Yes, this past week, our unit turned 3 years old. We are officially old enough to get a free nursery place now. 😉
Lying on my bed after work, I was scrolling through photos of the antics of our unit over the last three years. Although it seems ‘just like it was yesterday’, at the same time it feels so long ago since our first meeting. Our third founding member started university this week. Number four is now attending open days as she begins the process of applying to university and is raising funds for the gap year she’ll be spending teaching science in Guyana. Two more girls have completed their Chief Guide Challenge this summer, and several are close to finishing their Young Leadership Qualifications and (adult) Leadership Qualifications.
Our teeny splinter group is starting to get it’s foundations now, they have decided that they want to learn First Aid skills so we have a guy coming in who does First Aid and courses in uses Defibrillators for the Scottish Ambulance Service for their next three meetings. After that they are hoping to learn how to knit – so I’m calling in some local experts for that one too.
Our big ‘original’ group is mostly 15 year olds (or about to be 15 year olds) and they have a few things planned – to run a Hallowe’en Party for the local Brownie unit, planning some kind of hunt/trail in teams to do at one of our meeting nights. They’ve also got a few different ideas of things they’d like to do – it’s a matter of where/when we will do them. Going to Ikea is one of them. Making jewellery is another.
Outside of the unit, I’m starting to see that Guides are beginning to take an interest in what comes after. They have watched one of our girls transition from a Guide to an already very capable Young Leader. One of our 11 year old Guides came up to me at our last meeting and asked me what you had to do to be a leader, and a Young Leader. Several of our Guides are now wanting to be Rainbow and Brownie Helpers and already looking ahead to what they might do once they move on from Guides. It definitely makes a difference when they are getting to see and observe other sections of Girlguiding and aren’t just in their own unit bubble.
The last three years have been worth the hard work, and I hope years from now there’ll be some fun Senior Section reunions…