Previous meeting – Have girls make flower arrangements for tables and chose a joke or riddle that they will tell as part of the ceremony. (1) Will have red rose bush props on the wall at one end.
DOWNSTAIRS – DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. The doors to the room are closed. Outside is a table with cookies in a treasure chest that say “Eat Me” “Try Me”. Once they eat a cookie they can enter Wonderland, following the White Rabbit (Julia has a white rabbit stuffy). (2)
As they come in they must bunny hop 100m, following the White rabbit. (3) (Edit – we are going to substitute the Lobster Quadrille instead of the bunny hop.) Then pause for leader to explain about the Alice ceremony. After this, interactive activity ‘Be on time’ with girls and crowd. Close eyes and must guess when 5 minutes is up. (4)
Girls will take turns telling their jokes. (5) This will be interspersed with leaders and girls giving Guiding advice (Guide Law) to help the 1st years on their way – Maybe have path with 7 spots for them to stop for advice? Advice will be given by puppets or stuffies or older girls or leaders in costumes that represent Alice characters like the Caterpillar, Cheshire cat, etc.
At the red rose end of the path, the Red Queen will appear (leader dressed in red clothes and a crown). She will accuse the 1st years of painting the roses red. The girls must then be tried, and will have to say their Guide promise. Their pardon papers they receive will have their enrolment pins and the badges they have earned so far this year attached.
The Mad Hatter (I’ll borrow my sisters Mad Hatter Hat) will escort the girls to an Unbirthday Tea Party. We’ll have 6 types of cake and sandwiches. (6) We will taste various types of tea in dixie cups. (7) As part of the crowd entertainment, leaders will go around and have guests and girls choose papers with things that begin with the letter T (tea party…) – will play charades. (8)
Then for the last hour we will have craft stations (guests can join in.) We’ll make playing card soldiers (playing cards with hole punched in them to attach pipe cleaner arms and legs, draw faces on with Sharpies) (9). We’ll make mini colourful teapots out of modeling clay (10.) And we’ll have tables set up where people can play card games like Go fish, Old Maid, Crazy 8’s, Rummy, Blackjack etc – whatever they choose. (11).