This week’s meeting was straightforward. Unit Leader suggested it would be nice to cook on barbecues before it got too dark – we meet from 7:00-8:30pm, so all our meetings are pretty much in darkness from October to March.
We brought disposable barbecues and matches, the Guides brought food and utensils. They’re dab hands at outdoor cooking now after our two summer cook outs, and most groups went beyond just sausages and burgers: I saw bacon, salad, kebabs, chocolate bananas and, of course, marshmallows. Some patrols were even over-equipped, and needed reminding that when cooking on a barbecue, unlike on a fire, it’s not necessary to wrap everything in silver foil.
We did it on the gravel driveway of the house next door to our hall. We are very lucky that one of our Guides lives there and her parents are more than happy for us to use the drive and garden. We all waved to her little brother before he went to bed! We were also lucky that they have a floodlight, otherwise it would have been very dark by the time we finished.
The Guides pretty much looked after themselves. I experimented with a bit of craft for selling at stalls, but decided I needed more time and daylight to try it properly.
Just before the end, we cleared up, went back inside, and presented Young Leader with a leaving present, as it was her last meeting before going to university. It’s quite a landmark – she’s been helping us for over 4 years, and was a Guide for 4 years before that, so altogether she’s shared some of the most formative years of her life with this unit, has changed, grown, had new experiences, and given us countless hours of help. No need to be too sentimental, as we’re likely to see her when she’s back for the holidays. We asked all the Guides (and leaders) to bring in something small to put in a hamper (i.e. a box wrapped in coloured paper) for her. It looked great when we put it all together: there were sweets, stationery, toiletries, make up, hot drinks equipment – I’m sure she’ll be pleased to have them all at university!
Miraculously, the meeting finished on time, in fact a couple of minutes early.