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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!

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There with bells on! Rainbows do morris dancing

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Back in the summer, two members of the local morris side kindly came to Rainbows and taught us some dances.

Morris dancing is something close to my heart. I did it for a couple of years with a lovely Cotswold side before I moved to where I live now. I’d been considering joining this local group, so this seemed like a good way to case them out.

They came in their full kit, which caught the Rainbows’ attention, and told us a bit about the history of the group before teaching us a simple(ish) dance. They bravely gave the Rainbows sticks!

The Rainbows made a good effort learning the dance. After a while, they gradually reached the end of their attention, so some went and played with the hoops and skipping ropes while others kept dancing for a while.

It was a good meeting, with no preparation from me needed (yay), and now I think about it, it covered quite a few bases for the girls: exercise, agility, rhythm, working together, and the community they live in.

Let’s dance

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Good pointy toes

The second meeting of term was an easy one for me! A local dance teacher – who does classes for under-8s – came in and gave the Rainbows a ballet class for a very reasonable fee.

It was fantastic, and the hour went really quickly. The Rainbows did all sorts of things: toe-pointing exercises, dramatic scary walking, skipping around the hall, learning a routine. I was proud of how well they listened and made their best efforts.

My helpers and I joined in a bit, to show that we weren’t just sitting around being lazy, but we didn’t really need to do anything, the teacher had it all under control (of course, it is her job). She’s already said she’s happy to come back and do it again in a few months or a year’s time 🙂

World Thinking Day 2014

On 22 February, my District held our Thinking Day event in a local village hall.

About 30 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides came – we have lots more, but it was half term – and at least one leader from most units.  We started off with a picnic lunch all together, then the group split in half.

One half did a street dance workshop with a great dance teacher whom we paid for using our Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers from last year.  We collected them as a District so it was nice that we could use them on something all together.  The dancing looked really fun and the leaders enjoyed it as well as the girls.

The other half did a session run by my Queen’s Guide Buddy.  First they made treasure chests: cut out nets, decorated them with paper, stickers, gemstones etc. raided from the Guide hall, stuck them together into box shapes.

A table covered in card, glue, scissors and coloured paper

Then they went on a treasure hunt for knowledge (inspired by this year’s focus Millennium Development Goal, primary education for all).  In the garden, we “hid” 12 bits of paper with facts about Thinking Day and about Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in this year’s focus countries.*  In groups, pairs or on their own, the girls had to find a fact, come and tell it to a leader, and if they remembered it right the leader would give them a coin to put in their treasure chests.

Everyone got into the treasure hunt, although it worked slightly better with the Guides and older Brownies than it did with the younger ones – firstly because they needed more help reading and remembering, and secondly because they kept losing the coins from their boxes!**  Altogether, the craft and treasure hunt took about an hour, just the right amount of time.  To end the session, when the girls came inside again, they found the focus countries on a world map.

In between sessions, we had a break for squash and biscuits/cake, decorated by one of our leaders.

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The afternoon ended with everyone gathering in a circle, singing ‘This little guiding light’, and renewing our promises.

Sheets of paper with the words of the Guide, Brownie and Rainbow promise written on

* Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Egypt, and St Vincent and the Grenadines

** That was partly my fault – I made a mistake when helping to cut out some of the boxes that meant there was a little gap in them.  But still, waving them around didn’t help to keep things inside…