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Sue McLernon
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kristen's summary of teaching the new girls Guide promise/law and history sounds very much like ours. We usually have 3-4 meetings dedicated to these parts of the program (and even after repeating the promise, oh, 100 times, the girls STILL don't remember it!). Last year, we did a puppet show instead of a skit, and presented it to the parents at enrollment night. We took part of one meeting to introduce the history presented in the skit and identify the main characters (conveniently, there was one character per girl), assign roles to each girl and have them start making their puppet. The puppets were just paper cutouts on tongue depressors, coloured appropriately by the girls (for example, we had a young Olave Soames, a young B-P, a bridal Olave, a senior Olave, a crowd of girls for Crystal Palace, etc.). The next meeting we had them finish their puppets and rehearse, and the following meeting was enrollment where the show was presented. The girls and the parents loved it, and it was a bigger success than any skits we've had in the past. We will probably try something similar this year.

As for the rest of the third-year My Community challenges, here is what we did: one of the leaders brought in all our information on a variety of topics (safety, racism, hunger, etc.) and had the girls look through it. The girls decided on a theme, and planned a special meeting around their selected issue (it happened to be safety, which we decided was a "global issue" for 1 b). They planned and ran the whole meeting, on a safety theme. We counted this as 1b) and 3a). A little later, our third-years also planned and ran the Halloween party, which we counted as 2a). Each of these meetings was followed with brief feedback sessions where the third-years and leaders discussed what did and didn't work about each one.