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On with the show

Enrollment was last week and it went very well. The girls were prepared. We challenged everyone to be quick about it and boy, howdy were they ever. We were done with the ceremonies at 7:05. Which left time for a nice campfire and a group picture.

NEAT Trick alert for a group photo just after closing – With everyone in circle ready to do our closing, we called the Sparks to step to the centre to do their closing. Then we called the Brownies to step AROUND the Sparks to do their closing. And then we called the Guides and Guiders to step around the Brownies to do Taps. Since we were already clumped together, we had a photographer (parent with a good camera) ready to go. We had the girls nearest the photographer sit down. When he could see everyone, he snapped the photos. They look great!

Last night was our first night as fully enrolled Brownies.

6:30 – Huckle Buckle again

6:40 Circle Groups for attendance

6:50 Brownie Circle

7:00 Program

  • Talk about Girls First. Compare it to last year a bit. Talk about how we’ve already implemented it by asking them for their input. We did the Program Chain Activity (Found in Member zone – Girls First Planning Support Packages – the September Planning Document)untitled-design-16
  • Active Game – Thanks to a post on the Ottawa Guiders Facebook page, we used the kids 7 minute HIIT work out from Raising an extraordinary person as the basis of an active game that we played kind of like Beans.
    Abby adaptation – The girls have been very good at knowing that she can’t do what they can and they are always looking for ways she can participate. Starfish Jumps became Starfish on the floor for her (like Snow Angels). She was cheered on when she did her own version of a crab/bridge. It is nice to see.
  • More Talking – Brainstorming session with an eye to planning a sleepover. What theme would you like to have at a sleepover and/or what would you like to do at a sleepover? I overheard a lot of Animal notes, a bunch about Camping, we suggested superhero, there was a fairy theme. We promised the girls that we would take their ideas away and see what we can accomplish within our budget. Next week we’ll each pitch a theme and the girls will vote.
  • More Planning – next week is our Hurrah for Reading Dress Up meeting. We need the girls to prepare to lead a game and campfire so we split into two groups. Goal was to have them practice the thing they would teach, and to figure out how they would teach it to others.

And then it was 8:00. Yeesh, that was a quick meeting. =)

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Tonight was all about finishing off our enrollment preparation. And the girls are ready.

6:30 – Arrival – Girls had planned Lagoon with Chocolate Tag as the backup. Went well, I think.

6:40 – Brownie Circles and Decorate an Enrollment invite for families.


6:50 – Brownie Ring

7:00 – Girls First Program – Code of Conduct – Know your Code.
Review – this was a fantastic way to deliver important info to the girls. It was at their level and made very good sense to them. We liked it.

7:10 – Read the Brownie Toadstool Story

7:20 – Rehearse Brownie Enrollment Ceremony (see last week)

7:35 – Prepare arrival game for next week – we went with Huckle Buckle (call out two body parts and opposing lines approach each other and connect those parts… “Ear and knee” girls on opposite lines walk towards each other and when they meet, they put the two together). Abby Adaptation – I started with Romeo and Juliet, but Huckle Buckle had the same setup and was equally fun, but more suitable for Abby. 

Moved into Chocolate Tag

7:50 – practiced two songs for next week, then cleanup and close.

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Meeting two of Girls First went pretty well. Here’s what we did:

6:30 – Play Wax Museum (as suggested the previous week when we asked). Review – the girls did a good job leading the game. We only got one round in. I would like them to do a faster running game to start – to get out the sillies.

6:40 – Circle Group announcements – off to circles to learn the song.

6:50 – Brownie Circle for the first time with circle songs. Adaptation learning – Abby needs to be in her chair for the opening so she can participate. Junebug, her helper, will make notes for next time.  

7:00 – Read the Brownie Story, then the Guiders proposed three options for Enrollment Themes and the girls were to vote on what they would like to do. Most votes = our theme. Once decided, the Guiders will obtain props with an eye to helping the girls plan the ceremony next week.

  • Proposal 1 – Traditional Toadstool Ceremony – like we do every year. I made my case for getting the 2nd year girls involved in the twist me and turn me aspect. (in the end it got only two votes!)
  • Proposal 2 – Wishing Star Enrollment – Tawny Owl’s proposal got four votes!
  • Proposal 3 – A new batch of Brownies – Snowy Owl proposed this one and it was the clear winner.

7:20 – running game. Our backup arrival game was Bandaid tag and the girls needed to run. So they did!

7:25 – in groups – talk about promise, law, and motto. What does it mean to keep your promise. And the VOTE. There was supposed to be more in here, but other stuff went longer so we dropped (deferred) it till later. Oh well.

7:40 – attempt to play Four Corners to reinforce the Brownie Law that didn’t go so well (down to leaders not understanding the game), but we brought it around to “I tried my best” from the promise and the girls were very sweet and supportive when things didn’t go well.

7:50 – VOTE REVEAL. We are Baking a New Batch of Brownies (if anyone has done this, I’d appreciate any advice)! Big hurrah! So good time to learn the Grand Howl.

7:55 – Planning for next week – I think they decided on Freeze Tag as an arrival game. And Close.

My learning from implementing Girls First is that if I do the planning it goes quicker. But I already know how to plan, and they need to learn how. So things are going to take longer. And that’s ok.

We are not doing a great job of specifically tying this to the GF Guide Together theme, but we are trying, and that’s what a transition year is all about.


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