Staying Connected Challenge

Ontario Council wants to connect with you and your unit! Reflect on your Guiding experience during the pandemic and share it with us for the opportunity to earn the Staying Connected crest and to receive a personalized letter from the Provincial Commissioners. Girls who complete the challenge will also be working towards program badges. This challenge is only available until August 31, 2021.

How do girls earn the Staying Connected Challenge Crest?

  1. Complete the Your Pandemic Experience (EN) or Your Pandemic Experience (FR) activity during a virtual meeting. Suggestions for each branch level can be found below.
  2. Optional: The Ontario Council wants to hear what you are looking forward to in your guiding future! Complete the Text to Ontario Council activity sheet (linked below).
  3. Share your virtual Guiding experiences and the outcome of the activity with Ontario Council by completing the Staying Connected submission form. Ontario and Nunavut units will be able to order their Staying Connected Challenge Crests, free of charge, through this same form.

For Units outside of Ontario/Nunavut, complete this online form to purchase your crests.

Sparks, Brownies and Guides:

Your Pandemic Experience activity, Step 1: Personal reflection

Choose 1-2 questions in each category (Your Inner World, Creativity and Innovation and Connecting with others) to answer with words or pictures.

For example, you can create a collage, paint, or draw your answers.

Your Pandemic Experience activity, Step 2: Guiding reflection

Choose 2-3 words that are meaningful or stand out to you and use them to create a reflection on your Guiding experience during the pandemic.

Make sure to include some activities you are looking forward to doing in upcoming months during virtual meetings.

Optional: Looking forward, reflecting back

Ontario Council wants to hear what you are looking forward to in your Guiding future - whether that's the next time you meet with your unit in person, the next time you camp together, or the next time you can get together with a larger group in your community.

Download, print or type in the GGC cellphone worksheet to “text” a reply to Ontario Council, to tell us what your Guiding future might look like! Feel free to use words and pictures, too (and bonus if you include some emojis!).

Text to the Ontario Council:

Connect with Ontario Council

Connect with Ontario Council using the Staying Connected Online Submission form. Once we receive your submissions, a digital letter from the Provincial Commissioners will be issued and you will be eligible to order the crest!

Note: If you are attaching a photo or video including your face or faces of others in your unit, please confirm that you have a signed “yes” image release form (IR.1) on file with GGC (ask your Guider to check the unit roster!).

Encourage girls to choose questions and words that relate to them and their experience with Guiding during a pandemic.

After you finish the activity, ask for volunteers to share their reflections with the group. Do you have similar answers to someone else? Different answers? Discuss why this might be.

Pathfinders and Rangers

Your Pandemic Experience activity, Step 1: Personal reflection

Answer all the questions in each category (Your Inner World, Creativity and Innovation and Connecting with others) to answer with words and pictures.

For example, you can create a poem or story, a diary entry, or a letter to people of the future! Your ideas could be typed out, handwritten, or even captured in a brief video!

Your Pandemic Experience activity, Step 2: Guiding reflection

Choose 4-5 words that are meaningful/stand out to you and use them to create a reflection on your Guiding experience during the pandemic.

Additionally, make sure to reflect on some activities you are looking forward to doing in upcoming months during virtual meetings.

Optional: Looking forward, reflecting back

Ontario Council wants to hear what you are looking forward to in your Guiding future - whether that's the next time you meet with your unit in person, the next time you camp together, or the next time you can get together with a larger group in your community.

Download, print or type in the GGC cellphone worksheet to “text” a reply to Ontario Council, to tell us what your Guiding future might look like! Feel free to use words and pictures, too (and bonus if you include some emojis!).

Text to the Ontario Council:

Connect with Ontario Council

Connect with Ontario Council using Staying Connected Online Submission form. Once we receive your submissions, a digital letter from the Provincial Commissioners will be issued and you will be eligible to order the crest!

Note: If you are attaching a photo or video including your face or faces of others in your unit, please confirm that you have a signed “yes” image release form (IR.1) on file with GGC (ask your Guider to check the unit roster!).

Encourage girls to choose questions and words that relate to them and their experience with Guiding during a pandemic.

After you finish the activity, ask for volunteers to share their reflections with the group. What are some of the similarities between answers? What are some of the differences? Discuss why someone might have similar or different answers.

Note: The past year has not been easy for a lot of people. This reflection might be a bit tough or bring up some feelings. That’s totally okay. If you need support, check out some helpful resources.

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