This week at Guides we did some Christmassy crafts. First we made candy cane reindeer. We had a good production line going, with some Guides adding pipe cleaner antlers, others sticking on googly eyes, and others sticking on pompom noses. (Over the years, we’ve found that double-sided sticky tape, as new as possible, works best for sticking things on. The pompoms came from this ribbon.)
We made a veritable horde of reindeer – almost 200! We’ll be selling them for 50p each at the town’s Christmas fair tonight.
When we’d exhausted the candy cane supplies, we made Christmas cards, using a packet of blank cards and trying to use up some of the fancy paper and jazzy bits in our craft box. Queen’s Guide Buddy brought along her die cutter, which has Christmas shapes, so we cut out lots of those for the Guides to use.
We asked the girls to make one card to take home and one that we can give to a local elderly care home. In practice, some girls made two, while others only had time to make one. Anyway, we have a good little stash of cards to give out.
Another positive from tonight were that our new Young Leader took on a more leader-y role than she has before; no criticism to her, as she hasn’t had much chance in the last several weeks – we’ve had quite a few meetings that weren’t very leader-heavy. It’s really good that she’s keen to get involved when needed.
In other news, a whopping three of our older Guides have been selected to go on region international trips next year (as well as a Ranger/Young Leader who was selected last year but travels next year). This is extremely exciting, but means intense fundraising times ahead!
Next week is our last meeting of term, so we’re having a Christmas party. Huzzah!