Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wide Game

A Wide Game is a game Guides play that is played over a wide area, usually takes at least and hour, is often interspersed by a number of tasks they have to complete, and ideally, follows a theme.
Our game was based on the Frozen theme.   Patrols had to construct a flag pole and hoist a patrol flag, build a shelter and then finally make modderkoekies in the kitchen.

Due to lack of observation skills (not very Guide-like),   I had been under the impression that the kitchen contained a microwave.   It did not.   So my new helper, Chocolate Bear, had to improvise using the stove and 2 pots which Brown  Bear and I groped around for in the dark garage where camping equipment is stored while Michael held up the broken door.
The girls had great fun and asked whether we could do it again the next week!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

SPCA visit for community service

The Court of Honour had decided that as our good turn we would visit the SPCA and help out.   Unfortunately not many of our Guides could make it on a Saturday morning.   Two had other commitments, one was going overseas but on Saturday three Guides attended the volunteer day of the Sandton SPCA.   After an introductory talk the girls got to interact with the animals.

The girls had a wonderful time playing with kittens and puppies.

More Camp photos

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crafts, Cookery and Camping

As part of our Inspirations Adventure, the Guides decorated T shirts for camp.   They were given paints in tubes and brushes to do their own thing.

The following week was supposed to be patrol dinners but only one patrol got it organised.   However three girls did pass their cook's badge.

Just before the end of the term was the regional camp, attended by 3 Guides (and 2 Guiders)

Putting up tents was relatively easy.

After supper it was stalk the lantern which everybody enjoyed.
The theme of the camp was Frozen so on Saturday we had a themed wide game.   One of the bases was to make ice cream in 2 ziploc bags.
On Saturday afternoon it rained.   And rained.   And rained.

When lightening arrived as well the girls all went into the hall to play games while the Guiders formulated plan B for supper.   Plan A was for each patrol to make their own fire and cook their meal in individuals tin foil packages on their patrol fires.   
Instead Panda and Gummi Bear made a huge fire in the fire pit in the kitchen and all the parcels were cooked on it.
After supper the rain stopped sufficiently for us to have a campfire and then it was back into our tents (some of which had to be mopped a bit.)

Rain continued to fall during the night but the girls were cosy in their sleeping bags.
well done to all the Guides who survived a rainy camp.   A Guide hasn't camped until she has camped in the rain!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pancakes and cookies

Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday.  Traditionally a pancake day.   It was actually a coincidence that we made pancakes at Guides yesterday.   It was supposed to be last week but three of the Guides were away.

While half of the girls were making pancakes, the other half was learning about safe use of the internet and social media.

Meanwhile, back in the corner.

Then we swopped stations

Everybody enjoyed their pancakes

At the end of the meeting, we formed another patrol so now we have Robins, Swallows and Flamingoes

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Open Day

At first I thought the whole thing was a flop.   On my way I got a Whatsapp excusing one of my regular Guides (Two had already excused themselves last week).   That meant we would have three plus any visitors.   At 5.15 we did have three but one was a friend that came with one of the regulars.   No sign of the 3 Newspaper girls.   But then I got a phone call from a lost mother and while we were still hoisting the flag, they arrived as well as our 3rd enrolled Guide..

We played learn name games and then went outside to play water-balloon splash.   It was hot and we soon dried.   As we were finishing off, another Newspaper girl arrived so we played one final round and then went inside to make woven valentine hearts and fill them with chocolates.   Halfway through that activity, the last Newspaper girl arrived.

It was now necessary to play a name game again.   This one involved hitting a balloon and calling somebody's name.   That person had to hit the balloon up before it touched the ground and call somebody else's name.

I think the girls had fun
and I hope to see them all again
next week.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

We made the Newspaper!

2015 started very disappointingly.   Only five Guides returned from the holidays.   The following week, there were six and that is how it has stayed.   We decided to organise a "bring a friend/Open" Day just before Valentine's day.   Honey Bear (one of my helper mothers) took a lovely photo of the girls playing "Pile On"

I sent it to the Northeastern Tribune for their gallery with the girls names and also a short notice about our open day for their Community events.

They outdid themselves.   They combined my 2 submissions and made it an article, even adding to the information I had provided.   Thank you Staff Reporter.

As a result I have had 6 inquiries.   One was too old and one was too young and one was from a teacher in Soweto who wanted to bring her group of Guides that meet at a school.   The remaining three I am hoping to see today.

I realise that God is still in this Guiding game.   I thought He had called me to open the Rays of Hope Guides for their own sake and that Waverley was just a by product.    Perhaps it was only a stepping stone to taking over the Waverley Guides.   Only time will tell.