Monday 19 April – 1960s Week

Welcome back everyone! It was great to be back after our Easter holidays. This will be our last term of virtual meetings, so we’ve decided to go out with a bang and are taking a break from the official Brownie programme to complete an exciting challenge badge: Girlguiding Lincolnshire South 60th birthday challenge. Each meeting will be based around a decade from the 1960s through to the 2010s. Firstly, though we welcomed 2 new potential starters – Evie who is moving up from Rainbows and Eliora who has just moved to the area. Both girls are joining us for a couple of taster sessions to see if they like virtual meetings. A massive Brownie hello and welcome to both 😊

This week was 1960s week which was divided into 3 challenges. Challenge 1 – The Space Race. In 1969, the Americans sent a rocket to the moon. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first people to walk on the moon. For this challenge we had to find out about the phases of the moon, so we had a virtual session with Graham from Lincoln Observatory. Graham gave us some fascinating facts about the moon and talked about the phases of the moon in detail before finishing with a Q&A session. Thank you so much Graham, a very informative presentation and we are looking forward to visiting Lincoln Observatory as planned next year.

Challenge 2 – Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King made his famous “I have a Dream Speech” in 1963. We talked very briefly about what the civil rights movement was for and the horrendous discrimination in America at that time. One Brownie quite rightly pointed out, that nothing had changed as racism was still about even now! During break, the Brownies made an amazing diversity hand flower with different shades of skin tone paper drawn around their hands which become the flower’s petals. They looked amazing when done.

Challenge 3 – Pop Music. Pop music came on the scene in the 1960s with acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. For this challenge we had to listen to some 60s music and have a go at some of the crazy dances. We did this by watching a great YouTube video showing 2 ladies demonstrating all the different dances including the Hitchhiker, the Loco Motion, The Watusi and the Hand Jive. This was a fun activity and we even had some mums joining in.

This week’s time-filler games included Virtual Hide and Seek, Izzy Whizzy, instant scavenger hunt and we finished off with funny pictures. Our last celebration of the 60s was a slide of Daffodil and Daisy as babies who were born in the 1960s! That’s it for now – Group 2 next week.

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