Sunday, 30 September 2007

Duke of Edinburgh

I've been approached, by email, by a 14-year-old girl hoping to do her Duke of Edinburgh three month community service with our unit.
We've had a DoE girl help before and to be honest, I am not sure how much she got out of her three months with us. She was painfully shy and we weren't that long established as a pack, and we just didn't have the time to give her a lot of attention to draw out the abilities and skills she needed to be able to help more.
That said, this girl seems very confident and has been a Brownie and a Guide (unlike the other one) so is aware of how we work.
My hesitation is because we might just have too many people and overwhelm the Brownies! I know, what a good position to be in! But with a 4th Guider starting with us, a Unit Helper, two Pack Leaders from the Guides, adding a DoE would mean 22 Brownies and 8 people working with them, even though 3 of the 8 would be under 14.
I'm going to talk it through with the others this Thursday and see what they think. The aim of having a 4th Guider is to let all of us have the odd week off, so that there are 3 or 4 adults most weeks, once she is more confident. So that would mean a lower ratio...
I can see that this might help us break up the sixes more into groups where they can work on different challenges rather than everyone have to do the same thing each time...and she could be quite inspiring to the 2 Pack Leaders if they see the merits of DoE, which I think is a great scheme...
Time to stop babbling and have a proper think.

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