Hello, I've got 32 guides in my unit and 11 on the waiting list who are already 10. I'm trying to figure out how many more I can feasibly squeeze in by September, as my anticipated older ones declared they wanted to stick for a bit longer until they'd arranged their BP award presentation. The HQ guideline is 36, which I'm more than happy with. We have 4 patrols of 8 and if we take 36 I will up to 5 patrols of 7 and one of 8. Trouble is, there is just me as an adult leader. I've recently recruited a unit helper who is one of the new girl's mums, which is fab, and in autumn and spring I have some sporadic university student help. I do have leaders in other sections I can call on for the occasional crisis week, thankfully. I'm thinking of strategies to grease the wheels and wondered if anyone had a similar experience or any advice. Here are my initial plans: Set up a 'duty patrol' for each evening, who must run a game for everyone first thing at 7:15pm (give me a chance to deal with any parent queries etc. and do any set up), help leaders to set up while that game is running if necessary, checks loo and kitchen are tidy and chooses 'new' (calypso) or 'old' (traditional) taps at the close We already have patrol registers, and the girls sign themselves in, but formally make PL/PS responsible for checking it at horseshoe Use GFI planning sheets (have found that doing 60min, 45min, 30, 30 sessions spaced out helps them plan more structured activities) Have a backup activity for when GFIs go wrong (we're doing bits of World Cultures this term as it ties into Divali etc. so will go for clauses for that probably) Plan as many weeks as I can ahead Aim to finish activities at 8:30 to allow for cleaning up, a game, or sharing news (how my unit elected to support 'care for the individual' a few years back... when there were only 22 of them!) and duty patrol checks before notices and taps to finish at 9pm. Any other advice or helpful hints I may have overlooked? Thanks!