Friday, 26 June 2015

Chip walk

We marched them from our meeting place to the chip shop near most of their houses (took about 30 mins).

There were about 30 of us - 20 Brownies and 5 Guides because we were down in numbers due to a school play, plus 4 Guiders, 1YL and 2 parents.

After the walk, we headed to a nearby play park and just let them play, eat chips, play. Fun evening, nice and easy and perfect for the sunny evening (we have done it in rain too and that was fun as well, just different!).

Just one more week till we break for summer!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Camping - I guess it COULD have rained more!

We had a brilliant time at camp but oh my did it rain! We put the tents up in the rain, we listened to it rain both nights, it rained most of the Saturday and a bit of the Sunday...amazingly it was actually dry enough on the Sunday for us to get the tents down dry which was pretty lucky. 

One of our leaders was doing the camp module of her licence and she had put so much work into the weekend! The theme was Hogwarts, so a 'lite' version of Harry Potter to keep it all suitable for 7-10 year olds. The adventurous activities (eg zip wire) were themed too, so zip wire was flying class etc. We also did the cola and mentos experiment, in potions class, and there were crafts and quizzes and games - so much prep, she did a great job. 

We were particularly grateful she had booked the indoor sports hall for most of the day on Saturday - somewhere dry to eat our lunch and do activities!

The girls barely slept, but seemed to have a great time even if we did send them home exhausted. All in all, a great job, and now we just have to wait to hear if our Leader has passed her extra module!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Nearly time for Brownie camp

We continued doing camp prep with the girls this week, it's a balance to include all the girls, not just those planning to come with us, but we reckon they are learning useful skills either way as hopefully those who aren't camping with us this time will do so in the future.

While the leaders ran sessions with the Brownies, our two YLs and two Guide Brownie Helpers assembled a tent we had been given by a former Brownie's family as they used it once and decided they hated camping! It wasn't very expensive but we're grateful for any donations to us! It is massive, and without the bedroom pods in, perfect as somewhere for the girls to shelter and eat if the weather is against us. While heavy, it's not as heavy as the frame tent another unit had kindly offered to loan to us, so we're going to use it as it can fit in a parent's car to bring to the camp.

The Brownies did a few different things:
*practiced putting up a small tent
*ordered their lunch for the Saturday, just to help our QM order the right amount of desired food
*drew friendly ghost faces on plastic milk bottles - at camp we will add water and a glow stick and leave them outside in the evening :-)
*played a game: "I went on camp and I forgot my..." We had some funny things left behind: knickers, leaders, a very very very special necklace, eyeballs, a boyfriend...It's a fun way to cover the things that do need to come and those that don't, such as boyfriends and necklaces!
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