Celebrate! The Girlguiding way

I’m so very much excited for the coming Brownie year. I could burst with anticipation. This is worse than Christmas. I just want to do everything in our Brownie calendar now!

I have just returned home from a Girlguiding training day preparing volunteers for the activities of ‘Celebrate!’, the country’s largest Thinking Day event.

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There are so many activities on offer that no one could get bored and everyone’s needs are catered for. Meet the animals at the petting farm, discover engineering with Rolls Royce, try pyrography, photography and Zumba. The science of bubbles and fingerprints, wear a sari, make some body scrub, paint henna designs on your friend and eat candy floss. Seriously this doesn’t even scratch the surface of activities on offer. Many are led by professionals bringing along their inflatable bungee and playbus but the rest are down to us and that is why we were called in for training.

We’ve discovered the six zones, tested out some volunteer led activities and put our names down for our favourites. I cannot wait to hear more and get my activity confirmed. Plus we are taking 10 Brownies on the second day too and I expect to see some shocked faces as they enter the giant arena that is Ally Pally.

And this is just one event on our 2014 calendar. So far we have a weekend Brownie Stay Away at a local scout campsite. The girls will try out adventurous activities they haven’t tried before. They will also plan their own birthday party to earn the Hostess badge and take part in a evening campfire.

This term the girls are earning their World Cultures badge. Activities will not be decided until next week but carnival masks, sushi and volleyball are all options. Plus they will earn their limited edition ‘100 years’ version of the badge. We’ll have an Agility badge test this term too.

Next term we will try the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge which puts the girls in charge of the term. (Though they already are.) Hopefully they will pick some exciting new challenges to face.

And we already have a trip to our local Pets at Home planned, the girls get to meet the animals and learn how to look after a pet. I’m also in discussion with Hobby Craft for some kind of decopatch session. I love getting the girls out into the community.

We need a unit day trip decided on for the summer and I’m hoping to keep costs below £12.00 including travel. Lots of London ideas, maybe a treasure hunt at Southend, but I’ll put this to the girls nearer the time.

I’m also considering a small scale sleepover in the early Autumn term to encourage younger Brownies. A cheaper, shorter, closer to home event to give girls the skills to cope with a weekend holiday. No on site activities so may have to fit two badges into the weekend. My original thoughts are:
Mad Scientists: Stargazer and Science Investigator badges
100 years of Brownies: Brownie Skills and Brownie Traditions
Brownies keep fit: Cook and Healthy Heart

It is our turn to host the Nativity this year so the girls need to get dramatic in the winter term. I’m considering a trip to our local theatre to go behind the scenes. We’ve already had thoughts on our production as we want it to show how amazing our year has been.

Argh I cannot wait for next Thursday to get this year started! And I hope many years like this are yet to follow.

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