On the 1st of March the gym of the Beaconsfield School hosted a new sport – human hungry hippos! Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Girlguiding Burnham Beeches (South Bucks) embraced being hippos with enthusiasm – followed up with a game of seated volleyball and rock, paper, scissors relays.
We limbered up with a Japanese Calisthenics routine led by 1st and 2nd Beaconsfield Guides. The afternoon activities also included Olympic torch stick-in-the-mud, making our own medals, cherry blossom art and fan-making. Girls made tiny origami peace cranes which will be sent to the Hiroshima Peace Park.
Girlguiding Burnham Beeches were celebrating Thinking Day.Our focus this year was Japan and the Olympiad. Japanese Girl Scouts set a challenge to encourage girls to explore sport, the history and ethos of the Olympic games, and the culture of Japan, and to celebrate the centenary of Girl Scouts of Japan.
Our afternoon was announced by Dick Smith, Beaconsfield Town Crier and followed by a parading of all the flags and banners from across our division. Even the smallest Rainbow got involved, carrying their distinctive red banners, to make a colourful display.
The day was made complete by a visit from Jo Hunter, GBHockey team member – and former Aylesbury Brownie! Jo inspired girls with tales of how she started playing her sport aged 8, the challenges she has overcome, and the joy and excitement of playing sport at international level. The girls interrogated Jo with many questions – the most important being, “Who is your best friend on the hockey team?”
200 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides participated in the event, supported by their leaders and members of the Trefoil Guild.