Sunday, 16 February 2014

Fun in the dark

We had fun in the dark this week, a no electricity night that did use some electricity!

We started with a dolls house, blacking out the windows and putting a torch inside and talking about why people blacked out windows in WWII. Each time a few windows had been blacked out with card and tape, we turned out the lights again to see if it was all blocked.

It took a while, and we had a really good discussion about why and how, and a wide range of peripheral questions and street lights and rationing and reserved occupations.

Then we used glowsticks to play a game with each girl having a stick, a leader with bells hiding among them in the dark and a girl having to find the leader by sound alone. We did have one glowstick leak and some liquid go in that girls eye so we  had two leaders with her, rinsing her eyes over and over with water.

As a side note, we followed procedure: informed her parents who were happy with the action we were taking and that the girl was keen to stay. We then talked it through with mum at the end of Brownies, got her to sign the accident book and gave her packaging in case she felt she needed to go to A&E. I checked the next day and the mum said the girl was fine. If she had needed to visit hospital we would have filled in the Girlguiding accident form that gets filed with our HQ in case of further issues. I was glad she was ok, and mum was very kind about it, indeed she said she had bought some herself for a party this weekend so she did appreciate it was a common enough thing to do and accidents happen. It's horrible when one of your girls is in pain though I know we did everything right. Next time I think we'd ask them to break them as far from their faces as possible - add that to the risk assessment if we do that again!

The game went well and then they made glowsticks art in the dark. At the end we had candles to give out to be distributed for our Thinking Day project involving the community, and one of our leaders got her five years service badge - she literally jumped up and down, clapped and squealed!

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