Author Archives: Clare

A lovely video

I love this video posted by the Irish Girl Guides. (They’ve got lots more short, sweet videos too – check them out.)

It was made by Róisín Hiney & Ruth Duffy of Bray Senior Branch, using the Sangam song, ‘When We Shine’. Watch it for a quick fix of good guiding vibes:

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This bath bomb

 

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…was a Christmas present from a Guide Leader in 2010.

It’s followed me through 6 house moves, 4 counties and 3 Girlguiding units, forgotten in a box or drawer with other bath stuff that I forget to use.

I rediscovered it a few weeks ago and realised it’s older than some of my Rainbows. Which is just silly. So I finally used it, and it was lovely: it made the bath water all pink and shimmery. Worth waiting 6 years for.

Nights away

I’ve updated my list of nights away with Girlguiding  (because I’ve recently filled in a form that asked for them). It now covers 11 years, goodness gracious.

2006 – Briefing weekend for region international trip (2); region trip to the Netherlands (14).  Total 16

2007 – Weekend Guide camp (The Sound of Music theme) (2); Guide camp (Grease theme) (6); Brownie pack holiday (Robin Hood theme) (2).  Total 10

2008 – Region trip to Switzerland (14); Guide camp in Italy (7).  Total 21

2009 – SSAGO rally (can’t remember the theme!) (2); Guide camp (Big Brother theme) (2); Guide camp (circus theme) (6); SSAGO group Christmas trip (1).  Total 11

2010 – Guide camp (Malvern Challenge) (2); SSAGO rally (medieval theme) (2); county centenary camp (6); another county centenary camp (6); INTOPS (2).  Total 18

2011 – County training weekend (2); Guides night hike (1); 3 GOLD briefings (6); GOLD project in Russia (21); Guide camp (Alice in Wonderland theme) (2). Total 32

2012 – District Brownie holiday (Ancient Egyptian theme) (2); County Brownie holiday (Queen’s diamond jubilee theme) (2); Guide camp (Queen’s diamond jubilee theme) (6).  Total 10

2013 – Guides night hike (1); Guide camp in Spain (7); region camp (7).  Total 15

2014 – Brownie pack holiday (circus theme) (2); Guides night hike/sleepover (1); Brownie & Rainbow holiday (Down on the Farm theme) (2); Guide camp (Wild West theme) (5); Leaders’ sleepover (1); Queen’s Guide Award exploration in York (4).  Total 15

2015 – Guides night hike (1); Guides county camp (5); Brownie holiday (Around the World theme) (2); Leaders’ sleepover (1). Total 9

2016 – Brownie/Guide holiday (Gingerbread theme) (3); Guide night hike (1); Guide camp (adventure holiday in France (5); Rainbow sleepover (teddy bear theme) (1); Rainbow sleepover (Peter Rabbit theme) (1); Leaders’ sleepover (1). Total 12

Grand total: 169

 

Christmas fun and games

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The Christmas wreath I made at Rainbows last year came out again

For the last Rainbows meeting of term, we joined up with the Brownies and Guides who meet after us, and had a festive fun/games/singing/food party, with families invited as well. Rather like last year, but without so many units, or a lady playing carols on the piano.

It was…ok, but a bit chaotic, not helped by the fact that the Brownies and Guides had been asked to arrive and leave at different times from the Rainbows, and some were early and others were late, so there was a lot of coming and going of girls.

And I’d prepared some games, but hadn’t realised there would be quite so much time to fill, and Brown Owl was feeling unwell so wasn’t up to leading much, so there were times when the girls were randomly running around playing with the balls and skipping ropes (we have lots of space, so that’s fine), and the parents were sitting around drinking tea and chatting.

I think (hope) it bothered me more than any of the parents and the girls – no one complained to me. But I’d have a think about how we can do it better next year (or if we do it at all – I’m tempted to just take the Rainbows out for an end of term trip instead).

Apologies for the not-very-upbeat post. It was a fine party, it really was, but I was glad it was the end of term and time for a bit of a break!

Christmas disco

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Our summer disco (which apparently I didn’t blog about) went down so well that we hired the same people back to do a Christmas disco for three local Rainbow units, plus the Brownies and Guides who meet after my Rainbows.

The girls had fun, and we adults didn’t have to do much beyond giving out drinks and snacks, looking after Rainbows who found it too hot and noisy, and clearing up afterwards. It could have been a little shorter and no one would have minded, but all fine.

At the end, we did some giving out of badges to those who were owed them, and one of my Rainbows made her Promise (she missed doing it the week before), so I’m (was) all up to date with Promises for now – hurrah!

Rainbow Promise party

 

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Not my photo, but we made hand-shaped Christmas tree cards like these

At the end of November, we had a Promise party to welcome two Rainbows who joined this term (and one who’s been here for months but missed making her Promise before).

It’s taken me a while to remember what we actually did before the Promise bit at the end. Now it’s coming back to me: we played some games that the girls making their Promise chose, plus one about being kind and helpful. Then we made Christmas cards for people who were kind and helpful to us.

Then we had festive nibbles and the girls made their Promises. Looking back, I guess it wasn’t exactly a party: a few times, one of the Rainbows asked me when the party was starting! But since our next two meetings included a disco and a Christmas fun and games evening, I don’t feel too bad.

Rainbows do First Aid

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When I asked my Rainbows what they’d like to do in the autumn term, one thing they asked for was first aid.

Great idea, girls! Especially as one of the activities in the Roundabout we’re doing involves learning about the emergency services. I set aside a meeting in November for first aid funtimes.

I asked around a few charities to see if anyone could visit and teach us (as I’m sure the Rainbows would listen to them better and learn more), but had no luck, so I kept it simple with things I’m comfortable teaching.

We started with a Rainbow chat about emergencies and calling 999. This turned into a big sharing session about people they know who have been injured – in a few minutes we heard everything from grazed knees to heart attacks to one Rainbow’s cousin who swallowed a battery (and pooed it out).

Everyone loves a good injury story, but I thought we’d better not spend the whole hour telling them, so we moved on. We did a quiz about emergencies and first aid. We played a game where the Rainbows had to listen to a story and run when ‘their word’ was spoken. Then we practised putting bandages on dolls and cuddly toys, which was definitely what the Rainbows had been looking forward to.

I’m not sure if the Rainbows learned anything really useful, but it gave them a reminder of things they already know, and anything that gets them used to thinking about and talking about first aid can’t do any harm.

It was a bit of a strange evening, as my Unit Helpers couldn’t make it, so it was just me, a (lifesaving) mum helper, and a Guide who showed up early and was willingly roped into helping. They put up with our slightly crazy ways.

One sad thing: the Rainbow who first asked to do first aid and really wanted to do it, missed it. Her sister’s a Brownie, Brownies was cancelled that evening, and their parents thought that Rainbows was cancelled too. Sadface. I said we can do more next term. By that time, I might have found someone proper to come and teach us.