So last night we went as a group to serve tea and cookies at our local senior's residence. We called about a month ago, and arranged to come in for our regular meeting time (which is awesome, that way you don't have to ask families to spend more time at Sparks).
The elderly at the senior's residence are almost always happy to see a gaggle of Sparks arrive. Some always ask the question - the "is this the level BEFORE Brownies?" Question. The risk of having a level that has only been around for less than 30 years, right? All the girls wore their uniforms.
Some things we did to help out the Sparks!
-we practised walking around with a teacup in a saucer for a few minutes (follow the leader style) so the girls could get used to walking with one (most didn't know what a saucer was!).
- we only filled the cups 1/3 of the way up, so even if someone fell/spilled there wasn't a lot to clean up (and no one did fall! Yay!)
-we brought out Guide helper, who filled the cups and handed them out to the Sparks, and refilled plates of cookies, which allowed one Guider to have an eye in both rooms and the other helping direct the kids to different tables to drop off cookies and tea.
-we had the girls clean up and pick up teacups from the tables and bring them back as well.
We had about 10 minutes left over, so we played telephone and musical chairs! Thankfully Emerald is a lot better at corralling them for a game than I am!
We gave out a fun crest and their Camping Keeper at the end. Who knew they had a fun crest specifically for serving tea?
Here's the link if you'd like to get one!