Camp, Camp and Camp

I’ve been away a lot recently. First Guide camp – we took some girls to the Arden international camp in Warwickshire.  It was an excellent week.  We spent the first half of it with variations on the theme of “You!  Are you wearing sun cream?  When was the last time you drank?  Where is your hat?” Our part of the subcamp was near the woods … Continue reading Camp, Camp and Camp

New Girlguiding Resources: Interest Badges

Along with the new programme for all members of Girlguiding, there are a whole new selection of interest badges for the girls to achieve. Today I’m going to talk about the range of topics, the syllabuses, and the style of the badges. Topics Each badge has been assigned to one of the six themes – Know Myself, Express Myself, Be Well, Have Adventures, Take Action … Continue reading New Girlguiding Resources: Interest Badges

New Girlguiding Resources: Activity Cards

Last week I talked about the new Handbooks and Badge Books for all sections of Girlguiding. This week I’m going to cover the activity cards. There are two types of cards – Unit Meeting Activities (UMAs) and Skills Builders (SBs). In order to earn the Theme Award for each of the six themes, girls need to complete a number of hours of UMAs (the number … Continue reading New Girlguiding Resources: Activity Cards

New Girlguiding Resources: Book Review!

Yesterday, Girlguiding launched their new programme for every girl. We’ve had hints and teasers and partial information for a while now, but yesterday we saw the entire picture – badges, books, and activity resources all. I’m impressed. I’m going to do a short series of posts on the various resources. Today I want to talk about the books. Each section – from Rainbows up to … Continue reading New Girlguiding Resources: Book Review!

End of Term Relaxation

At Brownies this week we mostly relaxed. We did some yoga (alas, no photos of that!), and made some face masks out of edible ingredients.  Finally we did some mindful colouring in. We also said goodbye to a couple of Brownies (although not for long, because one of them is going to Guides).  It’s always sad to see them go, but at the same time … Continue reading End of Term Relaxation

Fire and Firing

On Friday, I took my Brownies and Guides to a local Scout campsite for some almost-end-of-term fun. With the Brownies, we lit fires and made s’mores.  The Brownies lit their own little mini fires using flint and steel and cotton wool (and they all managed it, which I was impressed by), but we made the s’mores on mine. We also learned (through the medium of … Continue reading Fire and Firing