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Animal Program

This program was planned and carried out by two ten-year-old Guides in 2008. It is reproduced here with the permission of both the girls and their parents. I have tried to reproduce the paperwork as it was presented by the girls (for some reason, the spacing is better if viewed with Internet Explorer, rather than Firefox).


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6:45 – Wood Game - 5-10 mins
7:00 – Unit Mixing - 30 mins
7:30 – Table Activities - 15 mins
7:45 – Swap Table Activities - 15 mins
8:00 – Swap Table Activities Again - 15 mins
8:15 – Perform Skits - 15 mins
8:30 – Closing Circle - 15 mins


8:45 – Go Home - 0 mins


Table 1 - Cooking


Your patrol has already made the mixture. Now you just need to cook and decorate the gingerbread animals.


Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until approximately 4 mm thick.

Cut gingerbread animals from the dough. Place on baking paper on plate and put some chocolate eyes on them.

Cook two at a time in the microwave with a mug filled ¾ full of water. Put cold water in the mug for each batch of gingerbread. Cook for 2 minutes or until crisp. Allow to cool.

Now you need to put the icing on the gingerbread animals.

You have 15 minutes. So be quick.

Gingerbread Animal Mixing


You will be mixing the gingerbread dough as a unit. When you have finished you need to divide the dough into three portions, one for each patrol to cook later. So you need to take turns while making the dough.


180g cooking margarine
cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups plain flour
3 tablespoons ground ginger


Beat the margarine and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined.

Sift plain flour and ground ginger into the bowl. Stir ingredients into butter mixture. Mix to a light dough and knead gently on a lightly floured surface until smooth.

Divide the dough into 3 portions and wrap each in cling wrap and put in the fridge.

Table 2 - Craft


On this table there are some recycled materials and string. Make a 3D animal out of these things.

  • Stick or connect with string the recycled materials to make a 3D animal.
  • Give this 3D animal a name.

Then we will judge your animals and the best one will get a prize

  • You have 15 minutes. So be quick.


Table 3 - Skit


Your patrol needs to think of a skit containing the topic animals.

  • Practice the skit your patrol made up.
  • Give your skit a name.
  • Remember your skit and you will perform it to the unit later.
  • You have 15 minutes. So be quick


Planned and carried out by K. Jackson and G. Lennon, 4th August 2008.