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Pampering little guide toesies

Our final night of Feet Badge activities, with a focus on foot pampering.

We were joined by about 6 or so girls from Sister Unit, which was great – gave girls from both units a chance to remember each other prior to sharing a big room together at camp!

Once again we did a sort of round robin of activities, but decided tonight to let the girls move between activities as individuals, pairs, small groups, whatever they wanted, rather than having to stick with their patrols. As useful as patrols are, we do tend to structure them to split up friend pairs, or sister pairs, which isn’t always what the girls would prefer, so its nice to give some time to letting them go about with whoever they prefer.

Our activities for the evening were:

  • A series of foot and leg exercises, based on those found here: (didn’t include the picking up objects exercise, as that was very similar to activities we’d done during messy feet night)
  • Foot massages – I showed girls a few basic massage techniques, which they then tried out on each other – quite a few girls were really surprised to enjoy both massaging and being massaged, which was great!
  • Foot scrub and soak – each kid made up a simple scrub using vegetable oil and sugar, and worked it over their feet, then soaking their feet clean in warm water – this was super popular, and quite a few were commenting on how smooth their feet felt!
  • Nail polish – we asked girls to try to remember to bring in a nail polish or two (and most did!), so again working in pairs, toe nails got painted in all sorts of colours! Sensibly, we brought in a couple of hair dryers, to help speed up the drying process or the kids never would have moved on from this station!

All these activities only ended up taking about an hour, so we filled out the evening with an energetic game of Topple The Clown, which they all LOVED. Great to find a game that suits the littlest 7 year old through to the high school kids!

Chatting to co-leader later, we agreed it was a pretty good evening – a good mix of ‘just for fun’ activities, as well as trying some new things, and getting to mix up the usual routine a little.

Super cute moment at the end – newbie 7 year old will be doing her Promise in 2 weeks time, and so was fitted out with a sash to complete her uniform – and she was so excited! She kept saying “oh! Its my first sash!” and then asked “will I get badges now?” – I said, well, when you do your Promise in two weeks, you’ll get your unit badge, your district badge, your region badge, your state badge, your Australia badge, your patrol badge AND a Promise badge and World badge, and she was all wide-eyed and “SEVEN BADGES! Oh my gosh!!” – so we sent home one very happy little person 🙂

In other positive news – unit helper returned, and was fabulous again, and our intermittent attender sisters were back, happy, and re-accepted into the group very quickly, which was great.

Next week – games night, and parent meeting ahead of the camp. Much to plan!


Eeeeww messy feet!

Last night we had a night of fun. Not the most educational of evenings, but not everything needs to have a central purpose!

We had a series of stations set up around the room, which patrols could move through as they wished.

1 – Painting holding the paintbrushes in their toes – they seemed to enjoy this, but it certainly proved to be the ‘bottleneck’ activity that held everything up! If we did it again, I think I’d go for drawing with textas instead of painting, just to keep the flow.

2 – Foot print aliens – painted the bottom of a foot, had them step on a piece of paper, and then decorate from there – they added googly eyes, glitter, sequins, and drew additions. Seemed to work quite well!

3 – Jelly transfer – each patrol had a colour of jelly that they had to remove from a large container and transfer using a spoon to the small container… using their toes to hold the spoon! Co-leader then made a ceremony at the end of carefully weighing the different containers to find the winner!

4 – Biscuits – put out a tray of guide biscuits… which had to be eaten only using your toes to pick them up and get them to your mouth… made for some rather interesting yoga poses!

5 – Sensations test – had a little bit of the hall sectioned off so they couldn’t see in, and then blindfolded each girl before walking her in and sitting her down. We then placed a bucket in front of each girl, each with something different in. The buckets had – dried pasta twists, tinned spaghetti, dishwashing bubbles, dried lentils, and shaving foam. We then made them guess what they were feeling before they could take off their blindfolds!

6 – Oatmeal treasure – a large bucket of porridge was made up, with little plastic rings as prizes hiding at the bottom, for removing with the toes. Interestingly, this was the activity they said was the most “gross”! I would have guessed the spaghetti, or eating biscuits with your feet….

With four patrols, it worked quite well having six activities, as they didn’t get too “stuck” when the activities took different lengths of time. We ended up only filling about an hour or so with the activities proper, but this did have the advantage that we were able to get the kids to do some of the clean up, much to their disappointment!

To some extent, although it was mainly a ‘fun’ night, I do think there were some good ‘Guidey’ outcomes as well – working in patrols, and requiring each patrol to move around as a group is something we can always do more of. Its been particuarly interesting lately watching the changing dynamics of our older girls, as they start to get more comfortable with each other, and have started being less pairs of friends with one or two girls semi-excluded, and more friendly and open (and also more competitive and sometimes almost a little bit mean!) with each other.

In addition to the fun, there was lots of good news tonight, with two girls we’d thought had left returning (even coming in uniform!), and our parent helper coming back and being brilliant! She’s committed to helping fortnightly for the rest of the term, and is even happy to prepare items at home or whatever! Woohoo!

And finally, our keen newbie brought along completed membership forms and money! Yay!

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Bouncy feet!

Tonight we had a fabulous excursion as part of our ‘feet’ badge – we went to “Bounce” which was just so much fun!

It was much more expensive than our usual evenings, so we charged $10 extra per girl attending, on top of their usual term fees. Its tricky to justify extra expenditure, but we did make it optional, as well as partly subsidising through term fees.

Regardless, we didn’t have any complaints about the extra fee, so I don’t know why I’m over-thinking it!

The kids had a fabulous time (and so did co-leader and I!) – the girls did flips, ran up bouncy walls, played bouncy dodge-ball, jumped into foam pits… and somehow still had the energy to run between activities! Co-leader and I certainly did not have energy to run between activities!! I’m exhausted!

Overall, a great night, heaps of fun, and something a little different – and highly recommended if you’re in the area!

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Feet olympics

This evening we held a Feet Olympics.

It was a funny sort of night – it never *quite* jelled, for some reason. We had a few girls away – with Anzac day tomorrow, probably we’d have quite a few families taking off Friday as well and having an extra-long weekend.

Dissapointingly, we didn’t have ANY visitors after all our spruiking on the weekend 😦 I thought for sure we’d have a few… but perhaps we’ll have some contacts in the next few weeks. Thinking back to last year, we did end up getting a few girls come and try a couple of weeks on from the festival, so fingers crossed a few emerge!

The activities tonight were all reasonably successful, but as I said, it never quite jelled. Somehow the energy in the room just wasn’t quite there…

Anyway, activities were:

  • three-way soccer (pretty fun… turns out they’re all a bit brutal playing soccer!!)
  • heel-to-toe race (steps have to match up – no gaps between heels and toes – very tricky!)
  • starfish race (back-to-back pairs, holding hands, feet sliding along)
  • three-legged race (an old classic)
  • race to put items in and out of buckets using only their feet (they were pretty good!)
  • hula-hooping with their feet/legs (a couple of talented hulahoopers!)
  • limbo (I think they need a bit more practice!!)

Ah well, it wasn’t too bad. The winning team were all awarded teeny little plastic trophies, which they were surprisingly thrilled about! Two dollar shop tatt for the win!

Next week: Be Prepared wide game for the Seniors, savoury cooking for the Juniors!

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Be Prepared for Food and Feet!

During the week I got together with my co-leaders, the leader from our Rangers unit, and the leader from our sister unit to plan term two.

Possibly not the most productive of planning meetings ever (I think we were not as focused as usual with cross-unit things to discuss as well as the term), but we came out of the night with some good plans, a few that will need a bit of further development closer to the date, and the makings of what I hope will be a pretty fun program!

We’ve got a badge-heavy term planned, with eight out of eleven weeks including badge activities… and a further night left available for girls to present/do JBP Award activities, so I guess you could say nine out of eleven badge nights!

Still, its a good way of ensuring diversity in the program, and it has given our terms in recent times a bit more structure than they might have otherwise have had… and certainly this term is going to involve more messy activities than I would usually put in!!

So, our badges are… (drumroll please…):

Feet Create-a-Challenge for all guides

Food Create-a-Challenge for the Juniors

Be Prepared Explore-a-Challenge for the Seniors/Upper Seniors!

I think it will be a fun, broad term, with lots of cooking (which the girls have been desperate for!), lots of games, and a lot of mucky feet activities like painting with toes, ‘porridge diving’, foot pampering. And for the older girls, a bit of first aid, making up a be prepared kit, and possibly doing a mini wide-game. And of course, two separate Promise ceremonies for our newest Guides! Should be fun!

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