Patrol Night Roses and Leaving

It was my last night at my Guide Unit in Northern Ireland as I have moved to England to Anglia. This night was being ran by the Roses, they asked to move their evening up so I could see it. We had been chatting and I had hoped that I had convinced them to run a badge that evening, either the confectioners or agility badge, but it appears that my powers of persuasion were sadly lacking and they had a bit of a mixture evening instead.

There was cupcake decorating, again and they took a group in at a time, they seemed to enjoy that, lots of sweets to eat. They tried to set up a stalking game with tables on their sides and someone sitting in the dark on a chair with a torch and a set of keys in front of them. The aim was for people to creep forward quietly and grab the keys without the person on the chair turning the light on them. Turns out our hall is nowhere near dark enjoy for this to happen, however it still entertained them for at least half an hour.

We did have to stop them at the start of the game though, they had set the tables up in such a way that the guides would be moving straight into the table legs!

I worked out that I was supposed to stay out of the kitchen that evening. The Guides and Rangers decorated a cake and some biscuits for me. They had also got me a mug, picture frame, stress bear and friendship badge to say thank you. In turn I gave each of them a UK contingent moot fundraising badge as a gift.

I even got a card from my DC, Clove, thanking me for my contribution to my unit and the district which really cheered me up.


Daisy Patrol Night and Senior Section

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.

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Get your plan on!

This week the Guides got stuck into planning their year and organising their patrols. We started with a scavenger hunt, I cannot take credit for the list as I found it online but it did keep them amused for a good 20 mins.

1. Prickly and tickly
2. hard and soft
3. rough and smooth
4. long and round
5. white and yellow
6. thin and fat
7. tiny and rough
8. curly and straight
9. shiny and dull
10. feathery and hard

One group arrived in with a mop for curly and straight, I was very impressed with their ingenuity! Lots of daisies for white and yellow and plenty of twigs and feathers for everything else.

This year we are trying to put the girls in charge of more, we want them to choose their own patrols and Patrol Leaders and Seconders. This is twofold, one, gives them the opportunity to have some independence and two, if they form their own patrols, hopefully they will want to work in them and I won’t have to spend all of my time chasing Guides back to their own patrol.

Some of our Guides who are a few months from Senior Section have decided to set up a Senior Patrol and work with Sheetbend since we don’t have a Senior Section at this time. I think this is going to be a good thing, they are all the Guides who were getting a bit restless at the end of last year. I think giving them a separate space will really help them grow.

Our largest patrol is formed of our eldest Guides, most of them were together last year and I know that one of them is particularly good at keeping them on track and entertained. I asked them who was going to be patrol leader and was surprised and impressed that they have decided their quietest member is going to be their PL. I think they want her to step up and come out of herself a bit. She was very surprised herself. I’m not worried about the Daisy Patrol.

The Roses are made up of our 3 last year’s new Guides, a transfer Guide and 2 new Guides. They seem to be getting on well but are a bit boisterous. Their Patrol Leader is a younger sister to one of our new Senior Patrol and I think it will be good to get her out of her shell.

The Poppies are all new Guides who have all moved up from Brownies and they are full of enthusiasm. They haven’t chosen a PL yet and are each going to try it out and see who suits best. They will need more of an eye kept on them since they are so new but I think they will do alright.

With that settled, we gave them a planning sheet and got them to write down their ideas for the year.


The Poppies got super excited about badges, so hopefully the unit as a whole may start taking an interest in completing interest badges! One of our older Guides turned up with 3 badges completed over the summer but she is the first Guide in 2 years to do so.

They wanted to continue with the Patrol Nights so that obviously went down really well last year.

Then Barrel took the PLs for a Patrol Leader’s Council and planned the rest of the term while the other patrol members chose a GFI and started planning for it.


Through all of this I was being observed to see if I’m acceptable as a prospective trainer. One of the trainers came to see if we were following the program correctly and that I was interacting with the other leaders and girls in a good manner. I passed muster and will now be passed on to the shadowing stage.

In another entertaining turn of events, I finally completed everything for my Chief Guides Award and am trying to figure out how to receive it. Sheetbend has no idea, she contacted the District Commissioner, who doesn’t know and who is going to ring the County Commissioner.  I don’t think anyone in our district has done this in a while!

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.