So when we Leaders planned the term programme last week, we filled it up quickly with fun stuff, useful stuff, seasonal stuff, a bit of food, a bit of craft, and were quite pleased with it. Then we realised that we didn’t have much guidey stuff in there. Like, you know, the Promise. And the Law, and Thinking Day, and general Guiding knowledge for our newer girls. “Hmm,” we said to ourselves, “we’re not doing very well at working to a common standard. How can we fit these things in?”
The solution was to combine them with a pizza-making night (a request from some of the Guides), which was what we did this week.
We brought in a variety of pizza toppings and tortilla wraps for bases, and divided them into the number of patrols. The guides sat at tables in patrols, and we asked quiz questions about guiding. Despite the catchy alliterative title, it wasn’t just the Promise; we also covered the Law, guiding history (e.g. when were we founded, who was the first Chief Guide, why is Thinking Day when it is), local knowledge (what is the name of our unit/county/region/District Commissioner), and current facts (how many Guide interest badges are there, which of the following is not a Go For It!, what is the name of the section of Guiding for girls and women aged 14-25).
We asked the question to everyone and chose a hand that went up. If that Guide got it wrong, the question passed to the next patrol, and kept passing round until someone got it right. Sometimes they needed heavy hints, especially with remembering the parts of the Law – to be fair, the other Leaders and I find it hard to remember as well, which is why we like trying new ways to teach it to the girls.
I was impressed with how much the younger Guides knew: either they’ve learned a lot by osmosis since joining Guides, or (more likely) their Brownie leaders trained them well.
Every time a girl got a question right, her patrol won a pizza ingredient. We were on a tight schedule to cook them all, so we encouraged everyone to make up their pizzas as they went along. Oh, and we encouraged them to make them look like trefoils. I’d printed off some sheets about what the parts of the trefol symbolised, but I didn’t give them out in the end: it would have been information overkill, and we covered some of it in the quiz questions, anyway.
As you can see from the selection below, some of the trefoils were more obvious than others!
When the quiz was over and the pizzas were made, we put them in the oven in batches. Meanwhile, the girls played the “Christmas card game”, a favourite with us at the start of the year. You have a pile of lots of Christmas cards (just the pictures, with the messages cut off) in the middle of the room. Each member of the patrol has a number, and when a leader calls out “number two, find a robin”, all the number twos run to the middle and try to be the first to find a picture of a robin and thus win a point for her patrol. It works well if you have a mixture of very common pictures, and unusual ones that are only on one or two cards (like a koala – on an Australian card, of course).
They played until the pizzas were cooked, then we sat and ate them (there were enough ingredients for the Leaders to have some!) for the last few minutes of the meeting, and very tasty they were too. The whole smoosh of guiding values and constructing a tasty snack worked rather well – certainly something to try again.