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The girl guides or ‘Girlguiding’,  is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.  100,000 volunteers enable the organisation to be active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.  ‘Girlguiding’ is an operating name of The Guide Association which also runs the Brownies for girls aged 7-10 and the Rainbows for girls aged 5-7.

Rainbows

The main focus of Rainbows is to have fun. They follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw which involves lots of activities with girls of their own age. The jigsaw covers four main areas – Look, Learn, Laugh and Love. One of the things Rainbow girls say is that they like having girl only space to learn and play together.

Brownies

Brownies become a member of a Brownie six and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure which is divided into three areas, You, Community and World. Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Wildlife explorer to Healthy Heart! girl guides

From age ten upwards girls have a chance to become part of a worldwide network of girls who by learning together and sharing skills and experience have a chance to really get out there and make a difference Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.

Guides

Guides work together in small groups or ‘Patrols’ and, with the support of an adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using resource packs.

The Guides’ ethos

The Guide programme is divided into five areas: discovery of new experiences and challenges; healthy lifestyles; global awareness; skills and relationships and celebrating diversity. Like with the Brownies there is also a huge range of specialist badges that guides can choose to study for covering lots of fun and stimulating areas of life experience.   They can also gain Challenge badges that recognise their participation in guiding over a period of time. A big part of guiding is friendship and preparation for life. Time spend away from home is a cherished part of the experience for many of the girls who relish time camping or hosteling with other girls their ages. In each of the age groups the experience of being in a girl only space is noticed and valued.

Guides in society

Girls guides are often consulted for their opinion on issues relevant to young women today such as opportunities, pressure, health, aspirations and body image. They can also take part in a peer education project called girls in actions educates girls about sensitive issues affecting their peers around the world like violence against women, street children and girls’ education. Girl guiding organisation prides itself in being an organisation that moves with the times and which change along with the girls that it supports. For more information see the website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/about_us.aspx

 

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Jenny Smith is a freelance writer and facilitator specialising in mental health, well-being and ecotherapy. She writes for National Mind and The Working Parent and facilitates training in the Work that Reconnects and Ecotherapy. She is inspired by nature, gardening, love and non-duality teachings

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