The Autumn term started with the Kindness Challenge. The Guides wrote thank you letters, played co-operative games and learnt about the work of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Some Patrols painted friendship rocks and left them around the village to spread a little happiness.
We held a board games evening where the Guides brought in their favourite games to share and a Harry Potter themed evening with the Guides divided into their Hogwarts’ houses. We had to use science rather than magic to cast our spells but were still able to conjure up some elephant’s toothpaste. We celebrated Bonfire Night with sparklers and made edible bonfires.
In preparation for the unit attending the village Remembrance Parade, one of our Young Leaders ran a session on the meaning of Remembrance Sunday and the Guides created a display for the Church.
We organised our own ceilidh, including devising our own dances. Our Young Leaders ran an evening on traditions of Guiding and our leader-in-training organised a swimming trip.
Two of our Guides were lucky enough to test the new climbing wall at our County campsite and we hope that the whole unit will get a chance to use it next year. Some of our Patrol Leaders attended a ‘Learning to Lead’ workshop to develop their leadership skills. We joined with other Guides from the surrounding area for a dusk hike and campfire.
As Christmas approached, we made Christmas cards, embellished tea-light holders with festive designs and decorated mini Christmas cakes. We enjoyed our Christmas sleepover with a visit to the Story Museum, making our own Christmas films and playing some festive games.
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