Last Meeting

Surprisingly, to myself, I managed to get through my final meeting with this Brownie pack without crying. For the most part, I just felt strange, like I couldn’t quick believe it was real that I wouldn’t be coming back. There were a few moments that were tough when Girl N commented that I shouldn’t have drawn a smiley face, I should’ve drawn a sad face because I’m leaving was one. Another was when I said I would visit at Christmas and Girl Z said: “Everyone says that and no one ever does.” I definitely intend to if I am back before they break for Christmas, which I should be.

The night was a good one. At the beginning of the evening, we did the present giving. This included me giving the girls the Owl plushies I had made them and the other presents I had got for the leaders. We also gave the Six prizes to the Gnomes who got the most points this term. And I was given some presents from Brown Owl to say thank you and goodbye. I was somewhat overwhelmed by how thoughtful the presents were. There was a book giftcard to help towards my reading list; a small Brownies notebook; a keyring with pictures of my city on them and a BeanieBoos Owl. There was also a card with owls on it that everyone signed. I really will treasure them.

With Eagle Owl’s assistance, we make concertina butterflies. The girls seemed to love this activity, even if they did spend some time insisting they look like JoJo Bows rather than butterflies. They were a really cute activity and I have to admit I had fun making one myself.

The minister from the church was with us for the evening, joining in with activities. He brought with him a giant parachute that we played games with. As we’re only a small pack and this parachute was huge, we did have some issues making it go up and down, but we got there and it was certainly a lot of fun. Once we were done playing with the parachute, we made a den using chairs and the parachute.

With the den made, the girls were given cookies and milk which they took into the den to eat. There were a few complaints about the roof hitting their heads but for the most part, they really seemed to enjoy the novelty of it and they did help to make it so that it pretty awesome. At the end of the meeting, the minister took some pictures from me, of all the girls and the leaders. There was one girl away which was a shame but I’m glad to have a few pictures with most of the girls and all of the leaders.

I’m definitely going to miss this pack and really hope I am able to visit it. I’m so excited to see what my pack in my uni city will be like. It’ll be my first time going into a pack already having my ALQ and I can’t wait to get stuck in with new ideas and new girls. For now, it’ll be a summer of working on finishing my Look Wider.

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Adventure Park Trip

Getting the opportunity to visit the Adventure park I work at with Guiding was always going to be wonderful. I love my place of work, the rides, the indoor play, everything is great. We had it for the evening a few weeks back and I was there from the beginning to the end.

I arrived after getting a lift from the main leader at my Rainbow pack. This was only my second night of being with the Rainbows and I wasn’t completely confident with the younger age group. My confidence grew that evening as I went into the play area with them and one of them, girl L, took my hand and dragged me up some stairs to go down a slide with her. This, for me, was a defining moment in my ┬áRainbow’s journey, this was a moment when I thought that I could make it as a Rainbow leader.

The first two hours were for the rainbows and the second was shared with the Brownies, who then shared an hour with Guides and Senior Section. I went out to meet my Brownies with Brown Owl and we brought them in. When it was time, we let them loose in the play area. I was dragged around with them for a long time. My energy slowly got depleted by running around after a selection of 5-10 years old and I had to give myself a break. Brown Owl insisted that I didn’t have to go back in but I was having too much fun.

An hour after the Brownies arrived, the Rainbows left. I came out then to help gather them all up. Shoes, bags, coats, water bottles all gathered and the Rainbows were all safely deposited back to Mums and Dads. And there was another hour for the Brownies. At this point the Guides and Senior Section girls were added into the mix, so I divided my time between running around with Amie (who I know from Rangers and Rainbows), checking my Brownies were leaving anyone to go around on there own, and sitting down scavenging food off people because the park hadn’t opened the food area for me to buy any.

When the time came for the Brownies to go, I ran around to get them all gathered up. Once again it was a mess of shoes, coats, bags and water bottles, but we were quickly able to get them altogether. Once they were delivered back to parents, Brown Owl left as well as a parent was giving her a lift.

This left the last hour for me, Helen, Amie and other Ranger friends to have our fun in the indoor play. The adventure park’s indoor play area is designed for all ages and is fun for all ages. The slides are just as fun for those of us in our 20s as they are for the 5 year old Rainbows. By the end of the night – and after Helen had pushed me down a death slide – I was exhausted and glad for my bed. But all in all it was a brilliant night.

 

New Rainbows

 

I was at a meeting a couple of days ago regarding a Rainbow/Brownie Sleepover that I am helping out at during with time two packs asked me if I would be willing to help out with their Rainbows. I have never had any experience with Rainbows. I was one for the briefest amount of time but remember pretty much nothing about it. I agreed with both. They understood that once I start working more than just weekends then I probably won’t be able to make it, for the most part I’m just there to be an additional number for trips where there aren’t enough.

However I wanted to show my face so that the girls know who I am, rather than me just turning up. Today was the first one, and Rainbows is definitely very different to Brownies. From this first meeting I discovered that Rainbows are a lot louder than Brownies and that the difference between 5-7 and 7-10 is pretty major in how young girls act.

I really enjoyed this first meeting and I am looking forward to being a Rainbow leader more and more often. I am not planning on doing a Rainbow Leader Qualification, or at least not yet. But it’ll be good to be doing more in guiding