We arrived on Friday night, they heard the programme and discovered they'd have chores (groans all round) then had some sandwiches and biscuits with juice. They went outside for a torchlight wordsearch, which wasn't in torchlight because we only had a couple of hours of darkness this weekend, then came in for story and bedtime stuff.
They giggled and chatted and giggled in their dorm until one of the guiders moved in and settled on the lower bunk making them sleep.
On Saturday morning I awoke to more giggles and squeals. I checked my phone: 5am!
The other guiders were seemed able to sleep but I can't do that - I'm a wake up get up person. So I went through.
"Hands up who knows what time it is?" No hands.
"twenty past........... FIVE"
Their faces dropped! They knew they were in trouble... but still giggled when I left the room.
So I got my sleeping bag and told them a couple of stories: one about good brownies who go to sleep and do lots of fun things with their refreshed cheerful guiders... and one about bad brownies who stay up all night and spend the day doing chores and cleaning, becuase their guiders are too crabbit to go out and play.
They all just giggled at me, and a Brownie from another pack responded "you should've brought those other Brownies then". Somehow I don't think they take me very seriously! It worked though, and they dropped off again very quickly.
I went back to sleep and woke up again around half 6, which is fine as they were to be woken at half 7.
On Saturday our Harry Potter theme meant we could fit in a visit from a man with owls. Real live owls. IT WAS COOL!!!!!!!
In the afternoon they had a trip to the loch. A treasure hunt. I may have taken them slightly the wrong way as I had no idea how to get there, and neither did the guider who took a group 2 mins after me. We weren't lost though.
Otherwise, we did some crafts... sang a few songs... had a party where they entertained us with a fashion show and some comedy sketches then we entertained them with a Harry Potter magic show.
On the last day the grown-ups have to clean the house so the Brownies spent a fair bit of time playing outside.
What impressed me most over the weekend was the way the kids from 3 different packs all mucked in together and made new friends quickly. They all behaved really well and made the weekend enjoyable for all of us. They got their Brownie Holiday badge and some goodies and I am pretty sure they all went home very happy.