Guess Who’s Back

This week we started back and it was the usual chaos and fun. We had 7 new Guides and hoping we may gain a few more next week and we’ve lost a few of our old Guides to other activities. To be honest, I don’t mind losing them to other activities, I just wouldn’t like to think of them not doing anything. One is heading to a theater group and the other to cadets which are a lot more specialised than us.

We had two rather shy Guides, one was a Brownie who had moved up and was worried that she wouldn’t know anyone and sent her dad in ahead of her. The other was a Guide moving from a unit which had closed, I was quite surprised by her, she was actually in tears, but I found someone she knew and sent them off to chat and she seemed to calm down a lot.

Two of the others were a bit stressful for me! The reason being, they were twins and told me their names and I realised that I had gone to school with their big sister and remembered them being born!

We started by asking them to get into groups of 3 or 4 and they had to find something in common with one another, which no other group had already claimed. Then we mixed up the groups and did it again. It really got them chatting to one another.

The older Guides were taken to the side with Square and Sheetbend and introduced to the concept of Senior Section and asked if they wanted to help with Rainbows and Brownies. While this was going on, I took the younger Guides and introduced the new ones to the idea of interest badges and GFI’s. I had brought along my camp blanket, both to show them and to use it in a game.

We decided to do a brain teaser evening, it allowed them to work in small groups and do some bonding. We just moved the puzzles around each group and let them work on them in their own time.

  • Have the whole group stand on the blanket, without touching the floor they must turn the blanket over to the other side. Further on from that, how small can you make the blanket and still fit the whole team on.
  • Handcuff game – tie the first person’s hand together with string, leaving a long trail in between the hands, do the same to the second person but their handcuff string should pass behind the handcuff string of the first person, causing them to be trapped together. Then they have to get themselves apart.
  • Crossing the river – a farmer needs to get a fox, a chicken and a bag of grain across the river, he can only take one at a time and if left along, the fox will eat the chicken and the chicken will eat the grain. How does he get them all across the river?
  • Crossing the river (Hard) – similar only you have a mum, dad, 2 sons, 2 daughters, a cop and a robber.
  •  Tower of Hanoi – 5 boxes, from biggest to smallest, 3 positions. Box can only be lifted from the top and then be placed in a spot, cannot put a bigger box on top of a small box, have to get them from position 1 to position 3.
  • Give the team a piece of paper and they have to somehow make it so the entire team can make it through the piece of paper.

The Guides really enjoyed this evening, really good feedback from them all and the little groups were already starting to form.

We have told them that they will be forming their own patrols, minimum 4 and maximum 8 and will be choosing their own PL’s and PS’s. I don’t know how it will go but its worth a try!

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