One of the challenges of our summer term is that it’s pretty short in Scotland. There are several bank holiday weekends, most of June is taken up with end of year concerts, prize givings or school trips where the girls will be away. And then just as the longest day hits, it’s the summer holidays. By the time the schools go back the nights are dark again for Guides.
We try to be outside as much as possible during this two month period where the nights are light and the weather is hopefully a little bit milder.
The Guides asked for a campfire again this year. We lost our local campfire site as Girlguiding Edinburgh sold it off a few years ago, so we now have to go to the Scout one. It’s a lot more fancy and we do miss the rustic feel of Trefoil (and it’s excellent wood pile). But we’ve got a bunch of Guides doing Baden Powell and so there were several nights that they needed to do things and one of those tasks some of the girls had chosen was to run a sports night.
Our night at the campsite was perfect. The girls were good at letting the leaders know what from our stash of Active Kids donated equipment we needed so we could pack it in our cars for the following week and had everything planned really well to keep the unit well occupied, even taking into account getting groups to mix a bit at the same time as keeping certain clashing personalities apart. We were super impressed. They were well organised, got everything sorted themselves under the eye of two leaders while the other leaders got the campfire ready to go for when the Guides finished*.
*usually we would get the Guides involved in lighting it, but due to time constraints it made more sense to get it built and started while they were doing the sports activities.
We are racing against the clock this year to get a whole cohort of girls completed their Baden Powell before the old programme completely goes away. The girls who are of age to do BP are of course the group that came up to Guides when we went from a unit of 9 to a unit of 21 in the space of a couple of weeks. Baden Powell Adventure weekends only take 2 girls per unit, so I’m not entirely sure how we are going to swing that one. I am glad to see that change in the new programme that the ‘adventure’ part in the Gold Award doesn’t have to be a BP specific one which will make life easier!
We of course ended the night toasting marshmallows, followed by a bunch of our Guides enrolling after a long wait (they had planned to do it on our end of term trip before Easter on a roller rink, only for the roller rink to change their opening hours so we couldn’t go there for our trip). Promises were made, and we were glad none of their promise badges ended up on the campfire this year (and yes, that HAS happened).
Schools are back now, but due to leaders being away for holidays and work, we are delaying our start back date. Plus the Autumn/Winter term is incredibly long. Two of our young leaders we have farewelled off to university (sob!) but there are rumours of a previous trainee leader returning to our leadership team after a two year break from Guiding while she was completing her honours degree.
And yes, we have been looking at the new Guiding programme and are planning to incorporate that into this term. More on that soon…!