>> Wednesday, December 28, 2016
There was a training day happening in my area and I been feeling a bit out of the Guiding loop recently, not seeing many people, so I volunteered to go and help out for the day. Not being a trainer I offered my services as car park attendant (I love the hi-vis work!), tea maker and general clearerupper. Many hands make light work and offers of help like that are rarely going to be turned down.
So my cold day started as a meet and greet. You see the relief on parent's faces as they see the uniform and know they have arrived at the right place and you see the smile on the Brownie's faces as I wave and grin at them. I think it makes for a happy start to the day.
There were the trainers there, some peer-educators (Senior Section girls trained to deliver specific training courses), myself as a spare hand and the leaders that had come with the brownies and were also receiving training alongside them. In total there were 17 adults for 30 girls.
That is a lot of guiding leaders giving up their spare time voluntarily for a few girls I thought. (It's only an hour a week Leaders always joke - this was a 7 hour day!!)
I was deliberating over whether it was worth that many adults giving up time for so few girls, but this training was for the older brownies the ones that were sixers and seconders, they have a level of responsibility in the unit themselves. It was to help them 'do their job' and to help their leaders let them do it.
As a leader it can sometimes be hard to 'let go of the reins' and let the girls do it themselves. And we are an organisation that is girl lead.
The training given (by the volunteer trainers) was very much like work training sessions I have been on for management and team building trainings. The exercises seemed quite similar.
As the girls worked through the day on different exercises, making things in teams, learning about their different leadership styles I could see them growing.
They learnt about communication, democracy, inclusion.