This morning, I noticed that Shirlyn, one of the staff in the school was donning on her ranger uniform. A ranger is a mentor for the girl guides – an association which I joined when I was in my teens.
“How odd“, I thought to myself. “Its not an activity day today, so why is she putting that on?”
And then I remembered that today is February the 22nd. Thinking day! Today is the day to remember about sister guides and brother scouts all over the world. Today is also a day in rememberance of the founder, Lord Baden Powell and Lady Baden Powell.
Wow. Loads of nostalgia there.
I first joined the association as a brownie, at about 9 years old. I’m not exactly sure what drew me, but I really enjoyed the activities that we did. I remembered that at the end of every meeting, we gathered round in a circle and sang this adorable song.
It went something like:
“Those born in January. Go home go home go home”
“Those born in February. Go home go home go home”
And it goes all the way to December. When your birth month is called out, you’d step to the front. I’d always step up when August is called.
I had so much fun that naturally, I continued to be a Guide when I started secondary school. We learnt loads of survival skills like map reading, knot tying (useful to make furniture out of sticks and pitching tents) as well as leadership skills.
I really felt a connection with nature when we went to camp – it was one of those days when I felt empowerment. I had to pitch my own tent to sleep in, and traverse the jungle.
It was such great times.
Unfortunately, I’m still horrible at map reading. Which explains why I can still get lost even with the street directory with me.
Anyway, just for fun I tried on something I havent worn for a very long time.
I cant believe it still fits.