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Never Eat Soggy Weetbix… or Waffles, or Worms!

on March 27, 2014

Easy night for me last night as AmericanCoLeader did all the planning and running of the activities!

We went to the local park, where ACL had set up a series of trails for the girls to follow in their patrols, using compasses to guide their way!

Firstly, we went through how to remember the various directions – where we learned that the Australian “Never Eat Soggy Weetbix” is a little different to the American “Never Eat Soggy Waffles”! So of course the girls started brainstorming all the other things it could possibly be, and, naturally they ended up with “Never Eat Soggy Worms” 🙂

Anyway, AmercianCoLeader had set up a fabulous little trail, individual for each patrol, which had them finding various clues which gave different directions – like “go north-west five paces” and “go south 20 paces” etc. Along the way they also found textas, stickers, paper, and smarties. They then had to use the materials they’d found to make a sign – each patrol had a direction to make a sign for, which lead into a quick running around game where they had to run to the named direction, with the last kid to arrive ‘out’.

But our game was interrupted by the soccer players using the park, who very rudely moved their activities into the area we were using without saying anything! There was plenty of the park free that they could have used!! Had the very un-Guidey thought of letting the girls run straight through their game, but chose the high road and sent them off to the playground to run about for a bit before walking back to the hall.

So, an easy night, and lovely to have someone else doing all the planning. I like this team-Guiding thing 🙂

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6 responses to “Never Eat Soggy Weetbix… or Waffles, or Worms!

  1. Strictly Jen says:

    Funny, we say Never Eat Shredded Wheat, which does rhyme!

  2. Clare says:

    Sounds fun – I’ve been thinking about compass activities, might steal a few ideas!

  3. I’ve been looking at buying some new compasses, because so many of ours no longer work. They cost about $70! Do you just use compasses you already had at the Guide hall or have you purchased some in recent years?

    I really like the idea about finding objects along the way to use in an activity. I do that a lot in wide games, but why not unit meetings?! Thanks for sharing.

  4. guideylaurie says:

    Strictly Jen – Shredded Wheat does work! Handy!

    Clare – On our recent camp we also did a short compass activity, where the girls had to build shelters facing north – that was another good one that you could include?

    Brownieguideleader – We purchased a few compasses about two years ago – we got them for about $15ish each at an outdoors type shop? Have you tried looking online if local prices are awful?

  5. kirstenh says:

    In the part of Canada we grew up in it was always soggy worms! Never heard it as anything else until I moved 2000 km to another part of Canada and became a Guider!

  6. guideylaurie says:

    That’s fantastic, I didn’t know anyone used ‘worms’!! My girls would fit right in with your old area 🙂

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