Time for some fundraising! My Guides went bag packing in our local Sainsbury’s from 9am-1pm one Saturday. Altogether, 7 Guides and 4 adults helped, and by chance we managed to have quite even coverage over the morning, with some arriving as others left. Not loads of people, but more than we expected based on uptake the week before. It was enough to have a definite presence, with one person to every 2 or 3 checkouts. We also had an adult “floating” near the exit, keeping an eye on our pile of coats and bags and handing out flyers for forthcoming events.
Everyone who helped was a credit to guiding, and for a fairly small number of people in just 4 hours, we did very well to raise £300, plus lots of Active Kids vouchers. Hurrah for the generous shoppers and accommodating Sainsbury’s employees! The money will be divided between our unit’s camp funds and one Guide’s international trip.
One of our forthcoming events is a tea party for anyone local who has ever been a Brownie (anywhere) to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday, so we tried to ask all the female customers whether they had been Brownies, and if so we told them about the party and directed them to the leader with the flyers. For some customers, enough to make it worthwhile, this question opened up some nice little bits of conversation, e.g.
“Yes, and I loved my uniform with the brown dress and bobble hat.”
“Yes, I was Sixer of the Imps.”
“Yes, and I still have my camp blanket!”
“No, but I was a Brown Owl!”
“No, but my granddaughters are and they love it.”
It showed how being a Brownie is often a very formative experience and really sticks in the mind decades later.