yarn, scissors, balloons (1 per girl)
Each girl blows up a balloon, cuts a piece of yarn about 18 inches long, and ties the balloon to her ankle. When told to start each girl should protect her balloon while trying to bust someone else's. When a girl's balloon is popped, she is out. The last one with an un-popped balloon is the winner. The game can be done in teams or individually.
Decorate cupcakes to celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's birthday (the founder of Girl Scouting). Girls can either eat the cupcakes or donate them to a local nursing home or shelter (check first).
Put together a caroling book of holiday songs (try to find some songs from other holidays celebrated in different countries) and go caroling around your community. Invite the girls’ families to join. Go to a nursing home or hospital and sing songs to cheer up the patients and the elderly for the holidays. Afterwards have cookies and hot chocolate to warm up.
Divide girls into even teams; each forming a single line. Designate someone to shout, "GO!" Players will stand with their feet apart and their hands on the shoulders of the girl in front of them. At the signal, the last girl will drop to her hands and knees and crawl under the other girls. When she gets to the front, she jumps up and joins the line. As the player behind her grabs her shoulders, the girl that is now last crawls through. Game continues until all girls have gone through to the front. The team that finishes first wins.
Cotton Ball Races
2 cotton balls, straws for each girl, masking tape or any non-clear tape
Mark two lines on the floor with tape (not too far apart). Divide the girls into two teams and then separate each team into two groups each - like a relay. The girls will use straws to blow the cotton balls across the floor to the next person. This continues until the last player has blown the cotton ball across the line. The first team finished wins.
Move like an animal. Try one of the suggestions below. Girls may wish to create some of their own moves.
• Rabbit Hop - Bend your knees and jump forward.
• Seal Slide - Pull yourself forward with your hands at your side while dragging your body and feet. Bounce a little if you can.
• Elephant Walk - Bend forward. Extend your arms and place one hand over the other to form a trunk. Make sure that your fingers are pointing toward the ground. Move slowly with legs stiff and straight and your trunk swinging from side to side.
• Crab Scuttle - Sit on the floor with your hands behind you. Lift up your body with your hands and feet. Walk on all fours. Walk forward or backward quickly.
• Inchworm Crawl - Place both hands on the floor. Try to keep your knees stiff and legs straight, but bend your knees if you have to. Walk your feet forward until you reach your hands.
• Snake Slither – Lay face down on the floor.. Keep your arms against the sides of your body. Move your body from side to side and try making an "S" shape.
Sheet, Feather or Balloon
Spread the sheet out flat on the floor. Have the girls kneel around the sheet on all four sides. Each side will be a team. Have the girls hold up the sheet by the edges and pull it tight, holding it under their chins. Place a feather or balloon and have the girls blow it away from their side of the sheet. If the feather or balloon touches one of the team members or gets blown over their heads, that team gets a point. The team with the fewest points at the end of the designated time period is the winner.
small tent, flashlight
Set up a small tent that has a window with a flap that can be folded down to become a make shift theater window. Use the flashlight to cast shadows or as a spot light for the puppet actors. Let the children use their imagination to come up with a skit using objects found around camp. When night falls, gather around the tent to watch the show. You will be surprised at what they will come up with.
I’m going on a trip and I’m taking…
A great game for the girls at night around the campfire! The first person has to finish the sentence with something that starts with an “A”. The person to their right (or left) must repeat what the first person said and add something that starts with a “B”. And so on until you have gone through the alphabet. This is fun for everyone, the girls and the adults! If you are not at camp you can make a fake campfire out of cardboard!
S’mores add a nice touch to it as well. This is also great for those long car rides going on a troop trip.
Japanese Balloon Game
several balloons, slips of paper with questions or actions written on them, a whistle.
The group stands in a circle. The leader has the balloons. A message has been inserted into the balloon before it was blown up. One at a time, a balloon is passed from player to player around the circle, until the leader blows a whistle. The player holding the balloon when the whistle blows must go to the center of the circle. She must sit on the balloon until it bursts, then read the message, and perform the action or answer the question contained in the message.
People to People
Girls are paired up randomly, leaving one girl as the "caller". The "caller" gives commands to the pairs, which they must follow (example: knee to knee, back to back, etc.). Keep matching until the "caller" says "people to people;" then everyone, including the "caller" has to find a new partner. The person left without a partner is the new "caller."
Divide the girls into two teams. All girls remove their shoes and place them in a pile in the center of the floor. At the signal, all the girls try to find their shoes. The first team that has their own shoes on, laced and tied wins.
One girl is picked to be the leader first. All others stand in line/group. Leader states things/actions for girls to do, some with "Simon Says..." and some without. Those that perform the action without the "Simon Says..." are out. Take turns being leader.
Fall is traditionally the season to celebrate the things that we are thankful for, but this is a fun activity you can do with everyone at any time. Arrange the group in a circle. Pass around a "thankerchief" (handkerchief) while reciting this poem:
Thankerchief, thankerchief, around you go
Where you'll stop, nobody knows.
But when you do, someone must say,
What they are thankful for this day.
The player holding the "thankerchief" when the poem ends, must say one thing they are thankful for. This continues until everyone has had a turn.
Unwrap the Gift
box filled with candy or other small items and wrapped many times with different paper, music
Girls sit in a circle on the floor. While the music is playing the "gift" is passed around the circle. When the music stops, one layer of wrapping paper is removed. The music begins again and the process continues until the box is completely unwrapped. The box is then opened and everyone shares what is inside.