Jeannie Dixon (DIXONJ@LINCC.CCLA.LIB.FL.US)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 08:53:12 -0400
This year my troop will not be doing any particular activity for Oct. 31.. we
just finished giving a wonderful "Math is FUN-tastic" workshop Saturday, and
I'm out of town all of next week on a business trip.
But... in the past, we have used the following as a birthday activity. It's a
bit of a scavenger hunt, a bit of a "moving play"... The girls really enjoy it!
Juliette Low's Birthday Game
Starting Point: Each patrol of girls receives a note saying
Juliette Low started Girl Scouting in Savannah by telephoning a
friend. The first clue will be by the telephone.
1st Point: The first clue told them where to find a person with a
daisy. That person also has a paper pumpkin. Say "Juliette Low
was born on Halloween, so draw a nose, mouth, or eyes to start a
Jack-o-Lantern." Then show the patrol where the trail, marked with
paper pumpkins, starts and tell them to follow it.
2nd Point: At the end of the pumpkin trail will be an adult. Tell
them that Juliette Low liked to put on plays. Ask the patrol to
choose and act out a Halloween character. When you guess what they
are acting out, make a trail sign to show the team which way to go.
(To make a trail sign, use leaves, twigs, etc. to make an arrow in
the direction they need to go OR use a branch to mark in the dirt;
have this ready, but perhaps covered up with a paper.)
3rd Point: At this point, there will be an adult dressed as an
Indian. Tell them that Juliette Low's grandmother was captured by
Indians and lived with them. Her Indian name was Little-Ship-
Under-Full-Sail. If the patron can tell you which way is north by
looking at the sky (sun/moon), the Indian will give them a sketch
map to the next point.
4th Point: The map leads the patrol to a person with an American
flag. She says that the first handbook was called "How Girls Can
Help Their Country". She asks them to tell her two ways a Girl
Scout can be a good citizen on a hike. Then ask them to fold the
flag. Then direct them to a trail marked with red ribbons.
5th Point: At the end of the red ribbon trail, meet the team and
say that Juliette Low has friends all over the world. Ask the
patrol to show how they would greet a Girl Guide from another
country. Then she says that Juliette Low camped with many girls
and was a good storyteller. Direct them back to the meeting room.
This works very well if you have a large, outdoor area. Each "point" should be
far enough away that the girls don't see it, and are directed to it by the
adult at each point. However, last year it was pouring down rain and we set it
up inside our house. We developed a circular route thru the house: started in
the dining room, to the kitchen, out to the back porch, back in to the family
room, to the "computer room" (spare bedroom). One of the neat tie-ins is with
point 4 (red ribbons). Since this coincides with "Red Ribbon Week", we marked
the trail with red ribbons from the red ribbon rally. (Red Ribbon Week is an
awareness of Drug Resistance in the schools; everyone wears red, wears red
Enjoy! (BTW, I've used with both Brownies and Juniors.. both groups really
Junior GS Leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City