At the moment we have 20 brownies and 2 leaders. We also have a unit helper who is 17. She is great - loves craft so that's that bit sorted!
Last year our unit was old and even our new starts were over 7. This meant that most of our Brownies moved up to Guides at the beginning of this year. Actually to be more accurate TWO of my Brownies started Guides, the others all just left with a variety of excuses eg. dance classes etc. This has taught me that I maybe need to do more work at bigging up Guides to the kids.
This year I have quite a young unit. This is mainly due to the Rainbows that started last year - we had a few move up and they've also brought new friends from school. We have two kids from last year, and the rest are new. Of the new girls, there are three 9 year olds.
Considerations for sorting out a programme for the terms:
The older kids have probably done most of the activities and badges already. The younger kids need quite a lot of help with anything complicated and I don't have any helpers. The older but new Brownies need to be challenged more.
Part of the Brownie programme is that the girls make suggestions and have input into what we do each term. I find this very useful, particularly as it helps me to see which of the activities/crafts we have done before have made an impression and that they would like to do again and which haven't.
One suggestion to make this easier to do has been to speak to all the parents and see who would help out. I have actually put a section on our enrollment details form for parents to tick to say whether they would be willing to help out. Sadly it is now February and I have yet to go through all the forms to sort out who is willing and who isn't, so I can contact them again and see if we could maybe work out a rota of some sort.
Apologies to anyone who is bored reading this - I found the TT this week really useful in helping me to sort out what needs to be done. It was great to have it down on paper(/screen) and to start working. Also Annelisa is a star and immediately offered her assistance - THANK YOU!
Overall at the moment I need to find an extra day a week. That would solve just about all my stress problems I think. One more day. Maybe two days - one to get organised, and do all the work I'm avoiding and one as a day off.