Friday, 23 March 2012

Olympics crazy

That's the term wrapped up, we finished with a trip to Disney on Ice and then an Easter party - the girls searched the grounds for eggs then decorated biscuits with decorations including little mini eggs.

Summer term lies ahead - after an Easter break - and we're pretty much going Olympics crazy. There's a little bit of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in there, but mostly we'll be doing sport, learning about the Olympic values and enjoying a bit of culture from around the world.

Also, smores. Duh, it's summer!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Brownie weekends away, past, present and future

A report will follow about our Brownie weekend away as soon as possible, one of my fellow leaders was doing her holiday licence so I want to be sure she has completed it before sharing.
In the meantime, here's a jaunt back through a few of the weekends away my Brownies have enjoyed over the years.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sleepover at a castle

Remember a while back I said I was going to visit a major tourist attraction about the possibility of a sleepover there?
Well, it was Warwick Castle - and it's happening!
The castle is arranging two camps in the autumn term for Scouts and Guides, and we're hoping to go on one of them. I've got letters out with parents right now, so we should know interest and numbers fairly soon.
The castle ran sleepovers during the Guide centenary in 2010 so they have the plans down pat, and we know it will be suitable for our girls.
You get there on a Saturday, pitch tents, have tea, are welcomed by the knights, take part in a round robin of demos, and then they fire the trebuchet - and at night they even light the ball so it is a flaming trebuchet!
Then on Sunday there's breakfast, break camp, bird display and we can wander the castle before the public arrive for the day.
The price is great I think, £32 is a lot for a one night camp, but when you look at all you get for it, it is good value, plus we plan to use our Gift Aid so we can offer it to the girls at a lower price.
The event is only open to Scouting and Guiding groups but if you think your unit might be interested and want more details, the Trade Sales Account Manager is Georgina Forsythe, her email (she gave me permission to share it!) is georgina.forsythe@warwick-castle.com
They also run similar events at Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventure, if those are closer to you.
(I wasn't paid to write about this, or sponsored, or anything like that. I was invited to visit the castle and hear more about the planned event so I could ask questions, along with lots of other Scout and Guide leaders. And I got free hot chocolate for me and the two kids who were with me as well. But that's not sponsorship, that's planning!)

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Baden Powell Award - so nearly there

I've recently had one of my "let go of the reins a bit" experiences, as daughter went off to do her Baden Powell Adventure weekend.
She's been working towards her Baden Powell Award since last January, fitting it around schoolwork and the other things she does, and when she reached 8 clauses completed she was able to apply to go on an adventure - a weekend where she went away with other girls doing the award, none of whom she had met before, to carry out a series of challenges and also learn more about Guiding once you are 14.
At 13 and 3 months, she was the youngest on the weekend - you need to have completed two years in Guides (which starts at age 10) before you can start the award, so you rarely go on an adventure before the age of 13, and most of the girls were 14 and 15.
So I dropped her off at Guiding HQ in the nearest city to us, where 2 Guiders were waiting for 12 girls. They spent the night there then went to a nearby town for challenges the next day, then stayed at the youth hostel there, then headed to a third town the day after then back to the HQ. All along the way they had to budget for meals and whether they would cook them or buy them, complete the challenges and get themselves around using bus timetables to certain places at certain times.
They did a great job - and it proves to me she can cope with that kind of thing so I can worry less next time I need her to get the bus home from town after a school event.
But this letting go thing...it's hard!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Girlguiding news

There's lots of Guiding news around just now, and a few things leapt out enough that I wanted to share:

A new girl every hour in 2011 - isn't that great? What an eye-catching spin on the statistics

Devoted Guide leader hangs up her woggle - this leader sounds wonderful and I hope she is persuaded to stay as an assistant guider with a unit or be involved at division or county level because she really seems to get the useful aspects of the Girlguiding programme and to have inspired a lot of girls

And finally, it appears I am not alone in thinking both Guiding AND Scouting rule - the Chief Guide and Scouts UK Chief Commissioner have issued a joint statement to that effect.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Busy Guiding time, quiet blog

I've been really busy with Guiding stuff and with life, and never seem to find the time to come here and share. If World Thinking Day is Feb 22, does that mean this is a new Guiding year? So I can make my new Guiding year's resolution to be to make the time to share. :-)

I will start by trying to help out a friend's daughter. Her daughter is fundraising to go on a Guiding trip to Switzerland and is making the keyrings and woggles you see on this blog post. She's selling them for £1 each, if you think you might be interested, then you can message me in the comments (include your email address), and I will pass on the comments without publishing them.
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