1.3 Safety First


Program Connections:
  • Key to I Can
    • 1. Staying Safe

Provincial Challenge:



Gathering Activity (in their circles)

    • Attendance and dues; name tags AND BEADS in circle box
    • Each circle to learn about their emblem and song. Red – Leprechauns, Yellow – Fairies, Blue – Nymphs, Green – Pixies.
    • Emergency Spinner game from Ontario Emergency Preparedness Challenge


      • Circle Songs
      • Brownie Song
      • Practice the promise, motto and sign

      Game {Emergency Preparedness Challenge}

      • Tell the girls that sometimes in an emergency (as we saw in the spinner game) we have to leave our homes for a period of time or we might have to stay inside to wait for help. It is important to have an Emergency Survival Kit with supplies to keep a family safe and healthy for about three days. You may want to have a list of the items for each girl to take home and share with her family.
      • Collect all items that should be in an Emergency Survival Kit and place them on the floor or in the centre of a table. Conceal the items with a towel or blanket.
      • Invite the girls to sit in a circle around the items.
      • Tell them that these items are essential for an Emergency Survival Kit and that they will be playing a memory game.
      • Uncover the items and allow the girls to look at them carefully for 1-2 minutes. Tell them to try and remember as many objects as they can.
      • After 1-2 minutes cover up the items. Ask the girls to try to tell you as many of the items as they can from memory. Make a list on chart paper or a chalkboard. As you make the list, briefly discuss why each item is important.
      • When they can’t think of any more items, uncover them once again and let the girls see which ones they missed.

      Game - Fire Safety

      • Talk to the girls about fires both in the home and in Canada’s forests. Brainstorm ideas on what can be done to prevent fires (e.g., not to play with matches, safe use of candles, safe cooking practices, make sure campfires are completely out before leaving…). Then talk about what we can do to prepare for an unexpected fire in our home or at camp. Allow the girls to express their ideas and share any experiences they have had related to this topic.
      • Explain there may be a time when fire “gets on” their clothes. Young children might not understand the concept of their clothes “catching” on fire. They are more likely to realize what it means to have fire to “get on” their clothes.
      • Stop! If fire ever “gets on” their clothes, they need to stop right where they are – don’t run to tell Mom or Dad. After the fire is gone, then tell Mom or Dad what happened.
      • Drop! Show your child how to cover her eyes with her hands then fall to the floor or ground. Tell her she doesn’t have to look for a place where there isn’t anything on the floor. It is more important that she stop the fire that is on her clothes.
      • Roll! Demonstrate rolling in a complete circle in one direction, and then do the same in the other direction. Have her count as you roll in each direction five times. Then look to make sure there is no more fire.
      • Play stop, drop and roll Tag - Three or four students are chosen as taggers. Give those students a red sock stuffed with tissue paper. When the taggers tag the runners with the socks and say "FIRE", the tagged runner must shout "Stop, Drop, and Roll", and then perform the movements (stop, drop, and roll) before continuing to play the game. After a few minutes, new taggers are selected and the game continues.



      • Girls to draw on a large mural to show what sorts of things they want to do in Brownies this year



      • Act like a natural emergency
      • Introduction: A natural emergency is a situation caused by nature that poses an immediate threat to human life or serious damage to property. Ask the girls if they can think of any emergencies that would be caused by nature. Briefly talk about severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes…Point out that these situations are more severe than a simple rainstorm and that we should be prepared to deal with natural emergencies that could happen in our communities.
      • Ask the girls, “What is a natural emergency?” Briefly talk about each one as it is suggested. Ensure that they understand how natural emergencies differ from other emergencies, like power failures or train derailments.
      • Make up actions for several natural emergencies together. Some ideas for actions are listed below. Practise each action a few times by having them:
        • Earthquake - Stand on the spot and shake
        • Flood - Move their hands up in front of them
        • Forest Fire - Pretend they have a hose and are spraying a forest fire
        • Wind Storm - Wave their hands above their head
        • Heavy Rain - Rapidly tap the floor with their fingers/ nails
        • Lightning Storm - Flash their hands open and shut in front of them quickly
        • Tornado - Spin around on the spot
      • Tell the girls to spread out and move away from any objects that they might bump into as they move.
      • Explain to the girls that when you call out a type of emergency they should do the correct action. You may want to have a whistle to get their attention each time.

      Brownie Closing