Back Ground : Mrs. Lakshmi Mazumdar Former National Commissioner thought of introducing a programme for the children between the age group of 3 to 6 years during the International Year of Child. A Committee was formed and the Bunny Programme was introduced. International Year of Child was the ideal period to launch this project & hence received a great response but later got neglected on account of various reasons. The objective of this theme was to introduce an attractive programme for sub juniors and also to work it as the feeder to Cub/Bulbul section. With same objectives this programme is being reintroduced in the present Boy/Girl programme. Suggested Age Group : 3 to 6 years both for Boys & Girls.
Name of the Group : Tamtola (Common for both Boys & Girls consisting of not more than 20 members) ratio Bunny to Leader 10:1 advisable.
Bunny Law : I shall try to be good Boy/Girl.
Motto : “Keep Smiling”.
Bunny Salute : The two fingers (middle & fore finger) of both hands raised along the side of the two ears depicting the ears of Bunny.
Uniform : An apron with Bunny symbol against bright background to be worn over the school uniform or any other dress. The emblem be prepared by the National Headquarters in the form of a sticker badge. A Bunny holding up a carrot in right hand with BSG emblem in the centre of Bunny patch.
Uniform for Bunny Leader : The Leader will be known as-Bunny Aunty (Bunny Uncle only in exceptional cases). It is suggested that Bunny Leaders can be the privilege of females only, the uniform for the Bunny Leaders will be the same as those of the Adult Leaders of the regular group.
Formation : All activities will be done in free formation.
Programme : Bunny programme is based on four sign posts namely :
(i) Love for God.
(ii) Love for Nature.
(iii) Creative Activities.
(iv) Learning to play together.
These to be achieved through the following activities:
(i) Develop habits of personal cleanliness & social manners.
(ii) Cutting parts and assembling simple figure, jig saw puzzle etc.
(iii) To receive and convey a simple verbal/telephonic message.
(iv) To receive a visitor and to talk to elders in a courteous way.
(v) Cultivate Social virtues such as standing in a queue, taking one’s turn, keeping the place clean, not spoiling the floor use by the litter bin.
(vi) Tell one’s own full name, address (an telephone number if any) and also full name of his/her father/mother
and the name of the Office/School where he/she is working.
Bunny Leader’s Training Scheme : Duration of camp – 3 full days or 2 weekends, minimum number-8, Who can conduct – Member of the Guide Training TeaM
(i) Bunny Objectives.
(ii) Fundamentals of Scouting/Guiding.
(iii) Child Psychology :
(a) Physiological aspects of Psychology viz. Nervous system, Senses & their functions.
(b) Motor development – Characteristics of motor development.
(c) Incentive of speech.
(d) Development of personality.
(e) Aesthetic development.
(f) Values of Play.
1. Activities for Physical development :
(a) Free movements-Swing, Jungle Jim, Spiral Stairs, Climb on bars. Slide and Sea Saw, Skipping, hopping, imitating the movements of hawkers/birds, animals, trees, throwing and catching ball etc.
(b) Daily activities in life such as – Sprinkling water, filling up water in a bottle, fold a handkerchief, thread the beads, clean the place, arrange the things in proper order.
(c) Simple rhythmic activities such as drill, exercises, dance etc.
2. Activities for development of senses : Viz. Sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Activities for mental development
(a) Be able to talk about him/herself and his/her family, teacher, schools, pets.
(b) Remember & sing Nursery Rhymes.
(c) Listen to fairy, Animal & Mythological stories.
(d) Know the animal from pictures, imitate the cries of familiar birds & animals.
(e) Action songs, simple group dances, simple dramatization.
(f) Collection of simple but attractive articles.
3. Creative Activities : Simple handicrafts such as paper cutting, clay modeling, making articles with plasticine, wooden blocks, drawing pictures with crayons, bit pasting etc.
4. Nature observation : Birds, Trees, flowers, butterflies, feathers, shells a growing plants. Provision and activities (Games) connected with :
(a) Mental development.
(b) Emotional development.
(c) Physical Welfare of the child.
(d) Stories, action songs/rhymes on religion and moral training.
5. Hand Work : Nature Study Familiar Birds, Trees, Flowers, vegetables, Fruits & Animals. Rhymes & Rhythms (Recitation and action Songs).
(i) Nature and types of songs for children from 3 to 6
(ii) Rhythmic movements.
(iii) Variety of songs.
Bunny Leader and her qualification :
• Age 18 Years.
• Aptitude to work with children between 3-6. be able to
play, sing and teach simple handicrafts.