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    UMAs in Guiding Magazine

    I was hoping for more than just a single UMA for my section!!
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    It was my arbitrary way of working out the percentage of the theme award the leader had to provide time for - SB and UMAs - and how much the girl did independently - interest badge. Given that there are three challenges in an interest badge I gave it a value of 3, and there are are 5 cards in...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I've read this in the magazine now, and I think two of their answers were flippant and wrong. The answer to the one you're highlighting should have been "Yes, that's true - right now. But… " and then the rest of their answer fits nicely. Also the answer about not making them available to...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    That's something I've been considering in my District role too, am considering offering a catch up day for a particular theme, and seeing who needs what and how many girls would come. Then we could run two separate sessions, and girls could attend one or both, deepening on what they need to...
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    That is pressure though, because for theme awards and thus a Gold award, 77% of the content comes from Skills Builders and UMAs. (My working out was by giving interest badges a value of 3, Skills Builders a value of 5 and UMAs a value of 5, although given the time, it could be 6, which pushes...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I run Brownies and help at Rainbows. I haven't broken down the percentages for Brownies to see what ours is coming out as, but for Rainbows this is not a realistic guideline. With only 60 minutes of a meeting, welcome song, register, closing song etc, there is no other time that can be non...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    It's different for everyone because all our girls are different, but no-one wants to see their units diminish because they don't enjoy coming anymore. I would suggest that you write this feedback down while it's fresh and send it off to HQ. The idea that girls are turning around and saying that...
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    I awarded my first interest badge last night - after a reminder to parents that the girls needed to bring in their evidence to show us for each of the three challenges. I've also awarded my first skills builders badges, to 8 of my girls after we ran an activity day for the district to do Camp...
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    Question? Non-plastic poppies

    Sainsburys had stick on poppies. They had no plastic in them at all, from what I could see. It's a shame not all places offered these obviously - or perhaps they sold out first.
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    We had a feedback session at our most recent district meeting about how our leaders are finding it, and the most common complaint was that a lot of the cards start to become a bit "samey". There are lots of "write out on slips of paper" and things that are similar to each other - also things...
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    Why is it my daughter?

    I was horrified to find that my daughter was the disruptive influence in my Brownie unit when I took over! Now she's my young leader, and while she's very good with the girls, sometimes she's the one talking when we are trying to start Brownie Bells!
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    Go/Join us

    This is my problem also - and is the reason I ended up with a waiting list that meant some girls would never actually get in. The girls that do get to Rainbows don't end up on my waiting list until they are closer to Brownies age. The girls who were late to Rainbows get put straight on my...
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    Question? Gold Awards

    It does feel like the kind of badge that should have a certificate. Maybe not so much Rainbows and Brownies, but definitely Guides and Rangers.
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    Go/Join us

    I'm a DC, and I'm pushing to get all my leaders to stop putting girls on their lists - or worse, passing a girl who won't get into Rainbows directly to a Brownies waiting list, without trying to find a unit that could take the girl. It's not good for us, or the girls who don't get in for a long...
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    Go/Join us

    As a district, we try to ensure that girls are only on one list, as it's very hard to plan otherwise. Sometimes Rainbows ask to be on both Brownies lists, but we decide who is best placed to offer a place sooner. But every now and then we realise we've got the same girl on our list. I've not...