Friday, 23 November 2012

Rocked it

We're pretty lucky at our unit, we have 24 Brownies and 4 leaders plus another leader in training.
We all have a lot on in our lives and only 2 of us have Brownies in the unit, among the things such as husbands, jobs and other commitments that we juggle along with Brownies is 8 other children with their own out of school activities including one with particular needs.
So while 5 leaders looks like luxury, what it really means is that usually we can manage 4 leaders per week, sometimes as few as 3.
This week was necessarily one of the 3 leader weeks. And just to top it off, I really needed to spend time with the 5 newbies so I was going to be in the entrance hall with them away from the others. And it was leader in training's first time to lead a meeting. And she was stepping in to lead because one of the absent leaders wasn't well.
Baptism of fire!
But she rocked it. The girls worked on one of the Rights badges and really got to grips with the idea of similarity and difference. While I wasn't in the room for most of it, I know she did well because there were Brownies talking about it in the playground this morning - always the sign of a good meeting!

Saturday, 17 November 2012


Last week we fit in a pow wow for the girls to tell us what they'd like to do next term. Girls in the lead is a very important principle in Guiding, and pow wows are a very effective way of doing this.
This week we couldn't use our venue because of police commissioner elections in the hall, so the leaders got together at the same time as the regular meeting to create a programme for the term - actually the next two terms as next term is really short for us, just 8 weeks.
We put together the girls' wishes, some aspects we felt strongly about and finished off by making sure we were including the three important Brownie strands of You, Community and World.
I'm pretty pleased with it, we've got some good strong Guiding content in there, some learning of new things, some teamwork, some fun - seems like good plans to me!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Remembrance Sunday

Lest we forget

Friday, 9 November 2012

New additions, Halloween and daffodils

We've been so busy as a unit and I've been so busy as a Guider and in all my other roles (work four days a week, mum, wife etc) in the last few weeks. And it's only going to get busier as we head for Christmas. So for now, forgive me for the bullet points - I can elaborate on anything if people are particularly interested.

•The sleepover I mentioned in the last post went really well, three of the girls have now signed up for our big London weekend next year as a result of the fun they had. We're thrilled to add them.

*Our new Guider is doing so well too. I'm loving her attention to detail. The rest of us have been doing his a few years now and it's very good for all of us to have things questioned. Yes we do it that way but why? Often there is a good reason, but sometimes there isn't and her fresh eyes help with that.

*Our YL stepped up brilliantly to run a Halloween party for over 50 Brownies. She was patient, adapted her plans when something she tried didn't go well, worried about that till we reassured her that being able to adapt is very much the important skill her mentor would be looking for and allinall was just fab.

*Our most recent meeting was led by me - a logistical nightmare for me with a husband who was ill and a daughter who needed picking up from somewhere else just as Brownies started, feeding and dropping off somewhere just as Brownies ended. A friend helped me out and it does show how fitting these things in, particularly when your own child is no longer part of the unit you are involved with, can be a juggling act.
We planted daffodils for Marie Curie and the girls will be nurturing them through to St Davids Day next year when they will bring them back to see who has the tallest one and will also bring back their fundraising money. Lots of excited girls already telling me they have collected over £5 each within days of starting so we should have a good total!

What else is coming up?
*County training day
*Remembrance Sunday
*First evening run by our new Guider

And that's just the next few days!
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