B1.11 Proud to be Canadian

This meeting plan was shared with me by another Guider.

Program Connections:

  • Key to My Community
    • 1. My Neighbourhood
    • 2. Proud to be Canadian
    • 3. Our Flag and Our National Anthem


 6:00 – 6:05 pm

    • Circle songs (attendance/dues)
    • Brownie opening song
    • Brownie Promise

      6:05 – 6:10 pm

      • 1. My Neighbourhood
      • What makes a neighbourhood interesting and fun?
        • A. Talk about why you like living in your neighbourhood.
        • B. Take a walk in your neighbourhood and share what you see and hear.
        • C. Name two neighbourhood or community events.  Do they take place every year about the same time?
        • D. Take part in a neighbourhood service project.

        6:10 – 6:35 pm

        • 2. Proud To Be Canadian
        • Why do you like living in Canada?
          • A. Play a game that shows why Canada is a special country in which to live.
          • Map of Canada/provinces/provincial symbols/coat of arms

        6:35 – 6:40 pm

        • B. Learn a song about Canada. (*see song sheet)
          • This Land is Your Land
          • Land of the Silver Birch

          6:40 – 6:55 pm

          • 3. Our Flag and Our National Anthem
          • Explain that the flag is a national symbol that is treated with dignity.  Ask how the girls think it should be treated.  Name places where a flag is flown, such as schools, government buildings and public parks.
          • Tell the girls that it is customary to stand when singing the national anthem.   Ask them to name events at which O Canada is sung, such as at ballgames, public ceremonies and school assemblies.
          • How do you feel when you sing O Canada?
          • A. Draw a picture of the Canadian flag.
          • B. Have a “flag” ceremony. Sing “O Canada” and show the flag.

                6:55 – 7:00 pm

                  7:00 – 7:05 pm

                  • Canada Flag Relay
                    • Divide girls into two groups.  Place pieces of flag at one end of the room. Each girl runs to flag pieces, takes one and runs back to group until they have all the pieces.  Once all the pieces are collected, each group must put their map together. The team who has their flag together first wins!

                  7:05 – 7:25 pm

                  • Cross Canada Challenge “Let’s Explore Canada!
                  • Design a New Flag
                    • Every country has certain symbols that represent it.  Ask the girls to brainstorm on what Canada’s most easily recognized symbols are.  Talk about the Canadian glad and ask if the girls know what it looks like.  In three groups, get the girls to design a new flag representing Canada.  But their flag can’t be rectangular in shape, use the maple leaf or use the colours red and white. When the flags are finished, have a flag parade and let the girls give a short speech about their flag, what it represents about Canada and why they choose those symbols.
                  • Guider Notes:
                    • It may be helpful to give the girls some ideas of some of the symbols, places or people that are associated with Canada eg. The beaver, RCMP, CN Tower, hockey, Calgary Stampede, Anne of Green Gables, moose, bonhomme, totem poles.   Ask the girls what symbols they think best represent Canada.

                  7:25 – 7:30 pm

                  • Brownie Closing Song

                    Supplies needed for meeting

                      • Toad stool
                      • Cell phone
                      • Dues bag
                      • Brownie binder
                      • Clock
                      • Badge bag
                      • Attendance clipboard
                      • Owl
                      • Chair signs & pins
                      • Meeting plan
                      • Pencils
                      • Red Crayons
                      • Map of Canada
                      • Provincial symbols poster
                      • Coat of arms poster
                      • “Together We Are Canada” guessing game
                      • Song sheets
                      • Blank flags
                      • Flags
                      • Straws
                      • “O Canada” words
                      • Tape
                      • Canadian Flag Participation Story
                      • Canada flag relay game
                      • Large paper x 3
                      • Scissors x 3
                      • crayons