Within an hour of finishing our Brownie meeting on 16th March, I received the expected email from Girlguiding UK asking us to suspend all meetings and events for the foreseeable future. Disappointing – yes, completely understandable – of course, but enough to stop us? No way!! Very quickly, District Facebook groups were set up for parents of each section, which are being used to share activity ideas and stay in touch.
2nd Kidlington Rainbows are staying in touch with each other via their new Facebook Group and are attempting new challenges each week – some contributing towards badges – some are just fun. They’ve made puppet mascots (pictured) and (appropriately for Rainbows!) also all created rainbows for their windows and girls have been out spotting these on their daily walk. The girls have also been working towards their interest badges and sharing their efforts on the group page. Badges completed so far include drawing, storyteller, healthy mind and family tree.
4th Kidlington Brownies have been meeting via Zoom and have had bingo and beetle sessions together. Girls from various units are still working on their badges and have drawn some lovely pictures, made bug hotels and completed A to Z scavenger hunts around the home. Some have even made tents in their bedrooms and slept in sleeping bags on what would have been their Brownie pack holiday. Here’s one of the bottle mansions two of the girls made for one of the unit meeting activities.
1st Brownies has been sent a scavenger hunt that they can do when they are out walking. They also had a “virtual” scavenger hunt done live on WhatsApp. 10 items to find around the house – including toilet roll. I’m not sure who had the most fun, girls or parents!
Charlotte with the results of her hunt
The three Guide units in Kidlington have joined to form a District Virtual Guide group. They have a Facebook page, and are also sending challenges and information out using WhatsApp and email. They are posting challenges up on the days they would normally meet and have also had a virtual meeting with Guides and leaders from all three groups. They are also planning a virtual campfire for next term. Aria and Beth from 5th Guides have been working on their Confectionery badge together over Zoom, one Guide has been working on her Guiding History badge, learning semaphore and knot tying and lots of Guides took part in the Bionic Hand challenge.
I think we’re all taking some time over Easter to work out how we can continue to deliver great Guiding, until (as someone recently said) we’ll meet again.
Sarah Eyles, April 2020