I’m back so stay tuned…

Yesterday I returned from an Erasmus intensive programme in Germany. I had an amazing time, discovered not many people had heard of Girlguiding and Girl Scouts in Germany, and am very exhausted!

However, normal blogging should now resume after two weeks away from it!


Cake night with a VIP guest

Last year, we decided to give the patrols a chance to test their teamwork and leadership skills. With the introduction of the patrol boxes and the GFI planning sheets, we really saw them begin to show us that they were capable of getting things done without us having to do everything for them. That was great because as they reach Guides, they are starting to test their independence more as they head towards high school. It was time for the next step: running guides for a night! In 2013, we designated a theme for them which included Chinese New Year, Burns Night and Easter. This year, we gave them more freedom to choose. And so this past week, the first patrol had their turn. And they had chosen the theme of ‘Cake Day‘. A couple of the girls had decorated their nails to match the theme…

I’ll be honest, the girls would happily make and eat cake and sweets every week if we let them. So I said to this patrol when they told me their theme that if they could show me that they were going to do more than just eat cake and use a bit of creativity to do so…cake day was fine with us leaders.

The only thing I really knew was that last week the girls were preparing and seemed to be spending most of our meeting practising a game they invented called ‘Cake Tig’ and telling me they were doing the rest of their preparation at home, and could they plllllleeeeeasssseee come to Guides half an hour early to set up.

Did I mention that we had a special guest coming to our unit on this night?

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Julie arrived as the girls were setting up, and I was so relieved that she seemed very chilled and down to earth. If I’m honest, I had some anxiety that I’d be inspected in my capabilities as a leader and am so very aware that she follows me on twitter (Girlguiding tweets, commuting rant tweets, churchy tweets and all!). i was a little nervous when she asked me ‘So what’s happening tonight?’ and I had to honestly reply “I have no idea other than the theme is cake day, and the pandas are the organisers of the night”.

So after a game of cake tig (which is like Tunnel tig, only if you get tagged you put your arms above your head to look like a birthday candle, and people can let you back in the game by hugging you and saying ‘happy birthday’), half the girls decorated biscuits with strawberry laces and skooshy cream…


While the other half made ‘cakes’ with sponges and copious amounts of shaving foam for a ‘cake competition’. I’m partly to blame as I think I helped inspire this idea by suggesting they got people to ‘make a cake’ with other things while telling them about the LaSER event where they had a cake made of LEGO for the Big Brownie Birthday. And you know that no one could resist trying to attack each other with the shaving foam in the process of making these marvellous creations:

There was a game of ‘pin the cherry on the cupcake’…


And the night ended with a quiz which involved answering questions on ‘Who makes exceedingly good cakes?’ to teams having to collectively make themselves look like a cake.


We were able to get a quick photo just as Julie’s taxi was arriving (at the wrong hall) to take her back to the hotel and as she left she told us that she was impressed on how clean the hall was after all the cake night carnage. We were too…until we discovered that the girls had left the plates of shaving foam cakes in the kitchen and that the girls toilets were a bit foamy too…


Luckily, we have an amazing young leader who has serious foam removal skills.


All in all, it was a fun night. Well done to the Pandas for excellent use of imagination and organisational skills and thank you Julie for taking the time to visit us and accepting all of us just as we are.

Shaving foam, chilly church halls and all. 🙂