22 January 2009
As the Red Cross’ two-year partnership with Girlguiding UK gets into its stride, young Guides across the UK are learning important first aid and citizenship skills – and having a lot of fun in the process.
The British Red Cross’ Power of Humanity project – created specially to help Girl Guides celebrate their hundred-year anniversary – comprises a series of eight downloadable resources filled with fun and interesting activities.
One group of Guides recently highlighted the project’s success when they spent an action-packed weekend test-driving the activities at Scarisbrick campsite at Sefton, Merseyside.
Laura Medway, from Girlguiding UK, said: “We started on the first module on the Friday night. The Emergency Bingo activity was a great introduction to the project but also provided a good way for the girls to get to know each other. We also learnt about emergencies from newspapers, then acted out some emergency incidents and discussed who needed help the most.”
However, the weekend had barely begun for the intrepid guides. Laura recalled: “On the Saturday morning, we created emergency cards outlining what to do in different emergency situations, then went into the woods to create emergency shelters. In the afternoon, the girls created their very own emergency biscuit recipes and cooked them in the kitchen.
“Then in the evening, the girls learned how to give therapeutic hand massages – which they all really enjoyed – and the day was rounded off with a traditional campfire and sing song.
She added: “On Sunday, the girls split into groups and made films about emergency situations, each featuring a helpful humanitarian citizen. The first group depicted the marathon runners who were recently stranded in the Lake District after severe weather, and showed how locals took them in and kept them warm. The second group showed a car crash where a first aider acted as a humanitarian citizen. The girls were very creative, using jam as blood for the car crash victim!”
But the fun wasn’t over yet. Laura recalled: ““We rounded off the weekend by creating trophies and holding an awards ceremony. Parents were invited along to learn about what their daughters had been doing during the weekend, eat some emergency biscuits and watch the short films.”
Looking back, she added: “A great time was had by all and can I just say that the resource that the Red Cross has created is brilliant. By simply following the resources, we were able to create an original, action-packed and varied programme for the girls which made the weekend a special celebration of their time in Guides.”
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