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guiding ID EAS F O R S UM M ER 2019

+ The benefits of group bonding Fresh ideas and activities to try

Discover how guiding is creating meaningful connections in lots of ways

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Guiding brings us together One of the great things about Girlguiding is the amazing connections and friendships we make, at home and across the world. Our organisation has half a million members, so we’re in a unique position to bring exciting friendships and opportunities to girls and young women. In April, we launched Future Girl (page 26) as a way for our members to connect with the world and change their lives for the better. Rainbows see what it’s like to work with their local community by helping out at Stepney City Farm (page 12), and members explain how guiding helped them feel included (page 20) and suggest ideas for activities that can bring communities together (page 18). Thank you for reading – I hope you CONNECTING feel more connected to Girlguiding WITH CULTURES and the world beyond! I alternated the Chief Guide Amanda Medler @Chief_Guide

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Safina, 4th and 7th Belmont Brownies


Sukhdip, BYC delegate

12 | Rainbows on the farm See how the 6th Clapham Rainbows helped out at a local city farm


20 | Guiding for all Members share their experiences of how included they felt by guiding

Adoela, Hurst Barnhouse Rangers

26 | Shaping the future The results of Future Girl are in! Find out what matters most to our members

‘We should go where young women of colour are and explain what guiding can offer them’ (page 22)

Anna McNuff, Girlguiding UK Ambassador ’My aim is to show the young women of Britain that there’s more magic in them than they’ll ever know’ (page 39)

Judy Paginton, County Vice President ‘Guiding taught me and my friends life skills and gave us a love of challenging ourselves’ (page 9)

Regulars 06 | Forward 10 | Shop: write a thank you card with these funky stationery sets 47 | Checklist 52 | Our partners 58 | Activities: two all-new suggestions for every section

‘I love singing together because you can really feel the connection. It makes me feel closer to people’ (page 33)

‘Being a delegate will allow me to stand up for young people on issues such as child and forced marriage’ (page 37)

p18 Check out these fun member ideas for ways to connect with your local community

30 | Stronger together We look at the positive psychological effects of being part of a group


35 | The ripple effect Meet this year’s British Youth Council delegates and hear about their plans 38 | Crossing borders Ideas for how to connect with members and volunteers all over the world 39 | Anna McNuff interview Discover how our ambassador is going to run 100 marathons with no shoes 44 | Full steam ahead How we are listening to your feedback about our programme


What’s new Events

Big fun, small cost Adventure is one of the greatest experiences – and it comes at all prices. Here are a few of the 100s of events offered at Girlguiding Activity Centres ‘The activity centres offer over 100 events on an amazing array of themes, from bushcraft to beach parties, CSI to superheroes, fitness to film-making,’ says Programme and Events Manager Jade Johnson. ‘There’s something for everyone.’ For fantastic value, try A Taste of Adventure at Blackland Farm, Foxlease and Waddow Hall from November to February. Girls can get stuck into a range of activities, everything from abseiling to zipwire. A fully catered overnight stay plus four activities costs just £39.99. Or come for a day for £15, with lunch and three activities. There’s a great variety of themed events. Brownies and Guides can head to Foxlease for a Haunted House Party, where they’ll go on a spooky treasure hunt and carve pumpkins. ICANDO’s half day of Christmas Magic will let Rainbows and Brownies get crafty.


While, I’m a Rainbow/Brownie/ Guide – GET ME OUT OF HERE! at Waddow Hall is a themed weekend to find out who’s queen of the jungle. Rainbows and Brownies on Blackland Farm’s Forest Explorers can try sucker archery and go on a mini animal hunt for the day. Explore our activity centres at And for more great guiding events see girlguiding. +



Did you know? More than 5,000 girls, leaders and volunteers ate their way through 50,000 meals at Wellies and Wristbands in 2018!

Dates for your diary 23-26 August 2019 Wellies and Wristbands For: Guides, Rangers and members of The Senior Section Where: Foxlease and Waddow Hall Cost: £122.50 per person 20-22 September 2019 Fearless Fun For: Brownies and Guides Where: Blackland Farm, Foxlease and Waddow Hall Cost: £75pp for indoor accommodation, £65pp for camping 19 October 2019

The new digital edition In November we’re trialling a digital edition of guiding Sue Rees, Lead Volunteer for Member Communications, has the answers to your questions What’s happening? The next issue of guiding will be digital rather than print. It will be viewable on computers, tablets and smartphones. The volunteer communications panel and I will be putting a prototype through its

paces to ensure it works for members. This is just a trial to see if going digital could work for us. Why the change? It’s a chance to make the magazine more interactive while still providing readers with all the information and activities they’re used to. No paper, printing or delivery means it’s also better for the environment than a printed edition.

What should members do now? Ensure your email address on GO is correct. In November, we’ll be emailing a link to the new digital issue. We’ll also email a link to a survey after the issue’s landed so we can get your thoughts and feelings about the new digital edition. Keep an eye out for our digital issue of guiding this November +

Big Gig For: Girlguiding members aged 10+ Where: FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield Cost: £30pp 8-9 February 2020 Sparkle and Ice For: Guides and Rangers Where: Blackland Farm, Foxlease and Waddow Hall Cost: £58.50pp (optional Friday night extra £15) 24-26 April 2020 Twisted Tech For: Brownies, Guides and Rangers Where: Foxlease Cost: £85pp + Leaders are welcome at all these fun and exciting events – find out more at adventurecatalogue



Danni Whitburn enjoys a drink in Costa Rica

Two new events for all sections! Little Giggle I’ve heard about a new event for Rainbows and Brownies? It’s called Little Giggle. Sounds a laugh… It is! Laughter brings girls together and this standup comedy event will enhance their experience of the Express Myself programme theme. Where is it? In 2019, we’re visiting towns from Surrey to Scotland, with more venues added regularly. How much is it? £13.50, including a Little Giggle badge. Fantastic! Where do we sign up? See girlguiding.


Future Girl Live What about Guides and Rangers? Future Girl Live will get Guides and Rangers connecting, both with each other and our Future Girl topics, which grew out of last year’s consultation on the things that matter to girls. How does it work? It’s a series of panel-led discussion events, each focusing on a different Future Girl topic that girls said they care about. Where is it? Accross the UK. How much is it? £12.50 per ticket. How can people get involved? Visit


Make change today. For our world, tomorrow.


Walk on the wild side A leader went on a fundraising trip to Costa Rica Danni Whitburn, 1st Kidwelly Rainbows Leader, recently raised money for Girlguiding by trekking through the jungles of Costa Rica. ‘It started when fellow leader Ali Latimer and I heard a talk about a previous Girlguiding trip to China. When they said the next one was to Costa Rica, I nudged Ali, saying, “Shall we do it?” ‘As we weren’t exactly fit, we spent the next year walking nearby hills. Before we went, I was a bag of nerves, knowing that the trek would be very challenging – and that leaving my four children would be heart-wrenching for me. ‘We trekked through jungle, rivers and mountains. The teamwork was great. If someone was struggling, other members of the team stepped in to lift

their spirits, carry a backpack or put a plaster on a sore spot. ‘The wildlife was tremendous. Howler monkeys greeted us everywhere. We saw poison-dart frogs, alligators and raccoons. The locals were so proud of their country’s biodiversity. ‘A real highlight was whitewater rafting, with rapids and swim stops. I floated through a canyon, looking up at sloths in the trees and toucans flying over. At one swimming stop, I had to be yanked back into the boat and looked like a beached whale – everyone was in fits of giggles. ‘I'll treasure Costa Rica forever. I’m filled with pride. I did it – with help from my friends!’ + Join Team Girlguiding on our Great Wall of China Trek 2020 at



Did you know? Last year our amazing fundraisers ran, cycled and trekked over 1,582 miles combined to raise more than £50,000 for Girlguiding


Friends for life Two friends talk about how guiding has been a constant in their friendship

Then and now: Jane ‘n’ Judy

Judy Paginton and Jane Bruce met in 1948 on their first day of school. More than 70 years later, they’re still firm friends. ‘I followed my sister into guiding and persuaded Jane to join,’ says Judy. ‘It taught us life skills and gave us a love of challenging ourselves.’ The two share many memories. ‘Once, we cycled to a farm and asked the farmer if we could hike and light fires,’ says Jane. ‘When we became Cadets, the equivalent of Young Leaders, we immediately signed up to visit Our Chalet in Switzerland.’ Although time has passed since then, the difference guiding makes to girls’ lives

hasn’t changed. ‘We both became Guide leaders, keen to give girls similar experiences,’ explains Judy. They’re both Girlguiding county vice presidents – Judy in Wiltshire North and Jane in Bristol and South Gloucestershire – and Trefoil Guild continues to bring them together. Both went to Kenya for the Trefoil Girlguiding Centenary celebrations. ‘There was one embarrassing moment when we both overslept!’ says Judy. And they’re also regulars at Fox Breaks – Trefoil Guild’s residentials at Foxlease. Here Judy has taken groups geocaching and Jane has shared her extensive badge collection. ‘All this time, the Guide Laws have stood us in good stead,’ says Judy. Jane adds, ‘At the difficult times – through bereavements and health issues – we’ve always been there for each other.’

Helping me to connect When I attended the World Scout Jamboree in 2015, I realised how global the guiding and scouting communities were and how many connections I could make despite there being cultural differences. I then travelled to a small village in rural Tanzania. Even though we spoke different languages and lived worlds apart, my homestay sister came up to me one night and said ‘Scouts, Scouts’. To my disbelief, she produced a simple yellow necker and we happily commenced an evening of sharing traditions and laws. Guiding has given me the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and yet to feel comfortable, trusting and at home with them. I have also connected with issues I’ve grown to care about, such as women’s rights and climate change, which I researched for my Queen’s Guide Award. Lucy, Leader at 6th Tonbridge Guides G I RLG U I D I N G .O RG.U K 9



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Rainbows on the farm Helping girls connect with their local community can be as easy as taking them to volunteer. We join the 6th Clapham Rainbows as they tend to the flora and fauna of Stepney PH OTOG RA PH Y: G A RETH IWA N JON ES

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welve eager Rainbows clamour at the gate of a pen, keen to get in and start feeding the goats merrily bleating within. This is one of the many jobs that ‘Farmer’ Siobhan Brown, learning coordinator at Stepney City Farm in East London, has planned for the girls to help out with. Sophie Alcock, Leader, 6th Clapham Rainbows, believes that these experiences are not only great for showing girls how they can support their local communities, but crucial for group bonding. ‘Taking them out on trips like this is so important,’ she says. ‘We only have an hour with them on a Friday, so this is an opportunity to really get to know them. These kinds of activities help them understand each other better, as well as learn how to interact with people outside of their circle.’ The first group of intrepid Rainbows take handfuls of grain and make their way over to the goats, who stop their leaping to nuzzle at the food. Six-year-old Eleanor returns from her experience to report back, ‘It was okay feeding the goats, but I think it would be better if they did tricks, like stand on their back feet.’ Having fed the goats, they move on to the sheep, where Chloe, five years old, reflects, ‘I think these sheep made friends with us. I think they liked me.’

Lucy and Chloe find that feeding the animals by hand requires a little courage!

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Delight all round as the Rainbows discover some freshly laid eggs The favourite job of the day by far is the chicken coop. Gathered around the back of the hutch, Siobhan explains that, when they lift up the latch, they’ll discover whether or not the chickens have been busy laying. The girls raise the wooden lid to a combined joyous shout of ‘EGGS!’ They instantly recognise how different they look to the shop-bought variety, commenting on their range of colours and how warm and dirty they are. Spotting the opportunity for a mini biology lesson, Siobhan explains that, if you hold a light up to the shell, you can see if it could turn into a chick. Isabella, six years old, proudly clutches her hand-collected stash to her chest and says, ‘It was really cool seeing the eggs. I knew how eggs were made from TV but had never seen it in real life. I was very surprised.’ It’s time for help on the veggie patch, so Siobhan takes the girls to the garden to expand their minds

‘It was okay feeding the goats, but I think it would be better if they did tricks’

Siobhan shows Sienna how to hold a chicken

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Finding their place These Know Myself interest badges help girls get in touch with their local communities and understand more about their own personal heritage

Rainbows Family tree badge This badge reveals how family members relate to each other. Brownies Local history badge Girls can explore their neighbourhood history to see which landmarks and legends make it unique. Sophia and Anissa pick some salad for Siobhan’s lunch

with a spot of salad picking. They tentatively pick and try some claytonia and kale leaves, and agree that they taste like peas. Next, they pick and try sage, mint and parsley, with mint coming out as the firm favourite. After taking it in turns to assist Siobhan with digging weeds and watering plants, it’s time to wash hands and enjoy a well-earned packed lunch. Sophie reflects on the communication skills the girls have learned, and on how bringing them into the Girlguiding family at this age can result in a stronger connection to guiding. ‘When they start as Rainbows, they tend to stay with us, and we get to know the parents, who become more committed too. I started as a Brownie myself, and was just awarded for 20 years’ service as a leader. Guiding also inspired me to become a primary school teacher, and now I’m a deputy head. It shows how reaching out makes a difference for future generations.’ 16 GU ID I N G M A G A Z I N E

Guides Guiding history badge This helps girls connect with members of the past by trying out some of the things they did during the Second World War. Rangers Women’s rights badge Rangers learn about how women have been treated by society and make a manifesto of what needs to change in the future.

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Plant a forest for future units to enjoy

We wanted to plant a community garden for everyone to enjoy on our island, so we applied for a range of 420 saplings from the Woodland Trust. We advertised the planting event through social media and posters, and invited other local groups to help out. The girls made lots of food, and prepared juice and hot drinks to keep our hard workers happy on the day. Kim Hauxwell, 1st Yell Guides





Speak up, clean up



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To support the Cumbria Community Foundation Winter Warmth Appeal, which raises money for elderly Cumbrians who have a stark choice between food and heating each winter, we joined other fundraisers by sleeping in tents on the shores of Lake Windermere. One year, we obtained permission from English Heritage to sleep out in Wetheral Priory Gatehouse, where the temperatures dropped to a crazy -4˚! This year we slept out in a barn, had a lit lantern walk and played tag in the woods. It was lots of fun and we raised £803. Janice Brown, 1st Wetheral Brownies

After our unit identified litter in the village as a big issue, two Brownies wrote letters to the Parish Council and asked if they could speak at a meeting as part of their Speaking Out interest badge. At the meeting, they shared their idea for a community litter pick. This resulted in everyone coming together one Sunday to tidy the village – we collected 43 bags of rubbish in one afternoon! Jenni Stimpson, 1st Little Paxton Brownies



Care with craft Our Tawny Owl (my mum) helped run our unit for more than 30 years. When she needed care at Hospice in the Weald, we helped with their annual Forget Me Not appeal by painting clay forget-me-nots for them to sell. This meant our Brownies could support the hospice while remembering a very special person. Paula Sharp, 1st East Peckham Brownies



Share the bounty We make soup bags using the food we grow in the church garden where we meet and give them to our local foodshare project. Ruth Margaret, 3rd Vale Guides

Be creative


Pay your respects

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War ending, we decorated 100 stones with a poppy design in acrylic paint. Then we got in touch with our local church to see if they’d like to have them in the remembrance service. Our vicar gave us a list of local people who had lost their lives and we added their initials to the stones, which were given out to those who wanted one after the service. Lynne Ducker, 1st Vicars Cross Brownies


The local council ran a poster competition to remind dog owners to pick up their dog’s poo in parks. I adapted our meeting to include poster-making and the girls loved it. Two Rainbows won first and second prize, so I was a very proud leader! Laura Mullins, 6th Berwick Rainbows

Sew for a good cause

Our Rainbows made twiddle hand muffs (which can be calming for people with dementia to play with) and donated them to local care homes. We also made cushions from t-shirts, which we presented to the care-home residents on a Christmas carol singing evening. Sue Leadbetter


Plant a seed of joy

Our girls walked around the town giving out bunches of flowers they’d grown and then picked for Mental Health Awareness Week. It made lots of people smile! Niki Cox, 6th Abingdon Brownies G I RLG UI D I N G .O RG .U K 19

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GUIDING FOR ALL Members share their stories of feeling welcome and what else can be done to include others WORD S: JESSICA BATEMA N ILLU STRATION S: MA ÏTÉ FRA N CH I


onnecting with others can be difficult for a number of reasons. At Girlguiding, we believe in giving all girls equal chances and creating a space that is safe and supportive with a sense of belonging. The joy of guiding, as it’s described in our mission statement, is that everyone is welcome. Members are always looking for ways to make sure this is the case, trying different ideas to help girls build relationships and have fun. There are lots of girls and young women who could benefit from guiding who might not be aware of what we do or haven’t been involved before. Our members try to find that balance between looking after the members they have and using their resources to reach out to others in their communities who could benefit from guiding. We spoke to members to hear about their experiences. G I RLG UI D I N G .O RG .U K 21


Being heard

Feeling supported Girlguiding has brought so much to my life. The biggest benefit is the friendships. I think isolation can be a common problem for disabled people. My condition, Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, is degenerative, so when I first trained as a leader it wasn’t affecting me as much as it does now. But once it got worse, I was scared to ask for help. As soon as I spoke up, people were really supportive. Some parents think Girlguiding is super outdoorsy, and we’ve had to explain that our unit doesn’t do that as much as other units. There are other units in the district that do a lot of outdoor activities and are happy to take my girls along if I can’t do it. If leaders have disabled girls in their unit, I recommend they speak to the parents and the young person about what works for them and see how they can adapt sessions around that. And don’t be scared to just try things – one of my Brownies had cerebral palsy and we were able to take her camping and abseiling with the right equipment. Catriona, 27th Bristol Brownies

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‘I think more could be done to attract women of colour to guiding’

The perception that Girlguiding is white and middle class was something that would often come up in our discussions when I was an advocate – that we still need to work harder to change. I think HQ have done some great campaigns showing girls from different ethnicities, such as the Every Girl campaign. However, I think more can be done to attract young women of colour. The answer is to reach out to schools and local areas, and explain what’s in it for them – for instance all the skills they can gain, such as the leadership qualification or greater confidence. What I’ve enjoyed most since volunteering is seeing the young girls grow their self-belief. Volunteering has also helped with my own confidence. One of my best guiding moments was attending two political party conferences as an advocate. Having politicians listen to us was an amazing experience. Confidence building is really important for girls from less privileged and different backgrounds. Adoela, Hurst Barnhouse Rangers


Guiding in hospital We run a Guide and Scout unit for 5-16 year olds every Monday night at the hospital. It’s open to inpatients, outpatients and their siblings. As well as giving the children something to do, it also lets the parents have a bit of time off to do some shopping or get dinner together. These activities can become very difficult when you have a child in hospital. Some members we see only once, others we’ll see for several months if they’re in long-term. One girl, 12-year-old Tegan, has been visiting us for two years, whenever she’s having treatment for her cystic fibrosis. ‘It’s awesome, there’s always something to do and I like the arts and crafts,’ Tegan says. We help girls to find other local groups when they leave. There’s really not much difference in terms of planning the sessions and activities to running a non-hospital-based unit. We often have wheelchair users or members with dialysis machines, and there’s no reason why they can’t join in with the activities. The hospital has a fully accessible garden with ramps, so we’ll do outdoor camps with accessible tents. We also have specially trained leaders who can do bedside activities if children are too sick to attend, and we always have a member of the hospital trust on standby. Laura, 1st Leeds Hospital Guides and Scouts G I RLG UI D I N G .O RG .U K 23


Reaching out Ross-shire is a largely white Scottish, rural community, but we’ve been making connections with the local Polish community and, more recently, Syrian refugees who have settled here. I approached parents from the community through the Highland Refugee Support Group and built up relationships. They were looking for activities for their children and liked that guiding was led by women for girls, and that it’s non-denominational. Maureen, District Commissioner for Ross-shire

Sharing differences We have a Syrian girl in our Rainbows group. I didn’t want her to feel different from any other girl. The only thing we have to be conscious of is making sure she eats halal for her faith, but we already have several girls with dietary requirements anyway. When she took our mascot, Olivia, home, she talked about showing it the culture of her community and family. Claire, Unit Leader for Dingwall Rainbows 24 GU ID I N G M A G A Z I N E


Building confidence I’ve been involved with Girlguiding since I was five years old. I used to be very quiet and was bullied at school, and it’s really built my confidence. I’m proud to say it’s helped me become the person I am today. I became a leader as part of my bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and loved helping the girls so much that I decided to keep doing it. Some struggle with the same things I did when I was younger. I like to support them and reassure them it will all be okay. I’m also a carer for my younger brother who has autism and a sensory processing disorder, and my uncle who has special needs, so I tend to have my weekends taken up with looking after them. Girlguiding helps me to have a break from my caring role. The unit understands when something comes up or I can’t come away on a trip and is always very supportive of me. Providing flexible options for volunteering commitment lets those with responsibilities get involved. I recently won a local hero volunteer award. I knew loads of people had been entered, so it felt amazing to receive it. It’s given me extra confidence to put my ideas forward at leader meetings. Sarah, 1st South Godstone Rainbows and Brownies and 3rd Oxted Guides

‘Girlguiding helps me to have a break from my caring role. The unit understands if something comes up’

Tips for getting others involved Look around you See if your unit represents the makeup of your community. Reaching out to underrepresented groups and listening to what they say could help them get involved in guiding. Explain what our organisation is, the skills they’ll learn and the amazing opportunities that are available. Make a care plan As Catriona’s story shows, a little planning means those with physical disabilities can join in with activities. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from other units in your area who may be able to offer advice or have equipment you can borrow. Be flexible Members with caring duties may not always have as much time to dedicate to guiding as they would like, and long-term illnesses and disabilities can flare up unexpectedly. A little flexibility on your part will make all the difference. Make sure everyone can be included at girlguiding. +



SHAPING THE FUTURE 76,000 girls and young women have spoken up about the issues that matter most to them. Here, they tell us their shared vision for a fairer, brighter world

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‘We want to be free to have the adventures, hobbies and careers we choose, and not to be told we can’t do things just because we’re girls. We want to feel safe, whether we’re exploring outside or online’


he girls said: ‘Future Girl is our new vision for the world we want to live in, a fairer place where everyone can achieve their potential, free from bullying and stereotypes, and where we all work together to care for our precious planet. ‘Last year, 76,000 of us aged 4-25 years old shared the things that we care about the most by doing the Future Girl activity in our units. It got us thinking about what matters to us, and how we could make a change. Between us, we identified five main areas where we want to make a difference (see overleaf). These are the things we’ll focus on over the next few years in our units and as a movement, through campaigns and what we do in our meetings and communities, to make a positive change. ‘Units have always worked to make the world better, whether it’s by campaigning on big issues such as body image or improving local areas by picking up litter. Future Girl is how we can join this all up to achieve great things together, and create a world that reflects what we want for our lives and the girls around us.’

Get involved Our plan for change was officially announced at the end of April and we were thrilled to see it featured in national

media – this is our girls and young women telling the world what they want, and showing that when we speak up, people listen. It was also praised by MPs, including Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Women, and Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary. Future Girl doesn’t mean lots of extra work for you as a volunteer. As our new programme was built on what girls and young women told us they’re interested in, you’ll find that lots of programme activities can get you exploring the Future Girl topics. For example, the Communicate and Influence skills builders help girls get their message across. There will also be lots of ways to get stuck into Future Girl, such as Future Girl Acts, our first week where all our units will tackle one of the topics, together (see right).

Girls creating change Young member Jess helped girls to be Self Believers – one of the five topics – through her Action for Change project, ‘Growing up, I’ve always been different. I have a wonky jaw, am thin and wore a tube feed. A few years ago, I ran the Dove Free being me badge with my Brownie unit. One of them said that they couldn’t think of one thing they liked about their body, so I put on a fashion show with a difference to show that anybody, regardless of looks deserves to be represented in the media!’

Join Future Girl Acts We’re getting involved as Planet Protectors to tackle the plastic that’s polluting our parks and beaches. What you can do: Future Girl Acts is about all of us doing the same thing at the same time to make our voices heard. Join in by downloading the special Unit Meeting Activity and creating a sculpture out of plastic bottles and containers. It counts towards the Take Action theme too. Why: It’s part of our campaign to make sure the government listens to young people about how initiatives like deposit return schemes can fight plastic pollution. When: From 30 September to 6 October 2019 + Find out how you can get involved at uk/explorefuturegirl and share ideas with #FutureGirl

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WHICH ISSUES MATTER THE MOST? Our young members want to see these changes happen

Planet Protectors We want to protect our planet and the animals we share it with. This means persuading the people who make our laws to deal with climate change before it’s too late. It means recycling and reusing things and making sure people respect the rights of wild and domesticated animals.

Self Believers


We want to feel comfortable in our own skin and not feel we have to look or be a certain way to please other people. We want to see pictures in the press that show girls as we really are – that means girls of all body shapes, ethnicities and abilities need to be represented.

We want to be free to have the adventures, hobbies and careers we choose, and not be told we can’t do things just because we’re girls. We want to feel safe, whether we’re exploring outdoors or online. And we want to make sure that no one is held back because of their differences or disabilities.

‘We want to feel comfortable in our own skins and not feel we have to look or be a certain way’ Barrier Breakers

Respect Makers

We want to follow any career path we choose and have successful female role models to help us along the way. We want to have equal opportunities in education and work, so we can have the same power, respect and earnings as men. We want to feel safe from gender stereotypes.

We want a world where everyone is respectful and kind to one another. Where there’s no bullying and people are prepared to listen to each other’s views. We want a world where there is no sexual harassment and where girls have the self-esteem to form healthy relationships.

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+ Keep an eye on our blogs to see how we’re exploring the topics

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GER ETHER The Belmont Brownies feel the power of making music as a unit PH OTOG RA PH Y: MICH A EL CLEMEN T WORD S: JOH A N N A D ERRY

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Keera enjoyed singing ‘Lean on me’ in a group


rom poet John Donne’s declaration ‘No man is an island’ to Barbra Streisand’s lyric ‘People need people’, we’ve long known that human beings need social connection. Increasingly, research is backing this up and studies have found that being with people gives us a higher sense of selfesteem and empathy, and greater skills at managing our emotions, which results in lower rates of anxiety and depression. Put this together with the fact that one in eight under-19s in the UK has a mental health disorder, and we can see that the sense of community that Girlguiding units provide can be vital. This is backed up by research: Professor Chris Dibben, University of Edinburgh, found that people aged over 50 who’d been in guiding as girls had better mental health than their peers. We decided to put this to the test and invited the 4th and 7th Belmont Brownies to a singing workshop with Music Practitioner and Child and Adolescent Counsellor Millie Watts to see how group time affected them. ‘People can experience so much isolation and loneliness,’ says Millie. ‘But the power of the group is its ability to give you a sense of purpose, belonging and expression, and a place to be seen.’ As a music practitioner 32 GU ID I N G M A G A Z I N E

and a counsellor, she sees the particular value singing together can bring. ‘In a group there’s a sense of belonging and togetherness,’ she explains. ‘It builds confidence and self-esteem.’ Studies have shown that group singing regulates the heart rate, with some choirs’ hearts synching as they sing. Other studies found that singing in a group lowers the stress hormone cortisol and endorphins associated with pleasure are released. Some people even show higher levels of ‘love hormone’ oxytocin, which makes us feel close to other people. And it’s not just choirs. Christopher Dayson, Principal Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, has examined the value to people’s health of different kinds of groups. ‘There’s a whole load of qualitative science that says doing things

‘I love singing together because you can really feel the connection. It makes me feel closer to people’ Safina (right)


Safina, India, Tanisha and Sienna (clockwise from left)

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in groups is good for people,’ he says. ‘If we take the social aspect out of our lives, it’s going to have a negative impact, while being social will have a positive impact.’ He’s researched how people’s health and wellbeing was affected when, instead of receiving medical treatment for long-term conditions, patients were introduced to a community group. His findings have led to several NHS Trusts introducing ‘social

‘With friends, you’re more confident and it’s easier than when you’re on your own’ India (page 33)

prescribing’ as a treatment option. This means that as well as medicines, some patients are being ‘prescribed’ community interaction as a way of improving their health. ‘On a human level it makes sense,’ he says. ‘All the evidence for this is universally positive.’ Volunteers who run groups also benefit. ‘It’s not uncommon for people to join a group and end up leading it in some way,’ adds Dayson. Like 28-year-old Fiona Hewer, who’s been in guiding since she was five and is now leader of the unit on our music-workshop photoshoot. ‘It’s really nice to watch the girls on the shoot, getting involved in the music,’ she says. ‘Watching them grow and seeing how they can be themselves when they’re together is amazing. It makes me really happy.’


Great group dynamics Music Practitioner and Child and Adolescent Counsellor Millie Watts and leader Fiona Hewer share tips for helping girls to bond. Start by reassuring ‘Young people are looking for someone to tell them “Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing?”’ says Millie. Show acceptance with phrases like ‘Everyone’s welcome here’ and ‘Sometimes we feel a bit uncertain and that’s okay.’ Settling in ‘Letting people soak things up first rather than forcing them to take part means they have a better time,’ explains Millie. Girls are at different developmental stages, and some can need a bit more time to settle in. Switch up dynamics ‘We get sisters and existing friends to be on different teams so they can make other friends,’ says Fiona. Mixing up groups can build a better sense of belonging.

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Make a buddy system ‘What’s so powerful is that guiding has older mentors for the younger ones,’ says Millie. Buddying up empowers older girls and gives younger girls something to aspire to.


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What does the British Youth Council (BYC) do? It helps under 25s to bring about change, locally and nationally. I’m one of ten Girlguiding delegates working for two years on campaigns. Our aim is to influence the BYC to act on issues that matter to girls and young women in Girlguiding. Why did you get involved? I was looking for opportunities for my Queen’s Guide Award and it seemed like a chance to get my voice heard, while learning new skills such as public speaking, advocacy and campaigning. What ripples have previous BYC Girlguiding delegates made so far? The previous Girlguiding delegates campaigned on period poverty, and it’s amazing to see how they’ve helped amend laws and make the subject far less taboo to talk about. I was also

inspired by the work they did to raise awareness about female genital mutilation. Even though BYC is British, it influences people on a global scale. What will you be campaigning about? I’ll be meeting with the other delegates four times a year so we can bounce ideas off each other and decide what we want to put forward to the council on behalf of Girlguiding. In between, we’ll be working on projects that we’re passionate about. One major interest of mine is developing girls’ confidence, career aspirations and how they view success. I’ve been doing some research on this topic using the Girls’ Attitudes Survey, and I’d love to bring this to the council’s attention to show that girls are still held back in their school subject choices and career paths. People say, ‘If you can see it, you can be it’. Do you think media plays a part in this? Media representation of women is, in my opinion, key to how girls view themselves and the opportunities they believe are within their grasp, so I’d love to use my position to work on this issue. I volunteer with Brownies and know how passionate they are about so many subjects, despite their young age, and particularly when it comes to environmentalism and the history of women’s rights. I hope that by delegating I can represent their voices and be a positive role model. Kirsty, 17 years old, North East

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‘I hope to encourage other young people and members of Girlguiding to educate themselves and speak out on issues they believe in’ Jenny (right) 19 years old, Ulster

‘For generations, young girls have had their voices silenced. I have the privilege to speak out and help make lives better’ Anna (left) 15 years old, Anglia


How to bring about change Here are some ideas for how Girlguiding units can get involved with the British Youth Council (BYC) delegates and bring about changes of their own. 1. Host a delegate Invite a BYC delegate to a local meeting where they can chat to younger members, explain how the delegation works and hear back on the subjects and issues that matter the most to them. 2. Invite an MP Ask your local MP to visit your unit and meet your members. As well as discussing issues and campaigns, this shows members that those in power are contactable.

‘Being a delegate will allow me to stand up for young people on issues such as child and forced marriage‘

3. Alert the media Traditional media is still a powerful tool for bringing issues to public attention. If you’re working on any campaigns, let your local newspaper, radio and TV news know so you can get some coverage and support. + To find out more about our BYC delegates, visit youthcouncil

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1. Make friends at a camp International camps are inspirational adventures where Guides and Scouts from all over the world come together to celebrate their shared values. Maria Annison, a young leader with 1st Bramcote Guides, is about to jet off to the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. ‘What I’m most excited about is meeting so many new people and learning about different cultures,’ she says. Discover camps and events abroad by searching ‘regular international events’ at and following @ukintguides on social media

4 ways to go global Connecting with members in other parts of the world is a great way to learn about different cultures I L L US T R AT I O N S : MA RT IN AZ AMB UJA

2. Work or volunteer at a World Centre How about a volunteering stint or internship at one of guiding’s World Centres? Catherine Magennis has just returned from Our Chalet after six months as a guest services intern. ‘I’ve left with lots of new friends, perspectives and knowledge – from a bit of Korean to a Japanese chant that got us all motivated for the day ahead,’ says the 7th Crosby Guides leader.

3. Learn leadership skills at a seminar

Find roles available by searching ‘World Centres’ at

This November, the Juliette Low Seminar will run simultaneously in 20 hub locations around the world, allowing 1,000 WAGGGS members aged 20-30 to connect face to face and through screens. Bijal Rama is a member of the international team trained to deliver the workshops. ‘I’d encourage all young women to apply. A Juliette Low Seminar is a once-in-alifetime opportunity to learn how to be a strong leader and will inspire you to tackle gender equality issues in your own community,’ she says.

4. Campaign at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Find out more about the Juliette Low Seminar by searching ‘JLS’ at

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Every year, delegates from UN member states gather in New York to discuss gender equality worldwide. Rachael Graham, St Pancras Division Commissioner, represented Girlguiding at the CSW this March. ‘It was great to campaign alongside other WAGGGS delegates as we’re all part of the same global sisterhood. I got some interesting new ideas for activities and events by talking with them about how guiding works in their countries.’ Apply to the WAGGGS Volunteer Resource Pool for the opportunity to represent guiding at CSW and similar events


Girlguiding UK Ambassador Anna McNuff plans to run 100 marathons across the length of Britain, barefoot. We ask her how – and why! ILLUST RATION : N ATH A LIE LEES

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oes the idea of running 100 marathons back to back blow your mind? What if they were all done barefoot? It might sound like an impossible task, but we can’t think of anyone better to take it on than adventurer and Girlguiding UK Ambassador, Anna McNuff. Anna describes herself as an adventurer, speaker and mischief maker who isn’t afraid of a challenge. In the past, she’s cycled 5,500 miles through the Andes, run the length of New Zealand, and toured Europe, going wherever her social media followers voted she should go. This next adventure saw her set off from the Shetland Islands in June with her set to hit the finish line, five months later, in London. Anna is traversing beaches, villages, moors and A-roads on her journey, meeting units and running with guiding members along the way. Before she set off she spoke to us about her adventure and how you can still get involved. The most unbelievable part of this expedition is that she’s doing all of it with no shoes on. Go, Anna!

What made you want to create the Barefoot Britain challenge? At the core of this journey is an aim to show the young women of Great Britain that there’s more magic in them than they will ever know. As a proud ambassador for UK Girlguiding, I’m working to visit as many guiding units on the route as possible, speaking to girls of all ages about the joys of adventure and the great outdoors. Adventures are about a quest for growth. I figure that if I’m going to stand in front of young girls around the UK and encourage them to take on challenges that they believe are just beyond their reach, then I have to be on that journey too. But why are you doing it barefoot? I’ve had a quiet obsession with minimalist running for a few years now, ever since I read Born to Run and spent time in New Zealand, where many of the kids run around barefoot. I love nothing more than a barefoot wander in the local park and take great joy in returning home with grubby feet. I also think that (just like every other part of our bodies) feet are amazing. They’re quite the complex machine, with over 7,000 nerve endings in each sole and 26 bones in each foot. As always, this adventure is a huge experiment – I’m looking to see if I can coax my feet into doing what they were built to do, after a lifetime of being squidged up in shoes. Am I terrified? Yes. Am I excited? Yes, that too. Am I wondering if I’ve gone one step too far this time? Absolutely. Which is exactly why I know that this is the right challenge to take on.

‘Am I wondering if I’ve gone one step too far this time? Absolutely. That’s how I know it’s the right challenge’

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Will you have to run a marathon every day for five months? No, I won’t. The overall distance is equivalent to 100 barefoot marathons, but in a bid to inject some realism into the equation, sometimes I’ll run less and (as the run progresses) sometimes I’ll run more. You’ll need a break sometimes, surely. Where will you sleep? There’ll be nights when I’ll camp out in the middle of nowhere under the stars with a bivvy bag, but often I’ll be in the homes of the kind people of the UK. I’m hoping to get to know the people of our amazing country as well as I do the landscapes. How have you prepared for this challenge? I’m not sure anyone is prepared to run 100 barefoot marathons – that would be madness – but I’m as ready as I can be. I’ve been running in minimalist trainers for three years now, and over the past


SHETLAND ISLANDS Anna kicks off her run (and her trainers) from these islands off the north-east coast of Scotland. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE Anna will be visiting loads of units along the way, so keep an eye out for those bare feet!

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Find the next Anna These badges help girls to explore their adventurous side, from getting physically fit to planning challenges with skill and confidence

Explore Stage 2 badge Knowing where you’re going is essential! Girls learn to navigate by making a compass and maps for walks.

Over the past year Anna has been training in socks to prepare her feet

year have transitioned to run in just thin socks or totally barefoot. There are still some terrains, like gravel track, that are agony, but others that are dreamy, such as the Yorkshire Dales. It will depend on what I come across as to how I’ll fare. If I step on glass or cut myself, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

• Offer advice on my intended route and the terrain • Tell the world about this adventure! Sharing is caring, after all • Follow me on social media @annamcnuff – this helps spread the love more than you know Want Anna to come and talk at your unit? Get in touch to find out her availability. The talks are booked on a first-come, firstserved basis. Email Anna’s logistics team on barefoot@ to find out how you can get involved +

How can units get involved? This time around, I won’t be carrying all my worldly possessions on my back as I run. Instead I’ll be relying on the kindness of strangers to help my gubbins get from one part of the UK to the next. Here are some ways you can help: • Arrange for me to visit your local unit • Offer to host me for the night • Come and run with me on one of the open stages • Have me come and talk to your local running club

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Rainbows Agility interest badge This badge helps girls feel fit and ready for anything by trying swimming, skating, throwing or yoga. Guides Fitness interest badge This badge involves creating a personal health plan, and enjoying the satisfaction of setting and achieving goals. Rangers Event planning interest badge Rangers can stretch their organisational skills by planning an event.

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irst off, a huge thanks and well done to everyone who’s completed the training and we hope everyone is enjoying the new programme. We’ve heard lots of stories about how leaders are adapting activities to suit their units, seeing which badges and activities girls are most excited about and generally making the new programme their own. Congratulations if you’re one of our members who has taken the plunge and got stuck into the new programme. By Easter almost two thirds of units had recorded some new programme activity in GO, so it looks like we’re well on our way and fully immersed in it! If you’re still changing over, don’t worry, you have until the beginning of the autumn term to start the new programme with your unit. Just remember that the guiding website now only features newprogramme resources and information, so old stock, such as old badges, are no longer available online. Many people have asked what to do with the old programme materials and the answer is, it’s up to you. Please don’t post them back to HQ, but instead recycle them where appropriate, or perhaps paste them into a scrapbook or pass them on to collectors if you’re the nostalgic sort! It’s about whatever suits you and your unit.

word on the street Our Programme team has been meeting up with leaders and girls to hear your feedback firsthand As everyone settles into the new programme, there’s a period of adjustment, and many questions to be answered. Leaders need to know that their voices are being heard – and is absolutely the best place to speak up. Every email receives a direct response, as illustrated in our ‘lifecycle of an email’ on the next page. But email is by nature a limited means of communication, and can feel a little impersonal. That’s why the Programme team are always getting

out and about, visiting units and attending events in order to meet you face to face, understand your thoughts and get your recommendations, so that we can keep on improving the new programme. So far, our small team has been to unit meetings and events, such as Sparkle and Ice, and county training days. Here are some of the team to tell you a little about what we’ve heard and – crucially – what we’ve changed as a direct result of your invaluable feedback.

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Every time A Safe Space trainer Jill Webb runs a session, she sees the difference it makes ‘There’s always a real light-bulb moment, even for those who have done safeguarding training in their day jobs,’ Jill Webb explains. ‘They say to me, “Now I see why I need to do Girlguiding’s training, as there are very specific circumstances I might end up in as a volunteer.” A paediatrician, who had done lots of safeguarding training, said that some of the examples we used – like being left alone with a girl – would never happen in a hospital setting.’ That’s why A Safe Space training is so important to everyone in guiding. ‘The training is about keeping volunteers safe as well as girls,’ says Jill. ‘There’s a clear system and a support network, so you’ll always know what to do.



‘Recently, the week after one leader did her Level 3 training, a girl mentioned something happening at home. It wasn’t specific but, because of the training, it rang alarm bells and the procedures the leader had learned kicked into action. She told her commissioner that without the training she wouldn’t have known what to do, but with it she felt really confident.’ Safeguarding training also means a better guiding experience. ‘Making this space safe helps girls grow in self-esteem, confidence and resilience,’ says Jill. ‘Many cases are disclosures about unhappiness or self-harming. Giving girls a place to talk about feelings is invaluable.’ Starting the training is easy. ‘The Level 1 e-learning takes 20 to 25 minutes, or you can do a 60- to 90-minute face-to-face session,’ says Jill. ‘You can do it in whatever way works best for you.’


Sharing is caring Our ongoing historic review will ensure that no concern is left unlogged. Thank you to everyone who’s already taken part and logged a concern to help us learn from the past. If you haven’t done so yet, please share information about any safeguarding concerns, however long ago they happened. Don’t worry if you don’t have written records. One volunteer who shared a concern told us, ‘I hope this gives you enough information as I only have a vague memory of the event.’ Logs like this are important.

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Take action All volunteers, however occasional, must complete their Level 1 A Safe Space training. Level 2 is for roles such as leader, unit helper, young leader and peer educator. Level 3 is for mentors, trainers and one leader per unit. Level 4 is for roles such as commissioner.

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get in touch with your 18-30 local coordinator at ourjourney@

Our fun 18-30s offer Emily Wiggins, 27, has been getting stuck in with opportunities for young women. What challenges do 18-30 year olds face? Lots of change! Going to university, new jobs, moving around. We need a guiding experience that’s flexible but also provides familiarity. Why is it important to create your own guiding experience? As leaders, we want girls to lead the programme – so it should be the same for us! We know what we want and how we want to run things. What 18-30 activities have you organised? In our county, we’ve taken it in turns to organise social events – for example making mocktails and toasting marshmallows round a campfire. + Find out more at yourpath

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Uniting with our scouting friends Last year, Girlguiding and Scouts launched Space to Grow Together, a project aiming to grow both organisations through collaboration ‘Guiding and Scouts have a wonderful shared history,’ says Space to Grow Together coordinator Dave Yates. ‘Turning a perceived competitor into a partner can deliver more Scouts and guiding for more members.’ In Buckinghamshire, collaboration is well established. ‘My relationship with Bucks Scouts started by taking nine Guides to the World Scout Jamboree in 2007, alongside a unit of Scouts,’ says Pauline Hall, who recently finished her term as county commissioner, working closely with James Palin, her opposite in Scouts. The County Offices for both organisations are in the same building, enabling discussion. ‘The Girlguiding county commissioner sits on the Scout County Executive Committee,’ says Pauline. ‘And they send a rep to Girlguiding Bucks’ County Operations Group.’ At a local level, a number of Scout and Guide buildings are shared, meaning

members maintain them together. ‘We also collaborate on Bucks’ two Gang Shows,’ says Pauline. ‘This year, we had our first joint event – the County Camp in May.’ Pauline and James see guiding and Scouts as part of the same family. ‘It’s good that young people can choose a unit to suit their needs,’ says Pauline. ‘Scouts and guiding sometimes offer different things and many girls are members of both. ‘Girlguiding’s girl-only space is important. For example, in enabling Ranger-age girls to share concerns such as body-image issues in a supportive environment. But some Rangers also belong to an Explorer Scout unit, enjoying socialising in a mixed group. Between us, Scouts and guiding offer a range of opportunities. Giving young women the choice to belong to either or both widens their horizons and the experiences we can offer.’



Ask a parent Sally Tolley, Leader 2nd Rossendale Brownies, describes how to make the most of flexible volunteers. Last October, as part of the Space to Grow Together project, I started working as a growth and communities coordinator, helping guiding create more units and recruit volunteers. I soon realised that although we often talk about flexible guiding and making use of people’s skills, this doesn’t always happen. I needed to share the load, so I emailed members’ parents a

‘Turning a perceived competitor into a partner can deliver more Scouts and guiding for more members’ Find out more about how our Space to Grow Together project works at girlguiding. +

list of all the jobs I do, from paying in money to buying supplies. One parent, a trainee accountant, now does the finances, one buys the juice and biscuits, and another runs the Facebook pages. This parent posted a request on Facebook for someone to do the admin, and a local school bursar volunteered. My young leader stepped up to run our Twitter account. It’s really helped, because all the jobs my volunteers have done have added up. The important thing is to tell people exactly what you need, so they know how they can help.


Planning grows confidence Beth Doyle, 1st Putnoe Brownies Leader, on checklists We were inspired by the Doing our Best checklists to ensure that at the end of each term and after each activity, we ask our Brownies what they liked. We do a ‘hands up’ and at the end of the year and after a Brownie Holiday, we give each girl a simple questionnaire

so quieter girls’ voices aren’t drowned out by the louder ones. We ask about their favourite and least favourite activities, and get them to tell us ‘Something I want to do again...’ and ‘Something I want to try...’. This helps us plan future activities and stay flexible to ongoing feedback. One year, the girls

asked to help out at a charity, so we visited the Bedford Food Bank and helped sort the food donations. Then we did a bake sale to raise money. These checklists can make leaders feel more confident, as we can get on with planning knowing that everything we do is because the girls want to do it. G I RLG UI D I N G .O RG .U K 49


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Cash for guiding Did you know that Girlguiding funds a number of grants to give financial support for guiding activities? In the Isle of Dogs, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, 53% of children live in poverty. When the local division realised the area didn’t have a unit, they knew they had to act. Leaders Rowena Scott and Gosia Slominski offered to help. ‘Taster sessions proved girls wanted to join,’ says Rowena, ‘so we applied for a Starting a New Unit Grant.’ This gives financial support to new and reopening units. Other grants include the UK Units in Need Grant, grants for members with disabilities and leaders doing their travelling abroad module. ‘We filled in a form and within a week were told we’d been successful,’ says Rowena. ‘We received £382, which went towards the hall, a first-aid kit, programme resources, and craft stuff.’ Immediate impact The grant made a real difference. 50 GU ID I N G M A G A Z I N E

‘It really took the pressure off and let us focus on getting to know the girls,’ explains Rowena. The 1st Isle of Dogs Brownies and Guides unit now has 18 members. ‘Several girls have really gained confidence,’ says Rowena. ‘After our camp, one mum said her daughter loved singing round the campfire with her new friends – especially knowing she’d helped build and light it!’ Apply now Check your eligibility for Girlguiding grants at Then complete and return a short application form. + Thanks to our fundraisers and Guide Friendship Fund supporters who help make these grants possible. If you’d like to donate, visit

Raising money for your unit? You may like our new series of kits, which make fundraising quicker and easier – visit uk/fundraisingideas to see what could help your fundraising plan. Baking helped Danni Whitburn and Ali Latimer raise money for their trip to Costa Rica (see page 8). ‘We baked cakes and sold them alongside homemade crafts at coffee mornings,’ says Danni. They also organised car-boot sales, discos, raffles and more. ‘I set up a penny jar at work, bagging £10-15 a day,’ says Danni. ‘And we did a curry night at an Indian restaurant. They charged us £7.50 per head and we sold tickets at £15 per head.’ One of Danni’s key tips is about working together. ‘Ali and I helped each other with ideas and promoting each event. It made it much less daunting,’ says Danni. Check out our fundraising toolkit at girlguiding. fundraisinghelp for safety and legality tips +

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the lottery, who have awarded £1.6 million of funding to Girlguiding, which we’ve used to better support girls. They’re one of our largest funders, supporting local units across many postcodes. With lottery support, the Future Girl consultation found that Girlguiding members of all ages want to be Planet Protectors, Adventurers, Self Believers, Respect Makers and Barrier Breakers. The lottery’s three million players are already helping girls achieve those goals, with 4,961 units opening in the past five years. Their support meant that 1,100 Guides and Rangers got to be Adventurers, taking part in our winter camp, Sparkle and Ice, last year. As Respect Makers, more and more girls are gaining our new badge, Guide with Pride, taking part in 20 Pride events across Great Britain. And as Barrier Breakers, in 2018, our Advocate panel launched a period poverty and stigma campaign. This wouldn’t have been possible without players of People’s Postcode Lottery, helping to give girls a voice and a future, wherever they live. G I RLG UI D I N G .O RG .U K 53

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Two free activities for your units to try As part of the new programme we have original activities just for guiding magazine. There are two activities per section, they count towards theme awards, and they’re on the programme recording tool on GO too. Girls and leaders from all around the country have put these activities to the test, so you can be sure they meet the same quality standards as the new unit meeting activities you’re getting stuck into.


RAINBOWS Have Adventures

30 minutes

Give it a go Take it further You can do this activity outdoors and bury the fossils in sand or soil. You can re-use the food afterwards for other activities – but don’t eat it!

Dino detectives What you’ll need: • Sticky notes – one per girl • Glue or sticky tack • Dried pasta of varied shapes – four pieces per girl • A large bag of rice • A large bag of flour • A square washing-up bowl or deep baking tray – one per group • Small bowls – one per group • Spoons – one per group • Paintbrushes/toothbrushes – one per group

of years ago. Grab a sticky note and four pasta shapes to get creating your own fossil.

Aim of activity Dig up the dirt on dinosaurs and become totally roar-some palaeontologists!

Swap bowls with another group. You’re now going to dig up their dinosaur fossils!

Does anyone know what a palaeontologist is? They discover fossils and often dig up dinosaur bones from thousands 1

2 Arrange your pasta shapes into a dinosaur footprint shape, like in the picture below. Glue them onto your sticky note. You’ve created your dinosaur fossil. 3 Get into groups of four and put all your dinosaur fossils at the bottom of your bowl. Your leader will cover your fossils with a layer of flour, and then a layer of rice. Make sure all your dinosaur fossils are covered.


5 Take turns to slowly scoop the rice into the smaller bowl. Be careful not to disturb the layer of flour! If you aren’t scooping, watch carefully to see what might be discovered... 6 Grab a paintbrush and take turns to carefully brush the flour to the side of the bowls. What have you discovered? 7 What do you think a dinosaur could be called with a footprint like this? Lots of dinosaur names end in ‘-asaurus’. Think of a name for the fossil you found and draw what your dinosaur could look like.

TOP TIP Palaeontologists dig very slowly and carefully to make sure they don’t damage any of the fossils they are discovering

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Be Well

20 minutes

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Take it further Add in extra actions from your own morning routine. Maybe you read in the morning or visit your grandparents before school.


Rise and shine! What you’ll need: • A large, clear space • Chairs – one for each girl

a morning superstar by being amazing at getting ready? Your leader will give each of you one part of the morning routine.

Aim of activity Do you love getting up in the morning? Discover the best way to start your day with a fun daily morning routine.

4 Now, as a unit, think of an action for each part. You could pretend to brush your teeth or eat a banana for breakfast.

Everyone grab a chair and sit in a large circle together. 1

2 Chat about what you do in the morning to get ready for the day. This is your morning routine. Do you all do the same thing at the same time as everyone else? Probably not! 3 Having a good start to the day is really important. It gets you ready and helps you have a great rest of the day. Can you be

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5 Your leader will call out a part of the morning routine. If you hear your part, stand up, do your action and swap chairs as quickly as you can with another Rainbow who is standing up doing the same action. If your leader calls out ‘Great day!’, everyone stand up, do something that makes you feel positive like punching the air or smiling. Being positive in the morning sets you up for a great day! 6 Keep playing until you know all the parts of the morning routine.

Morning routine There are many parts to a morning routine, and everyone’s is different. Washing your face – a nice splash of water helps wake you up and leaves you feeling squeaky clean. Getting dressed – you need to dress for the day ahead. Going to school? Put your uniform on. Going swimming? Pop on your costume. Having breakfast – eating breakfast is essential to start off your day right. Brushing your teeth – make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes to keep them nice and healthy!


BROWNIES Express Myself

Crack the code What you’ll need: • Paper • Pens Note to leader Write out the five parts of the secret story, including the number, on separate pieces of paper. Aim of activity The # ran away with the @? Transform yourselves into story detectives and solve the mystery with your unit. What’s the best story you’ve ever read? Do you think you could tell it to someone with words? 1

2 Get into five groups. Your leader will give you a part of a story.

TRY IT THIS WAY Instead of writing down your story, why not create a mime?

story. Your leader will read out the actual story. Did anyone get it right? What funny stories did you come up with? 6 Now you’ve solved the first mystery, it’s time to make up your own. Write down your own part of a story and create a code for others to crack. Play the game again, what will you come up with this time?

45 minutes

Give it a go Secret Story 1. Three Brownies hiked to a forest. 2. There was a mermaid in the lake. 3. She gave the Brownies a shell with a pearl in it. 4. The Brownies sang and the pearl turned into a lion. 5. The three Brownies rode the lion back to their unit.

3 It’s time to create your code. Together, read out your part of the story, make sure other groups don’t hear you! Draw a code for your part of the story. You could use symbols, emojis or colours to help explain. For example, if you had ‘Jack and Jill went up the hill’, you might have an outline of a boy, a plus sign (+), an outline of a girl, an arrow pointing upwards and a picture of a mountain. Ready? You have three minutes to draw out your code. 4 All move to another group’s code, but leave your code behind for the next group. Can you figure out the new code? Write down the number of the part of the story and what you think is happening on a piece of paper. Keep going until you think you have cracked all the other group’s codes. 5 Come back together and take turns to read out what you think happened in the full

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BROWNIES Skills For My Future

30 minutes

Challenge yourself

Before you start Write ten different ways of saying thank you and the language they are from on separate sheets of paper and stick them up around the space. Here are a few to get you started: French – Merci Icelandic – Takk Portuguese – Obrigada Welsh – Diolch Thai – Kob khun ka Did you know...? In some languages, people start or finish words differently depending on whether a male or female is speaking. For example, in Thai, females finish their thank you with ‘ka’ whereas males finish with ‘krap’. And in Portuguese, females say ‘obrigada’ and males say ‘obrigado’.

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Thank you, merci, takk! What you’ll need: • Paper • Pens • Sticky tack Aim of activity Have you ever been on holiday to a country where they speak a different language and you didn’t know how to say thank you? Discover ten different languages.

3 Stand in small groups and close your eyes. Your leader is going to take down one of the ten words. Open your eyes. In your group, you need to decide which thank you has disappeared. Once you think you know, sit down together so your leader knows you’ve got an answer. Did you get it right?

1 Did you know there are thousands of languages spoken all over the world? All together, think about what the most useful phrases are to know in another language.

4 Move around the space. Every so often your leader will count down from three. Get into pairs with the Brownie nearest to you and start shaking hands. When your leader shouts ‘here you go!’ say thank you in one of the ten languages. You must choose a language you didn’t know before the game.

2 There are ten ways of saying thank you in ten different languages stuck up around your meeting place. Take a couple of minutes to look at them all. Are there any you already know? Together, have a go at saying them.

5 If you both pick different languages, guess what language the other Brownie spoke in, then carry on moving around the space. If you pick the same language, both of you must sit down for one turn.


Express Myself

60 minutes

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Pass the paintbrush What you’ll need: • A large, clear space • Big sheets of paper – two per group • Paintbrushes • Four different coloured paints • A dust sheet/old duvet cover/ large sheets of paper • Card, cut into large squares and strips (approx. 10cm x 2cm) • Split pins – one per group • Pencils – one per group • Scissors and newspaper Aim of activity Spin, move, paint. Create an amazing group artwork together and see how it turns out. 1 Get into groups and grab a square of card, strip of card, pencil, pens, scissors and split pin. Follow the instructions to make a spinner (see right). Place newspaper down on one side of your space with a large sheet of paper per group. 2 Your first theme is: emotion. Decide what your group would like to paint.


Get into pairs in your group and stand

in a line. Take turns to spin the spinner. Run over to your big piece of paper. Whichever colour the arrow lands on, together you have one minute to paint in only that colour. Paint something that makes you think of the theme. Then run back and high-five the next pair to spin the spinner. 4 Keep going until every pair has painted twice. Once you’re finished, look at your mural. Is it how you imagined it would be? 5 Place a new sheet of paper down and decide what theme you want to paint next. Maybe it could be your local area, a person or an under-the-sea scene. Do steps three and four again. 6 Now it’s time to create a huge self-portrait of your unit together. Spend five minutes planning together as a unit. Your leader will lay down newspaper and a large sheet of paper for you. 7 Split your unit into four groups. When your leader says ‘go’, one Guide from each group repeat steps three and four. Keep going until everyone’s been.

TOP TIP If you have a large unit, you could make two unit murals that join together

How to make your spinner Draw an arrow on your strip of card. Split the square of card into eight segments. Label these by the different colour paints you have. There should be two of each colour. Pierce a hole through the centre of the arrow and the square. Fasten together with your split pin. Check your arrow spins, you might need to loosen the pin.

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Know Myself

15 minutes

Jump straight in Before you start Write out the questions across four large sheets of paper and stick them around your space.


Aeroplane answers What you’ll need: • A large, clear space • Four large sheets of paper • Sticky tack or masking tape • Paper – one per girl • Pens or pencils

2 Now fold your sheet into a paper aeroplane. Line up and throw your aeroplane across your space. Whose went the furthest? Go and collect an aeroplane (not your own).

Aim of activity How well do you know your unit? Ask and answer different questions to find out more about them.

3 Open your aeroplane. Read through the answers. Who do you think this is? Take a guess and stand next to the person whose aeroplane you think you have. If you’re right, link arms. If you’re wrong, try again! You have three guesses to get it right.

1 Grab a pen and paper. Take a look at the questions around your space. Choose four questions to answer and write the questions down, with your answers written underneath each one.

4 Keep going until everyone has guessed. How many people got it right? What new things did you learn about everyone? If you guess right, but your link hasn’t, you’ll have to move around with them until they do!

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Question examples • What’s your favourite film? • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? • Which superpower do you wish you had? • Would you rather have wings or fly on a magic carpet? • What gift would you give the Queen? • What food would you eat to become really healthy? • What would you plan as a unit leader? • What would you name a land you found? • When did you last laugh uncontrollably? • Who would play you in a movie? • Which fictional story would you want to come to life? • What annoys you?



Ranger-topia What you’ll need: • Pens • Sticky notes – ten per girl • Paper – one sheet per girl Aim of activity Do you know what’s most important to you? Find out by taking a trip to Ranger-topia. 1 Congratulations, you’ve won an allexpenses paid trip to the island of Rangertopia! Unfortunately, boats can only reach the island once every decade, so you’ll need to pack carefully. Your luggage allowance is ten items. The island will provide for all your basic needs (food, water, shelter, clothing and medicine). There’s also one plug socket per person, but no Wi-Fi. Happy travelling! 2 Take five minutes to think about the ten items you want to take with you – things that are important to you. Write each item on a sticky note on your piece of paper. You can only take things you own already. 3 You’re packed up and on the small boat. Everyone sit really close together in the

centre of your space. Your boat hits a reef and starts sinking! You need to make your boat lighter. Everyone must throw five of their items overboard. Think carefully about what you throw, as you won’t get it back.

Know Myself

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4 The sinking stops and your voyage continues. A giant kraken (sea monster) appears. It demands an offering of two items each before it will leave. 5 At last there’s land ahoy! You’ve made it with your three remaining items. Are you surprised by the items you’ve got left? Put all the items left into a pile and select one at random. 6 Take turns to guess whom the item belongs to. Ask them why they kept this one over others. What does this item say about what’s important to that person? 7 Put all the remaining items together and have a look at everything your unit is taking. What sort of life on Ranger-topia have you made for yourselves? Do you think you could survive with just these items between you?

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RANGERS Take Action

Think and thank

30 minutes

What you’ll need: • Paper • Pens • Sticky notes

Challenge yourself Take it further Why not share your thank you online for other Ranger units to see.

Aim of activity Take time to appreciate someone who helps in your community and make them feel special by thinking of ways to show thanks. 1 Chat together about the last time you were thanked for something. What was it for? How did it feel to be appreciated? 2 Everyone grab a sticky note. Secretly write down a person or a group of people who contribute to your community in a positive way, who you’d like to thank.

Stick your sticky note to the forehead of someone else, without them seeing. 3

4 Sit in a circle and look at everyone else’s sticky notes. Go around the circle and try to guess who is on your head. You can only ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. You can ask one question at a time before the next person asks their question. Keep playing until everyone has worked out who they are. 5 Write some more people down on sticky notes and play again. Use different people to the first round. 6 Now come up with all the different ways you could thank someone. It could be writing a note, or asking the local paper to print an announcement. 7 As a group, pick someone in your community to thank. Why do you want to thank them? Look at your list. What’s the best way to do it? For example, if your community has police officers that patrol the neighbourhood, you could take them a cup of tea to thank them for keeping your community safe and keep them warm while out walking.

TOP TIP You could choose people who don’t often get recognised for what they do, like your local rubbish collectors

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8 Make your thank you into a reality. Plan your thank you and put it into action. How did it feel to say thank you?

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