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Science + story = wide game!

on November 6, 2014

A great night last night, which required a lot of preparation, but was well rewarded with a bunch of very happy and engaged Guides of all ages!

We were joined by a couple of girls from SisterUnit, which was fun – their youngest newbie was SO EXCITED and kept saying “This is the first time I’ve done this! And its so much fun! I love it!”

I’ll write up the wide game in full shortly, but essentially the story was that the Evil Doctor Greyzone had stolen the colours, and the patrols were in a race to find all six colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) (I gave up on Indigo, finding six relevant activities was hard enough!!), and then had to bring them together in a rainbow (via bubbles).

To even up the challenge – and to give a little twist to proceedings – I split up the unit into different patrols from usual, and made them mixed-ages. Given some of the challenges (like making slime and making ice-packs) were quite technical, it didn’t seem fair to have patrols of 11 and 12 year olds competing against patrols of 7 and 8 year olds! I also appointed different people to usual to be patrol leaders – it was interesting to see which ones embraced the role, and which ones really just didn’t… and I have to say, a couple of my guesses around who would do well were off the mark. Just because a kid is assertive and popular doesn’t mean she’s necessarily able to bring a group together and get them to cooperate!

Anyway, a good night, lots of fun, and I’ll certainly be having them make ice-packs again (using citric acid and baking soda), as that is probably the most brilliant trick I’ve found on the internet for a while, and the girls were enthralled 🙂

 

 

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2 responses to “Science + story = wide game!

  1. Can’t wait to get more details on the wide game! I haven’t heard of the ice packs before so i’m intrigued.

    Have you done an Aussie animals wide game before? We’re starting to plan a camp around the theme for next year and i’m looking for inspiration. Thanks!

  2. guideylaurie says:

    No, I haven’t done an Aussie animals one, but I’d be intrigued to hear what you might come up with!! AwesomeCoLeader did a bugs themed one for our Crazy Critters Camp which worked really well, with the central idea being that a professor from the local uni had been kidnapped and they had to find her via a whole bunch of insect themed activities 🙂

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