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  1. Fox

    Compare and contrast...

    Publicity for other children's activities in our area (and in general). All the details about where and when the activity meets, how much it costs, and who to contact (or that you can just turn up, or indeed that you can't just turn up), are publicised on their FB pages, their web pages, and...
  2. Fox

    What does your Guiding bag look like?

    Because mine is a Pit of Stuff as we say in our household. I need some organisation. I tend to write what we are planning to do on a card (and lose it) or in a notebook (and lose the page). I put all the paperwork that needs handing out in a clear folder (but there is so much paperwork that some...
  3. Fox

    Well that's my life full for the next X years...

    Having had a break due to family circumstances/lack of Guides looks like I'll be opening up R/B joint unit again in September. My little girl is starting school so will be coming along as a pre-Rainbow at first so looks like that's me committed till she's at least 10! Or longer if she has lots...
  4. Fox

    Guide camp/holiday - plan and shop for own menu - anyone do this?

    This was a staple of my own Guide days, plan a menu for (probably less than £1 in my day!) £X amount each per Guide, go and buy the food and bring it back and cook it. I seem to remember that we were always either a) taken on the coach our v large unit had with them for the week, to the...
  5. Fox

    Tented villages and indoor licence

    I have my indoor licence for Brownies and would like to take both them and my Guides to a tented village next year. I know I'd need to be assessed for my Guide module. The centre I'm thinking of has an indoor kitchen and I'm not that experienced a camper. However we could take more girls/have...
  6. Fox

    Lots of Guides!

    I had 3 Guides in September (we are a joint unit meeting fortnightly) meeting at the same time as Brownies. I now seem to have 12. I'm not quite sure - it changes daily. They range from J who turned 10 in May to N who is just 13 but who has learning disabilities and who has also just joined...
  7. Fox

    Visual kit list?

    Has anyone got a picture kit list and/or a list of suggested Christmas presents for Guides? I have a couple of girls who never seem to have anything (e.g. no wellies, no coat with sleeves) and one family where I suspect that Mum as well as daughter have learning difficulties (well, the...
  8. Fox

    Use of unit subs for trips and residentials

    I've had a nice grant from a local organisation that was originally awarded for one holiday and they were good enough to allow us to carry over the surplus for future holidays. We used the funds to subsidise some girls that would struggle, or to bring down the overall cost of the holiday. We...
  9. Fox

    Outdoor cooking, not open fire

    We have a meeting planned with outdoor cooking but can't light an open fire near our unit meeting place. Any good ideas of what to cook? We could have disposable barbecues, though I need to get something to put them on (not sure what!) and we have one handbag stove (and I had a fold up calor gas...
  10. Fox

    Units in Spain and/or Italy?

    My Guides and Brownies (oldest Guide is 11) asked to send their postcards from the WTD game to units in Spain and Italy. I have found a contact in Spain for a mixed unit of Scouts via FB but I thought I'd ask on here in case anyone had any other contacts. I think we'd prefer all female units, if...
  11. Fox

    Microwave cake/cake in a mug

    My Guides want to do this for a clause of their Cook badge, but we also usually make a snack for the whole unit (joint R/B/G unit) whenever one section works in the kitchen. Does anyone have a tried & tested microwave/mug cake recipe? I tried one at home once and it was a distinct failure...
  12. Fox

    Personalised Starting... form?

    Am I right that you should be able to create a personalised Starting... form in the same way that we print out girls' individual details for checking by parents? I can't see a way to do this in Join Us, is it only accessible in Go, in which case what's the point (as you wouldn't be filling...
  13. Fox

    Night hike tips!

    I'd love to do a night hike, probably just to a chip shop, any tips to share? The time we normally start will not be dark in March, when I'm thinking, so I'd start a bit later. Would it be odd to start in the light? Should I set two dates in case of bad weather? Or go ahead whatever it's like...
  14. Fox

    Book to use for Cook badge

    Has anyone got a tip about a not too hard book for the "theory" bits of the Cook badge? Our Guides are all quite young (10 or 11) so I was going to get a Food Technology book out of the local library but it might be a bit advanced for them.
  15. Fox

    New Guide uniform clip art?

    There are nice Brownie and Rainbow clip art girls available on GG website but I can't actually see an older uniform clip art for Guides, let alone a new one. Does anyone know where I can find one? (and while I'm at it, why are there still image of Rainbows in the much much older...
  16. Fox

    Theme park/Blackpool theme?

    So the Guides say they want to go to Alton Towers or Blackpool... well yes... I would be happy to take them to a big planned event but not just as a small group... but I was wondering about doing a theme park evening for them? Any ideas, or any fun challenges out there? I thought about...
  17. Fox

    "Special" something for a promise ceremony?

    We only have 3 Guides but it will be one Brownie's last day at Brownies too and one of the Guides will do her promise at the same time at the end of our last meeting of term (joint meeting). I've seen people do things like tea lights in jars/paper bags/tins but with so few Guides I'm not sure...
  18. Fox

    Help! I'm doing Guides!

    I've said I'll take our tiny Guide section for two (long - 2 1/2 hours) meetings. They are supposed to be doing two patrol times for their Camp Out GFI, the current leader who's leaving has the pack I think and I need to work out from her what they've done. How much of the time would you...
  19. Fox

    Pgl 2015

    Does anyone know when they publish their Brownie-specific holiday dates? I thought they were out for the Autumn term in the last couple of years but can't find them on their website.
  20. Fox

    Please can someone explain the new recruitment process in words of one syllable?

    Because we had an email round and I am someone who does a lot of computer stuff for my work and reads lots of complicated things including some that are, erm, not very well written and I haven't got a clue. (OK, I am on full time Fox Cub leave at the moment so maybe a bit of baby brain going...