Party Planning GFI and Mission Spectacular

In two weeks time, we are having a party as part of our Mission Spectacular Badge (http://spectacular.girlguiding.org.uk/mission-spectacular/), to celebrate 100 years of Senior Section (also known as Rangers). Some of our Guides need another GFI to complete their Challenge Badge for the year, so I decided to combine this with the Parties GFI.

This means the Guides needed to plan the party and will need to serve as hosts at the party. This seemed very simple evening, low stress… but no.

We asked for the theme to be something to do with 100 Years of Senior Section, we got back

  • Under the sea
  • 1980’s
  • Blue
  • Guiding 100 years in the Future (Leader’s suggestion)

When asked how Under the Sea related to Guiding, they responded that the sea was blue, like Girl Guiding, and that there were many fish in the sea, like Girl Guides all over the world. It was a good try but we still said no!

The 1980’s was more difficult. We asked what the patrol had envisioned and they talked about neon and legwarmers. We had to explain that that wasn’t what Girl Guiding was like then. The uniform had just changed to the Jeff Banks uniform from the Blouse and Skirt. But Guiding definitely wasn’t neon.

We managed to compromise on “The Old and The New”. A light supper of sandwiches and traybakes (Possibly a Northern Irish Guide thing) and smores (you have to have smores at a Guide party). We are going to try and get hold of some old uniforms, I’ll be bringing along my Guide Uniform and my camp blanket.

The Guides have also challenged us to a Young vs. Old Captainball match. They seem to think they will win :p, I think they forget that all of us have been Guides and played captainball for years! Also some of the adults will be taller than them.

Halfway through planning, the Beavers, who meet in the hall next door, kindly offered us some ice cream sliders, these were gratefully received in the warm weather!

We finished the evening outside playing games and had our circle and sang Taps out there. It was a lovely end to a stressful evening.

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Disability Awareness

Our unit helper, Fisherman, is a wheelchair user, mostly an electric wheelchair but on better days she will use a self propel chair as well.Last week, we were chatting and she mentioned a new show on Channel 4 about living with a disability and suggested doing some disability awareness activities with the Guides. This worked in really well as I had planned to get the Guides to write letters to Post Pals http://www.postpals.co.uk/find-pals/. They are a charity who work with kids who are long term ill and allows people the opportunity to send them letters to cheer them up.

Fisherman brought in some spare wheelchairs, a self propel and electric one and let the Guides have a go. She taught them how to use them and gave them wee challenges to do.

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One of the women, Lark, who used to be in TSS is back from uni for the summer and offered her services for the last few weeks of term. She set up a station where the Guides tried tying their shoelaces with their hands in socks, we had 3 different thicknesses of socks to make it harder for them. This is similar to any condition which reduces coordination. It was fun to try but the Guides really understood how difficult life would be in that situation.

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Next up, I ran an activity, where the Guides had to wrap a gift with one hand behind their back. We had feet, chins, noses and tongues involved but they all managed to wrap a gift, to various levels of neatness.

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Barrel got hold of a Boccia set, its a bit like boules but is done from a seated position and the participant can use their hands, feet or a ramp to play their ball. It can be adapted to a lot of different abilities. The Guides had fun and it showed them that just because someone may be disabled, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy sport.

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Any downtime was filled with them writing letters and making bracelets to send to their Post Pals. They really struggled with knowing what to write, they thought it was mean to write about the fun things they were doing when it was possible that their Pal wouldn’t be able to do it. I explained that these kids are in hospital or home a lot and that hearing about the funny things they had been up to would cheer them up and make them smile.

Brownie Night

Finally it was time for our Brownie Night. This year we decided to combine the Brownie Night with part of the Mission Spectacular Badge because we are quickly running out of nights to fill! We had only 3 Brownies out of the 13 who were invited, turn up, although one parent rang to explain they had had a family emergency and ask if his daughter could attend the following week (completely fair enough and of course I agreed she could visit the next week). I was a little disappointed by this but hopefully plenty turn up in September.

Square started off with Speed Dating, letting the Brownies get to know the Guides and vice versa. It was good fun and they all learnt some new things about each other.

Then we did the Ready Steady Create Challenge, I adapted it a bit, since our kitchen isn’t really big enough to allow all of our Guides to work in there comfortably. Reef is a Guide Leader in Sheffield with a very large Guide group and one of their favourite activities is the give the Guides a range of ingredients and get them to use them to make something to a theme.

So we gave them cakes, wafers, ice cream cones, fruit, cream, sweets, jelly and more and the theme, “100 years of senior section”, along with a sheet of ideas and let them get on with it.

Most of the groups worked really well and produced some excellent work but one group of slightly older Guides ended up messing around and wasted a lot of food into a pile of mush on their table.

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I was very very annoyed at them. They were very lucky that they got it into the bin without me noticing because I was planning on making them eat it.

However one of the groups made the mission spectacular badge and another group did the Queen’s Guide Award.

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So we were pretty impressed with the effort they had put in.

Square ended the night with Sports Charades, where each group sent one person running up to a leader. The leader told them a sport, the Guide had to run back and show it to their group and the group had to guess the sport. Square did a really good job tonight.

Gross Pizza

I haven’t got a picture of this activity and I can assure you that you should be grateful!

This week the Daisy patrol were in charge and got to plan and run the entire evening. As a team they did pretty well, got everything organised with a minimum of arguing. Their idea was Gross Pizzas. They got 17 random ingredients, including but not limited to, cheese, ham, pineapple, grapes, cinnamon, marmite, boveril, sundried tomatoes, anchovies and sardines.

They numbered each of the ingredients, then asked each guide to pick 3 numbers at random. The patrol kindly built and cooked the pizza slice for each guide. Each Guide was then blindfolded and asked to taste and identify each of the ingredients.

Well that was disgusting! I had to ask one of my fellow leaders to take over in the kitchen because I couldn’t even cope with the smell. I don’t think the other Guides enjoyed themselves very much but they did get rewarded with sweets thank goodness.

We then played games like Whispers and What I Bought at the Shops.

Even though it was gross, the Daisies worked well together and I was proud of that.