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+ Great activity ideas from units around the world How to get involved in global guiding
Near, far, wherever they are: your passport to guiding adventures
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A world of opportunities As the search for our new chief guide continues, we’re thrilled to welcome you to this international issue. We’ve both had the pleasure of meeting members from across the world and each time we do, we’re reminded of what an amazing global movement we’re all part of. This fact is especially fresh following the WAGGGS World Conference in September (read more about it, and guiding around the world, on pages 14 to 19), and it has renewed our determination to offer more opportunities for girls to have international adventures. Plus, check out pages 25 to 29 for some inspirational global guiding ideas for your unit. 2017 has been a very busy year, so we’d like to thank you for your support with testing new programme activities, engaging with the new membership system and preparing for the new A Safe Space training. Wishing you all happy holidays ahead! Deputy Chief Guide Sally Illsley and Interim Chair of Trustees Val Elliott @Girlguiding facebook.com/girlguidinguk
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Say hello to… Amy, a member of The Senior Section
06 | Forward 46 | New programme update 48 | On sale! Girlguiding resources 49 | Checklist 54 | Our partners 62 | Activities: international ideas from units around the world
‘Global links give us the chance to see other people’s perspectives and empathise with their beliefs’ (Page 6)
Becky Patten, a Lead Volunteer for International ‘You don’t have to travel overseas – we have so many international camps held right here in the UK’ (Page 7)
13 | Girls’ Attitudes Survey results What 1,900 girls told us in 2017
14 | Guiding across the globe Find out more about WAGGGS, British Girlguiding Overseas, branches and more, then test your global guiding knowledge
Nicola Grinstead, Former Chair of the WAGGGS World Board ‘I love talking to girls about their vision for the world and how to make it happen’ (Page 14)
25 | Around the world in seven ways Learn how different cultures observe important dates, and try some membersuggested activities with your unit
Tatayana D’Souza, Leader, 7th Plumstead Guides ‘Our girls had a great opportunity to see how big the guiding community really is’ (Page 21)
Catherine Rowe, GOLD participant ‘This has been a fantastic year – I’ve got to meet people and realise I can take on challenges’ (Page 40)
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21 | The united state of guiding See what UK Guides and two American Girl Scout troops got up to at London’s ICANDO activity centre
30 | ‘Taking action gives you a voice’ How five girls are helping to change the world, starting right here in the UK p30
Shop for clothing from the Guide uniform
34 | Go international Advice for you and your girls on making the most of international opportunities 40 | Big interview: the golden touch Leader Catherine Rowe shares what she and her GOLD group learnt on their recent adventure in Oman
In their words... People Y O U N G ME MB E R’ S A RT I C LE Amy, 20, a member of The Senior Section, tells us why learning from other cultures is so important ‘In the world’s current climate, it’s vital for young people to form global links – it not only creates better opportunities for girls in the future, but gives us the chance to view issues from other people’s perspectives and truly empathise with their beliefs. Even the smaller things that units do can help to forge networks. While I was a leader for the 1st Hopwas Brownies, our girls started writing to a unit in Cyprus. Many of them have formed great friendships and are still in touch – while learning from another culture. It’s just one way guiding helps to make our world better connected.’ + Huge thanks to Amy, who did work experience with guiding’s editorial team and contributed to our festivals feature (p25) among other things. For Amy’s thoughts on the experience, take a look at her blog on our website
Here’s what some Guides and American Girl Scouts told us they like most about guiding’s reach across the world (catch up with them again on page 21, and see what they got up to at ICANDO, our activity centre in London)
‘Being part of guiding lets us learn from girls everywhere and share activities’ Mary, 7th Plumstead Guides
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Did you know? Three quarters of travellers on international cultural, adventure or nature trips are women – that’s more than 67 million female globetrotters worldwide!
60-SECON D IN TERV IEW
Becky Patten Lead Volunteer for International Communications and Engagement
‘It helps us see how big the world really is, and motivates us to do bigger things’ Makena, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
What does your role involve? I work alongside the communications team at Girlguiding, and help to increase awareness of the fantastic international opportunities we offer. My day-to-day tasks include updating our social media with any international news, ensuring that the international web pages are up to date and that our blog features stories from members and girls who have had the chance to travel abroad. We’re also working with the programme team at Girlguiding to make sure that the new programme will incorporate international guiding for girls in all sections.
‘Guiding brings a community together, and being a global organisation makes that community even wider’
‘It can give you new ideas for fundraising – like the Girl Scout Cookies! I’d love to sell those’
‘It means that we can immediately connect with girls and women wherever we are, because we have the same experiences’
Georgie, 7th Plumstead Guides
Madison, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Portraits: Peter Muller
Riess, 7th Plumstead Guides
When did you first become involved with guiding? I started as a Brownie at seven, and moved up through the sections before becoming a unit leader at 18. My very first international was ‘Adventures in Berlin’ – an
amazing city-wide game run by Girlguiding North West England in 2013. What’s the best part of your role? I love hearing other members’ experiences of internationals. At the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015, I gathered girls’ and volunteers’ stories on how they were enjoying the camp. Their feedback brought home what an amazing global organisation we’re part of – it’s easy to forget how big the movement really is. What advice do you have for those interested in internationals? Do it in any way you can! Taking part doesn’t mean you have to travel overseas – we have so many camps held in the UK where you can meet members from other countries. I guarantee that once you get involved you’ll come back wanting to do it all again. For more from Becky and the team, follow @ukintguides on Twitter +
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Members of Girlguiding with their origami creations at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, Japan 2015
World Scout Jamboree 2019 22 July - 2 August 2019 Where: West Virginia USA Climbing, zip lining, biking and more will be on offer at the 24th World Scout Jamboree, held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in the mountains of West Virginia, USA. One hundred Girlguiding members will make up the UK contingent alongside members from The Scout Association. They’ll join 45,000 Scouts and Guides from almost every country and territory in the world. As Lauren Burnett, Leader of the North East England Patrol, who will be joining the contingent as a leader, said: ‘This will be a wonderful chance for our members to form new friendships with people from all countries and cultures. It’ll be a fun-filled time, but I also can’t wait to see our members thrive through this experience.’ + Find out more at girlguiding.org.uk/jamboree
November 2017 February 2018 Taste of Adventure For: All sections Where: Blackland Farm, Foxlease and Waddow Hall Cost: £39.99 per person for a day of activities and fully catered overnight stay + girlguiding.org.uk/ adventuremadeeasy 3-4 February 2018 Sparkle and Ice For: Guides and The Senior Section – and their leaders Where: Blackland Farm, Foxlease and Waddow Hall Cost: £55 for the event, or £15 extra to also stay on Friday night Book by: 31 December + girlguiding.org.uk/ sparkleandice 9-10 June 2018 Magic and Mayhem For: Rainbows and Brownies – and their leaders Where: Blackland Farm, Foxlease and Waddow Hall Cost: £58.50 for the full overnight stay for girls, and £40 for leaders Book by: 28 February + girlguiding.org.uk/ magicandmayhem
Up and away to Roverway 23 July - 2 August 2018
Girls and members aged 16 and over will be joining more than 3,000 young people at Roverway in The Netherlands in 2018, for a camp and social action on issues such as international justice at The Hague. Look out for their updates on social media.
Festival fun Guides and members of The Senior Section got into the festival spirit at Wellies and Wristbands over a sunny August bank holiday weekend at Foxlease and Waddow Hall. They enjoyed a great musical line-up, and got stuck into adventurous activities. Make sure you’re part of the fun next year – bookings are now open. + girlguiding.org.uk/welliesand wristbands
Great music and adventure made for some very happy campers
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Did you know? Researchers at Harvard Business School have found that experiences (such as trips and meeting new people) are more likely to leave us feeling happy than material things.
7-18 November 2018
Your chance to go on a fundraising adventure
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Sign up to the Coast to Coast Rainforest Trek, and you’ll not only raise money for Girlguiding but you’ll also be guaranteed an unforgettable experience. You’ll trek from Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast to the Caribbean, taking in coffee plantations, dense tropical rainforest and the country’s highest active volcano. And, if you register before 31 December, you’ll qualify for the early bird registration fee of £359 (normally £399). The fundraising target is set at £3,600 and covers the donation to Girlguiding, flights and accommodation. So go on, sign up to make a difference to your own life, and others’, today. + girlguiding.org.uk/costarica
Did you know? In 2017’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey, 37% of girls said their confidence would be better if there were no gender stereotypes.
Think beyond pink With Christmas on its way, you may soon be thinking of buying gifts. Our 2017 Girls’ Attitudes Survey showed that girls associate gender-targeted products with unhelpful stereotypes, and the 14- to 25-year-old members of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel want to challenge gender when buying presents. We took to social media to ask members for their thoughts on the subject – here’s what they had to say.
‘Why can’t girls play with cars? It could inspire them to go on to be a mechanic, which is great’ Abbie, Girlguiding advocate
‘Superheroes are a great idea. Wonder Woman is proof that girls can be heroes too’ Lauren, Assistant Leader, 33rd City of Glasgow Brownies
‘Why is it that only boys get footballs? The UK Women’s football team has shown that girls can play sport just as well’ Lydia, Young Leader, 1st Hopwas Brownies
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‘I’d avoid dolls, as they reinforce the stereotype that it’s mums who should do most of the childcare. Try board games instead – they’re a great way to bond’ Hannah, Leader, 127th Edinburgh Rainbows
‘Puzzle books and games are a good gift, or try something creative like a small musical instrument (although a child’s parents might hate you for that!)’ Georgina, Scottish Senior Section Lones, and Leader, 38th City of Aberdeen Brownies
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S U R V EY
A SNAPSHOT OF OUR
Gender stereotypes are present in all areas of many girls’ lives
of girls aged 7-21 say GENDER STEREOTYPES
affect their ability
TO SAY WHAT they think
of girls aged 11-16
THINK COMPUTING is more for boys
Each year, the Girls’ Attitudes Survey gives girls and young women a chance to have their voices heard. It empowers girls to speak out on the issues that really matter to them. The biggest survey of its kind, we asked more than 1,900 girls and young women aged 7 to 21 – inside and outside guiding and across the UK – for their opinions. The findings are an insight into how girls feel about a range of issues and what they need to support their happiness, wellbeing and opportunities in life. This year, girls tell us…
Many girls face threats to their safety and wellbeing
of girls aged 11-21 expect
with men at work in the future
AND THINK CHILDCARE should be shared equally between parents
of girls aged 11-21 said THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY should show more
of girls aged 13-21 have experienced SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT SCHOOL
in the past year – this is an
INCREASE FROM 59% in 2014
Girls are demanding change
of girls aged 11-21 have come across unwanted VIOLENT or GRAPHIC
IMAGES ONLINE THAT made them feel UPSET or disturbed
representations OF GIRLS AND WOMEN 5 ways to spread the word and support girls in guiding 1. Share our report by heading to girlguiding.org.uk/GAS 2. Help your girls to challenge stereotypes, and show them how other young women are doing so at girlguiding.org.uk/stereotypes 3. Talk to girls about gender using our ‘Talking about gender and gender identity’ resource at girlguiding.org.uk/gender 4. Try Free Being Me sessions to help girls recognise beauty myths and grow their confidence 5. Take a look at our resources, which are designed to support you in talking to girls about any risks and issues online: girlguiding.org.uk/risksonline
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BY M E
RE AD A LL ABOUT IT !
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GUIDING ACROSS THE GLOBE Join us for a whistle-stop tour of guiding around the world and see how, as a part of this global movement, you and your girls have access to incredible international resources, experiences and opportunities – both at home and abroad
DID YOU KNOW? The newest members of WAGGGS include Albania, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Niger, Palestine and Syria
FIN D OU T H OW...
‘WAGGGS brings girls together’ The World Organisation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) unites 150 girl-focused organisations and their 10 million members around the globe. We asked Nicola Grinstead, who has now stepped down from her role as Chair of the WAGGGS World Board after six fantastic years, all about the organisation. What is WAGGGS’ key purpose? To enable girls worldwide to fulfil their potential and, to achieve this, to connect our member organisations and support them so they have a global voice.
Former WAGGGS World Chair Nicola Grinstead having fun with Girl Guides in Kenya
How did you get involved in international guiding to begin with? I took part in a GOLD [Guiding Overseas Linked with Development] health education project in Kenya when I was 18, and it inspired both my career in guiding and my current role in the NHS. WAGGGS works with Girlguiding to design GOLD projects and it offers members a great path into global guiding.
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FA CT FILE What else does WAGGGS offer girls in the UK? We offer the opportunity to be involved in global advocacy, such as with our Team Girl activities linked to International Day of the Girl, our decision-making delegations to the WAGGGS World Conference and high-level meetings on global issues. One great example of WAGGGS’ work in action is of a young UK member who attended the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York earlier this year. Plus, we also offer programme resources, such as Free Being Me, World Thinking Day packs and online leadership training.
What achievements are you proud of? We’ve created a Rapid Response team to speed up the process of becoming a WAGGGS member – in the past it could take up to 12 years! But recently, Azerbaijan, for example, went from having no guiding to thousands of members in 18 months. What did you love most about your role? That one minute I was meeting the Tunisian president and then I’d be discussing the next phase of Free Being Me with Dove. That was amazing, but what grounded and energised me most was sitting round the campfire talking to girls about their vision for the world and how they’re going to make it happen. Is there a WAGGGS member country you’d really like to visit? I’d love to go to Syria, where they’ve used Free Being Me to build girls’ self-esteem in the most challenging circumstances. It would be wonderful to stand in front of them and tell them how proud we are of everything they’ve achieved.
WAGGGS was proud to welcome a member from Syria to the World Conference
An update from Delhi, India, on the 2017 WAGGGS World Conference...
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to debate important issues, such as how to support young women to take on leadership roles at all levels in WAGGGS, and the role of WAGGGS and its members in helping refugees. We’re already looking forward to the next World Conference in 2020, when Uganda will be hosting.’
OUR CHALET, SWITZERLAND Where The picturesque Alpine village of Adelboden Activities Try snow sports, hiking, rock climbing and rafting; experience international events and challenges Stay longer At Our Chalet, members can volunteer from a week to six months, and take part in internships in guest services, catering, programme, and marketing and communications
‘The World Conference hosted delegates from 119 different countries,’ says Girlguiding’s International Commissioner, Charlotte Makanga. ‘And six new member countries joined WAGGGS at this conference, including Aruba and Syria. Coming together allowed us
PAX LODGE, UK Where Hampstead, London Activities Explore some of London’s historic sites and attractions; learn more about how guiding is done around the world; take part in an International Adventure Day for Rainbows and Brownies Stay longer Pax Lodge offers three- to six-month volunteer or intern opportunities
Words: Caroline Roberts
‘I’d love to visit Girl Guides in Syria and tell them how proud we are of everything they’ve achieved’
You can take part in community service projects, experience local culture and make friends from all over the globe at one of the five WAGGGS World Centres
➔ OUR CABAÑA, MEXICO Where Cuernavaca, outside Mexico City Activities Visit sea turtles and a butterfly sanctuary; explore Mexican culture and try local crafts Stay longer There are various volunteering opportunities and internships on offer Leaders from around the world painted murals with local children at a Kusafiri event in Madagascar
SANGAM, INDIA Where Pune in Maharashtra state Activities Enjoy Indian dance, art and yoga; attend events to develop leadership skills and explore international issues Stay longer Take on three- to five-month volunteer roles and internships, or a three- to 12-week community volunteering programme
KUSAFIRI, AFRICA Our newest World Centre has no fixed site, so its location moves around Africa Where So far, events have taken place in Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Benin and Madagascar Activities Learn about community development, leadership, culture and arts
LEA RN M ORE A BOU T...
British Girlguiding Overseas British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO) is the new name for British Guides in Foreign Countries (BGIFC). It’s part of Girlguiding and has around 4,500 talented and enthusiastic members in 258 units spanning Europe, Asia and the Middle East and Africa – countries where it’s not possible for girls from the UK to access guiding because of local differences, like language. BGO units follow the UK programme, but also have exciting local opportunities. The new name was launched in July at BGO’s Challenge ’17 camp. The BGO camp is held every two years, usually at Foxlease activity centre, where BGO members can get together while in the UK to have fun and take on new challenges as well as share their experiences of living abroad. At this year’s camp, the BGIFC flag was lowered for the last time and replaced with the new BGO version. Its galleon logo (pictured right) has stayed the same, but a compass rose has now been added – an appropriate symbol, as BGO helps girls find their direction when they arrive in a new country. + Visit british-girlguiding-overseas.org.uk to find out more – or, if you’re moving abroad, find out how to join a unit by emailing email@example.com
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A M E M B E R ’S B G O EX PERIEN CE
Vicki Ryan, Leader with 1st Starnberg Brownies and Rainbows in Munich, has also been a leader in Stockholm and Jakarta
THE UPDATED BGO LOGO
‘For girls moving abroad, joining a BGO unit is an amazing way to make friends. It has that same guiding ethos and familiarity, so really helps them feel at home. The girls in my groups love looking at all my badges from different countries and knowing they’re part of a small unit, but are also connected to girls around the world. ‘BGO gives girls some great opportunities too.
D ID Y OU K N OW?
Our last residential was at a lovely Bavarian hostel with its own on-site observatory, where the girls did their Stargazer badge. We saw Jupiter and Saturn, and watched the space station go over. And when my daughter was a Guide in Jakarta, she had a fantastic trip to stay with sun bears and orangutans.’
‘We’re part of a small unit but are also connected to girls around the world’ DID YOU KNOW? Guides in Indonesia get to take trips where they help to look after orangutans
double-decker buses could be filled with all the youth members of UK Girlguiding alone
Nepal is home to one of the most remote BGO units in the world
1921 When the first guiding unit was set up in Paris
3 million American Girl Scouts make up almost a third of all the WAGGGS members worldwide
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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE! The 5th George Town Guides on their annual Christmas sunrise beach hike
G ET TO K NO W OU R ...
branch associations Our branch associations follow a programme based on UK guiding and are supported by the UK-based branches adviser. Branches can adapt the programme, as some UK activities might not work on a tropical island! Discover what a unit meeting is like for a girl in the 5th George Town Guides in the Cayman Islands… 3:05 After school, I change into my uniform – a blue t-shirt with the Girlguiding Cayman Islands trefoil logo and a scarf with turtles on it.
How much do you know about guiding around the world? We’ve put together some general questions, along with those from ICANDO’s London Explorer quiz – test your know-how and get older girls to give it a go too
for shells, and a breakfast of ackee fruit, salt fish, callaloo (a leafy green dish), fried plantain and coconut water.
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We play games and sing traditional Caribbean songs, such as ‘Munzie boat’, which means ‘fishing boat’. 4:20
Our leader, Sunshine, welcomes us to a meeting, which is held at school. Leaders here have special guiding names chosen by the girls. 3:15
3:20 We sing a song before eating breadfruit chips, mango salsa and tamarind balls – yummy Caribbean food!
Patrol time – today we’re planning our annual Christmas sunrise beach hike, Jingle Thru the Sand (we won’t be getting any snow in Cayman!). My patrol wants a scavenger hunt 3:35
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We say our Promise before heading home, excited about Jingle Thru the Sand. 4:30
2 + In September, hundreds of Girlguiding members in our Caribbean branches were affected by hurricanes. Thanks to our members’ generosity, we’ve raised thousands so far to help them rebuild their units. To donate, visit girlguiding.org.uk/appeal
D I D Y O U K NO W ?
There are only seven countries in the world that begin with a U (and there are Girl Guides or Girl Scouts in five of them!). Can you name all seven?
Name three member countries of WAGGGS that begin with the letter A. 1 A 2 A 3 A
How many member organisations make up WAGGGS? A 7 C 150 B 12
branch associations are based in the UK’s Overseas Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Ascension Island, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
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Match the World Centre to the flag of its country.
Unscramble these letters to find three fourletter countries where guiding takes place.
10 When did Pax Lodge open in the UK?
Match the description to the correct WAGGGS member country: A This country is named after a river and is one of WAGGGS’ newest members B This country hosted the 2005 WAGGGS World Conference and is the home of the ancient city of Petra
Which of Girlguiding’s branch associations is not on an island or group of islands?
C This city-state celebrates its guiding centenary this year 7
Name any of the capital cities of WAGGGS member countries that begin and end with the same letter.
If you joined a unit in Montserrat, what would you be a part of?
D This country will host the joint Scouting and Guiding camp, Roverway, in 2018
A British Girlguiding Overseas
B A branch association
BONUS QUESTION Match the WAGGGS regional badges to their correct region, and number of youth members and member organisations NUMBER OF GIRLS
NUMBER OF MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
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ANSWERS: 1. Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan 2. Austria, Armenia, Australia 3. c) 150 4. Pax Lodge, England | Our Chalet, Switzerland | Sangam, India | Our Cabaña, Mexico 5. d) 1991 6. Gibraltar 7. Abuja (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Ankara (Turkey), Oslo (Norway), St George’s (Grenada) or Warsaw (Poland) 8. b) A branch association 9. Peru, Togo, Chad 10. a) Niger, b) Jordan, c) Singapore, d) The Netherlands BONUS QUESTION: Arab, 14 member organisations, 144, 239 girls (green) | Europe, 39 member organisations, 1.1 million girls (pink) | Africa, 32 member organisations, 800,000 girls (blue) | Asia Pacific, 26 member organisations, 3 million girls (aqua) | Western Hemisphere, 35 member organisations, 3 million girls (orange) GG_Issue 4_14-19_Global Guiding_vF1.indd 19
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THE UNITED STATE OF GUIDING We joined a Guide unit and two American Girl Scout troops for a fun-filled day of international guiding in action WORD S BY MEIK E A BRA H A MS P HOT OG RA PH Y BY PETER MU LLER
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he setting was ICANDO, Girlguiding’s national activity centre, in London near Buckingham Palace. The participants were American Girl Scout troops – the Girl Scouts of Western Washington from Seattle, and the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains from New Hampshire and Vermont – along with a local unit, the 7th Plumstead Guides. The task was a whirlwind version of ICANDO’s London Explorer event. And the weather? Bucketing rain provided our American guests with a typically wet welcome! Happily, nothing could dampen the group’s high spirits: ‘This is super fun for them,’ said Erika Parmelee, leader of the troop from Seattle. ‘Two of our girls had never even been on a plane before. It’s a great way for them to see what girls elsewhere are achieving.’ The day’s activities kicked off with a London landmarks quiz, where the girls got to show off their general knowledge of the city. Next, the groups were mixed and set to work on a puzzle game featuring WAGGGS members and World Centres. In no time at all, cross-continental
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‘Our girls got to learn how guiding is done in other countries’ friendships were struck up, and it wasn’t long before the girls were swapping candy and Girl Scout cookies. When the chance to act out some of London’s historical events was announced, the activity was met with much excitement – with the chance to play the suffragettes receiving the loudest cheer of all! The festive atmosphere continued over scones, jam and clotted cream (although, much to the local girls’ dismay, the Americans weren’t entirely converted to tea). The afternoon was rounded off with an interactive quiz on international guiding, which teams could complete using their mobile phones. ‘It’s been a great opportunity for our girls to see how big the guiding community is,’ said Tatayana D’Souza, Leader, 7th Plumstead Guides. ‘Plus, it’s an exciting way for them to learn how guiding is done in other countries – and we didn’t even need to travel overseas to do so!’
Working together, the American and British girls completed a WAGGGS jigsaw in no time
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Makena (from Seattle) enjoyed playing the Queen while acting out London’s historical events, alongside Becca, Kacilynn and Caroline (from New Hampshire), right
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Maddy (from New Hampshire) gave girls a quick explanation of her Girl Scout badges
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Guides Georgie, Shannon and Mary enjoyed plenty of giggles with Girl Scout Jillian (from Seattle)
What better way to bond than over a quintessentially English tea of scones with cream and jam?
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Explore and learn in London Maggie (from Seattle) and Riess cheer as they get the answers right in the fun ICANDO quiz
The girls got fully into the spirit of cultural exchange, with the American girls even having the chance to watch Guides Georgie and Olivia make their Promise with their leader, Tatayana (below)
International meet-ups are only some of the great experiences on offer at ICANDO. As one of our national activity centres, it’s situated in the heart of London and is the perfect base for a visit to the capital – whether for the day or an overnight stay. It provides a safe, central spot from which to explore the sights, and can make a planned unit trip to the city even more fun. That’s because there are plenty of great activities on offer here for girls, including the ICANDO London Challenge: a self-guided walking tour where guiding groups can see some of London’s most famous landmarks and discover more about the city’s history and culture. Girls can take part in the London Explorer event – including quizzes, puzzle games and the chance to put acting skills to use – as enjoyed by the girls on these pages. Plus, a new geocaching challenge has also just been launched, allowing girls to use a GPS tracker (available to hire from ICANDO or via an app downloaded to their mobile phones) to go on an adventurous, city-wide scavenger hunt. Find more on our four national Girlguiding Activity Centres – Blackland Farm, Foxlease, ICANDO and Waddow Hall – in Adventure Made Easy, or head to girlguiding.org.uk/activitycentres +
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You might know Holi as the festival of colour, but in India and Nepal it signifies the start of spring and is a festival of fertility and love, as well as the triumph of good. It’s split into two events: Holika Dahan, which symbolises evil having been defeated, and Rangwali Holi, a rambunctious affair where people throw gulal (coloured powders) at one another.
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2 EASTER , C HR IS T IA N F E S T IVA L 1 April 2018 More than two billion Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, as described in the New Testament of the Bible. It’s usually observed on the first full moon after 20 March each year, and Easter eggs, a symbol of new life, are traditionally given to mark the occasion. ACTIVITY IDEA Easter is a great time to get crafty with your unit. And Mel Collins, Leader, 9th Redcar Brownies, has a brilliant suggestion for making egg decorating even more interesting: create Easter bunnies. ‘We used a face cloth tied with a rubber band, colourful ribbon and two wobbly eyes to make ours,’ she says. ‘And we finished it off with a chocolate egg pushed through the middle.’
CH IN ESE N EW Y EA R 16 February 2018 New Year is one of the most important holidays in China. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the movement of the earth around the sun, the Chinese New Year is determined using both the moon and the sun. In the past, celebrations traditionally lasted for around 15 days, but in modern China workers now normally have seven days of holiday to celebrate. Each New Year is also assigned a Chinese Zodiac character, with 2017 being the Year of the Rooster. 2018 will be Year of the Dog.
ACTIVITY IDEA 1st Clacton Coins are given at Chinese events as Rainbows making a sign of good luck, ‘so our girls their lucky envelopes made lucky envelopes for Chinese New Year, which were “magically” filled with a golden chocolate coin by the end of the night’, says Jenine Davey, Assistant Leader, 1st Clacton Rainbows. Try adapting this activity for older girls by asking them to write messages of luck on their envelopes using Chinese symbols.
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STA R FESTIVA L, J A PA N 7 July 2018 According to Japanese legend, Orihime (represented by the star Vega) was a princess who, after falling in love with a cowherd named Hikoboshi (represented by the star Altair), neglected her duties to her kingdom. The pair were punished by Orihime’s father and sent to opposite ends of the Milky Way. They can now only meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month – the night on which Tanabata, or Star Festival, is celebrated. ACTIVITY IDEA In Japan, Tanabata is marked by writing wishes on small, colourful strips of papers called tanzaku and hanging them on bamboo branches, or by decorating branches with paper decorations and placing them outside. So why not celebrate this festival with your unit by asking younger girls to write wishes or poems on paper and stringing them up in trees? Brownies and Guides might like to try their hand at paper decorations, such as origami – challenge them to complete more intricate designs like swans or paper cranes.
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5 C AR NI VAL , B R A Z IL 9-14 February 2018 Carnival is a massive event that happens all over Brazil, but the main parade – complete with floats and dancers in vibrant costumes – takes place in a purpose-built area in Rio known as the Sambadrome. Many locals also have their own street festivals, where they blast out samba beats and invite anyone to join in. The event now lasts for six days, although it started as a shorter festival of abundance before the period of Lent, which many Christians observe by fasting. ACTIVITY IDEA Elaborate headdresses are part of the carnival spectacle – you could get girls to create their own masks or headgear using pens, feathers, sequins and other colourful bits and pieces from your group’s craft box. Or, if you’re feeling especially crafty, your unit could try to make their own miniature float out of cardboard boxes with decorations that are as wacky, bright and colourful as possible. By getting nearby units involved, you could even turn this activity into a fun float competition between groups – extra points awarded for dancing the samba!
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PUR I M , JEW I S H F E S T IVA L 28 February - 2 March 2018 Purim commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an evil government official, who tried to convince King Ahasuerus to kill all the Jews in ancient Persia. Thanks to Esther (whom the Book of Esther in the Torah and the Bible is named after) the king was persuaded to execute Haman instead, and the Jews defeated their enemies.
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ACTIVITY IDEA ‘We wear fancy dress to celebrate Purim,’ says Katy Lesner, Leader, 6th Stanmore Guides. This is a traditional way to mark the occasion, as Jewish children usually dress up and act out the brave story of Esther. Katy explains: ‘Our girls also eat “hamantaschen”’ – triangular pastries filled with poppy seeds which, among other things, signify some of the only kosher food Esther could eat in the king’s court.
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EID A L-FITR, M U SLIM FESTIVA L 14-15 June 2018 Eid al-Fitr means ‘the feast of breaking the fast’ and marks the end of Ramadan – the month of fasting that many of the 1.8 billion Muslims around the world observe. During Eid, Muslims will often exchange gifts and cards, and some will also wake up early to pray at a mosque. People use the traditional greeting ‘Eid Mubarak’, meaning ‘blessed celebration’. ACTIVITY IDEA ‘While exploring different faiths, our girls discussed what they knew about Islam,’ says Carol Pike, Leader, Wellfield Brownies, ‘and we discovered more about Eid.’ Women in Muslim countries traditionally celebrate holy days by decorating their hands with henna. ‘The girls especially enjoyed doing this as an activity with icing!’ Carol says.
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Catherine,16 Action for Change Scotland Project: Supporting women to study engineering ’I’ve always enjoyed learning about engineering, ever since I first started playing with Lego when I was a child. But I was only one of four girls to take the subject at my school and I got negative comments from people about it not being a “girls’ profession”. ‘I talked to a friend from another unit and she told me that at her school the boys were encouraged to study engineering, but not the girls. That shocked me and I decided to do some research. I discovered there’s a shortfall of 20,000 engineers in the UK, and although women make up only 9% of the profession, their contributions are significant, particularly in fields such as environmental protection – from Mary Walton’s methods to reduce coal smoke pollution in 1879, to Inna Braverman’s innovations in using ocean waves for power in recent years. So, when I heard about Action for Change, I knew I wanted to run a project on getting more girls into engineering and removing the stigma around the subject. ‘First of all, I was given help setting up a Twitter account to promote the campaign, and I became good at seeking out influential people to follow and reach out to. Then I created a survey to help me understand girls’ opinions on the issue. I got 234 responses, which surprised me – but was also really exciting. I found that 77% of girls who responded to my survey were interested in studying engineering, but only 27% said they had the opportunity to. I then created a report of my findings and it got a lot of attention – I spoke to people from major engineering companies and the head of the women’s engineering society in America. I was even interviewed by the BBC! It’s really boosted my confidence, and made me certain that I want to go into engineering. I’ve also decided that I’d like to carry on this work by becoming an advocate for getting girls involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). ‘My next move will be to approach educational groups and politicians, including Nicola Sturgeon. I also want to create an activity book for other guiding units with information about what engineering is and examples of role models, so girls can learn about the subject if they don’t have the opportunity to study it. Action for Change teaches you all the steps you need to take to really change something. It gives Girlguiding members a voice.’
‘Teenagers aren’t usually given the opportunity to speak out on things we care about’
Molly,16 Action for Change London and South East Region Project: Banning conversion therapy in the UK ‘When I found out that conversion therapy (better known as gay “cure” therapy) was still legal, I was shocked. I felt compelled to talk about it, so I started Ban Conversion Therapy UK to help raise awareness, and a petition to get it criminalised. ‘Action for Change is amazing because teenagers aren’t usually given the opportunity to speak out on things we care about – we’re expected to wait until we’re older. My petition gained 35,000 signatures, with names from every UK constituency, and generated a lot of media interest. ‘I’ve also learnt about how parliament works, which is useful as I want to stay involved with political activism – I’m studying politics at A-level next year.’ ➔
NEED TO KNOW • Action for Change is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and helps 14 to 25 year olds take action on an issue they care about. • We’re creating the UK’s largest girl-led advocacy network – each country and region is taking part. • The programme kicks off with a residential inspiration weekend. Girls then develop their project, and are supported by a skilled volunteer network coordinator. + Find out how you and the girls in your unit can get involved at girlguiding.org.uk/ actionforchange
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Action for Change London and South East Region Project: Increasing recognition of women’s achievements through the English Heritage blue plaques scheme
Action for Change North East England Project: Tackling the lack of role models for girls in STEM subjects, particularly maths
Bekki,17 Action for Change Scotland Project: Getting more young women involved in sport ‘So many teenage girls don’t consider themselves sporty. I used to think that I was uncoordinated and rubbish at sports, until my mum convinced me to do a “couch to 5k” challenge. I’m quite an anxious person and she thought it would help with my confidence. I started and realised that I wasn’t as unfit as I thought. When I got to about the sixth podcast it said, “You’re a runner now,” and I realised, wow, this is something I can actually do. ‘I’ve been writing articles and making vlogs on the subject, which I never thought I’d do. It’s really helped my persuasive writing skills. I also realised at the Action for Change inspiration weekend that I’m a lot more confident and better at chatting to people than I think I am – I’m starting university in September so I know those skills will be useful. ‘One of the best things was hearing about other people’s passions and projects. One girl was tackling fast fashion (cheap clothing that impacts on the environment and factory workers). It wasn’t something I had thought about much, so it was really interesting to learn from others.’
‘One of the best things was hearing about other people’s passions and projects’
‘I was one of the few girls to carry on studying maths at college and university. So when one of the Guides I lead complained that there were lots of summer activities for girls who like dancing, but none for those who like maths, I decided to do something about it. ‘The Action for Change inspiration weekend helped me develop my idea and made me realise just how much it’s possible for one person to make a difference. I worked with my network coordinator to plan a programme of summer maths workshops, and ended up teaching 30 girls. One mum said she’d never heard her daughter speak so positively about maths, which was amazing! I’m now considering a career in teaching when I graduate.’
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‘I love history. It started with an obsession with Elizabeth I when I was young. I thought if I could help other people find historical figures they relate to and get them interested in the subject too, that would be amazing. ‘There have been so many incredible women in history but they’re not always visible. My aim is to get more women represented in English Heritage’s blue plaques scheme, which celebrates where notable people lived and worked. My Action for Change network coordinator taught me how to approach a large corporation like English Heritage, and the experience made me feel like the next time I see something wrong, I’ll know how to challenge it. I feel like I can make a difference.’
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Bring the world to your unit
Giving your girls an international experience doesn’t have to be complicated – in fact, it can be as simple as planning a unit meeting activity. To start, why not check out members’ fantastic activity ideas on pages 25 to 29 and 62 to 66, of this issue? Or you could begin by asking your girls what global issues interest them, or which cultures they’d like to learn more about, to help plan a girl-led programme. World Thinking Day on 22 February is also a great way to incorporate international activities. It’s when all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts think about their ‘sisters’ – and ‘brothers’ – around the world, and the theme for 2018 is ‘Impact’: on yourself, on others and as a unit, from a local to a global level. Perhaps you’ve already got something planned, but, if not, we’re creating a new pack to download with great ideas on exploring the theme for the day and throughout the year ahead. It’ll be on our website soon. Until then, why not head to the WAGGGS website and check out the activity pack they’ve put together for celebrating on the day? Don’t forget to stay tuned on social media on the day too, so you can see what girls in every country are up to. If your unit is keen to put global guiding into action on a more regular basis, try reaching out to fellow guiding members elsewhere in the world through the WAGGGS pen pal scheme. It’s not only a fun and exciting way for girls to get to know another culture (who doesn’t love getting post from a faraway friend?) but you could even end up ‘twinning’ with your pen pal unit.
MEMBERS’ EXPERIENCES Looking for more international inspiration? Some members shared great ideas on our Facebook page: ‘Last year we made breads from around the world,’ says Amanda Crawford, Leader, 1st Rainham Brownies. ‘The girls had asked for a food night in their pow wow, so we added an international feel to it with some fun facts about each country before getting them to taste the bread and guess where it came from.’ Lorraine Wing, Leader, 1st Bletchington Brownies and 2nd Woodstock Guides, says: ‘We have pen pals in Australia who we write to. We celebrate Australia day in January with crafts and cooking, and we’ve also sent video messages to other units. To inspire my girls about all the opportunities available, I make sure to bring back badges and any items I’ve found on my own trips as a leader.’
Leslie Smith, Leader, 1st Currie Brownies and 3rd Currie Guides, says: ‘We’ve been visited by Girl Scout leaders from the US, and we also use WAGGGS activity packs. It’s great to think we’re doing the same thing that girls in other countries are doing too.’ ‘Our unit raises money and sponsors a girl’s schooling through a charity called Newhope India,’ explains Kimberley Chatt, Leader, 162A Edinburgh Guides. ‘We’ve also collected shoes for Syrian refugees and hosted an international evening to celebrate different cultures.’
‘It’s great to think we’re doing activities that girls in other countries are doing too’
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Experience the world on your doorstep If you don’t feel that you’re in a position to herd your unit onto a plane, boat or train – but you’d still like to run a trip that will give your girls an international experience – there’s plenty on offer right here in the UK. Many Girlguiding countries and regions organise international events and camps that welcome groups from across the world, often in partnership with their local Scouting counterparts. For example, summer 2017 saw Guides and Scouts gather in their thousands for International Jamborees, such as Poacher in Lincolnshire and Kernow in Cornwall. Depending on the age and confidence level of your group, you could stick with them and make new friends together, or leave them to explore, knowing they’ll be in a safe space and in the capable hands of trained activity instructors. You won’t need a licence to attend, just the usual permission forms and risk assessment for your camping ground. You can find out what’s available in your area by visiting the website of your country or region, or looking up what the regions close to you have to offer.
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A MEMBER’S EXPERIENCE ‘We decided to go to Poacher as we wanted our girls to experience a big camp without travelling too far,’ explains Hazel Creaghan, Assistant Leader, 50th York Guides. ‘As we just opened four years ago, our girls had only ever been on smaller camps, such as our unit weekend away – and, more recently, our county camp, which was a taster of an adventurous, larger excursion. Two of our leaders had been to Poacher as Guides, and were excited to offer the opportunity to the girls in our unit. ‘Our leaders took care of the food so that the Guides could make new friends, and try out the range of great activities,
such as canoeing, wall climbing and a freestyle BMX show. It was fantastic to see Guiding and Scouting working together on such a large scale and supporting all the groups there. ‘On the coach home, the girls kept asking “When is the next big camp?” and are so excited to go again. They gained a huge amount of independence, as they went off to their own activities, scheduled their own days and made their own unique friendships. Everyone was impressed with the number of different countries there (25!) and got a great sense of how Guiding and Scouting are truly global. It felt like we were part of a huge family.’
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Explore the possibilities for yourself Like so much of what Girlguiding offers, international adventures aren’t just for girls – there’s lots for adult volunteers to benefit from too. ‘Before you go on holiday, find out if you’re going to be near a guiding HQ or see if you can link up a visit to a unit,’ suggests Carol Pike, Leader, Wellfield Brownies. ‘I’ve done this around the world, when not on a guiding trip, and it’s been a great experience.’ If you’re looking for a more formal role, you could also apply for an internship or to volunteer at one of the WAGGGS World Centres in India, Mexico, Switzerland or Africa. Or you could put your name down to be an International Service Team (IST) member at international events such as Roverway, Moot or Jamboree. Another great way to represent Girlguiding on an international level is to visit girlguiding.org.uk/globalopps and sign up to our Global Opportunities Pool. This will give you access to the latest information about IST and other volunteering roles, as well as a range of WAGGGS opportunities for members aged 18 to 30 to represent guiding on an international level – from attending the Helen Storrow and Juliette Low seminars on developing leadership skills, to joining a delegation to the UN. If you’re a member of the Trefoil Guild you’re also in luck. In 2016 the Trefoil Guild piloted TOPAZ – the Trefoil Overseas Partnership Adventure with Zest scheme. The first trip took place in 2016 when eight members went to Russia, and six more members made the trip in October 2017. See how you can get involved at trefoilguild.co.uk/TOPAZ.
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A MEMBER’S EXPERIENCE Nicola Wheeldon, Leader, 259th Glasgow Guides, was an International Service Team (IST) member at the 2005 European Scout Jamboree. ‘I was on placement with university and struggled to get involved in guiding, so I went to Innovate, a weekend residential event for The Senior Section, and heard about the opportunity,’ she says. ‘I thought volunteering as an IST member was a great chance to get involved in international guiding. ‘Even though my team worked in shifts around
the clock, we still got time each day to go and explore. I got to meet groups from Mexico, Belgium, Brazil, Switzerland, Colombia and Argentina, as well as from across the UK. We also took part in activities and sampled food in cafés run by some of the international teams. ‘I really enjoyed learning about guiding around the world – it reinvigorated my own guiding mojo. I loved it so much, I joined the IST for the World Scout Jamboree two years later.’
4Take your girls on a trip MEMBERS’ EXPERIENCE Becky Patten, Ellie Ainsworth and Caz Sumner – Guide leaders from North West England – took 18 Guides from across their region to Finland for six days. Here’s what they learnt and would like to share about international trips. Support makes all the difference ‘Caz had previously led a trip for her region and had already done the International Going Away With Module, but I completed mine just before we left,’ says Becky, who is now Lead Volunteer for International Communications and
Engagement (read more about her role on page 7). Both Becky and Ellie stress that heading abroad with a leader who had this experience left them feeling supported and empowered when planning their Finland trip. Plus, if you’ve decided to do the Going Away With Module, your county international adviser will put you in touch with a mentor who’ll share advice and give you further guidance. Fundraising can be fun Raising money for the trip can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. For example, Becky, Ellie
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International guiding trips can have loads of benefits not only for girls, but for leaders too. After all, tackling a new adventure is a sure way to build your confidence, whatever your age. And, because we’re part of a huge global movement, Girlguiding offers unique opportunities for travel – an added bonus of our programme, which can encourage girls to stay in guiding for longer. There are many different ways to head abroad with your unit, and it needn’t be complicated. For example, by booking a trip to Disneyland Paris or an international activity centre, you can be sure that accommodation, catering and activities will already be organised for you. Another way to head abroad could be on a trip organised by your country or region, such as Girlguiding Scotland’s ‘Catch us in Cologne’ (where each group is given a pack with challenges to complete as they make their own way to the event’s destination). This is a great way to get involved in organising parts of an international outing, and can help you work towards your International Going Away With licence, while having the support of experienced volunteers. These kinds of journeys could also help you gain the skills you need to design your own international trip. Organising an entire overseas adventure might sound like a lot of work, but it can allow you more flexibility over what you do. And seeing your girls enjoying the activities that you’ve worked so hard to put together can be especially rewarding. 38 G U I D I N G M A G A ZINE
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Tips for planning your trip 1. Do the International Going Away With Module If wanderlust has set in and you’d like to head abroad with your girls, you’ll need to have completed (or be working towards) the International Going Away With Module. Getting started is easier than it sounds: simply contact your local commissioner – she’ll put you in touch with an international adviser who can get you on your way. 2. Find ideas for overseas activities Sightseeing, cultural experiences, trying new foods and helping out on local community projects can all be great activities to take part in while you’re abroad. But if you’re
looking for more guidingrelated ideas, why not get in touch with the guiding HQ in the country you’re planning to visit? That way you can ask them for their recommendations and for their help in linking up with some local units. 3. Get the right tools for fundraising Girlguiding’s fundraising toolkit can help you find ideas and advice on raising money for your trip, and also has useful tips on how to set up online fundraising platforms to help you widen your reach. Head to girlguiding.org. uk/fundraising-toolkit for everything you need.
New REN procedure Did you know that you’ll now need to complete a Residential Event Notification (REN) form for all residentials? Your commissioner will approve and sign this and, for international events, it will be sent on to the county international adviser as well as to your country or region office. This will help to ensure that they know where your unit is while you’re travelling, and that they can quickly offer support in case of any issues or emergencies.
Catherine on site at a leadership training day in the Al Batinah region in Oman
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The golden touch
THE BIG INTERVIEW
Unit Leader Catherine Rowe, 29, travelled to Oman as part of the 2017 GOLD programme. Here, she shares her amazing adventure with us
Words: Jessica Bateman Photography: Christophe Viseux
ore than 600 members of Girlguiding have had the opportunity to travel abroad and have the adventure of a lifetime thanks to GOLD – Guiding Overseas Linked with Development. GOLD has been working with the member countries of WAGGGS for nearly 25 years and, according to participant Catherine Rowe, taking part in the project is an experience unlike any other. She spent three weeks travelling around Oman this August, delivering training workshops in leadership skills, confidencebuilding and guiding principles to members, guiding leaders and teachers – all while squeezing in plenty of exploring and even a close encounter with a few camels! She tells us all about her incredible trip, what she learnt, and her advice for other members who are thinking of going for GOLD. How did you find out about GOLD? I knew I wanted to do some guiding that wasn’t unit-based and had an adventure element to it, so I went onto the Girlguiding website to search for opportunities and GOLD simply popped up. I applied straight away because I liked the idea of training girls in other countries and meeting lots of new people – and I didn’t mind where in the world I went. It was the chance to work with other women and build their confidence that appealed to me most. Did you prepare for the trip? Yes, we had several weekends in the UK where we put together our training sessions and activities.
The 2017 GOLD group in Oman (from left): Josie, Hayley, Catherine, Jenny, Meg and Susan We were focused on creating interactive, facilitated sessions that we could adapt depending on the group size and needs of the people we were working with. We also had individual roles – for example, I was a group first aider, so I had training on my responsibilities. The sessions were fantastic, as they helped us to understand exactly what the project would be like. Even though I was feeling a little nervous at the start, the training made sure I left for the trip excited and full of beans. Can you tell us about the fundraising aspect? Each participant had a fundraising target of £1,850, and my units (Bishops Tachbrook Rainbows and Brownies, and 4th Whitnash Guides) gave me ➔ G I RLG U I D I N G .O RG .U K 41
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Local guiding leaders joined the GOLD group for a day of leadership training and confidence building
great support in coming up with ideas on how to raise money. I was also lucky enough to get some grants (including one from the GOLD bursary scheme), funding from my local region, Girlguiding Midlands, and support from organisations such as Trefoil Guild and Soroptimists International. I was quite shy about approaching people for funding at first, but I learnt I can go and speak very passionately about guiding and land funding money. What surprised you? There were only nice surprises – like just how hospitable the Omani people were. I also wasn’t expecting Oman to be such a beautiful country and was blown away by Salalah, where we had our national guide camp; it was really green and lush, and was my favourite of the five regions we visited. There were also funny and amazing moments, such as when a couple of camels popped their heads into our tents at the camp, and when we got to watch sea turtles hatching and going out to sea, which was breathtaking. I actually cried! Which projects did you enjoy most? I loved the leadership skills training because the women were so receptive to what we had to offer. They said they’d never had training sessions like ours – very hands-on and interactive. It was wonderful to train people who just soaked everything up. What was working with the other people on your GOLD team like? Absolutely amazing. I can’t believe we came together as a group of six strangers and will now
be lifelong friends. And you get to work with like-minded people from all around the world. My favourite person I met in Oman was Mariam, the head of guiding in the country. She has an incredible work ethic and treated us like sisters, always going out of her way to make sure we were looked after. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt? I’ve learnt to believe in myself. This has been one of the best years of my life because I’ve got to go out, meet people and realise I can take on challenges. I also learnt that I can communicate across a language barrier, and deliver confident, well-thought-out training. How has GOLD shaped your goals for the future? I’ve applied to, and been accepted on, a trainee social worker course, which I have always wanted to do but previously lacked the confidence to take on. It was only through the process of doing GOLD that I thought, ‘Actually, yeah, I can do this.’ What would you say to someone who was thinking of applying to GOLD? Go for it – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. As a leader, I really hope that the guiding I do with my girls is adventurous, inspiring and educational. GOLD is one of the few opportunities where you get to experience that yourself, as an adult. Your confidence is built up in the same way you build other girls’ confidence, and you get to go on an adventure yourself. It’s awesome.
Words: Jessica Bateman Photography: Christophe Viseux
‘GOLD builds your confidence in the same way that you build other girls’ confidence in your unit every week’
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In their words
‘Take part in GOLD and you will...’
Going for gold In 2017, eight GOLD projects took place around the world. Here’s what three project leaders had to say about the incredible experience
‘...challenge your perceptions and learn to be prepared for anything – you never know what’s next!’ Josie Crossley, Assistant Leader, Gwent
‘...have an amazing opportunity to make new friends and build your confidence in all aspects of your life’ Susan Forsythe, Assistant Leader, 93rd Belfast Brownies
The 2017 GOLD group in Rwanda interacted with girls of all ages
‘I found out about GOLD on Twitter – I’ve always been interested in international guiding, and I thought it sounded like such an adventure. ‘My group and I were assigned a project in Rwanda. A highlight was helping with the Rwandan national camp, where 180 girls were sleeping under canvas for the first time. They were so enthusiastic, it was incredible! ‘I’ve been trying to bring that enthusiasm back to the girls in my unit at home. Through my experience, I want to show them that they’re part of a 10 million-strong international community, and that wherever they go in the world, they’ll have a friend in guiding.’ Josie Croft, GOLD project leader
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Mexico ‘I first heard about GOLD when I was 16. A girl from my region had gone on a project to Madagascar and she gave a talk on her experience to my unit. I thought it sounded like the most exciting thing ever and really wanted to do it. ‘Ten years later, I finally got the chance! I was the leader on the Mexico project, and my team and I trained Mexican women in leadership skills and world guiding. I think GOLD is the perfect overseas project because it has a strong
purpose and there’s a demand for it locally. It’s also made me realise that I’m more resilient than I thought I was. I’ve realised that I can deal with any challenges that are thrown at me.’ Jessica Carmichael, GOLD project leader
GOLDEN GLOBE 2017’s projects took place in...
Oman Ghana Rwanda
The Maldives ‘I came into guiding late – I only became a unit leader in my 20s and wasn’t involved in guiding when I was younger, so I applied for GOLD as a way to better understand guiding around the world and to meet like-minded people. I also liked that GOLD focused on development – which was especially relevant to the Maldives project, where guiding is relatively new. We came away amazed by the local traditions and people’s hospitality.’ Rachel Pinnock, GOLD project leader
Singing and crafts were just some of the ways the GOLD group in Mexico had fun with local girls
The Maldives Zambia
‘GOLD helped me to gain a better understanding of guiding around the world’
Have these stories inspired you? Then why not start thinking about joining GOLD in 2019 – or encouraging someone else to do so? GOLD is open to all members between 18 and 30 years old, and is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women overseas – while also making new friends and having an unforgettable experience. And don’t let the fundraising aspect of the trip frighten you – if you’re successful in taking part in a GOLD trip, you’ll get support in raising money for the project. + For updates on when GOLD 2019 applications open, please email email@example.com
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The colour of each badge is linked to an activity theme. this green one is a ‘Have adventures’ badge
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To shape the new badges we consulted hundreds of members at the start of this year, and then launched our #BadgeGoals campaign to get even more members’ thoughts on which badges should be included in the new programme. The campaign was a great success – the week we launched it, the #BadgeGoals hashtag was used 2,188 times and was seen by a whopping 13 million people around the world! We also worked with celebrities including Beth Tweddle, Maisie Williams, Phoebe Smith and Bryony Gordon, who thought that badges on resilience, saving the bees, wild camping and mental health would be great additions to our programme.
P R O G RAMME
The new programme in action
girls in the lead
getting stuck in Units across the country have been having fun giving the new activities a go. Brand-new unit meeting activity packs will be available when the new programme officially launches in summer 2018. In the meantime, share your photos, and let us know what you think of the taster activities, on Facebook and Twitter.
Our digital postcards highlight some of the taster activities units tried out
Our leaders have been making sure that the taster activities are being approached in a girl-led way. Emma Gale, Leader, 2nd Shottermill Brownies, said, ‘We went through them all quickly as a group and then each Six chose which activity they were going to run over four weeks. They were really excited to get to choose. But I was surprised they didn’t pick DIY – our leaders were excited about that one!’ Helen Osborne’s unit, 4th Uckfield Guides, took a similarly diplomatic approach, with the girls shutting their eyes and voting by raising their hands if they liked the sound of the activity. Senior Section members of Sovereign Rangers took things a step further, scoring the activities from 1-5, with 5 being the highest, then working out an average for each. ‘There were some surprising results,’ says Leader Carole Davies. + It’s been a year since we started our journey. Look out for a blog post from Jess Bond, Lead Volunteer for Programme Renewal, appearing in Discover, grow soon
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feet. Our new ‘Welcome to Girlguiding’ video is a useful tool, while your county induction booklet (available soon from your country or region) will give them an idea of how guiding works in your area. Remember to give them our new learning and development guide too, as it highlights what being a volunteer could offer for their personal development. If you’re a commissioner, use our commissioner checklist to make sure you’ve covered everything volunteers need to know, and set them up with an induction action plan for their first few months.
Thanks to the national volunteer recruitment campaign, you should soon have more potential volunteers to welcome into guiding. To help you encourage new recruits to join – and stay! – we’ve launched a range of resources, all piloted through the Improving Access to Guiding project and funded by the Pears Foundation. Here are some tips for a brilliant volunteer journey.
3. Say thank you After a few weeks, drop your new recruit a thank you card or email to show them how much you value their contribution. You can also take the chance to see how they’re getting along with their induction action plan and answer any questions that may have come up.
How you can boost volunteer retention
1. Have a welcome chat Take the time to focus on new volunteers’ interests, and what they’d like to get out of volunteering, to help find the right role for them. You can use our new volunteer roles posters and handouts to talk about the opportunities available, and share our new ‘How to volunteer if you don’t have much time to spare’ video for tips. 2. Settle them in Make sure that your new volunteer has the support and information they need to find their
4. Keep in touch Try to check in with your new volunteer every few months to see if they’re happy in their position, whether they’d prefer to give more time (or less) or be in a different role. You can take this opportunity to chat with them about their personal development too, and see if they want to take on any new opportunities. + There’s lots more information on retaining volunteers online, where you can also download the new resources, or order them for free from our online shop. Visit girlguiding.org.uk/retainvolunteers
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A Safe Space: new training launched Knowing they’re in a secure environment gives girls the courage to rise to any challenge, which is why we’ve updated the Girlguiding A Safe Space training. To get everyone up to speed by the end of 2020, we’ve started working with countries and regions to roll out the training, and resources are being developed to support volunteers. There are four levels to work through, which build on each other. How many you need to do depends on your role (your commissioner can help you decide which to do). However, every volunteer – except those who have done A Safe Space training in the past three years – must complete at least Level 1. Here’s what each level entails: +
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Level 1 – An introduction E-learning (20-25 minutes) or a training session (1-1½ hours). Level 2 – Creating a safe space E-learning (20-25 minutes) plus follow-up chat with commissioner, or A Safe Space trainer (10 minutes), or a training session (2-2½ hours). Level 3 – Recognising, telling and taking action E-learning (20-25 minutes) and a training session (3-3½ hours). Level 4 – Managing concerns, allegations and disclosures A training session (3½-4 hours).
Complete your Level 1 e-learning at girlguiding.org.uk/asafespace
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Growing great skills We’ve listened to feedback and worked with a group of volunteers to create our new and improved peer education training. The new format is focused around young members aged 14 to 25 developing the skills they need to deliver high-quality peer education workshops. The training is interactive, flexible and modular, so they can learn at their own pace. Here are the steps involved: Introduction to peer education e-learning Interested in peer education? This course is the first step to help young members find out more.
A Safe Space level one and two Making sure the peer educators know their code of conduct and how to create a safe space.
Module one: skills training day Facilitation, communication, managing challenging behaviour… all the skills peer educators need.
Module two (part 1): topic video and online quiz Peer educators watch new topic training videos to understand the topic before going to…
Module two (part 2): face-to-face topic training Making sure peer educators know all about the topic and practise loads of activities.
Post-training learning This is being developed in 2018, but it’s all about continuing to develop those peer education skills. + Are you 14 to 25 years old and interested in training as a peer educator, or know someone who is? Visit girlguiding.org.uk/peereducation
CON SU LTA TION
Young members’ voices needed In 2018 we’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Girls’ Attitudes Survey. It’ll be an exciting opportunity to look back and see how girls’ experiences have changed over the last decade. We want to amplify girls’ voices and continue to make positive change, by hearing our young members’ thoughts on what the future for girls should look like and what needs to happen to get there. So, in early
2018, we’ll be consulting young members about the issues that matter to them – a great way to help us work for change that will make girls more safe, happy and equal. For more information on how your girls can take part and have their voices heard, get in touch via the email address below. + To find out more or get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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What you need to know about data protection What is the GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU data protection law. It will come into force on 25 May 2018 – before Brexit takes place. Even after we leave the EU, our own legislation will have to meet the GDPR standard. What will change? Organisations will have more of a duty to make sure that they’re handling their customers’ data correctly and securely, and will have to meet stricter standards to show that customers have given their consent to be contacted. It also gives customers more rights over their own personal data. How will the new laws affect Girlguiding? Every organisation – whether it’s a business or a charity – will have to follow these new strengthened rules. At Girlguiding HQ, we’ll need to make sure that we’re treating all of our members’ data properly, and giving all volunteers the information, support and training they need to do this on a local level too. While lots of the changes can be handled by head office, there will be some things that you’ll need to do on a local level to make sure you’re keeping everyone’s data safe. We’re creating a plan for what every role in guiding will need to know, so that the whole organisation will be prepared for the changes next year. Keep an eye on our website and Discover, grow for more information in the coming months +
Heads up for subs The date for paying your annual subscription is set for noon on Tuesday 3 April. You’ll need to make sure that your membership records are up to date by noon on Tuesday 20 February. The Association annual subscription amount for 2018 has been set at £15. This amount – plus the amount added by your district, division, county and country or region – will go towards investing in the future of Girlguiding, both to support us as a national charity, and for local running costs. + To find out more and for a reminder on how to pay, visit girlguiding. org.uk/subs
All systems GO GO – the new integrated membership system – went live at the end of August. It now merges Go! and Join Us, and this single system makes it easier to manage new queries and update records, plus it ensures that all members’ data is kept safe. We’ve also made it easy to access support on how to use the system – simply head to the help zone on GO. + If you haven’t received your unique login, or have any other queries, email membershipsystems@ girlguiding.org.uk
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Q U A LITY PILOT
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Great guiding in action Phase 2 of the ‘Doing Our Best’ Quality Pilot is drawing to a close, so we’re sharing a few of the fantastic activities (linked to this issue’s international theme) that Quality Pilot units told us about during the process. We owe a huge thank you to members for their time and effort in sharing evidence of great guiding in action, and providing feedback on the pilot. As one of our Quality Board volunteers says: ‘It’s been a privilege to review the Quality Mark portfolios and see the great work each unit does.’ Read on to see what these units told us...
‘Our Rainbows’ adventures included a first taste of global guiding at the Essex International Jamboree’s Junior Jam, as well as outings to the County’s Gig4Girls and a pantomime trip, a scavenger hunt and an overnight adventure at a Scout camp. They’ve also taken on new challenges by working with local businesses.’ 1st Tey Rainbows
‘After teaching the Guides to use a GPS, we challenged them to find a geocache in a wood near us here in Munich. They also asked to do their Survival badge, so we organised for an expert to show them how to build shelters, forage for food and survive in the wild.’ 1st Munich Guides, Germany
‘Over the past year, our unit took part in some fantastic international trips, including Girlguiding Midlands’ Stateside adventure to Finnjam. On these trips, members visited Niagara Falls, posed as Hermione Granger in New York Public Library and experienced an authentic Finnish sauna!’ Severn Gorge Rangers, The Senior Section
To learn more about what units are doing through the Quality Pilot, or for updates on what’s coming next, visit girlguiding.org.uk/qualitypilot +
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Our partners Here’s how we’re working with three of our partners to help girls feel ready to take on the world
Empowering girls globally
DOVE SELF-ESTEEM PROJECT
Better body confidence ‘Free Being Me changed my mind that beauty is measured by a person’s appearance. A girl looks beautiful because of her confidence,’ says Karis from the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. Karis is one of more than 20 million young people worldwide who have been reached through Free Being Me, a programme that’s part of WAGGGS’ global partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project. Thanks to Free Being Me, our young members have the chance to take part in peer education sessions and engaging, friendly confidence-boosting activities. These help them to realise that body confidence and self-esteem come from valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures and supporting others. The ‘Mirror Mirror’ challenge, for example, asks girls to practise saying out loud
what they like about themselves, while ‘The Princess List’ asks them to identify the physical attributes of a ‘perfect princess’ (from films or books) and then think about how limited this definition of beauty is. Leaders can bring the body confidence revolution to their units in lots of different ways. You can deliver Free Being Me yourself in one of your unit meetings or request a session with one of our trained peer educators, who can run a workshop with your girls. As Hezel from Zimbabwe explains, ‘Free Being Me helped me realise that confidence is the first quality that moulds a leader.’
Since 2014, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked with WAGGGS to deliver Free Being Me. The programme for Brownies and Guides contains fun, interactive activities designed to empower girls and help them grow up valuing their bodies and gaining confidence and self-esteem. So far, it’s made an impact in 125 countries as diverse as Argentina, Sri Lanka, Syria and Rwanda, with the programme having been translated into 19 languages.
Visit girlguiding.org.uk/freebeingme to find out more and use #FreeBeingMe to share your stories and inspiration +
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Power trips ‘I’ve taken girls away locally many times, and our PGL adventure to Disneyland Paris with the Harpenden Guides was my third international trip,’ says Leader Donna Bigg. ‘It was brilliant: once we got to France, all we had to do was watch the girls enjoy themselves.’ The PGL adventure to Paris and Disneyland combines activity sessions with sightseeing during the day – you’ll have your own PGL Tour leader to take you around the city – and a fun-filled entertainment programme in the evenings. ‘PGL took care of all our activities and excursions,’ Donna says. ‘The girls spent a day at Disney, walked up the Eiffel Tower, visited the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and wandered around Montmartre. The leaders did all the things the girls did, and had an amazing time too. I’d certainly recommend that others go on this trip. Our Guides loved their time in Paris and are already asking for another adventure.’ Visit pgl.co.uk/guiding to discover more activities and adventures +
Go together As our partner in adventure, PGL helps us to give girls a fantastic experience. As well as trips to Paris, our members can enjoy activities such as zipwire, archery, climbing and abseiling at one of 16 PGL centres in the UK. For those who’d like to go further afield, there’s canoeing in the south of France
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and sailing on the coast of Spain. And for winter sports lovers, there’s the chance to ski or snowboard. Plus, look out for PGL’s great February and November half-term offers to Paris.
“Can you feel it, the restlessness, the pull, the desire? To go and do, to be somewhere else, to pack a bag for an hour, a day or even more and just go. To find somewhere special, a favourite spot or a new place to explore. We say go. Go and find your somewhere with our new Winter range, now in-store and online at cotswoldoutdoor.com”
Let’s Go Somewhere 20% discount* for leaders 15% discount* for young members *Selected lines are exempt. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Only valid on production of Girlguiding identification in store or use of discount code online. Offer expires 31.12.17.
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Food for thought Providing expert advice and discounts for outdoor adventures
Where does sugar come from? Who helps bananas make their way to your fruit bowl? These are some of the questions girls can find the answers to on the Tesco Farm to Fork Trails. ‘Thanks to the Tesco Eat Happy Project, more than 70,000 girls in guiding have had the opportunity to complete the Trails, and all of them have had a fantastic time doing them,’ says Julie Bentley, Chief Executive at Girlguiding. ‘Our girls and young women have had the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, and to understand food in a much more informed way – and, importantly, in a really fun way.’ Discovering food – the fun way Tesco offers Rainbows and Brownies four great trails to choose from: Explore the Store, Healthy Eating, Sustainability and Food For Fuel – and you can take part in your unit’s usual meeting place or by heading to any participating Tesco in your area. You’ll learn fascinating food facts, tips on eating a balanced diet and how food can be sourced responsibly to protect our planet. Overall, Tesco’s Trails aim to open girls’ eyes to the impact that food has not only on their own bodies, but the world around them too. ‘I learnt that different fruit and vegetables come from all over the world,’ says Brownie Myrto, 5th West Ham Brownies. ‘Before I did the Trail I didn’t think about where my food came from, but now I know what I’m eating, where it’s from and how it’s been produced.’ To find out how your unit can enjoy one of Tesco’s Farm to Fork Trails, visit eathappyproject.com +
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Blazing a trail Through our partnership with the Tesco Eat Happy Project, we’re aiming to help Rainbows and Brownies engage with food in a fun and thoughtprovoking way. By following one of the Farm to Fork Trails, either in store or in their unit, girls have the
chance to touch, smell and taste a variety of fresh foods and see the importance of healthy eating in action. Plus, for each trail they complete, girls will earn a Farm to Fork badge.
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Across the country, girls are enjoying the new activities included in the taster packs that were sent out in July â€“ see page 46 for their initial reactions, and share your photos and thoughts by emailing email@example.com. Meanwhile, in celebration of our international issue, we asked our World Centres and guiding units from different countries to share their favourite activities with us. Theyâ€™re suitable for all ages, so why not give these a try with your girls? See what they think of the cultures and ideas reflected by each activity, and start a discussion about what it means to be part of a greater global movement.
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GIRL GUIDES, AUSTRALIA
Touch points You’ll need A long piece of rope and at least ten items comprising a range of smells, shapes and textures, such as a scented flower, piece of tree bark or block of ice The aim To encourage girls to focus on using skills and senses other than sight and speech – and to recognise how challenging it can be when your ability to hear or talk are impaired. The need for trust between each blindfolded participant and their guide is key. If you’d like to challenge your girls, give this activity a go in small groups instead of pairs.
1 Set up a rope ‘handrail’ between two trees or poles. Make five knots along the rope, and place an item under each. Include a variety of smells, shapes and textures. 2 Ask girls to form pairs and decide who will be A, the blindfolded participant, and B,
the guide. Blindfold Girl A and ask her to start at one end of the rope, holding it in one hand and Girl B’s hand in the other. Make sure to remind the pair that Girl B isn’t allowed to speak and can only use touch to communicate ‘go forward’ or ‘stop’ – for example, by squeezing her partner’s fingers. 3 Girl A moves her hand along the rope until she reaches a knot, then tries to identify the object under it. She guesses aloud, and Girl B must try to indicate whether she is correct or not using touch. 4 At the end of the rope, ask Girl A to remove her blindfold and look at the items. Then ask the girls to swap roles and put a new set of objects under the knots. 5 Discuss the task afterwards. Talk about how challenging each girl found the activity and which touch-based hand signals worked best for them.
DID YOU KNOW? • Founded back in 1910, Girl Guides Australia is one of the oldest global branches of Girlguiding. • In Australia, Girlguiding isn’t split into age-specific sections, so groups can span in age from 5 to 17. • Girls in Australia sell Girl Guide biscuits to help raise money for their events. • Australian members hold a lot of meetings outdoors, as they usually have great weather. Units in the countryside also have open space and bushland that they use.
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SANGAM WORLD CENTRE, INDIA
Let’s move with Sangam You’ll need The #WhenWeShine song (download it at whenweshine.org) a music player, video camera, or phone that can do it all!
1 Explain to the girls that #WhenWeShine was recorded at Arts4Change at Sangam in 2016 (an event on using the arts for positive change). Girl Guides across the world have since recorded dances to accompany the song. 2 Watch other videos for inspiration*, then ask each girl to show off her favourite dance moves. Help the group put together one big dance.
Once they’ve practised, record a video. Share it with Girlguiding UK and Sangam on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #WhenWeShine. 3
DID YOU KNOW? • Sangam means ‘coming together’ in Sanskrit.
GIRL GUIDES, KENYA
House of cards You’ll need An open space, table and pack of cards The aim For the girls to explore different types of communication and understand how they can work together effectively as a team. 1 Set up a long table and choose one girl to be the ‘referee’.
Divide the rest of the girls into groups of three. The girls in each group should line up behind each other, facing the table. Ask the front two girls of each line to close their eyes. The girl at the back can keep her eyes open throughout. 2
3 The referee shuffles the cards and lays them out on the table, face up.
4 The referee chooses a card and silently points to it. The girl at the back draws the directions that need to be taken to find the card on the back of the girl in front. 5 The other girls open their eyes, and the second girl whispers her interpretation of the directions to the front girl, who selects the card she thinks was chosen by the referee. 6 Girls should switch places so they can try each position. At the end, ask them how it felt to be in each role, and which they felt most comfortable in and why.
DID YOU KNOW? • Kenyan guiding began in 1922. To mark its 75th anniversary in 1997, national ceremonies were held and special stamps issued.
The aim For girls to enjoy moving, working together and learning about global guiding.
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GUIAS DE MEXICO A.C.
Ojo de Dios Common in Mexican towns, an Ojo de Dios (or ‘God’s eye’) is a spiritual object made by weaving a design out of coloured wool on a wooden cross. Associated with the Huichol and Tepehuán Indians of western Mexico, the ‘eye’ of the Ojo de Dios is thought to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the human eye. You’ll need Wool in different colours, two sticks and a pair of scissors The aim To allow the girls to explore the Mexican culture and express their creativity. 1 Holding two sticks together, use a piece of the wool to tie a double knot
around the middle of them. Twist the sticks so that they form a cross shape. Start wrapping the yarn around the sticks. Pull the wool under the stick on the right of the cross, looping the wool up and over. Then pull the wool up to the top stick of the cross, and repeat the looping process. Move round anti-clockwise to the next stick and repeat, going under and wrapping the wool around. Continue on until you feel you’ve used enough of this first colour. 2
3 Tie off the wool by making a double knot and trimming the end. Start a new colour as you did before, and repeat the process. Use as many colours as you like until the cross is covered – you could even add a little pom pom on the end of each stick.
DID YOU KNOW? • The first Mexican Girl Guides section was started in September 1930. • The Girl Guides in Mexico have different names for Rainbows and Brownies. There, they are called Sunflowers and Fairies. • After Mexico experienced a devastating earthquake in September this year, Mexican Girl Guides leapt into action and organised collections of food and water, using Our Cabaña World Centre as a base.
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OUR CHALET WORLD CENTRE, SWITZERLAND
Klausjagen miter This traditional Swiss activity has been shared with us by Our Chalet in the Swiss Alps. You’ll need Coloured paper, pencils, colouring crayons and pens, scissors and glue The aim To let the girls’ creativity shine and introduce them to traditions from another country – Klausjagen is a Swiss festival, and these hats, or ‘miter’, are great to wear at a Christmas or New Year’s party 1 Take a sheet of coloured paper and fold it in half, lengthways. 2 Draw a curve from one corner of the folded side to the opposite side, and
carefully cut along the line, removing the area between the corners. You’ve now created the shape for your paper hat. 3 Fold the paper in half lengthways two more times.
Draw different shapes only along the side with the double fold. Then carefully cut out the pattern you’ve drawn and gently open the paper, so that the inside of the hat shape now has a cut-out pattern. 4
5 Wrap a strip of paper into a ring to fit around your head, then glue the ends snugly together. Finally, glue the edge of the cut-out paper shape to the outside of the ring to complete your hat.
DID YOU KNOW? • Our Chalet opened in 1932, and was the first ever World Centre for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. • Our Chalet is located in the Swiss Alps at 1,350 metres above sea level. • During World War II, Our Chalet was closed to the public. Instead, it was used as a base from which refugees could try to reconnect with loved ones by using guiding and scouting connections around the globe.
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Packed with great guiding ideas from around the world and inspiring ways to get involved in global guiding.
Published on Nov 21, 2017
Packed with great guiding ideas from around the world and inspiring ways to get involved in global guiding.