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Winging it

For our last Guides meeting of term, we were meant to have some visitors in to teach us about self defence and online safety. Unfortunately that had to be postponed at the last minute because of illness, so Unit Leader messaged the other leaders asking us to turn up with ideas. Between us we managed to make an evening of Eastery fun and games.

First we finally got to do a “Chinese raffle” (as explained by Kelloggsville). I’ve been wanting to play it at Guides for months and I’ve had it ready to go as a back-up activity – gifts wrapped, rules printed – since last summer, but we haven’t managed to fit it in till now. On my way home before Guides, I popped into Hobbycraft and bought a few fluffy chicks and bunnies (6 for £1 and 4 for £1 respectively) to Easter it up a bit, and wrapped them up. The rest of the presents were just little sweets from variety bags.

We played that and the Guides asked lots of questions to clarify the rules, testing my explaining ability, but got on with it quite well once they started. They were doing it in groups of 4-8, and the only catch was the smallest group finished first and had to wait a while for the others, while the biggest group took much longer and in the end we cut it short and the girls shared out the remaining gifts between them.

Next, Queen’s Guide Buddy ran a game about finding egg-related facts. By good fortune, she had prepared it for one of her classes at school, and it worked well for Guides too. The facts were hidden on egg-shaped bits of card around the room, and the girls (still in groups) had to find a fact, leave it where it was, and go and tell it to a leader who would tick it off on a grid. The first group to get all the facts ticked off between them won. They won some chocolate eggs at the end of the night, in fact.

Finally, we played the game where the Guides sit in a circle and have to pass something (in this case, a chocolate egg) around the circle behind their backs. One girl stands in the middle and has three guesses at who is holding the egg. If she guesses right, she wins the egg. If she guesses wrong, or the egg gets back to where it started before she has used all her guesses, whoever is holding the egg wins it. New detective, new egg, start again.

We spent the last few minutes doing notices, and then it was the Easter holidays, woohoo! Even though the programme changed at short notice, I quite like ending the term doing more active leading than I’ve done in a while, rather then letting someone else run the night. I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks off regular meetings, but it won’t be much of a break from guiding as there are a few (mostly fun) things happening over the holidays.


Edible Easter beasties

On our penultimate meeting of term, the Guides decorated little chocolate eggs.

We gave them a selection of ready-to-roll marzipan (for a yellow colour), ready-to-roll icing (white, some of which we put food colouring in, and also pre-coloured.  This was really popular as it was cartoonishly bright), water icing (again, white and coloured.  We didn’t have much because I forgot that I’d said I’d make some up and bring it with me – oops, bad Guider.  But we did have about half a packet, which was good for cementing the eggs onto biscuit bases), writing icing, and some leftover sweets and marshmallows we had hanging around.

I was really impressed with their creations!  As you can see, we didn’t insist on an Easter theme…20150316_194410 20150316_194416 20150316_194536 20150316_194551 20150316_194632 20150316_194653 20150316_194713 20150316_195423 20150316_195431 20150316_193950 20150316_193956 20150316_194021 - Copy 20150316_194028 - Copy 20150316_194050 20150316_194101 20150316_194112 20150316_194352 20150316_194402

In other news, I now have a smartphone (hello, 21st century) with a whizzier camera than my old broken camera, so better pictures should be forthcoming.

That kept them entertained for about an hour.  For the final part of the evening, we showed the girls a “baton” that is touring every Guide unit in our county in preparation for the county international camp in the summer.  We read out a message from the County Commissioner that went with it, about how much she was looking forward to the camp.  Those who are going wrote messages about what they hoped to get from it and stuck them inside the baton (it has a screw-top lid and was probably once a hot chocolate powder pot).

To give the non-camping Guides something to do, and to get ahead with programme-planning, we also asked them to write down what they’d enjoyed most this term and what they would like to do next term.  We had a quick look through afterwards and a lot of the suggestions were our usual summer term activities, so it should be easy to please them!