Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Brand New Start to 2016

During the holidays our new Brown Owls and Brown Bear set up a table at a local mall and handed out flyers and information on lollies. As a result, our first meeting of 2016 was amazing. Fourteen new Brownies and five new Guides arrived!

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We had a chocolate meeting. First we made chocolates in molds that would remind us of the Guide Promise,

Guides using up left over chocolate

We ended the meeting by playing the chocolate game where the girls sit in a circle around the chocolate on a tray. Each girl throws the dice in turn. If she gets a six, she goes into the middle and puts on the clothes provided (oven gloves, hat and apron) and starts eating the chocolate with a knife and fork while everybody else continues to throw the dice until the next six comes along and takes her place.

Guides play the chocolate game

The following week, one Guide and one Brownie didn't return.

The Guides discussed the Guide Law and then made a beaded bookmark to remind them.



We are working towards getting all the Guides and Brownies enrolled by Thinking Day (22 Feb)

Friday, December 18, 2015

End of 2015 Highlights and Lowlights

We had an eventful end to 2015.

Highlights included visiting Gandi's House.



He made his own clothes from cotton that he spung


The girls climbed up to the small attic bedroom where he slept on the floor

Outside was a small table and chairs near the vegetable garden where he grew his own vegetables and herbs.



ladder leading to the attic room.


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The visit was an eye-opener to both the girls and the adults

Another Highlight was making bird treats.




Smearing peanut butter on pine cones
And covering them with birdseed

Then hanging them in tree

And scattering the leftover birdseed around our newly planted tree.


Lowlights

Five of the girls are going to High School, three of them definitely not coming again (except the two who have virtually achieved their Chief's Challenge  awards and are coming back to receive them) and two not sure if they will continue. That will leave us with two or three Guides.

On the positive side, a very enthusiastic lady has come forward to start a Brownie Pack at the Guide Hall. A Ranger with lots of experience will be assisting her.We are changing the meeting day from a Thursday to a Friday. Let's see what the new year holds.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Earth, Air, Fire and Water

Two of our Guides needed to organise a ceremony for their Chief’s Challenge.

We started with Air. Kristen had organised a ceremony of hope and peace. Everybody got a piece of paper to write a message on and attach it to a helium balloon (biodegradable).

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We all took our balloons outside to release them (except for two that escaped and stayed on the roof of the hall).

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Next we moved on to Earth, with a tree-planting ceremony.

The tree was a September Tree.  Samantha read a poem about trees and then the work of planting began.

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We only had half an hour to complete Fire and Water.  First the girls used candles to make an invisible message appear.

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The message involved water balloons and throwing them to each other, with predictable results.

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All in all, a memorable evening.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cookafun

Yesterday was our region’s Cookafun. For Guides and Rangers this meant an outdoor cooking competition, for Teddies and Brownies, it just meant fun.  the Brownies made buddy burners and then later ice-cream.  Teddies made pigs in a blanket and then a chocolate banana pudding.

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Four Guides from 1st Waverley attended and I left them to decide their own menu and ring their own ingredients and equipment. they had to set up a kitchen, make a woodpile, make and light a fire, cook a two course mean and then present it to the judges.  The girls chose funky chicken wraps with salad and backpackers crepes for pudding. The judges were impressed that they had chosen to cook both courses.

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The girls even made a gadget to help turn the pancakes on a hot fire.

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The girls had a great time and produced a very tasty meal.  Tidy up was also scored, of course.

Our team came 2nd out of 5 and I am very proud of them. Most importantly I think, they had fun, learned new skills and worked well as a team.  I am encouraged by the great turnout and the overwhelming support of parents.

After the competition there was a cup-cake decorating demonstration for the Brownies and Guides and a lot of creativity was displayed.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Santa’s Shoe box and Women’s rights

A big thank you to all the parents who sent contributions for the Santa Shoe Box Project. Our box was bulging and I had to remove the wrappins of some of the stationary to get it to fit in.  The girls did a great job of decorating the box with decoupage using material and modge podge and I hope it will make some little girl really happy.

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This week we tackled women’s rights and why we celebrate Women’s Day in August. The girls had done some research and presented a play for us.

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We decided that women had the right to feel beautiful so we played a game using nail polish to paint toe nails according to the spin of a marker.

Finally we ended with a team building game where one sighted player leads a train of blindfolded players around a course. Although there were only 4 Guides and one visiting Brownie, everybody had a lot of fun.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Masidlale Games

Every year the Gauteng Region holds a fun day of competitive games. It used to be called Splish Splash and involved water games but now it is called the Masidlale Games and this year water was omitted. It is also a fundraising event so a jumping castle, tea garden, food stalls and other marked stalls are organised.  Each district has to organise a base. I organised the Wilds base which involved making an emergency stretcher from blankets and gum poles and carrying one member across the course and then changing the patient.

Contestants ranged from Teddies

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to Brownies,

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to young leaders

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Two of the Waverley Guides attended and joined up with the 3rd Randburg Guides to make a team of five.

Games included tying spaghetti in knots,

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the stretcher base,

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There was also picking up marbles with toes and then hopping across the course to deposit them into a bowl, throwing bean bags, rolling balls through tubes and joining the team’s tubes and others. Although we only had two Guides attending, those two had great fun.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Visit to the Sandton Fire Station.

Last week Brown Bear and Honey Bear took the Guides to the Sandton Fire Station. They learned how firemen operate and were given a tour by a very friendly Platoon Commander.
The Guides were impressed by the speed at which firemen work. They have to be donned in their protective clothing in under a minute and in the truck and rolling in two minutes flat.
The girls learned how to help someone on fire, how to make a bucket chain, emergency number to call for all emergencies and how to recognise fire hydrants. They had a wonderful time and the Guiders enjoyed it too.