Our plans to finish the First Aid badge this week fell through so we cobbled together very quickly a Brownie General Election.
After explaining to the sixes what they have to do, we left them to plan with bits of help here and there.
Obviously, it being a Brownie General Election we also joined in as leaders. Each team had to come up with a name, some things which we would want to vote for them with and finally sum themselves up in a two minute presentation.
The girls spent about 40 minutes working on the things they wanted – the start and choosing a name was an exercise in democracy itself – with them voting for whichever one they liked the best.
Then they listed up to six things they wanted to change, and six things that they would stop.
Needless to say, school, holidays, chocolate and getting rid of Donald Trump came up across all sixes. The interesting part was the presentations. Each group had two minutes to do something. Some girls just read from their sheets while others did a proper bit of acting. The ones who put together a little play as part of theirs ended up winning.
I found it interesting watching the girls work as teams. Some of the new girls sat back a bit so we went from table to table making sure they were involved and making sure the more dominant girls in each group included everyone.
After all the presentations we made notes and summarised, and each six was allowed to vote for one of the Brownie Parties – but not themselves!
It didn’t take a long time to set up, was pretty noisy but good to see them working together. A good one to get in before our real-life General Election next month, anyway – plus it took up the whole meeting!
For the record, team owl would extend the school day from 7am to 7pm, no laughter, sweets are banned, definitely no cartwheels, One Direction no longer allowed but our choice in music is, also no laughter and definitely no playing. Needless to say when we all read it out the Brownies were shouting in disbelief 🙂