For Pathfinders and Rangers (Option 2)
People have many thoughts, feelings, and experiences when it comes to the military, combat and war. Some are based on a person’s experiences. Others might come from what they’ve learned in school or from a book or a movie. What would showing remembrance for the service of military members look like to you?
In this activity, you’ll work together to come up with a way your unit can acknowledge and show you remember veterans’ service, while also honouring your own feelings and thoughts.
NOTE: There are two versions of the Heroes and Sacrifice activity. This one may be better for Pathfinders and Rangers, while the other may be better for Sparks, Brownies and Guides. Choose the one that works best for your unit.
What you’ll need:
• Chart paper (2 per group and 1 for the unit)
• Markers (1 per person) • A roll of tape (1 total)
What to do:
1. Grab a marker and join a small group. Grab two pieces of chart paper for your group.
2. Sharing one of your pieces of chart paper, silently write down all the ideas you have when thinking about the military, war and sacrifice. You might think about:
• Wars (past and present)
• Members of the military (past and present)
• The roles of women in the military (past and present)
• The military in different countries
• Sacrifices members of the military make
• Why someone might become a member of the military
3. Take a few minutes to read over the ideas on the chart paper to yourself, then talk about them as a group.
4. Sharing your second sheet of chart paper, silently record all the ideas you have for how to acknowledge, respect and remember the service of veterans (those who lived in the past and those who are still living). You might think about:
• What remembrance means to you
• Ways respect and remembrance might look or take place around the world
• How you would like to show remembrance
• How you might recognize the specific contributions of women veterans
5. Take a few minutes to read over the ideas on the chart paper to yourself, then talk about them as a group.
6. Come back together as a unit and use your groups’ chart paper notes to share ideas together.
7. On a new piece of chart paper, do a unit brainstorm: what is one act your unit can take or one thing you can make happen, to acknowledge and remember the service of veterans?
• Talk as a unit to make sure your idea is meaningful to everyone and that it honours your own thoughts and feelings that may have been shared in this activity.