Sunday, 22 February 2015

Happy World Thinking Day

Today is World Thinking Day and although our division has an event running today, I'm resting up after a long and exciting day yesterday at a regional event, which I will blog about later.

To all my Girl Guide and Girl Scout friends, have a wonderful Thinking Day, and to all my Scout friends, have a wonderful Founders Day.

Here's a lovely post from A Guiding Light this morning:

And to keep you going till I write up yesterday's amazing event, here's what my unit have done over the years:


And here's what we've done in the past:
2007: Thinking Day at Coventry Cathedral (before I started this blog, so no post) 
2009: I can't remember *hangs head in shame*. There's nothing on the blog, and my files just show that we planned to cover it in our meeting and attend a division event but I haven't written down anywhere easily accessible what we did!
2012: World Thinking Day aka Founders Day aka Wednesday (just a greeting, no meeting info)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Badge testing, thinking day, camp and London

Exceptionally busy week this week - and we didn't even use the kitchen!
The main purpose of the meeting was Thinking Day, and the girls did plenty to learn about that. But in addition, we also ran badge testing. We don't often do badges in meeting times, so we really encourage the girls to work on them at home. We have 26 girls just now, and 26 badges were passed! Some girls earned as many as four though, so there were quite a few who didn't do any, all fine, it's their choice.
I was particularly impressed by a model of the phases of the moon, some yummy cookies, a brand new Brownie who hasn't even taken her promise yet who passed her Out and About badge. There were two other leaders testing too, and I had really good comments from them as well.
As well as that, we were also taking payments for a trip to London and a camp in the summer. I'm thrilled we have 21/26 going to London and 18 going camping.
Half term now and we're snapping up Friends and Family Railcards to reduce the cost of the London trip, while there's £10 off. One adult plus four girls is £31.10 return to London from here with a railcard and just over £66 without so it's worth buying the cards at £20 each for this trip alone.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Paper mâché and big plans

We had another Brownie Adventures week this week, with the girls divided up as follows:
6 More Adventures girls with me making papier-mâché.
5 Adventure On girls in the kitchen making sandwiches out of unusual breads, with one leader and one YL (one off ill)
6 Adventure girls doing their Crime Prevention badge with leader and Brownie helper
3 Adventure girls dying lemonade and doing secret writing with leader and Brownie helper
4 Becoming a Brownie girls working through their booklet with one leader (one absent)
They all seemed to do well, they love choosing their own activities and while it is hard for us to supply enough adults to facilitate it, it's always worth the effort.
(Not our papier-mâché but it did look like this)
Our papier-mâché was gloopy and not fabulous, we tried but it was hard to form good shapes. They did enjoy it though and it wasn't too messy, I even got them to clear up by promising chocolate buttons if I returned from rinsing the bowl in the kitchen and found a clean table, and I did!

We ended the meeting with some very excited girls! We have a trip to London planned for April, open to all, and a two night camp in June, open to all but the very newest girls (as we like them to do a sleepover before they camp, so we can be sure they can cope). Coupled with Thinking Day soon, and our tenth birthday celebrations too, it's an exciting time!

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