I don’t normally give things up for Lent. I’ve never seen the point. Occasionally I’ll tell people that I’ve given up giving things up. I’ve never really understood why denying yourself a pleasure for 40 days is a good thing. What is it meant to achieve? This year, I’ve decided to give it a go. But I’m not giving up chocolate, or coffee, or anything … Continue reading Lenten Mind
My Brownies love adventures. That’s why we do things like weekends at PGL. PGL, for those who don’t know, is a chain of activity centres. It stands for, depending on who you ask, either Peter Gordon Lawrence (the name of the founder) or Parents Get Lost. No prizes for guessing which version the Brownies prefer. We did Trapeze, Giant Swing, and Zipwire for those who … Continue reading PGL Adventures
Who doesn’t love unicorns? Our Brownies certainly do. And they love making things and doing arts and crafts. That’s why we now have a selection of these little beauties drying in the cupboard. In other news, Guides playing the Girlguiding edition of Monopoly can spark interesting conversations about Guiding properties, in particular ones we might like to visit… I see a trip to London in … Continue reading Unicorns!
In the Brownie Adventure book, there is an activity about who can help you with things. The activity as written is less exciting than it could be, so we adapted it slightly to make it more entertaining. The basic premise is, for each problem listed, decide who to call for help – should it be 999? We added some overly dramatic acting, including what the … Continue reading Who you gonna call?
All Brownies make a Promise when they join. In some units the Promise is recited every week, and in others it is only heard on special occasions. But in all units, it is important to talk about it occasionally, to make sure that it is understood. After all, what is the point in making a Promise if you don’t know what you are promising? How … Continue reading Promise Activities
This week at Brownies was mostly about planning. And playing games, but there was a lot of planning went on. Lightning saw this idea somewhere and thought we should try it, and it worked well. The Brownies wrote out the letters of the alphabet (“preferably in the usual order”), and then tried to think of an activity they wanted to do for each letter. Some … Continue reading Planning
We went on our annual theatre trip yesterday. Three Brownie units together, we had around 40 people, so we took over quite a sizeable block of seating. This year’s Christmas production was “The Little Match Girl and other happier tales“. I dispute the title – very few of the tales were happy in any way. For those who don’t know, the Little Match Girl is … Continue reading The Little Match Girl