From Advocacy to Action plans

Quote of the day: 
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost.  That is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them. ---Thoreau

Today was not only fun, but also highly productive!

Our day had a cheerful start with a laughing game warm-up from India. The sun was also smiling down upon us throughout the duration of the day, creating pleasant outdoor conditions.HSS_snow fun time

The facilitators announced a surprise morning activity—rather than the usual seminar session indoors we headed out towards the “Magic Tree.”

On the way, we experienced several exciting activities to explore advocacy and lobbying. 

First, we took ten minutes to come up with a catchy song, slogan, or skit to draw attention to an environmental cause. 

Next, we played British Bulldog with a special twist to practice lobbying:  the bulldogs (the catchers) needed to convince the people who were caught to join them.

After a spectacular climb through the snow and up the hill to the Magic Tree, we stopped to listen to our guide Katie tell us the legend of the tree.  According to folklore, if you enter the hollow in the tree and make a wish it will come true!   (Isn’t that amazing!)  Needless to say, we all made wishes and are sure that they will come true!

HSS_Magic treeAt the Magic tree we divided into our patrols to create a short video to share a special environmental message.  On the return journey to Our Chalet we walked through the forest and had a snowball fight, as well as sliding down the hill through the knee-deep snow.

We made it back just in time for a short morning tea and then we were on to our next session in which we learned more about advocacy. 

For the afternoon session we were given examples of the action plans of former WLDP (WAGGGS Leadership Development Programme) participants to inspire us. 

We reviewed our action plans and spent the remainder of the afternoon planning our individual projects which we will be taking home and implementing in our individual countries.

After dinner, we sat around the campfire in a wonderful harmonious circle of friendship.  Nearly all of the participants shared their favourite campfire songs and dances from their countries.  We experienced a great variety of music and it was so much fun! 

As we were singing our campfire closing songs, we came to the realization that our seminar is about to end, but we still have another day and we are going to make the most of it! 

Submitted by the Green Angels:

Iksha (Nepal), Manishini (Sri Lanka), Lotte (Denmark), Nthisana (Lesotho), Marina (Ukraine), Hilary (Canada).

HSS_snow ball fight