B2.19 It's a Fiesta

This meeting plan was shared with me by another Guider.

Program Connections:
  • Key to Girl Guides
    • 2. Thinking Day and Guide-Scout Week
  • Key to the Arts
    • 4. Crafts from Afar
    • 5. Around the World in Song and Dance




6:00 - 6:05 pm

  • Circle songs
  • Brownie opening song
  • Recite Brownie Promise

6:05 – 6:10 pm

  • Sing “A Singing Game for Thinking Day!”
  • *see song sheet

6:10 – 6:25 pm      

  • How can we celebrate our links to Brownies and Girl Guides around the world?
  • A. Find out why we celebrate Thinking Day and Guide-Scout Week.
  • Lord Baden-Powell, was born in England more than 150 years ago.  He wrote a book about camping, first aid and enjoying nature.  Boys loved the book, and soon Lord Baden-Powell started Boy Scouts.  Then girls wanted to join Scouts, so Lord Baden-Powell’s sister Anges helped start Girl Guides.  When Lord Baden-Powell married Lady Olave Baden-Powell, she started to work with Girl Guides too, and became World Chief Guide, helping to spread the Movement to girls and women all over the world.  Lord and Lady Baden-Powell shared the same birthday.  They were both born on February 22nd! On this day our Brownie friends all over the world celebrate Thinking Day.
  • C. Find something out about the four WAGGGS World Centres.
  • WAGGGS, which is headquartered in London, England, links 144 national Girl Guide and Girl Scout Associations, representing a total membership of more than 10 million individual members throughout the world.
  • The WAGGGS World Centres are meeting places with eating and sleeping accommodations for the use of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world.  There are four World Centres:
    • Our Chalet, Switzerland
    • Our Cabana, Mexico
    • Pax Lodge, England
    • Sangam, Indian
    • *see map of the world with 4 WAGGGS world centers located
  • Read ‘World Centres Action Game
  • E. Find out how the Canadian World Friendship Fund (CWFF) helps Brownies and Girl Guides all around the world.
  • Girl Guides of Canada maintains and administers the CWFF to support WAGGGS projects.  These include: the World Centres, Mutual Aid, World Thinking Day Fund, assistance to countries starting or re-establishing Guiding and assistance to WAGGGS countries suffering from natural disasters.  It also provides financial assistance to girl and adult members selected to represent Canada at international events and for girls from other WAGGGS countries visiting Canada, through the In Travel grants program.  Contributions to the CWFF are voluntary and may be made at any time.

6:25 – 6:30 pm

  • B. Participate in a Thinking day or Guide-Scout Week celebration.
  • We are going to celebrate Thinking Day by taking an imaginary trip to one of the WAGGGS World Centres and learn about Mexico.
  • Our Cabana, which opened in 1957, is the largest of the four World Centres.
  • Our Cabana is in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • The Our Cabana logo is also the symbol for the city of Cuernavaca. The drop of water is symbolic of our communication with Girl Guides and the community of Cuernavaca.  Like the tree, our movement has life and will continue to grow as it is nourished by the water.
  • *see picture of logo/Our Cabana
  • Our Cabana, is located in a mountainous area of Mexico, about 2 miles outside of Cuernavaca.  The grounds are covered with many flowers, and has  a high stone wall around the entire property.
  • Brownies in Mexico are called Haditas (Fairies) and are 6 – 91/2 years old.
  • Fairy Promise
    • I promise to do my best
    • To do my duty to God and Mexico my country,
    • And to help everyone, particularly those at home.
  • Fairy Law
    • A Fairy always tells the truth.
    • A Fairy is obedient and cheerful.
  • Fairy Motto
    • Lend a hand.
  • Mexican “Brownies” wear beige blouses, brown skirts, green scarf, white socks and dark shoes.  The enrolment pin is worn on the knot of the scarf.
  • *see ‘Brownies Around the World’ book
  • The flag of Mexico is divided in three equal vertical bands of green, white and red and the coat of arms (an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak) is centered in the centre white band.
  • *see flag
  • Official language of Mexico is Spanish.
  • The religion of 89% of the population is Catholic.
  • Currency is Peso’s.
  • Mascot of Our Cabana is a donkey names ‘Amigo’.

Take a trip to Mexico:

6:30 - 6:50 pm

  • Station #1 – Craft
  • Worry Doll
  • Before going to bed, the children of countries in Central America tell their troubles and worries to tiny dolls mad of colourful threads.  They have one doll for each worry.  The child places the dolls under her pillow so they can solve all her problems while she sleeps.
  • *see instruction sheet

6:50 – 6:55 pm

  • Station #2 – Song
  • ‘Our Cabana Song’ (*see Jubilee Song Book pg.33)
  • (Sung to the tune of traditional Mexican birthday tune)

6:55 – 7:05 pm

  • Station#3 – Dance
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • Part 1
    • On the count of '1': Fold you L arm across your stomach. Place your R elbow on your L hand keeping your R hand open as though saying 'hi'. Fling your R hand back at the same time as putting your R heel out in front of you.
    • On the count of '2': Fold you R arm across your stomach. Place your L elbow on your R hand keeping your L hand open as though saying 'hi'. Fling your L hand back at the same time as putting your L heel out in front of you.
    • On the count of '3': Fold you L arm across your stomach. Place your R elbow on your L hand keeping your R hand open as though saying 'hi'. Fling your R hand back at the same time as putting your R heel out in front of you.
    • On the count of 'and 4': Clap 2 times - quickly!
    • Start again repeating the counts 1 - 4 for a total of 7 times.
  • Part 2
    • Now the music changes:
      On the count of '1': Clap
      On the count of '2': Clap
      On the count of '3': Clap
      On the count of '4': Clap and raise your arms high and shout "OLÉ" (pronounced oh-lay and means hooray in Spanish).
    • Repeat the counts of 1 - 4 three times.
  • Part 3
    • The music starts again from the beginning, so repeat the first section 4 times.

7:05 – 7:15 pm

  • Station #4 – Food Nacho chips with salsa/guacamole

7:15 – 7:25 pm

  • Station #5 – Game
  • Chapete The game of hacky sack originally came from Mexico.
  • Chapete has long been considered a game of quickness, super-sharp reflexes and concentration.
    • Play begins when the ball is tossed up in the air. Players then take turns bouncing it off various parts of their body.  Players are allowed to use any body parts other than their hands.  The object is to keep the ball from hitting the ground for as long as possible. This can be adapted using a balloon or a soft bouncy ball.

7:25 – 7:30 pm

  • Brownie closing song



  • Toad stool
  • Cell phone
  • Dues bag
  • Brownie binder
  • Clock
  • Badge bag
  • Attendance clipboard
  • Owl
  • Chair signs & pins
  • Meeting plan
  • Dues record
  • Mexican music
  • Mexican flag
  • ‘A singing game for thinking day’ song sheets
  • World centre action game sheet
  • Hot glue gun
  • Low temp glue guns
  • Extension cords
  • Glue sticks (big and small)
  • Worry doll craft kits
  • Black felts
  • Jubilee song books
  • Nacho chips
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • 2 x spoons
  • Napkins
  • Plates
  • 2 x hacky sacks
  • ‘Brownies Around the World’ book
  • Map of world with 4 WAGGGS locations
  • Camera
  • Logo/picture of Our Cabana
  • Worry doll instruction sheet
  • Scissors
  • Felts for hair (yellow, black, brown)