Friday, 23 September 2011

Why should my kid join Scouts or Guides?

Well, us Guiding and Scouting leaders could tell you it's because it will build character and friendships, they will learn new skills, they'll discover the wider world and how they can contribute to it...and all of that is true.

But also, every term or so, you'll be able to get rid of your kid by giving her/him to us for the day while they go off on a fun day or another event. And if you are REALLY lucky, then even if you have two kids, sometimes event dates will coincide and your daughter will head off with the Guides on a day trip on the exact same day as your son has a Cub fun day and there is an overlap of five hours and you and your other half won't know what to do with yourselves!

Except, if this situation were to occur to me in the next, say, 24 hours, I'd know exactly what we're going to do: a few chores then off for a lovely pub lunch.

Of course the flip side is when you have children in different sections and they need to be in different places at the same time. Our Rainbows, Brownies and Guides can't have our usual meeting place this week coming and so Rainbows are going for a walk in a nearby village, Brownies are heading to a nearby shop to learn about Fair Trade and Guides are going for a chip walk. And one mum has a girl in each of the three sections and when she usually drops off one and collects the next from the same place, on this occasion she needs to be in two different places at 6pm. She'll work it out by sharing lifts, but I prefer my circumstances this time!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Newest Cub Scout

Remember the newest Beaver? Who turned into the oldest Beaver?

Well, with his eighth birthday this weekend just gone, this week he turned into the newest Cub.

*sigh* - it is only him getting older, right, not me as well?

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Back to it!

Back to Brownies - and we have 25 girls once more, despite deciding we would stick at 24 from now on. We had already said yes to a Rainbow moving up to take us to 24 then we got a transfer girl. You only have to put a transfer at the top of the waiting list but she's 9 and a half and will only have two terms with us so we just brought her in.

We've started the term off with Crime Prevention, ably led by one of the Assistant Guiders. There was much fingerprinting and giggles! We have a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) coming next week which should be interesting, and just in case she pulls out for any reason at the last minute, we have the surefire hit Jelly Baby evening all prepared and sitting in the boot of my car - the jelly babies have an April use by date so we can use them at the last minute or use them next term, whatever we need.
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