Monday, May 21, 2012

Visiting Girls Rally

Today the girls attended their first Girls Rally session. Girls Rally is an international club (started in NZ) for girls between 7 and 16 years of age that is run under the umbrella of the local church.

Our local group meets in Waerenga, a bit further out in the country from us, about 5-10 mins. away, between 6.30 and 8.30pm each fortnight on a Monday evening. Boy's Rally meets the opposite week. It is a late night but one of the advantages of homeschooling is that they can have a wee lie in the following morning and we simply start learning a little later in the day.

The 'Aims' of the Rally Movement are to build children into worthy and useful citizens in the community, using three specific areas:
- building strong Christian character (Spiritual)
- increased knowledge and understanding (Educational)
- developing physical and team co-operation (Physical)

The children play games, make crafts (a cute fabric necklace at this particular session), earn badges and points for their team and have bible devotions. They also hold camps and have sporting days and outings.

Here the girls are wearing the fabric necklaces they made. Agent Smelly gave me hers as a gift straight away. She is very sweet like that.

The girls don't have to wear a uniform they do wear a sash to place the badges they earn on them. They also need to learn the rally motto and promise and say it at their third meet. Agent Smelly is quite concerned about this ... but I have assured her if she can recite Robert Louis Stevenson poems then she won't have any issues with them. The Fashionista, who is quite competitive, is already working out ways she can earn points and badges.

Both girls came home "uber" excited about their evening. It helped that they already knew a couple of girls that attend rally. It was simply supposed to be a visit to see how it was but both girls are so excited at the prospect of returning that I think it is a forgone conclusion that they will join.

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