Monday, September 30, 2013

Meeting #1: Welcome to 2013-2014

You in Guiding: Understanding the Promise and Law and Motto (YiG1)
You in Guiding: Lean About Guiding (YiG2)

We're back for another year!

We didn't break much new ground for the first meeting.

The girls arrived and assembled at the tables. We didn't take any paperwork from the parents. We had them give it to the Guides so we could gather it in an organized fashioned. While we were gathering paperwork, they had a Guiding History puzzle to work on. They found it difficult, but all of the answers are in their books. I had them put them in their binders to work on at a later time, when they have free time. (YiG2#2)

Then we gathered in a circle and did introductions. We only have 4 new girls out of 23, so that makes it easy for the leaders! We played the Yay You! game that we played at our Self-Esteem Camp last year.

Then we split up by level. The first years learned about the program book and what Guides is all about. The second years came up with rules for the meeting space. The third years discussed the LBP award and what was required and who wanted to complete it. (6 out of 7 are interested.)

Then we split them into three groups. I used the tried-and-true: get into groups of 2, get into groups of 3, get into groups of 5, get into groups of 7--to mix them up. We had three stations that they rotated through and all were activities we've done on the first night before.

Activity 1: Unscramble words that have to do with Guiding. (OUTDOORS, CAMPING, ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY, INDEPENDENCE)

Activity 2: Hangman for words that have to do with Guiding (OUTDOORS AND CAMPING, ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS, COMMUNITY SERVICE).

Activity 3: Promise Relays The promise is broken up and the girls have to run up to get a piece of the promise and then assemble the promise. (YiG1#1)

We all got back together and we went over the rules that the 2nd years came up with. We ended the night with a few songs (Ging Gang Gooli, Bubbles) and Taps.