Opening a Meeting

At the beginning of every Brownie meeting, girls and leaders stand in a large circle around the Brownie toadstool and flag. We begin by singing the opening song together:

Opening Song:

We’re the Brownies, here’s our aim,

Lend a hand and play the game.

We’re the Brownies, here’s our aim,

Lend a hand and play the game.

Then the girls skip around the centre set-up while singing their Circle songs (Fairies, then Pixies, etc). *songs at end of post if you need them

When every circle has taken their turn, everyone recites the Brownie Promise, Law and Motto together. This opening ceremony is something that the girls should all be striving to memorize.

The Promise

I promise to do my best,

To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada.

I will take action for a better world

And respect the Brownie Law

 

Brownie Law

As a Brownie

I am honest and kind;

I help take care

Of the world around me

 

The Motto

Lend a Hand! 

(on hand, through your right hand up into the air)

Circle Songs:

Fairies:

We’re the fairies shining bright,

Trying hard to do what’s right.

Sprites:

Sprightly sprites we’re on our way

Play and laugh and help today.

Leprechauns:

Happy leprechauns are we,

Helping friends and family.

Gnomes:

Here you see the laughing Gnomes,

Helping others in their homes.

Elves:

This is what we do as elves,

Think of others not ourselves.

Kelpies:

We’re the happy, friendly kelpies,

Smart and quick and ready helpers.

Dryads:

Playful Dryads strong and true,

Nature’s friend in all we do.

Lares:

Now you watch the Lares working,

Playful, singing, never shirking.

Nymphs:

Nymphs love water bright and blue,

Smiling, playing, helping too.

Pixies:

Look! We are the jolly pixies,

Helping others when in fixes.

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Brownie Circles

 

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Need a little help setting up your group for next year? In Brownies, we use “Circles” to break the girls up into manageable teams. Circles can be used for activities and trips, but we mostly use them as a way to keep the girls busy at the start of each meeting, while waiting for everyone to arrive.

Each circle has a box of stickers, paper, colouring materials, etc. They are responsible for keeping their box orderly and putting it away each meeting. This is a good way to introduce responsibility and ownership of the unit to them. It also provides new and shy girls a way to make friends by providing them with time to meet with the same smaller group of girls each week, which is less overwhelming than facing the whole unit as one.

Every circle has a leader and a co-leader who are responsible for taking attendance for their group and then reporting that to the guider(s) for the night. We change leaders one or twice throughout the year. Everyone should get a chance over the course of the two years that they are in Brownies to serve in one of these roles. This gives you the opportunity to emphasize the qualities in a leader and remind them that they are not the boss of the other girls.

I favour circles that are 6 girls in size. There are a number of different circle names, each with their own emblem and song. You can pick your favourites and stick with them or rotate every year! Many of the badge emblems have been discontinued unfortunately, but I am hoping to find enough this year to give to the girls. I think it helps them to bond as a subgroup and helps assert their identifies.

 

 

**All copyright of the emblems belongs to GGC.

 

Fairies (example names – not real Brownies)

Circle Leader: Hannah

Co-Leader: Kandra

Members: Hannah, Kandra, Diane, Ewa, April, Jan

We’re the fairies shining bright,

Trying hard to do what’s right. 

(Each circle song is always repeated twice)

 

Sprites

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Sprightly sprites we’re on our way

Play and laugh and help today.

 

Leprechauns

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Happy leprechauns are we,

Helping friends and family.

 

Gnomes

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Here you see the laughing Gnomes,

Helping others in their homes.

 

Elves

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

This is what we do as elves,

Think of others not ourselves.

 

Kelpies

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

We’re the happy, friendly kelpies,

Smart and quick and ready helpers.

 

Now, for other circles that I am not currently using:

Dryad

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Playful Dryads strong and true,

Nature’s friend in all we do.

 

Lares

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Now you watch the Lares working,

Playful, singing, never shirking.

 

Nymphs

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Nymphs love water bright and blue,

Smiling, playing, helping too.

 

Pixies

Circle Leader:

Co-Leader:

Members:

Look! We are the jolly pixies,

Helping others when in fixes.

 

I assign girls to their circles BEFORE the first meeting so that I can organize them quickly and easily when they arrive. To do this, I first assign all the second years to the circle groups and choose a Leader and Co-leader for each circle, from the second years. Then I assign the first years to the circle as well. Ideally, each circle has an even mix in ages.

In each box, you should have thrown in colouring sheets, etc before the first meeting of the year, and also include a notebook that is for the girls to track attendance. Make sure you get boxes that have secure lids on them and pre-label them or have a colour code system so the girls can tell which boxes belong to which group.

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First Post !

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog! I am going to write all about program ideas and resources for Guiders in the Girl Guides of Canada! I am a newish guider to a LARGE group of rambunctious Brownies (more than 30 girls). I have been in it for a year now and next year I am taking over as Treasurer, Cookie Orderer and “Head” Guider, as I am the only leader returning to the unit.

So a little about me:

I am a Guider in Ontario, with Girl Guides of Canada. What we do may look a little different if you are in a different province/territory or country but most of the program ideas should still be applicable. I will be going off of the new curriculum that is beginning in the 2018 guiding year. We are in the GTA. I don’t want to be more specific than that, but most daytrips and overnight trips I reference will be in driving distance from here.

I found when I started last year that there was A LOT I didn’t know. I feel that the training for guiders is less than impressive. There is lots of review of Safeguide but not very much in the way of organizing and running the meetings. I didn’t even know the Brownie Promise/Law or Circle Songs when I started! I didn’t grow up in GGC so I did not know anything.

The posts may be a little slow at first as we are entering the off season, but I want to create this resource to help other guiders who are new to come up with some excellent program ideas. I hope you will share your favourites in the comments section!!

Hopefully I will be able to write a post every week come September, as we get geared up for another exciting year.

I also will figure out how to upload documents that you can download to use for your units. Sharing is caring haha.

Please note, this blog is filled with my personal ideas and beliefs. It is not a reflection of the beliefs of GGC and is not officially affiliated with them in anyway.

Until next time!

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