Sixer training

I set up the first Brownie meeting of this term as Sixers and Seconds only. The plan was to do some leadership activities.

In retrospect, it may have been sensible to rearrange this meeting for another time. But to be fair, I didn’t know until pretty late on just how many of the girls were coming straight from a birthday party to Brownies. To make it worse, it was the birthday party of one of the Sixers.

They were, shall we say, a little high spirited.

Although they did all manage to come in uniform, I’m impressed at that!

I had so many last-minute apologies for being late/not coming at all that in the end I only had one girl turn up on time. Which was actually quite nice, because I never get time to sit and chat to the girls one-on-one.

We went through her current Adventure badge and talked about all the things she’s done in the last year. She couldn’t believe how much she had done! She started off the conversation with “I don’t think I’ve done anything”, and ended it with only one “World” activity left to do. With ten minutes before the late Brownies had predicted their arrival, we just went ahead and finished her badge. She was very pleased!

When the other girls arrived we launched into the leadership things.

We had a quick discussion about what a Leader is. A Leader, apparently, is

“someone who tells people what to do and gets their way all the time, except when they don’t”

Also, “someone who tells people off and gives out amber lights”, and “someone who helps people”.

They were slightly startled by the concept that they were Leaders – I think they thought it was only possible to have one Leader in the unit, and they had to be the adult.

Then we did some role plays.

I’ve loaded the role play cards we used into the Downloads section. We had three scenes.

In scene one, one girl was given the role of “new girl” – her instruction was to stand in the corner and look nervous unless someone spoke directly to her. One girl was the Sixer, and the rest were Brownies playing a game.

To their credit, the Sixer did get the new girl to join in the game, although she did it by physically dragging her over, which may not be the best solution ever!

In scene two, the girls were being inspected – in my unit the Sixer does the inspecting. Some of the girls were told they had really dirty fingernails, some were new and didn’t know what was going on, and some were perfect.

This one didn’t go so well. The Sixer didn’t try to explain to the new girls what the point of inspection was, or even what was being inspected. We had a little chat after that one about not assuming that people understand!

In scene three, the Leader had asked for attention, and two girls were still talking. The Sixer had to try and get them to be quiet.

There was lots of “shhhhhh!”, and some glaring, and some poking in the ribs. I think they decided that the glaring worked best.

To round off the instructional part of the evening, we had a little chat about needing to set a good example so that the younger girls learnt good habits. If you listen to instructions, you know what’s going on, and you spend more time having fun doing the activity and less time wandering around confused. And you get to feel smug when you can explain the task to your friend who wasn’t listening.

We finished another girl’s Adventure On badge by doing an activity from the Adventure Book about aliens crash landing outside our Brownie meeting.

They tried speaking slowly to the alien, and they tried sign language (the pre-school whose rooms we use have a poster up). Unfortunately they did all this while crowding really close to the alien and shouting loudly. I think the poor alien was terrified!

It was a fun evening. I quite like having a smaller group occasionally, you get to spend more time with each girl.

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3 thoughts on “Sixer training

      1. It gets your sixes and seconders looking at themselves and each other to appreciate strengths and weaknesses in leading. It’s done through games and challenges. Can also work for patrol leaders and seconds.

        With the leaders it’s about how to recognise what the girls need, when to intervene and when to stand back. Also covers issues sixes and patrols may have and how leaders can support girls to work it out.

        Works best with a few units together then girls and leaders share and learn more!

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