Sunday, 21 April 2013

Four more and I know who they are

Four more new Brownies have joined us this term, they all seem quite sweet and look different enough that I was able to know their names by the end of the night! It was easy when my daughter was a Brownie because I knew most newbies from her class or the year after, so any from a different school didn't need much effort to remember.
But now almost every new Brownie I have never met before, so it requires concentration from me to keep their names straight the first few nights. I was quite pleased to have L, N, R and G sorted out by the end of the first evening.
Our newest Guider led the meeting, did a cracking job and was watched by our district commissioner so she could have that part of her leadership qualification signed off.
Full steam ahead for the rest of the term.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Brownies round the world: Canada

What better way to celebrate 500 posts here than with a post about one of my very favourite countries, Canada, combined with one of the most visited sections of my blog, the Brownies round the world series.

Previous posts:
Brownies in Canada are called...Brownies! They are aged 7-8 (a crucial difference to the UK, where ours are aged 7-10).

Their full uniform: T-shirt, navy cargo pants, badge sash, reef knot pin and tie, though more than one Canadian leader has told me their unit doesn't wear the cargo pants, preferring a combination of jeans/shorts for most occasions and smart trousers for Remembrance Sunday etc.

Their promise, like the promise for older girls and leaders, has recently changed and is now:
I Promise to do my best,
To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada
I will take action for a better world
And respect the Brownie Law

Guiding in Canada is just one year younger than in the UK, so they are over 100 just like us! There are around 90,000 members.

More about Canada Girl Guides


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

46 tickets

We're off to London soon, that's 46 train tickets collected! With the help of railcards and booking 90 days ahead we are getting 23 of us to London for an average £6.50 a head (just as a comparison, if you walk on to a train at our station at rush hour it would be closer to £100 a head) thanks to also taking the slightly slower route and staying out of rush hour.

Takes a long time for the machine at the station to print out 46 tickets for there and back!
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