At the moment, we have five out of seven of our Rangers who are also young leaders working on leadership qualifications. All of them are also working their way through the Look Wider programme with the aim of trying to earn their Chief Guide Challenge award.
As we plan our programme, we’ve been trying to arrange things which they can count towards various octants. With the aim of accomplishing something on Module 1 of the LQ, they decided they wanted to organise an easter egg hunt for a Brownie Unit a few of the girls volunteer with. This unit is smaller than most of the units in the area, so we suggested that we could get each of the Brownies to invite a friend along. The Brownie leaders also arranged it so some of the about to be graduating Rainbows had that night as their Brownie visit.
The first stage was the planning.
The girls decided they wanted to have an easter egg hunt, sing songs, have some games and maybe get the girls to colour in easter pictures. They also decided all of us should dress up as easter bunnies.
(They know how much I
don’t like to dress up)
Each of the Rangers was then tasked with something to do – researching costs on easter eggs that would meet dietary requirements, finding out about where we could procure bunny ears, locating suitable pictures to colour in and so on.
Two weeks before the event the girls made invitations themselves to give to the Brownies to pass onto one friend each…
And then two weeks later we turned up with hats, wellies, buckets, plastic cups to hide easter eggs and chicks in, colouring pictures and…our bunny ears…
Jenny had even made some pom pom bunny tails for us!
The girls did a fabulous job of running the whole night. The Brownie leaders led the girls in some songs in a pretend campfire while we waited for some latecomers and then the games began! We had an easter egg hunt, where we decided the girls would give us what they found so it could be shared equally between all the girls – one older Brownie got very competitive but the Rangers were great at explaining about how we treat each other as Guides and share what we have (I’d also add it was the Rangers suggestion to collect and then share it all out – I was thinking it but they voiced it to me). I was so impressed with how the Rangers conducted themselves and had loads of fun with the Brownies.
Going back to my question about encouraging girls up through the Sections, I think events like this are great as the girls get to meet the ‘older ones’ – and they look up to them, and see the sorts of things that they might get to do if they stay in Guiding. Everyone had a great night, and the Brownie Leaders sent me a message saying how much they enjoyed having the Rangers along and ‘running Brownies for a night’.
We deliberately planned a pizza party for the Rangers after so they could chill out while planning their programme for next term – and I’d got some easter crackers I’d found in Poundland and each a little Lindt bunny (and a plastic egg filled with jellybeans for our dairy-free Ranger who can’t have chocolate). Trying to plan was challenge as after a day of school and not much time before the Brownie Easter party in between meant they were super tired easter bunnies.
After the Easter holidays, all but one of the girls will be straight into their Nationals/Highers/Advanced Highers exams. Last year they all used our meetings as a goal for chilling and having a night off from studying. We’ll be working out how we can best support them through what is often a stressful period each year – and looking forward to May when they’ll be done!
Have your units done anything to help with growing guiding? Please do share…