Special Children's Christmas Party
It was a great day and everyone worked so hard.
Our corner was bigger again this year with 6 tables. 4 were for face painting and 2 for crafts.
The face painting was all out ready when we arrived at 9:30 and the lady doing the teaching, a new one this year, had no idea who her helpers were going to be.
She was visibly relieved when we bounced over to help finish getting things ready then helped with the balloons as well.
We had 12 face painters of which half were Guiding.
Did about 220 Christmas decorations and then ran out with about 20 mins to go. It is getting busier for our corner each year.
The parents joined in sometimes and said how nice it was to have a Christmas decoration to make and take home.
We had 12 girls and 3 adults there.
The girls were all so good with the children, chatting, helping, welcoming and also speaking kindly to parents. You could see the smiles on the parent’s faces and the beams on the children’s.
Guiding was certainly seen in a supportive, caring light.
We said we would be back next year again.
Chartwell Brownies joined with Pirongia Brownies for an overnight winter camp.
Jaymee(8yrs) writes “ I loved camp! The highlight was definitely making mosaics and creating my design. When we woke up the next morning I enjoyed pushing the squidgy grout into the tiles.”
Other memories were” the food because it tasted really yummy. For afternoon tea we had things that the other brownies brought from their own house!”( Kate, 8years).
Food was also high on the list for Olivia (8yrs) who said “we had all different meals at camp, it was cool. My favourite meal was hamburgers and chips.”
The girls also had experience sewing teddy bears and decorating cupcakes. They tasted great!
Thanks to Sharlene Charleston and the parents and leaders who made the camp such a success.
Cathy Goodwin, Chartwell Brownies
Stars for Starships Disco
The group pic is of the Sixers with Sophie
L - R back - Ellie, Sophie, Emily, Emma G
L - R front - Jordan, Sherrilee, Abbie
126th Waikato Brownies (Morrinsville-Thursday)
My Mum and I received a special invitation from Brown Owl for us to attend a night at a local hair salon called Silver Scissors on Thames Street, Morrinsville. Crystal’s Mum arranged the night at the Hair Salon. (Crystal is a Brownie).
15 Mums and daughters and Brown Owl attended the evening that was held from 4 - 6 pm on Wednesday the 15 of August.
When we arrived we had to pair up with a buddy then we were introduced to the hair dressers their names were Emma (my Hairdresser), Crystals mum Jane and the Owner Jo. We were each given a model, with the model we had to design a wacky hairstyle; we plaited, teased the hair and sprayed it with glitter spray.
Two Mums’ were selected to have their hair done and two Mums had their makeup done by the girls from Images Day Spa. The Stylists and Makeup artists did a fabulous job on the models that looked beautiful with their new cuts, colours and makeup at the end.
Every Mum was given a gift bag to take home with things to try and the brownies were given a cup and some goodies too
My favourite part was learning how to make your hair into lots of different styles.
We had an awesome night, thank you very much Silver Scissors.
By Ellie Deane
126th Waikato Brownies (Morrinsville - Thursday)
Brownie’s Trip to Town
We walked out of the Brownie hall in groups of four into town. It was raining, so I wore my racing red rain coat.
Brown Owl told us we had to find Brownie Badges which she had hidden in the shop windows.
We had a piece of paper that was laminated with four boxes coloured red, blue, yellow and orange with different symbols in each box. Each symbol was a letter that would crack a code sentence.
Our mission was on; we raced around town looking for them. We found three badges then another and another. We had found them all. We were so happy; we slowly walked back to the Brownie hall.
When we got back we stripped off our wet rain coats and sat down on the floor.
We worked out our answers and got them all right.
When we had finished our letter hunt our sentence said Brownies are the Best.
It was a fun day wow.
Written by Emma Griffin
Challenge 9, 126th Waikato Brownies
Waikato Brownies Sing
We took the girls to sing to clients from Iris Community Living as part of their community service. They sang to staff and clients for an hour. They enjoyed themselves so much that they have asked to go again.
Debbie, Amy and 36th Waikato Brownies
Cooking night fun at Papawai
Recently, 126th Thursday Brownies had a fun cooking night. First we made fruit kebabs with marshmallows, bananas, mandarins and apples. Then we made homemade hamburgers with tomatoes, a meat patty, cheese, carrot and lettuce. Everyone thought their burger was delicious and they liked how you could choose what we wanted on our burger. I enjoyed it.
By Sherrilee Armstrong
Challenge 9, 126th Waikato Brownies
On Thursday the 21st June all of the Thursday night Brownies made hamburgers and fruit kebabs with marshmallows.
First we had to get all the ingredients and chop up all the fruit. Then we cooked the patties, buttered the bread buns and then we got to choose what we had on our burger. The choices were lettuce, tomato, cheese, carrot, tomato sauce.
Next we made the kebabs and had the choice of apple, banana, pear, marshmallows, which we put on to kebab sticks.
At the end of the night we had to pack up all the ingredients, utensils, bowls and do the dishes.
It was a good night.
Challenge 9, 126th Waikato Brownies
Cambridge Pippins picking & giving out daffodils they picked
On Thursday the 16th of August my brownie pack went to Watkins Road daffodil farm in Cambridge to pick daffodils to give to people that have done nice things for us.
We got to pick three bunches each. We had to cut them with scissors at the bottoms of each stem and we weren’t allowed to cut off any leaves or stand on the plants.
The daffodils were beautiful as they were lots of different shades of yellow. There were hundreds to choose from. But after we had cut our flowers there were hardly any left in the paddock.
I gave one of my bunches to my nana for letting me stay at her house when ever I want and supporting me and my team in netball. The second bunch I gave to my mums work PwC for the drink bottles they supplied for my netball team. And the third bunch is for my mum for being a great netball coach.
It was a great day and I enjoyed it.
By Jamie Kerr
126th Waikato Brownies
For Budding Publisher Challenge 9
Daffodil Picking Day
As yellow heads bobbing in the wind,
Daffodil picking is starting to begin.
White, orange, and yellow,
With stalks and buds, green as grass!
Daffodils feel soft as silk,
Smell as if you want to bloom.
Their trumpets look like muffin cups,
As they attract busy, buzzing, bees!
Daffodils can brighten up your days!
Written by Caitlin Ward
126th Waikato Brownies
Morrinsville Thursday Brownies
for Budding Publisher Challenge 9
Group from left to right are: Janelle Hurley, Tara Kington, Abbie Brownlie & Ellie Nicholson
These are the first photos of the girls with the daffodils. Cambridge Brownies looking like they had fun!
Smuggler's of Athenree camp for Te Tapui
Smuggler’s of Athenree was the theme for an assessment standing camp led by Te Tapui’s District Co-ordinator, Jeanette. With 11 girls and three other leaders we headed off to Athenree near Waihi beach in a hired mini van, towing a trailer filled to the top with camping gear, girls’ boxes and bedding rolls.
Darkness had already descended by the time we arrived; pitching unfamiliar tents in the light of two spot lights was a challenge - one that was eventually overcome but many hours had passed in the interim. A meal of fish and chips, cooked by our QM was a welcome break and because of time - bed was the order of the day.
Early the next morning girls and leaders headed off to ANZAC Bay to watch the sunrise and to cook omelettes in a bag over our gas cookers. “Pink sky in the morning” was certainly a warning; after enjoying time to make flags and erect each group’s flag pole, help with dinner preparations it was time to make lunch - pan fried pizza.
As we started our cooking, the heavy clouds opened up and the rain came, but our tents had a porch and the girls were able to carry on regardless. Time for tug of war in the estuary (one of the activities the girls said they wanted to do) and then a soak in the lovely hot pools.
Time was flying by and the rain wasn’t letting up. A jigsaw game was set in the covered in BBQ area of camp, a welcome place to go out of the rain, while dinner was being served. Campers were amazed to see our delicious Saturday night dinner of corned silverside (cooked in a hay box) with potatoes, peas, carrots and white sauce being served up to the girls.
Following our lovely dinner we had camp fire - again in the covered in BBQ area, sitting around the gas patio heater with the lights out.
Some beautiful singing was had, plus some skits and our special naming ceremony took place before finishing with some Guide magic and supper.
By morning the rain had stopped, tents were dropped and loaded wet into a trailer ready to be pitched again to dry. Gear was loaded into the trailer and weary girls into the mini van for our trip home. Waiting parents helped clean and check the gear before it was all put away for another “rainy” day.
Te Tapui District Co-ordinator
Cambridge Link ups
Cambridge units combined and had a linking ceremony – all girls walked along the “brick road” which was white, then pink, then yellow, then blue and finally red. When they came to the Pippin station the girls all threaded beads onto their necklace which spelt the word “girl”, then they crawled under the table and carried on walking along the brick road till they got to the Brownie station. Again the added beads to their necklace this time they spelt the word “Guides”. The Pippins stayed behind with the Brownies while the rest carried on until they came to the Guide station. There they added more beads spelling the word “Rock” and the Brownies stayed with the Guides, then the final station for the Rangers linking and they threaded the final beads onto their necklace that spelt “Forever” and they then get to keep their necklace. It was fun for the girls.
Get Going Girl - Healthy Choices Canvas Display
As part of the Get Going Girl Challenge, the Morrinsville Thursday Brownies decided they wanted to make canvas pictures of healthy eating/healthy action choices and put this up on public display in Morrinsville. Over two weeks the girls painted and decorated their canvas prints with pictures & stickers of girls playing sport, healthy food to eat and dental health. We were then able to display them in the foyer of the Morrinsville New World supermarket for a week. This display was so successful and promted so many favourable comments from the public that we were asked to leave it up for a further week. All the girls had fun going into New World to find their canvas amongst the display.
Huge thanks to Morrinsville New World owner/operator Malcolm Boyd for having our canvases on display.
126th Waikato Brownies
Morrinsville - Thursday
Cambridge Guides girls walking through the guard of honour on their way to receive their Aotearoa Award.
Guides and older Brownies from Papawai District and beyond shared a fun day of pioneer activities and outdoor cooking for a day event called Survivor Manawaru.
Held at Manawaru School, the girls formed ‘tribes’ (just like in the TV series) and firstly had to create a tribal flag and bandana. Tribes were named such things as HAKS (Happy Awesome Kind Sharing), The Cheeky Survivors, Go Tribe Blue and Surviving in Pink. They then went on to erect a flagpole using manuka wood poles and rope and also to make a rope ladder.
Lunch was a sumptuous affair with girls choosing from five different cooking options over two hours. Scones were made in a Dutch oven on a fire (served complete with jam and whipped cream); toasted sandwiches on a fire; snaplock bag omelettes on gas burners; sausage and vegetable kebabs on a coal BBQ and finished off with fruit pots covered in marshmallows and chocolate cooked on a gas BBQ.
After lunch the girls continued using traditional knotting and whipping skills to make rope donkeys and small rafts. These rafts then had a fire lit on them and floated down the creek.
Escape to the Wild
Camp reports from two girls for their Budding Publisher clause of Challenge 9.
By Tara Kington, Morrinsville Thursday Brownies.
At camp we did lots of cool jungle theme activities, my favourites were when the guides were on a walk. All the brownies and pippins got into groups and headed off to our first activity. Our first activity was trying to get across a stream on stilts; we were not allowed to touch any obstacles as they were crocodiles. I didn’t have much balancing skills on the stilts which means I was quite bad.
On our second activity there were some concrete blocks and wood planks, the group that you were in would have to make a bridge or something to walk across your objects & they weren’t allowed to touch the ground. I fell on the ground and had to start again.
Our third activity was, there were cornflakes on the ground and whoever was first had to run across without making a sound otherwise you got squirted, I didn’t get squirted at all.
Our fourth activity was to get across the playground we had to work as a team, I kept losing my balance. Our last activity was there were poles sticking up from the ground. Some had string across each other; we called it elephant grass. We had to try get through the grass without touching it. I had heaps of fun. I had to keep restarting. It was the best camp ever.
By Emily Fryer, (pictured) and Eden Mouat, Morrinsville Brownies
Wow! At Brownie camp we all had fun because we made a cantab snake, a jumbo in a cage, a drum, a shaker, finger print things, a nature picture, monkey puppet and a decorated elephant.
The games were fun because we got to dance on cornflakes, walk through elephant grass, play on the playground and walk on stilts.
The bunks were thin and hard but comfortable for sleeping on.
It was more fun on the second day because all the pippins came. On the second night we all had fun at the spooooky Burma trail.
We liked Brownie camp because the Burma trail was fun.
What a nice way to present Brownie and Guide Badges. Belle has created an online Blog to record her process of her Brownie and Guide Badges.
Check out Belle's Blog at http://guidegirlnz.wordpress.com
What has Waikato been up to in 2012?
Why not tell us what you have been doing in your unit so far this year?
I know you have been out camping, doing Community Service and generally having a lot of GirlGuiding Adventures - lets show everyone what we have been doing!
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