My first Guide meeting

Yesterday I went to my first Guide meeting. I have written before about Katrine being a lone Brownie when we were in Korea, with British Guides in Foreign Countries, and I have got her into a unit in the UK. Fortunatly, there are already units out in Azerbaijan that she/we can join, but they are a bit short on qualified Leaders. So it seemed a good time to take the plunge and get my training started. Also, the promise has recently been altered to include atheists. I sincerely believe that a promise is important and should have meaning, so I was never comfortable saying anything that I didn’t believe.

I had a choice to do my training with either Brownies or Guides, but thought it would be good to try with a new age range. Guides is for 10-14 year olds, so girls up to nearly women, I am looking forward to seeing how the dynamics of the group work.

My new unit meets in a dedicated Guide hut, there are 13 different units meeting there each week! And nearly all of them are full. There are 32 girls in my unit, it is going to take me a while to get to know all their names.

Speaking of which, all the leaders are referred to by a bird name – Falcon, Eagle… – so we had to chose a name for me. One of the girls suggested it should be a bird that migrates, as I move around the world so much. So we picked Swallow, which I am really pleased with, plus I have a swallow tattoo, which makes is extra special.

The meeting was really fun, it was mostly taken up with sorting the girls out into new patrols and other start of the new year preparations. Next week we are going to get started on some craft. I wasn’t involved in Guides as a child, so it is all new to me, but I am really looking forward to it.

Brownies – yoga for little people

As part of our olympic patches, that we have been working toward for Brownies, there was an option to try yoga. Fortunatly we have a yoga teacher downstairs – I go to the adult classes – who very kindly agreed to take the children in a mini yoga lesson.


Here they are getting started, warming up.




I have to admit Gregor was a reluctant participate and at times was keen to join in and give it a try, but at others he obviously felt uncomfortable and just wanted to get up and run around. He did give it a fair shot, so I am very pleased with him.

All upside down.



I didn’t get a picture of distressed beetle (I was too busy chatting) but it was very funny, they were all on their backs with arms and legs in the arm, waving them about like, well, a distressed beetle.

Karen then introduced some yoga cards, where they could look though and pick which ones they wanted to try. I think Gregor liked picking the cards more than the poses.


Katrine choose hibernating bear, where you have to concentrate on you breathing.


Here are Sophia and Amelia, I didn’t catch what this pose was called.


Then came the relaxing part at the end, this was obviously harder for some that others. Katrine and Amelia looked like they could stay there forever.


This was the last activity that we needed to do for our patch:


Well, it actually 4 patches in a circle and very large so it won’t fit onto the sash, I will have  to put it on to the badge blanket instead. More sewing to add to the pile, I also have name labels to add onto the taekwondo uniforms.


A hug thank you to Karen for helping us with this – it was a great brownie meeting.