several courses, make
            bows, gift tags etc.                                         some place cards and a table
                                                                                  decoration.


              Make one or more of the following drinks:
                  Hot chocolate (from scratch!)
                  Fresh lemonade
                  Iced tea
                                                                          Create a greetings card
                  Frozen drink
                  Ginger beer
                                                                          for one of the following
                  Cream Soda                                             events:
                  Milkshake
                                                                            Valentine’s Day
                  Fruit punch
                                                                            Mother’s Day
                                                                            Father’s Day
                                                                            Birthday
                                                                            Anniversary
 Make a decoration for a special occasion e.g. a                            Religious Festival
 religious festival, birthday or other celebration.
                                                     Find out how to repair damaged
Learn to knit 3 different stitches and pick
                                                     garments, for example darning a
up a dropped stitch. Here are some
                                                     sock, or fixing a rip in a pair of
stitches you could have a go at:
                                                     jeans. Have a go at repairing
       Garter stitch                                something, using what you have
       Purl stitch                                  learnt.
       Stocking stitch
       Moss stitch
       Ribbing (single or double)




                                           Make a
                                        pincushion or
                                        a needle case.


                                                            Try your hand at adjusting
                                                         some garments, e.g. taking up
       Learn to thread a needle then find                the bottom of a skirt or pair of
        out the correct way to sew on a                    trousers, and re-hemming
        button, and put it into practice.                             them.


           Learn some embroidery stitches previously unknown to
           you, and use this to make/decorate an item (e.g.
           bookmark or purse.) Here are some stitch
           ideas to get you started:                        Learn to sew badges
                                                            onto a garment or
                Chain stitch
                Stem stitch                                blanket. If you don’t
                Cross stitch                               already have a camp
                Lazy Daisy stitch                          blanket, you could
                French Knot
                                                            start one, or you
                                                            could undertake to
Make a toy using some knitting/needlework skills.           sew all badges onto
This could be a sock puppet, a felt toy, or even a          your uniform or
                 knitted teddy.                             campfire blanket in
                                                            the future.
                                                            Try cold dying an item. You could
Identify the meaning of the following
                                                            either dye in one colour, or try
laundry symbols:
                                                            some tie-dying. There are many
                                                            designs to choose from when tie-
                                                            dying. Research and choose your
                                                            favourite. You could even make
                                                            matching t-shirts or neckers for
                                                            your unit!




                                            Have a go at
                                            making some
                                               soap.



                                                                 Make some scented bags,
                                                                     for example using
     Starch a shirt, either using liquid or                      lavender, to keep clothes
                 spray starch                                    in drawers smelling fresh.



         Find out how, and then try removing the following stains
         from fabric (don’t cheat and use stain removal sticks!):
               Example: Red wine
                 Removal agent = Carbonated or soda water              Either learn how to
               Ink                                                   use the iron to press
               Grease
                                                                       garments, or if you
               Tomato
               Grass
                                                                     already know, hold an
               Lipstick                                            evening where you iron
               Glue                                                 for family and friends.
                                                                     You could even turn it
                                                                        into a fundraiser!
Create a mood board with ideas and                     Make up some flat pack furniture
inspiration for re-decorating your                     following the instructions
bedroom. This could include images                     provided with the kit. This could
from magazines, paint samples,                         be anything from a small bookcase
wallpaper samples, fabric samples for                  to a large wardrobe!
curtains/pillows, sketches, colour
themes, etc.




                                          Make some
                                          potpourri.


                                                         Have a go at polishing some
                                                         brass or silver, so it looks as
                                                         good as new!
    Clean a pair of shoes or boots, and
            give them a polish.



               Have a go at one or more of the following essential
               household chores:

                        Changing a light bulb
                        De-scaling a kettle
                                                                Find some ‘green
                        Cleaning a carpet
                                                                cleaning’ methods,
                        Polishing some furniture
                        Defrosting a freezer                   that don’t use
                        Cleaning an oven                       chemicals and which
                                                                are therefore kinder
                                                                to the environment.
                                                                Use these methods to
                                                                clean floors or
                                                                windows.
                                                        Decorate a flowerpot and then
Arrange some flowers. You could simply
                                                        plant a bulb in the pot. You could
arrange them decoratively in a vase, or
                                                        use some of the following:
use some floral foam to create a
centrepiece. How about using the                               Paint
GirlGuiding centenary colours to create a                      Foam shapes
special themed arrangement? Or you                             Tissue paper
                                                               Stencils/sponges
could create a gift for someone special
on Mother’s Day?




                                           Make a bird
                                         feeder/fat ball.

                                                              Plant a window box or a
                                                              hanging basket. Decide on
                                                              a colour theme and find
      Grow some cress. You could grow                         flowers that fit the theme.
      it in the form of a cress head or a
      cress creature!


         Make a miniature garden on a tray or in a waterproof box.
         You could theme it to one of the following:

               A garden from a religious story or ancient myth
               The Chelsea Flower Show
               A famous attraction such as the Eden Project or Stonehenge
               The beach
               A global ecosystem such as the                       tropical
                                                                Either buy some potted
                rainforest                                      herbs and plant to create
               A copy of a local park.
                                                             a herb garden, or grow
                                                             some herb seeds in
                                                             flowerpots. You could
                                                             then use the grown herbs
                                                             to create something from
                                                             the cooking zone!
Once you have completed your six challenges,              Actual badge measures 7.5 cm in diameter.

return this form to order your badges.
Badges should be ordered before 31st July, 2011 to guarantee availability


Contact Name:                ……………………………………………………………………………………

Unit:                        ……………………………………………………………………………………

Rainbows / Brownies / Guides / Senior Section / Adult / Trefoil Guild   (please circle)

Contact address:             ……………………………………………………………………………………

                             ……………………………………………………………………………………

                             ……………………………………… Postcode …………………………

Phone and/or email:          ……………………………………………………………………………………
in case of queries

                                                      No. of badges          Cost

Cloth badges (7.5 cm) - £1.00 each                                       £

Post and packaging (see below)                              ---          £

Total Cost                                                  ---          £

                                                                        p&p charges: 1-2 badges    £0.50
                                                                                     3-40 badges   £1.00
                                                                                     41-100 badges £1.50

Please send form and cheque (payable to ‘Girlguiding Woodford Challenge Badges’) to:
100 Years of Homemaking, c/o Tori Porter, 2nd Woodford Rangers,
24a Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0BS

Badges will be delivered as soon as possible.
Any queries please email: tori_porter@hotmail.com
Further copies of this booklet can be downloaded at
http://www.lobguides.org.uk/assets/100-Years-of-Homemaking-Challenge.pdf

								
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