"Starts" and "Finishes" for Guides
A compilation from the GuidingUK e-list
All our Patrols line up with the PL at the front
and the PS at the back. If you stand at 6 o'clock we have a patrol
at 1 o'clock, 3 o'clock' , 5 o'clock, 7 o'clock, 9 o'clock and 11
o'clock. The patrol at 1 start and walk around clockwise, they collect
the other patrols in turn on the way. When they have got all the
way around and then to 7 the PL stops and the next girl walks around
her back and stops next to her and so on to form a horse shoe. Sounds
complicated but when you do it, it isn't. We don't sing anything
but we find that it calms the girls down a lot. At the end we say
our county prayer and then sing taps.
- We start our Guide meetings with a "Round Table" whole-unit
meeting. This takes place once everyone, or everyone who is expected,
has arrived; whilst they are drifting in (it usually takes five or
ten minutes) the earlier arrivals get the tables out and set out their
patrol corners etc., and have a selection of "fillers" in
their patrol boxes if they need anything to occupy themselves until
it's time to start the meeting proper. Patrol Leaders collect subs
as the girls arrive and hand them in when their patrol is complete.
Once the Round Table has started the girls are reminded of the evening's
plans (they help to plan the whole term at the beginning of each term
and are given a printout of the timetable, but there is always someone
who has forgotten).
To finish we always have a traditional horseshoe
in which we give out badges, certificates notices and reminders and
then sing Taps.