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  1. fenris

    New Programme - Discuss!

    Some of the Leaders can act as the 'other group'. Girls only do one Skills Builder of each theme in Brownies - it's likely that they will end up with a mix of level 2 (ones they did when younger) and 3 (ones they did when older) making up their 6. They wouldn't normally do 2 SBs from the...
  2. fenris

    Weekly Discussion: A marker of taste?

    Sadly, policing isn't always effective in that you do get badges made which reference charity events or utilise logos associated with charities, but only part of the proceeds (or sometimes none of them) go to the cause.
  3. fenris

    Brownie introduction activities

    Avoid 'icebreaker' games and go straight to doing activities in Sixes. Far more valuable for the new girls to get to know a small number of girls well, the ones they will be working with.
  4. fenris

    Weekly Discussion: A marker of taste?

    Personally I object to any poppy badges other than those sold by the official poppy charities (RBL/PoppyScotland) or where all profits go to one of said charities. Even with handmade badges, I would suggest a donation should be made to one of the poppy charities.
  5. fenris

    Rent

    You'll find it varies massively around the country. There are a number of factors to consider. First is how it is charged - is it per head, or per hour? If per hour, is it per full hour, or is it 'per hour or part thereof'? Are you able to go in early to set up, or stay on 10 minutes to...
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    Compare and contrast...

    Absolutely, but a local dialogue will always be more effective, because you can add in detail that won't appear on a paper list (e.g. 'Senga is going to be off for several weeks at the start of next term, so we've decided not to start the recruits until half-term for once'. Or 'it looks like we...
  7. fenris

    Adding Skill Builders to GO

    First time round, you load up the Skills Builder they are working in, then go to each girl's record and it's two clicks - one for the down arrow beside the relevant activity, the second to state 'completed'. Each of the four times thereafter it's just two clicks per person. For a UMA, you...
  8. fenris

    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    I saw a statistic a while back, which stated that the average Leader in Guiding stays with a unit for less than 5 years. If that's so, then we need to consider possible reasons why, and I'd suggest one factor could be the dread of staring at a blank programme plan, filling in the few weeks...
  9. fenris

    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    No, at this stage it won't back. But if we feed back now, with "it'll never work" comments, they can be dismissed as "they're just speculating". If we can feed back and say "based on x months of practical usage, across various units and circumstances we have found . . ." there is a slightly...
  10. fenris

    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    For 2020, read early 2019, if you get ideas sent in now.
  11. fenris

    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    The 'old' Brownie programme contained a few optional ideas - or you could do whatever you liked and make it count for things just the same - and that's for those who realised there were now specific challenges to be done, which wasn't everyone by any means, as at the start when it was just...
  12. fenris

    Compare and contrast...

    We have always been able to advertise two out of three of venue, day or time.
  13. fenris

    New Programme - Discuss!

    Been doing it for 4 weeks now. Both units have done a couple of sessions on the respective Skills Builders they are doing, and we have done a number of UMAs too. Plus, the Guides were at a District Camp in August, so they covered a number of activities whilst there. Several of the activities...
  14. fenris

    New Programme - Discuss!

    Would be happy to provide them with some advice on the inadvisability of "pot-hunting".
  15. fenris

    New Programme - Discuss!

    clumsy wording, but as parents won't have access to the Skills Builder cards, then it shouldn't be a major issue.
  16. fenris

    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    The difficulty lies in commitment to a common standard. I know of several cases where the reason people are asking for the freedom to make up their own activities is "because the girls want to do craft or cooking every week, and the programme wouldn't allow us enough time for them to do them...
  17. fenris

    Weekly Discussion: Call me.....

    Owl names at Brownies, Forenames at Guides. Once YLs start working on ALQ they get to choose an owl name too.
  18. fenris

    Weekly Discussion: Is there a future for cloth badges

    Yet when Rainbows had cloth Promise badges, the Leaders campaigned vociferously over many years for them to have metal badges like the rest of the age groups, before finally winning their case. They argued that the children would understand the need to be careful with the pins, and would be...
  19. fenris

    New Programme - Discuss!

    They do need to do an interest badge to get a theme award. But if they opt not to do interest badges they will still do the Skills Builders (which are the key graded activities anyway) and they will still do a reasonable selection of UMAs. Badges are not the be-all and end-all, it's the skills...
  20. fenris

    New Programme - Discuss!

    Yes, you can create ideas for cards, and send them in. They want Leaders to send in ideas for cards.