Hello Everyone, I hope you have had an amazing Thinking Day! Since I finally have a formal shirt, I wore it to work with my Promise badge and I also painted my nails to have Trefoils on.
Tonight the plan was to have an evening out of the meeting place in a local orchard and plant some daffodils for the Thinking Day theme of Grow. Sadly Storm Doris made things a bit more complicated. Branches had been falling all day and we didn’t deem it safe to go wandering around. So a small delegation went to plant the bulbs with Trinity and Windsor and the rest of us stayed in the hall and played Guiding Top Trumps.
It was written by Quoll who is at Pax Lodge this year as a volunteer and my Guides loved it! They have however decided they never want shirts or tunics as uniform.
We played a couple of games of Stalking in the dark with a torch until the planting delegation came back. Lots of running around screaming!
I had written a Thinking Day scavenger hunt, the plan was to have the answers hung on trees with Glow Sticks in the plastic pockets and send the Guides out with the question sheet and torches. We ended up running the hunt in the hall instead. They had a brilliant time and learnt some things about Guiding.
Afterwards, they each got one of the Glow Sticks and put it on their right wrist and made the promise sign. It was our way of bringing the Guiding Light to our meeting. I did take a picture but sadly my phone decided to shut down and didn’t take the picture!
This is making me making the promise sign with a Glow stick on my wrist.
We finished the evening in the dark with the Glow Sticks singing Taps.
Thinking Day is celebrated by Guides and Scouts all over the world on the 22nd February. It is the Birthday of both the founder Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave, who along with his sister, Agnes, set up Scouting and Guiding. It is a day to think about Guides and Scouts everywhere and some groups will raise money for the Thinking Day fund to fund Guiding in countries where money is tight.
When doing research for Guide meetings I discovered WAGGGS, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It disturbs me quite a bit that I had never heard of it before, you think, it might have come up when I was a Guide myself.
However I’ve now really got interested and done lots of research into WAGGGS and learnt about the 5 world centres and the promises of other countries. WAGGGS also put out a Thinking Day activity pack each year and a badge which can be earned. I thought that was an excellent way to introduce my Guides to WAGGGS.
The 2015 pack, https://www.wagggs.org/en/resources/world-thinking-day-activity-pack-2015-mdg8-handbook/, was a board game, with activities and questions about Guiding and WAGGGS.
Our Guides divided into two teams, we were light on the ground that evening, with only 6 Guides, as there was a disco at one of the local schools. Their Guiding knowledge left a lot to be desired but it was a good opportunity to teach them and introduce them to the 5 world centres.
They made a pyramid from their bodies, represented the concepts of poverty and motherhood with their bodies and everyone got involved and interested.
I think it will continue to be a good resource for teaching Guides, even if 2015 has passed.