Junior Activities

 

Building Tower

The object of the game is to build a paper tower using teamwork.

Supplies: 5 sheets of newspaper per group, tape

Instructions: Divide the girls into teams of 4 - 6 (depending on size of grooup), next give each team 5 sheets of newspaper and a roll of tape. Have the girls work as a team to make the tallest tower and see which one stands the longest.

Camp Mime

Instructions: Great activity to get ready for camp! In groups, girls mime a scene from camp. Other girls try to guess. Have some time for the girls to discuss the mime and have practice. Some examples – toasting marshmallows, building a campfire, cooking on an open fire, singing at the camp fire, a morning hike.

Charades

Instructions: Write the names of popular books, movies, games, songs, TV shows, etc. on slips of paper and put into a bowl/hat. Pick someone to begin. Whoever guesses correctly can go next. Everyone has a turn drawing a slip and acting it out.

Circle in a Circle

Instructions: Divide girls into two groups and have them join hands in a circle. One person places a hula hoop around her arm. Then without breaking hands, the team has to move the hoop around the circle. The two groups can compete against each other or make one large group and compete against time.

Edible Campfires

Supplies: 12-inch flour tortilla, Red licorice rope, peanuts, peanut butter, fried Chinese noodles, tootsie rolls, mini pretzel sticks, white grape juice, hot cocoa powder, candy corn

Instructions: To make an edible campfire, first clear a space on the table to build a safe fire. Lay down a tortilla fire base and wrap a licorice rope safety circle around the tortilla about an inch in from the edge. Build a peanut rock ring halfway between the safety circle and the center of the fire base. Spread a circle of peanut butter in the center of the fire base, and then lay a small handful of fried Chinese noodles on top for kindling. Lay tootsie roll logs around the peanut butter circle. Use mini pretzel sticks as fuel wood to build a tepee inside the ring of logs and over the kindling, sticking the pretzels into the peanut butter at a 45-degree angle. Add another layer of logs, setting them across the corners of the first layer to form a box around the tepee. Lay a few more pieces of fuel wood across the logs. Make sure buckets of water (glasses of white grape juice) and dirt (hot cocoa powder) are nearby to put out the fire if necessary, and then light the fire by adding candy corn flames. After the camp director approves the fire, throw dirt (Cocoa powder) on the fire to put it out. Now, the moment the fire builders have been waiting for... eat your fires!

Eyeball Blow (Race)

Supplies: Ping-Pong balls, straws

Instructions: Decorate 6 Ping-Pong balls as eyes. Use your imagination; a few blood vessels are always nice. Get a package of straws (1/girl). Have a race in a smallish area between 2 or 3 girls at a time - or as a team relay, or put the ping - pong ball in some kind of ring (a hula hoop masking taped to the floor), give the ping - pong ball a push and have them blow it into a plastic cup taped to the floor on its side.

Frosty

Supplies: A roll of toilet paper for each team, sheet of orange, black, red and yellow construction paper for each team, hat for each team, scissors for each team

Instructions: Have several teams of four or five girls. When the leader says, "GO" the girls wrap one of the girls on their team up in toilet paper (leaving an opening for nose and eyes). Once they've built their "Frosty" they can utilize the hat and construction paper to decorate "Frosty." Put a time limit on decorating. Give a prize for the first completed Frosty, most unique Frosty, scariest Frosty, cutest Frosty, etc.

Holidays Everywhere

There are a number of holidays celebrated all over the world. Talk about some of the other holidays around the world and some of the traditions and come up with some activities the girls can do from these traditions. Two December holidays are listed below:

Hanukkah is the Jewish Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication. The Hebrew word “hanukkah” means dedication. The Hanukkah holiday begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (approximately December) and lasts eight days.

During Hanukkah, gifts are exchanged and contributions made to the poor. On the first evening, one candle is lighted in a special eight-branched candelabrum called a menorah or hanukkiyah. Beginning on the second night, one candle is added every night until the total reaches eight on the last night. The candles are lighted by a separate candle called a shamash.

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday based on the traditional African festival of the harvest of the first crops. It begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days. The word Kwanzaa, sometimes spelled Kwanza, comes from a phrase which means first fruits in Swahili, an East African language. The holiday was developed in 1966 in the United States by Maulana Karenga, a professor of Pan-African studies and black cultural leader. It combines traditional African practices with African American aspirations and ideals. The holiday centers around the Nguzo Sapa, seven principles of black culture that were developed by Karenga. These principles are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the seven principles. In the evening, family members light one of the seven candles in a kinara (candleholder) and discuss the principle for the day. Members of many families exchange gifts, some of which are homemade.

Juliette Low's Birthday

Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s (founder of Girl Scouts) birthday by having a party or a birthday party at the local nursing home or shelter for all of the residents who were born in October. Girls could make cakes or cupcakes for the residents.

Mingle

Instructions: Everyone mingles around the room until a number is called. Girls must get into groups of that number as quickly as possible. Anyone left at 'time' is out. Continue until only a few girls are left.

Pass the Parcel

Instructions: Take an object and wrap it up (it may be put in a box). Add a smaller object over top of wrapping and add another layer of paper. Continue until there are several "prizes" and layers of paper on the parcel. Girls stand in a circle and pass the parcel around the circle while music plays. When the music stops the girl holding the parcel unwraps a layer and takes her prize, but she must do it before the music starts again. This girl then steps out of the circle. Continue until parcel is completely unwrapped.

Pile Up!

Supplies: chairs.

Instructions: The objective of the game is to learn how to follow directions. Girls all sit on the chairs in a circle. The leader explains the rules. The girls must simply follow directions she will call out and move into the direction she tells them. If someone is sitting on the chair you are supposed to move to, you sit on top of them. If someone is sitting on top of you and you have to move then move them with you. Then the leader calls out questions, directing the girls to either move to the left or to the right if the question applies to them. For example: “If you have an older sister move to the right” or "If you have blond hair move to the left”, “If you like chocolate move to the left”. It is a fun game for the girls, but be sure that they are careful not to hurt one another when sitting on laps.

The Ocean is Stormy Game

played in Denmark

Instructions: Mark circles on the floor with chalk, string, jump ropes, or hula hoops, one for each pair of girls minus one pair. Get into pairs. Each pair, except for one, should stand in a circle and choose the name of a fish. The names of some fish are: sea bass, trout, catfish, goldfish, sunfish, salmon, etc. The two girls who have not chosen fish names are the whales. They walk around the outside of the circles and call out names of fish. When the pair’s fish name is called, they leave the circle and walk behind the whales. After all the fish names are called, or after the whales call all the names they can think of, the whales shout “The Ocean is Stormy” At that time everyone runs to a circle. Any two girls can get in a circle, but no more than two. The two girls left without a circle become the whales for the next game.

Story Stick

Instructions: This is a fun game for girls to work together on and be creative. All you need is a long stick at least 18” long. Have the girls sit in a circle and give the story stick to the first girl, who takes it by the bottom. She starts a story and each sentence she adds she must move her hands up the stick. When she reaches the top of the stick she passes it to the girl next to her, who takes it by the bottom and continues the story where the last girl left off. Story and stick passing continues until all of the girls have had a chance to talk. The last girl must end the story! Girls can decorate the story stick with markers, stickers, streamers, tissue, etc...

Unscramble the News

Supplies: 2 complete newspapers

Instructions: Divide the girls into two teams. Newspapers are scattered all over the floor, with the two papers mixed together. Leader signals the start. The first team to get a whole paper in order correctly wins.