This week, I took my Rangers ice skating. It’s one of the things Girlguiding should be about – oh, not necessarily taking them ice skating, but doing fun things, having new opportunities and trying new activities. We spend far too much time in the meeting room where the girls are more interested in Snapchatting each… More We went ice skating!
Back in August 2014, I went on an adults-only county Guide trip to Switzerland. A lot of international trips go to Switzerland because it’s where Our Chalet is, one of the four WAGGGS World Centres – more exciting than merely going to London but cheaper and easier than going to Mexico or India. We drove… More Switzerland 2014: Our Chalet
I have never been to Alton Towers before and I probably never will. For a start, it’s a five hour drive from home. For another thing, I don’t do rides. We arrived at about 4.30pm on Saturday, which sounds a bit late to arrive at Alton Towers from the other end of the country but… More Senior Section Spectacular at Alton Towers
I’ve gained a couple of new badges for my camp blanket. First, there was this one: This one came in the post from Laura at Look Wider – You Could Miss Something, nearly two weeks ago and I haven’t had the time to even acknowledge that it’s arrived – it’s here and it’s on my… More Dartmoor: sun & rain
Three weeks ago, I finished my Adult Leadership Qualification for Guides – that is, three weeks ago as this is published. As I write it, it was last night. You might think it’s odd that I’ve been a Guide leader for nearly three years and yet only just qualified – we train on the job,… More I am a qualified Guide leader!
I wrote this post three weeks ago. As you read this, I’m having my mentor visit in order to sign off the very last clause of my Adult Leadership Qualification with Guides. Three ALQs! Judging by my past record, I’ll be doing Rainbows by September. If you’re involved in Guiding for a while, you might… More Meet my camp blanket
Our first real day out on the county Guides Switzerland 2014 trip was to the sights of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Stop One: The Trümmelbach Falls I’ve spent a lot of summer holidays in Austria with my parents and one thing we do quite often is visit a gorge. This was just like that but vertical. The… More Switzerland 2014: Lauterbrunnen
In August 2014, I went on a county Guide trip to Switzerland. There were twelve of us and I was the penultimate youngest, at just turned 29. Kate (the organiser’s daughter) was 24, then the next youngest was 52 and the other nine just skyrocketed from there, topping out in the late 70s. There are… More Switzerland 2014: Anita’s B&B
Here I am, in July 1996, near enough twenty years ago, all white-blonde hair and cut-off denim shorts and big saffron neckerchief, making my Promise as a Guide. Bear, the leader in that photo, is still a leader at the same unit and also now District Commissioner and the shy tongue-tied child is inches away… More Promise ceremonies: then and now
As a Ranger leader, this is the most exciting year ever! We’re about to turn 100! Seriously, it’s a big deal. We’re the forgotten section, the unloved section. Here are some numbers, look at us: We make up less than 3% of young members – actually, that’s horrifying, only 3% are Senior Section? Well, there’s my… More Celebrating the Senior Section Spectacular