Saturday, February 15, 2014

Digital Movie Maker Badge

1. Learn digital video basics.

Teach yourself.
I spent at least two hours reading books or visiting websites about digital video and movie making.

2. Film. Then film some more...

Film a day in your life.
I captured a full day on film.

3. Pick the perfect subject.

Share a scene from a book in the public domain.
I searched favorite books for a scene that would make a great short movie.

4. Action!

Work solo.
I used a basic camera to capture my subject.

5. Edit and premiere your movie.

Add transitions.
I used a "wipe" which is a neat effect that smooths the cuts from one scene to the next.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Winter Camping!

Winter Camping 2014! Yes we have *at least* this much snow (probably more) and right now the camper is totally buried in it so we are indoors!

Here are some of the fun activities we did this weekend:

Played outside in the snow
Made a fire in the wood stove
Watched the Winter Olympics
Baked chocolate chip cookes
Ate warm chocolate chip cookies
Did 2014 World Thinking Day patch activities
Did UK Girl Guide badge activities
Went shopping
Read good books
Made a winter craft
Worked on GS calendar
Did activities for Digital Movie Maker badge
Went to the movies
Slept in

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 World Thinking Day

We celebrate World Thinking Day this year on Saturday, February 22, 2014!

Girls worldwide say "education opens doors for all girls and boys" is the theme for the 2014 World Thinking Day. Based on the United Nations Millennium Goal 2, this theme centers around achieving universal primary education, and especially focused on making sure girls have access to education. One of the most powerful ways to reduce global poverty is to educate girls, and this tenet is also supported in this year's Thinking Day activities.

We did Cadette activity #3, which had two videos from UN Web TV depicting the lives of girls in Pakistan and Egypt. We watched the videos and discussed some of the challenges that girls in other countries face when trying to get an education.

Some of the challenges that girls in other countries confront in trying to get an education are:

cultural bias
early marriage
working at an early age
limited resources for education

I would stay in school because I could help my family more than if I didn't stay in school. I could get a better job with the educational background.

We also highly recommend the Girl Effect (activity #1), which we completed previously!