Friday, 11 April 2008

Brownie Scouts and Brownie Guides

We had Jen's two daughters Graceful and Elegant, both Brownie Girl Scouts, visit our Brownies last night and they taught us a new game that had the Brownies in stitches. I don't know what it was called but here's the description if anyone wants to try it with their girls:

They partner up then Jen called out head to head and they have to touch head to head. Then she called elbow to elbow and they have to find a new partner and go elbow to elbow. So on and so on with a different partner and different body part touching each time. Belly button to belly button was a particular favourite, plus bum to bum!

No-one is out for not finding a partner, you just join the next round.

They also taught our girls the Boom Chicka Boom song (though one of our Pack Leaders knew it already) which was a bit less successful, we never did quite master it but we'll try it again in the future.

Both we and they knew the Bumble Bee song which was fun because it showed them all just how alike girls of that age can be while they pretend to throw up their bumble bee!

We did reciprocate by feeding them some English Scones and jam, teaching them the Oranges and Lemons game, making Welsh dragon bookmarks and singing Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny Aff a Bus, so it wasn't all one-sided!

We also had some Girl Scout cookies another lady had sent me, and at the end Jen gave out badges from her council and we also had American badges from the cookie lady so the girls each went home with two. Jen's girls had a Brownie package from me that included some badges and a bear and we gave them some pin badges from the Brownies representing each of the sixes to remember us by. (Jen also gave my kids lots of sweeties and glowsticks, they both loved them.)

We ended with Brownie Bells and then Jen showed us how her girls end their meetings, with crossed arms sending a squeeze round and then twisting out of the circle.

It was a good, busy, night and the girls were talking about it in the playground at school this morning which is always a sign it was a hit!

Later: the non-Brownie version of meeting Jen and her family!

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