Juliette Low Kim's Game

As Published in the Oct. '97 edition of the JGL Newsletter

Kim’s Game is a game Lord Baden Powell (who started Boy Scouts-that’s another story) used to train his troops. It’s a memory game. You have many objects out and then take away some. (We play that one team takes all the objects away and then the other team takes turns remembering all the objects) As they are “recalled”, they are placed back in view.

Here are some things you can gather to tell of Juliette’s life:

  1. Tomato can: having nothing else on hand to put her honor pins in, Juliette grabbed an empty tomato can and carried the pins to a meeting in it.
  2. Paper daisy: Juliette was called Daisy
  3. Rubber worm: Juliette loved fishing, in fact she would go out with the men after a formal dinner. It was not unusual for her to go fishing in her evening dress.
  4. White glove: Juliette could be found cleaning the house in her evening wear.
  5. Pearl necklace: Juliette sold her pearls so as to keep Girl Scouting program. She solely supported the Girl Scouts in the United States for several years.
  6. Rice: It was a piece of rice thrown for good luck that was the cause of Juliette being partially deaf in her one good ear. It lodged itself in the ear drum.
  7. Teabag: Even though Juliette lived in a time when tea was served regularly, she spent 6 months drinking water (instead of tea) as a bargain with her butler to help him quit drinking.
  8. Book: (especially a ghost story book): Juliette LOVED to tell stories. She wrote many stories herself. And girls teased her to tell ghost stories around the campfire.
  9. Fish: Juliette was one of a very few people EVER outside the United Kingdom to be awarded the Silver Fish.
  10. Cast iron trivet: Juliette tried many things. She was very good at most of them. The iron gates she forged with her own hands can still be seen at the “Birthplace” in Savannah, Georgia. Because of doing this heavy demanding iron work, her muscles in her arms got very large. She had trouble making her evening dresses fit over the muscles.
  11. A card with the word “Bonjour”: At boarding school, Juliette learned French. She used to write letters home to her parents in French.
  12. Jungle Book: Juliette was friends with Rudyard Kipling.
  13. Battleship (I used one from the game). There was a Liberty ship named for her during World War 2.
  14. Pumpkin: Juliette was born on October 31, 1860.
  15. Paint brush: Juliette also was very good at painting.
  16. Turkey: Claiming decapitation was inhumane, Juliette chloroformed the Thanksgiving turkey. It was plucked (feathers pulled out of it) and put in the icebox (refrigerator). The next day when the refrigerator was
    opened to prepare it for dinner, it jumped out and scared the cook.
  17. British Flag: Juliette loved spending time in England and Scotland. She had troops in both places at one time before coming to start Girl Scouts in the United States.
  18. A picture of Lord and Lady Baden Powell: These were friends of Juliette’s. Lord Baden Powell started Boy Scouts and got Juliette interested in Girl Guides. They were know as the World Chief Scout and the World Chief Guide.

After you explain each item, divide your troop into two teams. Then you have one team close their eyes and the other team takes the items. Then the first team opens their eyes and takes turns saying what things were there. (Maybe you could give extra points for explanation of significance) Then the other team gets to guess. Team with the most points wins. Two games will make it even. Switch who starts.

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Created by Sheila Fowler of Kingston, Ontario for Bev Crim's JGL April 1998 Newsletter

In this version, I suggest you have the items beside you, taking each one in the order of the story below and placing it on a tray or table. At the end of the story, and after a brief viewing period, cover the tray and have the girls list as many items as they can remember. This is a good activity to do in a small group. For the younger girls, I suggest using only a few items at a time -10-12? Have fun with it!

You will need:

Significance of items (or information about the item):

Cross: Robert Stevenson Smyth Powell was born in 1857 to a clergyman and his wife. Later, after the death of Rev. Powell, Mrs. Powell incorporated her husband's christian name of Baden into the family surname. Now Robert's full
name was Robert Stevenson Smyth Baden-Powell.

#3 : Three is to remind us that the BP's had three children- Heather, Betty, and Peter.

Left hand: BP was left handed. It is said he could write and draw equally well with both hands- and that he could do it using both hands at the same time! We also use the left hand for our Scouting and Guiding handshake.

Rosebud: The first name that BP gave to the younger sisters of the Guides was Rosebuds. Later the name was changed to Brownies.

Paint Brush: BP was an artist. Even as a child he enjoyed sketching and painting.He often gave one of his paintings to say thankyou.

Calendar with Feb 22nd circled: This date is significant because we now know it as Thinking Day. It is celebrated around the world by Guides and Scouts. It is also the joint birthdays of Robert and Olave. Thinking Day began
in 1926.

Report Card: One of BP's high school report cards read as follows:

Classics: Seems to take very little interest in his work.
Mathematics: Has to all intents given up the study of mathematics.
Science: Pays not the slightest attention except in one week at the beginning of the quarter.
French: Could do well but has become very lazy. Often sleeps in school.

2 Birthday candles: These candles represent the joint birthdays of Robert and Olave Baden-Powell.

Butterfly: While in the army, BP made use of his artistic talent and often drew maps of the contours of a strategic site and "hid" these features within his picture. In the case of the famous butterfly map, the spots and markings on the butterfly were the significant pieces of information!

Penny: The penny signify two things-

  1. we collect pennies for our national fund (Canada is World Friendship Fund, USA is Juliette Low World Friendship Fund). Some of the money raised is given to the WTDF (World Thinking Day Fund) which began in 1932.
  2. It was pennies the Scouts collected at a Boy Scout Jamboree near Liverpool in 1929.

Long necklace: Dinuzulu was an African war chief of the Zulu tribe. He was an extremely tall man who stood six foot seven inches tall. He wore a necklace made of 1000 wooden beads. In a moment of carelessness, he left it behind and BP found it. Later, he used these beads to give Scouters who completed their training at Gilwell Park.

Rolls Royce: A brand new Rolls Royce was the gift from the Scouts attending a Jamboree near Liverpool, England in 1929. The car was christened Jamroll because it was the Jamboree Rolls Royce

"HERO" sign: BP was known as the Hero of Mafeking because he successfully defended a small open area in southern Africa (in the former Rhodesia) with few men and little equipment for 217 days. He was promoted to General at the age of 43.

Suitcase: Lady BP kept her trusty suitcase handy. It was called LJ (which stood for long journey). In it she carried typewriter ribbons, pencils, pens, paper, erasers and Beetle.

Violin: Olave enjoyed playing her violin as a young girl. It was named Diana.

Dog Picture: Olave was a dog lover. The dog, a spaniel, is significant when we think of Robert and Olave. The first time he saw her (he had a remarkable memory!) was in Hyde Park where she was walking her dog. BP observed and
remembered her for her excellent posture.

Silver Fish : The silver fish is the highest award in Guiding. Lady BP was given the first one.

Cruise Ship: BP and Olave met for the second time on board the ship RMSP Arcadian while BP was on Scouting business and Olave accompanied her father on his winter vacation to the West Indies.

Pax: Pax is Latin for peace. Two of the BP's homes bore this word in their name- Paxhill (England) and Paxtu (Kenya). "Tu" in Swahili, means complete- and so the name of their Kenyan home meant complete peace which is appropriate
for it was his home in his later years.

Robin: Robin was Olave's pet name for her husband Robert Baden- Powell. She used it throughout his life.

Circle with dot: This is a trail sign which tells the finder "gone home" In trails, this marks the end of a trail. BP has this symbol on his grave marker - signifying that he has gone home to his eternal rest.

Mouse: Robert's pet name for Olave was "little mouse". He would address his courtship letters in this manner.

Taps: Lady BP wrote the words for daylight taps. They are used for events that are ending in the daylight hours.

Scouting for Boys Book: Scouting for Boys was the first book written by BP on Boy Scouts. It was an instant best seller.

Key: The key represents the Grace and Favour apartment in Hampton Court Palace that was granted to Lady BP following her husband's death. The King offered these dwellings to widow's of men who had given exceptional service to

Wedding Favour : The wedding of Robert Baden Powell and Olave Soames took place in 1912. He was 55 and she was 23, 32 years his junior. The reception took place later, as BP was not well.

World Flag: The world flag is flown around the world. It is said that the sun never sets on Guiding and Scouting for when Taps are sung in one part of the world, another part of the world greets a new day.

Typewriter: Lady BP had a trusty typewriter which went everywhere with her. She called it Beetle. Olave wrote hundreds of letters in her life time to members of Scouting and Guiding. She never failed to say thank you promptly.

Tent: The BP's spent their honeymoon in the Sahara desert camping. Olave had never camped before. They quite often abandoned the tent and slept out under the stars. They fished and hiked and had a marvellous time. They travelled by foot and two mules carried their gear.

Olave Centre: Olave Centre is in London, England. It houses the World Bureau which administers the World Association. It is named after Lady BP.

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