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An ABC of Program Ideas

This is a list I made up many years ago for my Guides to help with program planning.

Currently there are 530 531 550 552 activities listed. Feel free to add more by emailing me at guidingworks @ gmail.com.

These activities can be used in as many ways as you can think of. If a use does not immediately come to mind, try using the idea in a wide game. If all else fails, and you are intrigued, email me!

Please note that this list was made before 1996 when the current Australian Guide Program was launched, and there are references to interest badges and pennants that existed at that time. Although these are no longer used in our program, they have hundreds of fascinating program ideas in them. See if you can find old badge books for the different sections, and encourage your Guides to use them for programming ideas.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

- A -

  • aboriginal crafts - watch an expert or have a go yourself
  • abseiling
  • accident prevention
  • act out a commercial to sell the Guide Laws
  • act out the Laws
  • adventures
  • aerobics
  • anti-litter campaign
  • archery
  • art gallery - visit one, or make your own for fun or fundraising
  • Asian night
  • assign colours to each of the Guide Laws and discuss your choices
  • assist at a Senior Citizens' Club
  • astronomy

- B -

  • baby bathing
  • baby sit for a family whose parents don't have spare time, or for a Guide Leader
  • back to front Christmas tree
  • back to front dinner
  • badminton
  • balanced meals and prices - learn about, produce
  • ball games
  • ball throwing
  • ballroom dancing
  • bark painting
  • bark pictures
  • bat watching
  • beaches
  • bed making
  • Be Prepared program
  • bicycle maintenance, change a tire - ask your local bicycle club to come and teach
  • bike hike
  • bike riding - learn or teach
  • bird watching - with an expert or with your Patrol or on your own
  • biscuit making
  • biscuit night with no-bake recipes
  • blindfold trails
  • boil water in a paper bag
  • bonsai
  • brass rubbings
  • bring a friend
  • bring some music night
  • Brownie Revels - call it Junior Revels now?
  • budgeting - learn and apply
  • bush shelters
  • bushwalk

- C -

  • cake decorating
  • cake stall
  • camp cooking
  • camp skills
  • camp in snow
  • camp with another unit
  • camp with scouts
  • camp with Dads/Mums
  • campfires
  • candle making
  • canoeing
  • car maintenance
  • car rally
  • car wash
  • car watching/spotting
  • carving
  • celebrate Chinese New Year
  • chalk chase
  • challenges - individual, patrol
  • challenge another patrol/unit to something
  • charades
  • charcoal art
  • chess
  • child care
  • Child Nurse badge (old program)
  • china painting
  • Chinese cooking in a wok
  • chocolate making
  • Chocolate Game
  • choir
  • choose one law per week and concentrate on keeping it
  • Christmas card making
  • Christmas decoration making
  • Christmas Good Turn (unit or patrol)
  • citizenship ceremony - attend or cater for
  • clean up a neglected piece of land
  • Clean Up Australia
  • climb a mountain
  • climb Mount Everest (wide game)
  • codes
  • collect clothes/items needed for missionaries
  • collecting
  • Collector badge (old program)
  • Colours (flag ceremonies)
  • commando bridge
  • commando course
  • commercials to sell Guiding
  • Communicator badge (old program)
  • compare Promise and Law of other countries
  • compass activities
  • concert
  • conservation
  • consideration for family
  • contact emergency services
  • cook a meal for someone
  • Cook badge (old program)
  • cooking
  • cooking without utensils
  • correct uniform and placement of badges
  • correspond with overseas or interstate units
  • Craft badge (old progam)
  • Creativity Challenge badge (old program)
  • Crochet badge (old program)
  • crocheting
  • crosswords
  • crosswords - make up your own
  • Cyclist badge (old program)

- D -

  • Dancer badge (old program)
  • dancing
  • dawn ANZAC Service
  • dawn hike
  • debating
  • deportment
  • describe your Leader/Patrol Leader without looking at her
  • develop your descriptive powers (as per Communicator Badge, old program)
  • designs
  • dig a garden
  • direction finding
  • disabilities - learn what it's like, help those with disabilities
  • disco
  • discuss Promise and law in age groups
  • discussion on books, magazines, TV, movies
  • discussion on drugs and alcohol
  • dish washing
  • district camp
  • doll show - each brings her favourite
  • donate a tin of food to charity
  • dragon game (coming soon)
  • drama
  • drawing
  • dress a peg doll - international uniforms perhaps?
  • dressmaking using newspapers
  • dressmaking for real

- E -

  • Easter Good Turn
  • Easter egg decoration
  • eating
  • eating competition - ice cream, spaghetti or rice with chopsticks
  • egg races
  • embroidery
  • Emergency Helper badge (old program)
  • Entertainer badge (old program)
  • ethnic cooking
  • everyday articles and how they relate to the Promise and Law
  • examine insects, plants, soil under a microscope
  • expedition by raft, foot, ski, boat, horse, car, roller skates
  • Explorer Pennant (old program)
  • exploring

- F -

  • face painting
  • fashion parade
  • father and daughter camp
  • father and daughter dinner
  • father and daughter meeting
  • feet night
  • fencing
  • find a flower for each Guide Law, and discuss why you chose each
  • find the patrol champion at something and challenge other patrols to beat her
  • Firefighter Badge (old program)
  • fire lighting
  • fire lighting by remote control
  • first aid
  • First Aid badge (old program)
  • first aid relay
  • fishing
  • fitness challenge - individual and patrol
  • Floral Art badge (old program)
  • flower arranging
  • Fly (the game)
  • fly a kite
  • flying
  • foreign dances
  • foreign folklore
  • foreign food
  • foreign languages, cultures etc.
  • foreign songs
  • formal letter writing
  • friend night
  • Friend to the Handicapped badge (old program)
  • fun
  • fundraising for unit, district, Guiding, charity

- G -

  • garden for a pensioner
  • (get) off the track
  • get to know the neighbourhood
  • Golden Trefoil badge (old program)
  • golf
  • Good Neighbour badge (old program)
  • Good Turns
  • grass skiing
  • Grease Ball
  • groooming and deportment
  • group juggling
  • guest speakers
  • Guides' Own
  • Guiding Challenge badge (old program)

- H -

  • hair care
  • hair/skin/nails care
  • Halloween night
  • hand and whistle signals
  • handball
  • Handywoman badge (old program)
  • have a dinner party
  • have a puppet show
  • health
  • Health badge (old program)
  • heraldry
  • Highway Code
  • hike at night
  • Hiker badge (old program)
  • history of the Australian flag
  • hobby night
  • Hobby badge (old program)
  • Hollywood game: show emotions, and freeze as if captured on film
  • home decorating
  • Home Nurse badge (old program)
  • Homemaker badge (old program)
  • horse riding
  • Horsewoman badge (old program)
  • Horticulturist badge (old program)
  • Hostess badge (old program)
  • hostessing
  • Housekeeper Challenge badge (old program)
  • how to clean a room
  • Hushathon
  • hydroponics
  • hygiene

- I -

  • ice a cake
  • ice blocking
  • ice skating
  • illustrate the Guide Laws using pictures from magazines
  • improvisation
  • Indian camp
  • inter-patrol competition using the Guide Laws as a base
  • inter-patrol sports competition
  • inter-patrol table tennis competition
  • inter-unit sports competition
  • international cooking
  • international plane ride (use masking tape on the floor to make the shape of a plane, issue everyone tickets, serve reshfreshments and have an onboard DVD)
  • interstate tour
  • invite another unit

- J -

  • Jamboree on the Air
  • Jamboree in the Internet
  • jazz ballet
  • jazzercise
  • jewellery making
  • jigsaws - commercial, or make your own
  • jogging
  • judo
  • Jump Rope for Heart

- K -

  • karate
  • kayaking
  • Kim's Game
  • kite making
  • knit knee blankets
  • Knitter badge (old program)
  • knitting
  • knots
  • Knotter badge (old program)
  • knotting relay

- L -

  • lace making
  • lashings
  • late night picnicking
  • laundering
  • Laundress Badge (old program)
  • law debates
  • law skittles
  • leapfrog
  • learn the World Song
  • learn about Agnes, Olave and Robert Baden-Powell
  • learn about disabilities
  • learn three Graces
  • leatherwork
  • "letter" night - choose activities starting with a single letter, e.g. C
  • Lifesaver badge (old program)
  • life saving
  • light a fire in a bottle top floating on water - limit of 3 matches
  • lightweight camping
  • lion taming (!) - hint: incorporate it in a wide game
  • Links of Unity
  • lines of communication
  • list Kim
  • live theatre - see a ballet or stage play, or Gang Show
  • log book
  • look at insect/plant life under a magnifying glass or microscope

- M -

  • macrame
  • make a garden on a 20 cent piece
  • make a poster to illustrate the Guide Laws
  • make a posy and give it to someone to make them happy
  • make a scrapbook for a hospital
  • make an invitation
  • make and sleep in shelters made of tarp, or natural materials
  • make fudge
  • make gingerbread men
  • make lamingtons
  • make sand castles
  • make up demonstration
  • make models (of whatever!)
  • make music
  • make musical instruments
  • Map Reader badge (old program)
  • map making
  • map reading
  • meaning of Promise Badge
  • meaning of the Guide Salute
  • meaning of the World Badge
  • memory games
  • message remembering
  • midnight hike
  • milk a cow
  • milk a snake
  • mime
  • mini Olympics
  • miniature toy making
  • mobiles
  • mock rescue
  • model of surroundings with papier mache
  • modelling (clothes)
  • morals games
  • Morse Code
  • mother and daughter beauty night
  • mother and daughter dinner
  • mother and daughter camp
  • mother and daughter meeting
  • movies
  • mufti night
  • museum
  • music - different kinds
  • music appreciation
  • Music Lover badge (old program)
  • Musician badge (old program)

- N -

  • natural handcrafts
  • Naturalist badge (old program)
  • nature
  • nature trail
  • Needlewoman badge (old program)
  • neighbourhood pathfinding
  • netball match against another unit
  • new sport
  • newspaper visit
  • nutrition

- O -

  • observation games
  • obstacle course
  • Olympics
  • Open Day
  • organise a clean up in the local park or street
  • organise a collection of old toys and restore them to give away
  • orienteering
  • origami
  • other religions
  • Outback tour (for real, or as a planning exercise or a wide game)
  • outdoor cooking
  • overnight patrol camp
  • overseas tour/camp

- P -

  • painting
  • pan for gold
  • pancake night
  • pancake/pikelet cooking on tins
  • Pandemonium (game)
  • paper chase
  • paper cup making
  • patchwork
  • patrol camping
  • patrol flag making
  • Patrols in Council
  • Patrol Leaders' Council
  • patterns
  • pebble people
  • penfriends
  • penny hike
  • Pet Keeper badge (old program)
  • pets night
  • Philatelist badge (old program)
  • photography
  • piano lessons
  • pioneering
  • plan a social activity
  • plaster cast impressions of natural objects or footprints
  • play Jeopardy
  • PL elections
  • poetry
  • popping corn
  • Postal badge (old program)
  • pottery
  • prepare a meal in an emergency
  • pressed flowers
  • progressive dinner
  • progressive hamburgers
  • Promise and Law skits using five allocated articles
  • public speaking
  • puppetry
  • putt putt golf

- Q -

  • Qantas visit
  • Qi Gong
  • queer gear (as in strange)
  • quest
  • quick thinking activities
  • quilting
  • quizzes
  • Queen's Guide

- R -

  • Radio Communication badge (old program)
  • radio plays
  • raise money to train a Guide dog
  • Regatta
  • Readathon
  • reading for others (blind, on tape)
  • reading out loud (a lot of girls can't do this)
  • records (listening to) - okay, CDs these days
  • records (making and breaking - no, not the LPs!)
  • recycling campaign - bottles, paper, cans
  • Region rally
  • resuscitation
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • riding - horse, bicycle, monocycle, camel, elephant
  • rock climbing
  • roller skating
  • rope bridge
  • rowing
  • rubber chicken games
  • rubbings (brass, bark, coin)
  • rug making
  • running
  • Rural Industries badge (old program)

- S -

  • safety in the bush
  • sailing
  • Sardines
  • sausage sizzle with another section
  • scavenger hunt
  • Scout and Guide camp
  • Scout-Guide hike
  • Scout-Guide night
  • Scout's Pace
  • Secretary badge (old program)
  • self defence
  • Self Improvement Challenge badge (old program)
  • semaphore
  • serviette folding
  • set a table correctly for three courses
  • shadow plays
  • simulated wounds
  • simulation games
  • sing Christmas carols at the local hospital
  • sister units in another state or country
  • six mile hike
  • skipping
  • skipping competition
  • skin care
  • slide show
  • slogans to illustrate Guiding and the Laws
  • soccer
  • songs
  • speaker from the Trefoil Guild
  • spinning
  • square dancing
  • squash
  • stalking
  • star gazing with an expert
  • stilts
  • straw towers
  • string art
  • string bag making
  • sundial
  • survival skills
  • swimming
  • swimming carnival

- T -

  • table decoration
  • table laying/serving
  • Tai Chi
  • talent quest - categories: musical/comedy/skit/spoken/miscellaneous
  • tangrams
  • tapestry
  • ten pin bowling
  • tennis
  • tent pitching competition
  • Thinking Day
  • thrift
  • throw a lifeline to save someone
  • tin can cooking
  • tongue twister competition
  • toymaking for the ambulance service
  • tracking
  • trails
  • treasure hunt
  • tree night
  • trust activities
  • tug of war
  • TV - visit a station

- U -

  • UFOs
  • ugliest collectible item - how does it relate to a Guide Law?
  • umbrella making
  • un-uniform night
  • underground caving
  • Unit Good Turn
  • Unit Guides' Own
  • unit - have a joint meeting with another unit
  • Uranus
  • use a public telephone

- V -

  • value games
  • Vegemite night
  • Venus
  • verbal skills - description, enunciation
  • violin lessons
  • visit RSPCA
  • visit a gold mine
  • visit a library
  • visit a nursing home
  • visit an exhibition home village and compare house layouts
  • visit a veterinarian
  • visit a poultry farm, art centre, police station, ice cream factory, observatory
  • visit the State Emergency Services
  • visit the beach
  • visualise the future
  • vocalise
  • volleyball (with balloons, tennis balls, ping pong balls)
  • vulture watching (!)

- W -

  • whacky fashion parade
  • walkathon
  • wash cars to raise money
  • water skiing
  • waterfight
  • weather watching
  • weaving
  • weed a cemetery and learn about the people who are buried there (local history)
  • what was last week's dinner? (Kim's Game)
  • whittle an animal from a bar of soap
  • wide games
  • Wimbledon
  • window shopping on a budget
  • woggle making using a Turk's Head knot
  • World Centres
  • worms
  • writing

- X -

  • xcursion on a steam train
  • x-Guides - invite back, or interview
  • xperience an ethnic restaurant
  • xplore different careers
  • xtravaganza night
  • xylographing
  • xylophone

- Y -

  • yachting
  • yak night
  • Yarn 17 exercises (From Scouting for Boys)
  • yodelling
  • yoga
  • yoghurt

- Z -

  • zany games
  • zebra riding
  • zombie night
  • zoo - visit or adopt an animal
  • zoo - donate to