When I arrived down, our Senior Section Leader, Sheetbend was looking for a bit of help running an activity and since the Daisies were running Guides that evening, Barrel was happy for me to go upstairs and help her.
TSS were working on understanding their promise. The first activity was to see how they were true to themselves and their beliefs. Everyone stood in a line down the centre of the room, Sheetbend had a list of questions with two answers, if they preferred the first answer they had to step left and right if they preferred the second one. The questions ranged between, “Do you prefer to live in the country or the city?” to “Do you prefer to watch TV or read a book?” and other similar things. At the end of the exercise, everyone was spread out all over the room, including one ranger who had had to go out the door! It was about the importance of doing what you want and desire and not just following your peers.
The next was an exercise to build leadership skills, the Rangers got into pairs, each pair had 10 labelled plastic cups and a blindfold. One Ranger got blindfolded, the other spread out the cups and then standing in one position had to use their voice to direct their partner to pick up all of the cups, sit down and arrange them into a pyramid, setting the final cup up so the blindfolded person could pour water into it. It was interesting to watch them get frustrated and then finally succeed. We did have a bit of water poured onto the floor though!
They had done so well and enjoyed the activities so much that it was decided they should run them with the Guides in a week or so, writing their own list of questions.
After all that I headed down to check out what the Daisies had got up to. They had decided to run an 80’s night and one of them had written a quiz and looked up some 80’s games, there was also cupcake decorating. By the time I arrived, it had descended into a bit of a shambles, half of them were braiding hair (That may have been a planned activity, I’m not sure), and the other half had just discovered the parachute and were having a great time.
Turns out the parachute is fun for all ages, they played lots of different games and the Senior Section got super excited about joining in.