What does the Promise mean to you?

That was the question which I asked five older Brownies to answer for me last week.  And then I asked them to plan some activities which would help the younger girls understand the Promise better. They spent a week planning - once we'd discussed basic principles of how to plan activities, they told me to... Continue Reading →

Good Turn Tree

Tonight at Brownies we had our attention on the Promise. We started off with a little jigsaw-hunt. The girls had to find the (not very well hidden) jigsaw pieces, and then put them together. Afterwards, we made Good Turn Trees. Seahorse had made the outline of a tree, and each girl had a couple of... Continue Reading →

Service to the Community

Today we went for a little walk around our local area. We took with us some gloves and some bin bags, and we found all sorts of interesting things. It was actually quite disturbing how much litter we found. We didn't even go to the area of the park that gets most traffic, but we... Continue Reading →

Monday Musing: Respect vs Taste

My series looking at the Guide Law draws to a close today with the final Law: A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her. Some important questions arise: What is respect? Can you respect a cow and still eat it? How much of the world counts as "around her"?... Continue Reading →

Monday Musing: Friends vs. Sisters

The fourth Guide Law is: A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides. As with some of the other laws, this one has evolved slightly over the years.  The original version was much less politically correct: ... no matter to what social class the other belongs. Appropriate in the context of 1910 society,... Continue Reading →

Monday Musing: Facing Challenges

This week's Guide Law, number three, is: A Guide faces challenges and learns from her experiences. I love this one, although I think the older version has some fine qualities which are lacking in the current wording. Facing challenges A Guide faces challenges.  This, for me, is one of the key points of the entire Guiding... Continue Reading →

Monday Musing: What is Wisdom?

The second Guide Law is: A Guide is helpful and uses her time and abilities wisely. At first this sounds simple; but what is wisdom?  How can we expect ten-year-olds to know what "wise use of time" actually is? You might say, well, a child should do all of her homework, study hard, and do... Continue Reading →

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