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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Oh dear...
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    Joining fee?

    My thoughts were that if we raised subs to cover the cost it would be about £1 a term over the time they were in Guides assuming they lasted the full 4 years...to be honest not many last that long maybe half last the full time so we would always be out of pocket. So a joining fee means that we...
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    Joining fee?

    We're thinking through the same process. The difference is that each girl will need their own badge book to monitor their progress ( Guides) whereas previously it wasn't so crucial from an individual point of view. Likewise whilst the handbook is nice to have initially, it's not really crucial.
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    Weekly Discussion: No awakeovers on our watch

    What has become normal is for two leaders to sit either just inside the dorm or outside with the door open, after final warnings etc to ensure quiet until the most awake Guide has dropped off...never had to do that until a few years ago..
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    Starting Queens Guide Award

    Hi well done in starting the award, no small undertaking. Your mentor should be able to help together with your county queens guide advisor. We can give all sorts of answers but the actual decision as to whether certain events/challenges count will depend on you and your experience and...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I think some of the UMA's contain skills which we can't assume Guides will have. I think back to the Wartime activity in the trial pack which included first aid and making a cup of tea, skills which I discovered my young Guide unit did not have...hence two weeks of 'skills building' as a result.
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    Sharing a double airbed

    Not that I know of, from a purely personal point of view they would need to be good friends but honestly, two adults in a two man tent probably sleep closer..
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I think the argument is that it is unlikely that a girl will do say level 3 SB in a particular theme and then move to Guides and start the exact same theme and activities. More likely is that it may come up later in the year when she can do it again with more experience and maybe move up a stage...
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    Fake threads?

    And I feel sorry for any legitimate potential forum member that comes from New York as I delete any new members from there automatically as spam
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    How many is too few?

    Have you actually spoken to your DC about it and explained the situation/ reasoning ? If she has any concerns, it may be easier to resolve them in a short phone call rather than emails or texts..
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I think the other aspect to recall is that any leader can update the programme aspects, so it is worth delegating to other members of the team to spread the load.
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    Are we no longer doing the Brownie Story?

    I think you overestimate the level of planning at HQ ...this is more a case of how much can you squeeze into a pint pot... I've seen various ways that units use the Brownie story in their meetings from you tube video's to acting it out..the story won;t die as long as there are leaders to pass...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I'd agree that not getting the Gold award isn't the be all and end all. It will though mean those girls ( and in the younger sections, the parents) that are committed to push or go out of their way to gain all the required sections should get it and be recognised for all that they have achieved...
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    Rainy Days

    We try to carry on regardless as far as possible but we may use gas cookers rather than open fires for patrol cooking. If it is torrential then we have things like friendship bracelets etc but we may improvise too and ask them to make up a campfire sketch, or rewrite a song about camp ( some...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I think honest swops so using bamboo rather than plastic straws or similar methods to achieve the same aim are fine but as Browniebeth says we are honour bound to try the activities and record them honestly initially.