A year of Senior Section in pictures…

Not all of our activities are recorded here, and again there are a lot more photos in our unit’s scrapbook. It’s also made me realise that the other leader has photos on her camera that we need to get printed of some of this last term’s activities before we start back in January! Our unit turned 1 year old in September, and we are looking forward to gaining a new member next term.


A year of Guides in pictures…

So we got up to a lot in Guides this year on a very tight budget after they really hiked up the price of Census in our area! There are many more photos the girls have in their scrapbooks but here’s a taste of this last year in Guides..

Learning about the History of The Girl Guides…

Guide magazine


With the new promise being introduced part way through this past term, we decided to do the ‘Traditions’ badge as a unit so we could help the girls understand and learn about the history of Guiding.

The badge has a whole ton of options, so we did a few things that we as leaders organised – which included visiting another unit close to us to learn about marching and flags. Now the girls often ask if we can do the horseshoe marching! It’s funny how you think that things that are ‘old fashioned’ will have no relevance or be of no interest to girls in this modern age of phones, computers and the rest – and be proven so wrong when you bother to teach them at the risk of seeming ‘uncool’.

We were also really blessed by a woman who runs the Girlguiding Edinburgh archives. I’d been in touch with her to see if we could visit, and it turns out we couldn’t. Noticing she lived not too far away from me I asked if perhaps there was an alternative. She generously took the time to look out a box of old handbooks and scrapbooks, many copies of ‘The Guide’ from the 1930s and 40s, and six uniforms from a century of Girlguiding.

We set up a stations for the girls to look all the scrapbooks and magazines, brought down my own guide camp blanket (which has most of my Brownie and Guide badges on it). One of the girls brought her Mum’s old badges and Brownie and Guide handbooks too. The girls also got to try on the different uniforms and we took pictures for their own scrapbooks. We had information stations about how Girl Guides started and how they kept going through the first and second world wars – even when in some places Girlguiding was banned by the Nazi regime.

On the other weeks the girls chose clauses to do in their patrols, and we finished off by having a History of Guiding quiz with a bit of competition between the patrols.

It was a great experience and showed the girls how much Guiding has changed with the times. A month later, we were representing Girlguiding at our local Remembrance Sunday services, and the girls seemed  to understand a little more why it is that Guides and Scouts are part of it. One of the girls who was part of the colour party got up early to give herself a wee manicure…trefoil style!


Spring 2014 bucket list for Senior Section…

Our unit has rocked in 2013. In September 2012, we began with 5 girls. 3 came straight from Guides, the other 2 came after having been away from Girlguiding for 8 months after leaving Guides with nothing to go on to.

By the next summer, we had all 5 girls still there, plus 2 more who had moved up from Guides having completed their Baden-Powell Awards.

In the first term, we did work every second meeting doing activities looking at the Guide Promise and what it meant to apply it. The other meetings the girls chose activities they wanted to do which included a film night and doing their promise on the Ferris Wheel at our city’s Christmas Market.

Here are some of the things we’ve done since…

…a onesie party (a great way to destress during exam leave)

…smoothie night

…making collages on women who inspire us for International Women’s Day

…visited a local Guide unit to tell them about Senior Section

…had our Young Leader advisor visit to tell us more about the leadership qualification

…several took part in performing in the Girlguiding Edinburgh County Show

…tried out Pilates

…made our own pizzas

…gone rock climbing

…learned and made lanterns to celebrate Diwali

The girls are a great bunch. Our newest member wants to become  a Young Leader, but sadly I’ve struggled to find her a unit to volunteer with on the day she is free. They already have next term planned and this is what they hope to do:

…start a blog

…become pen pals with Girl Guiding members in another country

…find out about our local food bank with a view to fundraising for it

…run an easter egg hunt for a local Brownie unit

After that it will be the Easter holidays and most of the girls will be on exam leaves sitting their various exams (the Scottish education system has changed again unfortunately creating a lot of stress and confusion to what qualifications the girls will end up with who are essentially guinea pigs for the new set of qualifications replacing Standard Grades).