It's probably not true everywhere, but around here there
are quite a number of leaders who have allowed our svelte young figures
to, uh, blossom, shall we say?
Three of us met and joined Guiding 7 years ago through our Brownie daughters.
We are now great personal friends, and while we've gone our own ways as
leaders in Guiding, we are still in the same Trefoil Guild together.
When Janice told her family she was becoming a Guide leader "just like
Barb and Sue," her 3rd year Brownie pictured the three of us together and
asked (not so innocently): "Mom, do you HAVE to be fat to be a Guider?"
So much for the Active Living side of Guiding among us, eh!?!
Southern Vancouver Island Area
Victoria, B.C. Canada
My daughter is four now and will be going to school next
year. So of course, we try to teach her things like her address, her phone
number etc. Yesterday, in an effort to get her to remember my first name,
I said, "And what is Mommy's name?" Of course, the answer was "Mommy."
Again, "No, what is my other name?"
Her answer? "Brown Owl."
Brown Owl, 4th Marystown Brownies
I was just talking to a trainer friend of mine this morning
about my most favorite meeting of my 5 years in Girl Scouts. The
girls were at the end of their 1st grade year and were planning for their
2nd grade year. I put up posters with these titles 1) field trips;
2) over nights; 3) crafts; 4) service; 5) anything you want. I told
the girls to each take a marker and go around and fill in what they wanted
to do for the following year.
Besides the "normal" stuff we had suggestions of taking a trip around
the world, a two week camping trip to Canada (we're in Florida), trips
to Disney's Magic Kingdom and Epcot, a trip to Sarah Soda (Sarasota, FL
is just south of us) and learning to drive a car.
The Sarah Soda got me - I had to read it out loud to figure it out and
thus began the biting down on the inside of my mouth.
I got out my Safety-Wise (the gospel book of safety in US Girl Scouting)
and explained that we had to go by the rules in that book and the first
rule is that we couldn't break the law. I asked the girls how old
you had to be to drive a car. This extremely bright group of 7 year
olds proudly stated that you had to be 15. I asked if any of them
were 15 and as they each said "No, no" they looked around to see if any
other 1st grader was indeed the required 15 years of age. The inside
of my mouth was really getting sore about this time from my biting down
to keep from laughing. I asked if any of them expected to turn 15
during the following year and again, they each said "No, no" they looked
around to see if any other 1st grader would turn 15 the following year.
I chomped down on my cheek again and explained that we would have to wait
to learn to drive a car!
We had also figured out how much income we were going to have for the
year with dues, cookies, etc. and figured on about $800. I had them
figure out the expenses for the activities that they wished to do and it
was about $250,000. I sat back and waited while they looked at the
totals. One girl finally said "I guess we'll have to up the dues."
Junior Troop Leader, or head fool, Suncoast Girl Scout Council, Tampa,
We had a District Skating Party with about 60 to 70 girls
involved. The Sparks, Brownies and Guides all skated for an hour
and then had a hot dog and pop afterwards. It was an informal event
so we told the girls they didn't have to wear their uniforms. While
we were waiting for the parents to arrive I positioned myself at the door
to be certain that none of the younger girls left without an adult.
I happened to recognize two of our Sparks across the ice rink swinging
on bars practicing some gymnastic maneuvers hanging upside down by their
toes. I immediately got someone else to watch the door and went over,
brought both of them back with me and told them both they were not to leave
this spot until their parents came and got them. Of course, a few
later they need to use the washroom. In their absence, the Dad
shows up asks for his daughter by name. I said you're taking both
of them? No, he was just picking up his own daughter. So, I'm
left with just this one girl. 5 minutes pass, 10 minutes pass then
I finally ask, "So is your Mom or Dad coming to pick you up?" The
reply … "Oh no, my parents are already here and they're not leaving until
after the hockey game!" I'm not sure when I picked her up but I wouldn't
forget that bright polar fleece sweater anywhere and I definitely remember
feeding her a hot-dog!
Karen D. Ramsey
Spark Leader & Brown Owl
Brasd'Or Sydney Mines District, Northside Division, Cape Breton East
Area, Nova Scotia Council, Canada
Several years ago, I took a group of Brownies to camp.
This camp had "outdoor" washroom facilities. On one occasion when I had
the need to use these facilities, I was sitting with my drawers around
my ankles when the door to the outhouse was suddenly opened by two giggling
twin Brownies, with a camera. They took my picture and much to my dismay
I found out later that they entered the picture in the local fair and won
first prize for their efforts. They were ecstatic, I was the laugh of the
neighbourhood for a while, as well as the local Guiding Community. Oh the
life of a Brown Owl!!!!
Sheila Watson, Brown Owl
Thamesford, Ontario, Canada.
I co-ordinate an Area Singing Challenge, whereby Units
of all Branches and adults are encouraged to learn a group of songs and
sing them onto a tape for me to enjoy, give positive feedback, and bestow
crests. To prepare, many Guiders like to hear the songs sung onto a tape,
so I make several copies of all the songs for our library. Naturally I
make a master copy, and simply dub away until I have enough tapes. Well,
I don't trust the machine, so I keep the volume up while it is high speed
dubbing. The listen-and-learn technique must work very well, because I
noticed a funny noise coming from my 10 year old Cub Scout at dinner one
night. When I listened closely I could hear he was singing, "We'retheBrownieshere'souraimlendahandandplaythegame!"
at top speed in a Mickey Mouse voice!
Pathfinder Guider, District Guider, District Program Advisor, Area
Arts Trainer, Area Web Site Manager, member BC Council Web Site Task Force,
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