A rounders bat in action

This week, the Guides went to visit another Guide unit in our Division, in a nearby village.  Their summer meeting place is in a field!  (But they’re allowed to use the British Legion Hall when it rains.)

We played a game of Horses and Jockeys – appropriate as there were horses in the next field – and then played a game of rounders, with each team playing for 15 minutes.  As both our units had good attendance, the teams were quite big, about 20-a-side, so some girls were, shall we say, more involved in the game than others!  We think that if we do it again next year, we’ll try to split the group and have another activity going on.

A Guide with a rounders bat and ball

While this was happening, some of our leaders and young leaders were having a productive time planning next week’s meeting, signing off bits of a leadership qualification book, and doing camp admin.  A luxury of having more adults than usual!

It was nice to see that this unit, which re-opened just a couple of years ago after the village had been Guide-less for a long time, is going from strength to strength: both in terms of Guide numbers, and a growing team of adults and a young leader.  As the Unit Leader told me, it’s a great relief to have a team after being the only warranted leader for a long time.  It’s meant they’ve been able to offer the girls more opportunities, like going on their first camp a few weeks ago.

We finished off with singing round an altar fire (which was great except for when my co-leader swallowed a bit of dandelion fluff and had a coughing fit!) and toasting marshmallows.

Rounders 3

One of the best bits of a campfire


2 thoughts on “Rounders

  1. Nicola Higgins

    Meeting in a field? An interesting strategy! Mind you, I love our meeting place in the summer, it’s a basement so it’s cool all the time. Just what I need after a hot hot day.

    I don’t know Horses and Jockeys, how does it work?

    1. Clare Post author

      Everyone gets in pairs and stands in a circle, with one partner (jockey) on the other partner (horse)’s back. If the leader shouts “jockeys”, the jockeys jump (carefully!) off their partners, run round the circle (all in the same direction!) back to their partner, and get back up on their back. If the leader shouts “horses”, the horses throw their partner off (carefully!), run round the circle etc., go through their partner’s legs and let them climb back on. After a few practice rounds, the last pair to be back in place and mounted is out and sits down to help the leader to the spotting. Whittle it down till you have a winner.

      Our Guides love it, but it needs a lot of space and usually involves falling over, so we only get to play it when we’re outside on grass.


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