Friday, 24 May 2013

Halfway through the summer term







So, Guiding is girl-led and our girls decided they wanted to earn as many badges as possible this term, to fill up their sleeves!
We've scheduled a couple of easy to do badges: Agility and Craft, we've already completed Road Safety over a couple of weeks and we've completed two out of three weeks on Disability Awareness. We did try for Fire Safety but our local fire station isn't doing visits just now, so we have put that on hold for a while.
Disability Awareness is going really well, it's being led by a Guider whose son has autism, and his autism assistance dog made a star appearance at Brownies last week - he's so gentle, and focused that even the Brownie whom we were warned is terrified of dogs held his harness for a few seconds, a real "mountaintop moment" for her. This week the girls learned finger spelling and also tried a range of activities with one sense removed - I was on the table where the girls had to butter a slice of bread blindfolded, and I was liberally buttered on the arm by one girl!
We still have a big weekend away with the majority of the Brownies to come, a division dance workshop, promise ceremony for the new girls, girl-led planning for the next term, and our end of term fun at the local campsite. On top of that, I have offered to organise a district trip to a theme park early next term, so it's busy busy, as ever!

5 comments:

Kelloggs Ville said...

sounds more than busy!

I love those mountain top moments that seem so small and yet they are really ma-hoo-sive to the girl involved. Nice one.

TopChamp said...

wow - you have lots going on as we are just winding up... we have left: A Big Lunch (hopefully!) and 2 meetings - freestyling! 2 wks ago freestyle was a music night with African drumming, games & songs. Last week's freestyle meeting was a Wide Game from Guiders.co.uk about bugs. They LOVED it (mostly because I found waterbombs in the corner shop and rather than creeping up to the 'ranger' to get a glimpse of the rare breed of ant they had to negotiate a way through without being hit by a water bomb).

I have a huge list of things the girls would like to do - so really we can do anything this term. It's been relaxing easing up on the planning - and fun. Not a method I'd recommend to a trainee but certainly it's more fun for me - stretching my repertoire and improvisation skills.

TopChamp said...

oh yeah - badge order received & accepted!

Working Mum said...

I like the sound of Disability Awareness, maybe I should suggest it to my daughter? She's just done Home Skills which was great - making her bed, setting the table, polishing her shoes, etc. Love Brownies!

Jen said...

Home skills is very beneficial :-)
Disability awareness is challenging but great!

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