Rangers Christmas Tree Decorations

>>  Wednesday, December 11, 2019

It's important not to stick to the easier, safer options as a Ranger leader.  They need to get the opportunity to push their boundaries and with that in mind I decided not to do the usual gentle Christmas food type crafts this year.

So I sourced a log from the local wood thinning exercise in the summer, a bought a saw, and borrowed a wood saw frame and asked my ex-husband to pop round and give me some advice and cut up some wood rounds in advance so if all else failed we had something to get up going.  Wise words of his were - "that saw is rubbish borrow this one" and "don't drill on your kitchen work surface!"

So 10 rangers arrived at my house (I couldn't even begin to imagine sorting this out in the small carpeted church hall we meet in) and they sawed.

Some got stuck in, others were very tentative and really found it hard but they got there in the end and each has a wood round.
 They drilled, right through the wood round, my bread board and onto the wood under that!!
 I had borrowed pyrography kit from Guide HQ and set up a 3 place station, I wasn't prepared to supervise more than that at once, these tools get really hot.
 And they, and I, were really impressed with results.
 The reindeer was the original idea I gave them but they had a go at other things.
 One made a full family of reindeer for her family
I'm really pleased with how well they turned out, how they faced the challenge, were safe and sensible and of myself for being prepared to do something that was a challenge for me too.


They’re looking for volunteers again!

>>  Friday, December 06, 2019

A Parent's Lament (Anon*)

They're looking for volunteers again,
Be quick and duck your head.
Don't meet their eyes whatever you do,
Or just pretend you're dead.

Guiding, school and basketball, football, PTA,
Turn them down, every request, Be firm and run away!
You see I’m much too busy,
I've no time to spare, relax,
To spend time with some other kids,
Is way too much of a tax.

And I've never volunteered before,
I don't think that I know how,
Everyone else knows more than me,
At least they do right now.
Others seem to know just what to do,
They've a knack to sustain it,
They must have done it all their lives,
Nothing else explains it.

I guess that if I admit it to myself,
I've a little time to spare.
They say you can see a kids eyes light up,
When they know you care.
So come on and volunteer with me,
We'll learn how it is done,
I think that I will make the time,
Well, it might be fun.

(*Edited to Facebook by H.Hepton Jan 2017)

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