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St. John’s NL

A1A 0E8

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Newfoundland and Labrador Council

Guiding Granny Outdoor Activity Challenge

April 2015 through March 2016
To complete the Challenge, Members must complete the appropriate number of challenges for their branch. These challenges can be done with a Unit, Group, or individually.

  • Sparks - 8

  • Brownies - 10

  • Guides - 15

  • Pathfinders, Rangers, Link Members, and any Adult member not registered in a Unit - 20

  • Guiders in Units are challenged to do the same number as their girls, plus 1, to a maximum of 20

You may select the challenges of greatest interest to you, however you must complete one challenge from each of the five categories listed below. Activities may be altered to suit the age and needs of the participant.

  • Have Fun Being Healthy

  • Have Fun Learning about Your Environment

  • Have Fun Camping

  • Have Fun in Your Community

  • Just For Fun

CREST: When the required number of challenges are completed, send the crest order form (available on the Provincial Website) to Provincial Office.
AREA CHALLENGE: Every year, the Area with the highest percentage* of members completing Guiding Granny’s Outdoor Activity Challenge (GGOAC) will be awarded the GGOAC Plaque at the Provincial Annual General Meeting.

*Members meeting challenge / Total Area member registration x 100
In order for an Area to receive the Plaque, all forms must be received by April 10, 2016.


  1. Invite another Branch to join you in an outdoor bridging activity.

  2. Make a kite - and fly it

  3. Play an outdoor-wide game such as softball, hide-and-seek, survival or stalking games.

  4. Learn to skip outdoors.

  5. Demonstrate how to dress for outdoor activities including sturdy shoes, socks, hat, scarf, jeans or shorts. Demonstrate how to dress in layers for all types of weather and activities

  6. Create an obstacle course to jump over, crawl under or go around. Then have a race to see who runs the fastest.

  7. Go rock-climbing (check and follow Safe Guide regulations).

  8. Take a hike (length according to age and ability).

  9. Plan a "Meatless Monday" (vegetarian meals for a day) at a camp - it’s good for you and the planet!

  10. Play two outdoor games, one in summer, one in winter.

  11. Do any program challenge that fits in this category.

  12. Plan a Camp Menu using Canada’s Food Guide.

  13. Assemble a personal First Aid Kit to carry on a hike.

  14. Using the Canada’s Food Guide prepare and cook a complete meal in one pot. For the more experienced camper, cook it over an open fire.


  1. Walk along a trail blindfolded with a non-blindfolded partner; identify as many natural objects as you can by touch or smell.

  2. Observe Earth Hour (on the last Saturday in March, at 8:30 p.m.) by living without electricity for an hour; see http://www.earthhour.org/ No batteries either!

  3. On a clear night, using a star chart, identify three constellations and one planet.

  4. Create an outdoor craft using only material you discover outdoors - without disturbing the environment.

  5. Plant at least one tree to help reduce our carbon footprint.

  6. Catalogue the different trees you find while exploring a small wood.

  7. On a hike, photograph or sketch five different flowers and paste the resulting prints in a scrapbook with interesting information about each.

  8. Make a bark or leaf rubbing. Know the name of the tree it comes from.

  9. Perform a real "Act of Green" outdoors.

  10. Make a birdfeeder and keep a written record of the birds visiting it.

  11. On an outdoor activity, demonstrate the meaning of the saying “a Guide leaves a place better than she finds it”.

  12. Do any program challenge that fits in this category.

  13. Spend 5 minutes cloud watching at camp.

  14. Identify animal tracks.

  15. Using recycled materials, make a pair of show shoes and try them out.

  16. Learn about our Newfoundland Provincial Flower.


  1. Learn a new knot; learn its name and what it is used for

  2. In the winter, build a snow-house or quincee; go inside and get comfortable.

  3. Cook hotdogs in a milk carton.

  4. Take part in a race to build a shelter, using only 1 plastic sheet, 4 poles and some string before a storm comes (A Guider with a bucket of water is the storm).

  5. Make a sundial and check it for accuracy.

  6. Participate in a Guides' Own at a camp or sleepover.

  7. Make a piece of cooking equipment such as a box oven or tin-can stove, then use it to cook a meal.

  8. Outdoors, make two camping gadgets that require lashing; name the knots you use.

  9. Storm-lash a tent. Learn the skill and demonstrate it outdoors or at camp.

  10. Participate in or help lead an outdoor campfire.

  11. Take part in a water activity: swimming, canoeing or other. (Check and follow Safe Guide regulations.)

  12. Find north without a compass. Then find west without a compass.

  13. Make two different types of fire starters and test them by building a fire.

  14. Participate in a residential camp, tent camp or adventure camp, or for Sparks and Brownies, a day Camp

  15. Do any program challenge that fits in this category.

  16. Put together a personal Survival Kit (be sure to include a food item.)

  17. Learn how to properly set up and light a camp stove.

  18. Wash your dishes @ camp using the three-pan method and learn why it’s important to do your dishes this way at camp.

  19. During a Adventure Camp sleep under the stars.

  20. Using a kit list learn how to pack your own bag and how to take care of your gear at camp.

  21. Go home from a hike or camp without losing anything.

  22. Have a challenge race to see who can build a fire and boil water in a can the fastest.

  23. Learn about dehydrating food and sample some dehydrated foods.

  24. Do a good deed at camp.

  25. Record your camp in a diary/journal/scrapbook. Add photos or drawings

  26. Build and sleep in a lean-to at camp.

  27. Get up early and watch the sun rise.

  28. Plan a winter camp and sleep in Tents. (Insure to get proper training before hand and follow Safe Guide)

  29. Go on a backpacking camp using your dehydrated food in your meal plan.

  30. Learn a new camp skill.


  1. Find out about Geocaching at www.geocaching.com. Locate a cache near your home.

  2. Organize, or take part in, a community clean up and encourage public participation.

  3. Collect recyclable material and make a sculpture from it outdoors. Don't forget to clean up afterward and leave the space as you found it (or better)!

  4. Carry out an outdoor service project to help the environment.

  5. Make sure your bike is in safe working order; ask a police officer to come to an outdoor unit meeting to inspect bikes and talk about bike safety.

  6. Plant a small flower garden to raise flowers you can give to shut-ins as a gift from your unit.

  7. Arrange to help maintain a hiking trail in your community - or even a part of it

  8. Think of something you could do outdoors to make your community look more beautiful (such as planting and maintaining a flower box). Then do it.

  9. On a clear night, using a star-chart, identify three constellations and one planet. (You could do this at camp)

  10. Chart the phases of the moon each night for at least one week. Note how much of the moon is visible and at what time each night. (You could do this at camp)

  11. Go on a city or town hike or scavenger hunt.

  12. Do any program challenge that fits in this category.

  13. Take part in a Community Cookie Blitz.

  14. Visit a local Farm or Garden.

  15. Visit your local food bank and do a food drive.


  1. On a nature walk, Hear, Touch or Smell objects beginning with the letters in your name.

  2. Learn to whistle by placing a blade of grass between your thumbs and blowing through the gap between your thumbs.

  3. Hide and Go Beep; in the dark locate one another by sound; hidden players beep every thirty seconds or so. (Ensure a safe place to play this.)

  4. Play an outdoor game in winter (e.g. snow golf, baseball on snow-shoes, etc.).

  1. Take a hike at night and make a list of all the sounds you hear. (You could do this at camp)

  2. Splash in a puddle and have fun.

  3. Make a container from natural materials that will hold 3 tablespoons of water. Do not destroy any living things and do not actually drink the water!

  4. Recycle an item into something useful for camp.

  5. Build a bird-friendly snowman, e.g. use a carrot for a nose, toast for hands, etc. If allergies are not a concern, give the birds a special treat by spreading peanut butter on the toast and sprinkling birdseed on top.

  6. Roast a marshmallow, golden-brown, over a fire without letting it burn!

  7. When it rains collect enough water to make some tea or hot chocolate.

  8. Play a night Game.

  9. Make a bubble solution & blow bubbles.

  10. Do an orienteering course.

  11. Place a crystal of snow or some snowflakes on a piece of black paper, using a magnifying lens to view the flakes and observe the different shapes.

Charitable Organization Registration Number: 11893 8554 RR 0008

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