1.17 Our Cabaña

Program Connections:
  • Key to the Arts
    • 4. Crafts from Afar
  • Key to Girl Guides
    • 2. Thinking Day and Guide-Scout Week


Gathering Activity (in their circles)

  • Attendance and dues
  • Thinking Day Passport - fill in personal information, complete the dot-to-dot puzzle


  • Circle Songs
  • Brownie Song


  • Talk about the dot-to-dot puzzle.
  1. Start on the date of Thinking Day (Feb 22)
  2. Thinking Day was chosen because it is the _____ of two important people. (birthday)
  3. The man who started Scouting. (Lord Baden Powell)
  4. The wife of the man who started scouting - they share a birthday! (Lady Baden Powell)
  5. The country where scouting started. (England)
  6. Our country (Canada)
  7. There are four ____ _____that Girl Guides from around the world can visit. (world centres)
  8. At this World Centre in Switzerland, you can go skiing. (Our Chalet)
  9. What is the short name for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts? (WAGGGS)
  10. We collect money to help our sisters in Guiding around the world. What is the short name for the Canadian World Friendship Fund? (CWFF)
  11. This is how many countries have Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in them. (145)
  12. This is the name of the shape you just made (trefoil)
  • Talk about District Thinking Day ceremony – theme is “empowering girls will change our world”. This means that if we stand up for what we believe in, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  • Each group is to do some sort of presentation – we would like to sing the song we learned last week but also add some “scenery” so that we are relating the song to our international friendship with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.
  • This week we will just work on the song, and over the next few weeks we will practice and make some scenery for our presentation.



  • Introduce Mexico and Our Cabaña
  • There are 145 countries that are part of WAGGGS, but only four of them have world centres. One world centre is Our Cabaña in Mexico.
  • Every world centre has activities that are related to the culture of the country they are in.
  • Our Cabaña was officially opened in July of 1957.
  • It can accommodate 84 participants, and is the largest of the world centres.
  • Art, color, and flowers are everywhere.
  • The weather is wonderful, with year round temperatures from 10C to 27C
  • Our Cabaña is itself a spot of beauty. The grounds, enclosed by a high stone wall that extends around the entire property, is typical of many homes in Mexico.
  • As you step in through the high blue doors embossed with the gold World Association logo, you enter a lush green oasis that provides a welcome respite from the brown, bare terrain during the dry season. Flowers are everywhere; jacaranda, copa de oro, bougainvillea, and llamarada bloom in profusions of red, orange, pink, and gold. There are rose gardens, stately poinsettias, cactus gardens, and flowering trees.
  • Around the property are eight buildings with low slanting roofs, many large windows, and volcanic stone
  • Walkways connect the buildings and wind around gardens, fountains, and a beautiful swimming pool. As you float on your back in the pool under a blue, cloudless sky, you can see in the distance the snow-capped peaks of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl-- the volcanoes outside Mexico City.



  • Guatamalen Worry Dolls (links to an external website)
  • Before going to bed each night, the children of Guatemala, the country immediately south of Mexico, tell their troubles and worries to tiny dolls made of colourful threads - one doll for each worry. The dolls are then placed under their pillow, and, while asleep, the dolls solve all of the problems!



·Hand out flower sheets & Ask girls to write one great thing about who they are on each petal. Explain that it can be about their skills, backgrounds, talents, beliefs, families, strengths, and other social and personal traits.