Well, one of my units is finished for the summer. Apart from camp, that is, but that’s ages away.
Why only one, you ask? Well, one of them works on private school term dates, and the other works on the dates published by the council for the state schools. Even with the second unit finishing a week before the end of school term, the first one still gets a week less.
Still, we got a lot done.
In the summer term we like to get out as much as we can. The scouts that own the hall we meet in also have a campsite, and we just love going out there.
Early in the term we had an evening of outdoor cooking. We made dampers, which are essentially bread dough, rolled into a sausage and wrapped around a stick. After it’s cooked, you can cover it in chocolate spread or jam. Very tasty!
It hasn’t all been outdoor fun, though. We’ve made mugs for Father’s Day, and tidied the cupboard (which was surprisingly popular, due to the immense number of interesting things we found that we didn’t know we had).
It was back to the campsite for the end of term, though, with a week of games and s’mores and singing, and a week of Party. The end of term party was huge – two Rainbow units, a Brownie unit and a Guide unit. We all meet in the same hall, three of the units on the same night.
The Brownies helped the Rainbows with their treasure hunt, and then the Guides needed some help from the Brownies to finish off their Go For It! with a little Sports based fun. And, to top it all off, we had a cake sale, which raised over £150 for residentials. Some of the cakes that the parents brought to sell were very impressive!
And now it’s summer, and we have a break for a few weeks. I’m always ambivalent about summer holidays. On the one hand, it’s nice to have a break, so that I don’t get stuck in a rut or bored with Brownies (could that happen? I’m not sure). On the other hand, I enjoy Brownies, and going without for a month or two seems sad.
Still, the other unit still has a week to go, and there’s camp to look forward to, in August, and a trip to Mexico with some leader friends before that. Somehow my “non-Guiding” summers always seem to involve a lot of Guiding!