Saturday, 16 April 2016

Time to stop

I hate it when bloggers apologise for being away then promise to post more.
I'm not going to do that, I'm wrapping things up.

I've really only used the blog as a notebook for the last year or so anyway.

So. I'm grateful for the friends I've made through blogging and hope to stay in touch. Brownies continue, life continues, I'm just not feeling I want to post. I'm leaving the blog here so if it's useful to anyone, please do use the ideas.

Not ruling out returning to it, but for now, so long. 

Friday, 18 March 2016

Ireland and badges

Busy night last night, we managed to pack in celebrating St Patrick's night, changing halls mid meeting when we remembered it was the third Thursday of the month so the WI use our normal room - we literally picked up the tables with the work on them and carried them through the linking cupboard into the hall we were meant to be in! - and finally badge presentation for the term.

Every girl present received at least one badge, we had lots of girls wrapping up their Adventure and Adventure On badges, and one completed her More Adventures badge. A few girls had their Go For It Guides too, and we said goodbye to three girls who have turned 10. Two are off to Guides and one is off to tumbling!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Disco or cooking?

That was the quandary facing our Brownies this week. Having planned a cooking night for 17, plus another 8 working on their GFI Guides, we discovered the school where all bar two of the girls attend was holding a disco that night.
We asked parents to let us know if their daughter would attend Brownies or disco and it did mean we were able to save money on ingredients and that we could give a bit more attention and time to the girls we had.

Well, I don't know if the 10 Brownies that chose the disco had fun but the 15 that came to Brownies had a blast! 10 of them made coconut ice, refrigerator cake and gluten-free Krispie cakes. There was plenty for all, including the 5 who were doing the GFI, the leaders and even the Guides who meet after us! Here's my leftovers two days later...

My only sadness around the clash is that some girls that really needed to do the GFI because of nervousness around going to Guides didn't attend. But as there's only one more meeting before Easter, which includes the badge presentations for the term, there's no time for them to make it up. They are still invited for their taster visit of course but they can't complete the GFI and that means they can't earn their More Adventures badge. It seems a shame that after three years with us, the only thing that stopped them achieving the highest badge a Brownie can earn is a disco that runs 3 times a year so they have 21 chances to attend over their time at the school. I know Brownies is "just another activity" to some families but it's our equivalent of skipping a martial arts grading or a ballet exam. And there isn't even a test, just participation!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

World Book Day

We met on World Book Day so went for a themed night:
*group circle - what had they worn to school for world book day (one girl had gone as a Brownie from the Brownie annual, bless!). We had three Hermione Graingers and the rest were very scattered among a wide variety of books.
*act out the Brownie story in circle, with props
*make a bookmark to take home
*talked about kindles v ebooks
*talked about what we wanted to do next week, the girls agreed to no-cook cooking (as we don't yet have an oven in the meeting place), so each of three leaders will bring a no cook cooking recipe for them to make.

We then ran a little short for the evening, funny when I plan and allot time, it never takes the time you think, always way over or way under.
We had a game of tig, which was lots of fun and let them blow off shrieky steam!

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Changing plans

Sometimes what you plan to do just can't pan out.
We had intended to do a penny hike - split the girls into their four sixes and go for a walk round the local area flipping a coin each time we get to a junction to decide what way we go.
But a family emergency for one leader added to a knee pain issue for another leader meant we were down to two leaders available for a walk. Even with parent help the groups would have had to be double the size as you can't have a parent lead a group without a leader.
So, we adapted, stayed in the hall so our gammy leg leader could also participate, and we had an A to Y craft night.
We put out everything crafty we had: leftover Tealight holders and glass pens from two years ago, make your own bracelet beads and thread, left over sleepover crafts, all the crafts where we had bought for 25 and only 23 had turned up, plus lots of paper, pens, scissors and glue, then we told them they could make what they liked.
A to Y? Each girl randomly drew a letter from an envelope and were allowed to pick their first craft in alphabetical order to prevent girls with sharpest elbows getting the best crafts!
Then as they finished they were allowed to choose another craft and so on through the evening. We had some who rushed their craft to get to make as many as possible - fine with us as it meant we were getting rid of them - and some who took their time and turned out beautiful work.
While they worked, helped by three parents, our two YLs and our two Guide helpers, the three leaders were able to take stock on Adventure badges to see who needs to complete just a few more clauses to earn their badge.

PS: this weekend we also attended our Division Thinking Day event, lots of fun on the theme of connect, created by WAGGGS and led by our Trefoil Guild. They did a great job and our girls had lots of fun. 
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