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    Joining fee?

    Do you charge a joining fee, and if so how much is it, what does it cover and how much are your termly subs? We've never charged a joining fee but I'm thinking we might have to start in order to cover the cost of the new Brownie badge book and handbook. My concern is that our subs are already...
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    Outing ideas?

    Our Ranger unit is, sadly, closing at the end of this term and we want to do something special with the girls as a final outing. We've asked the girls what they want to do and they just haven't come up with anything. We can spend around £20 per person and it needs to be roughly in the Surrey or...
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    Helping quiet girls make friends?

    Just wondered if anyone could offer any helpful advice for encouraging very quiet girls to make friends at Brownies? Almost all of our girls go to the same school, so they have at least one (and often several) established friends at Brownies, although they're rarely in a Six with them. We have...
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    Question? Larger Brownie units - how do you manage?

    My Brownie unit was run with a maximum of 20 girls when I took over 7 years ago, and I have taken it up to 24 for the last few years to keep up with demand, with occasional minor fluctuations in numbers. Recently we've had a massive surge in interest (very flattering!) with lots of current...
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    Village Fete stall ideas

    Hi all, We are planning to have a stall at our village fete this year, and I'm looking for good ideas! It would be great to raise some funds, but I would also like to showcase Brownies and some of the things we get up to, especially the more adventurous side of things! Has anyone done anything...
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    Question? SPARK - Leaders?

    Hi, Not sure if we're already too late to book for this event now, but I'm hoping to take a small number of my Rangers up to Alexandra Palace for the Spark event, but looking at the ticketing I'm not sure how it works with leaders. I can't see an option for buying leader tickets, but I know...
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    Small number of custom made badges?

    Has anyone managed to find somewhere that can do a small number of custom-made badges cost efficiently? I thought it would be nice for our Brownies to design their own badge for our holiday this Easter (we are doing the Designer badge this term) but we'll only need about 25/30 badges and the...
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    Flexible attendance - thoughts please!

    Hi All, We've always tried to be flexible with our Rangers as we are very well aware that at this age they have an awful lot going on in their lives with school, exams, college, work, etc. We now have a small group of 17 year olds just finishing their first year at sixth form college. Most...
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    Brownie Birthday song - what to do with it?!

    Last night we took our Brownies to a local music school, where we wrote, performed and recorded a Big Brownie Birthday song... all in an hour and a half! The guy from the music school has just emailed me an MP3 of the final mixed version and I think it would be great to use for publicity...
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    Introducing the Adventures book - how have you done it?

    Just wondering how everyone has managed phasing in the new book? We don't have the funds to buy the books for the girls but want to start using them from September. Seems a bit much to expect parents to pay out £7 if their daughter hasn't got much time left at Brownies, and I'm also concerned...
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    Thoughts, ideas, inspiration...help!

    My district is running a BBB Stay Away for our 5 Brownie units at a local activity campsite in two weeks time. We budgeted and booked activities accordingly; the idea being that there would be several activities that all the girls could participate in, and two big (*expensive*) ones (caving and...
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    Outside rainy ideas for SS please!

    Looking for some ideas and inspiration for tomorrow evening, please. We're going to be outside as our usual meeting place is booked up. We thought we'd have a relaxed outside games night, but the weather forecast is looking decidedly dodgy! We'll probably have about 6 or 7 Rangers, but also...
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    Feeling like jacking it in tonight :(

    This ties in with Bubblesaus' post about getting girls to reply. All our Rangers are either year 10s in the middle of GCSE exams and practices or year 12s doing AS revision. Because we knew the next few weeks would be tricky we wanted to keep things flexible, and last week we asked the girls...
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    Woman's hour power list 2014

    Is anyone listening to Radio 4? Julie Bentley in the 2014 top ten power list! Feeling proud :)
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    YLQ at 17?

    We have a young leader at my Brownies who has just turned 17. She has been helping us for a few years, but didn't feel able to do her YLQ before because of exams and college commitments. She has started working towards it now because she has covered loads of the stuff anyway in her time with us...
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    BBB Challenge badge - girls missing activities

    We got started on our BBB Challenge badge last night and had a great meeting all about teamwork. My problem is that it was one of the compulsory, centre of the flower activities and 5 girls were away. We won't be able to repeat the activity and they are supposed to do it as a six anyway, so...
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    Brownie neckers - how do you use them?

    We're planning to get some unit neckers to help us keep track of our Brownies at a Region event we're attending in the New Year. Our unit has never had its own neckers before, so I'm not sure how best to go about using them. We have several rather flaky parents/Brownies who are a bit erratic...
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    Join Us referrals

    Not exactly a question, so I didn't put this in the website category. Hope that's right...? This evening I had to do my first referral to another unit for a Join Us enquiry, firstly because the girl was already getting on for 8 and we're not going to have space at my Brownies for almost a...
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    How many Brownies???

    Just wondered if any of you clever people know off the top of your head how many Brownies there are in the UK? I'm writing an article about Brownies for a local publication as the Big Brownie Birthday is just round the corner and the only info I can find online is a figure for members of all...
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    WW2 themed night

    I'm running a session this week with a WW2 theme, hopefully to help my Brownies understand some of the reasons why Remembrance Sunday is so important. I have a few ideas of my own, but I'm sure I've read on here about other people doing similar things and was hoping to gather some more ideas...