Girls in guiding do unforgettable things. Register your daughter now to find a local unit.
If you’ve climbed up a rock, abseiling is often the easiest way back down. It’s also a sport in itself and can help fundraise for projects when people are sponsored to abseil down tall buildings.
Abseiling involves lowering yourself down natural rock formations, buildings or other outdoor structures. It has long been used in rock climbing, caving and mountaineering to descend slopes or cliffs that are too steep to walk down. In recent years however, abseiling has become a popular sport in its own right.
Get your game on!
Throughout weekly meetings, at Division, County, Region and Nationally we have lots of opportunities to take part in lots of games, activities and sports. https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/our-programme-and-activities/activity-finder/
Sleepover with friends
Even at Rainbows our girls may get the opportunity to have their first sleepover. We offer activities that will help give your daughter a sense of freedom and gain vital skills to help develop independence and self reliance.
Learn about body confidence
From as young as seven, girls say they feel embarrassed and ashamed of how they look. Fear of their bodies being criticised holds them back from doing everyday things they would like to do.
- 36% of girls aged 7 to 10 say people make them think that the most important thing about them is how they look.
- 54% of girls aged 7 to 10 said ‘stop judging girls and women on what they look like’ was one of their top three priorities for change.
We have developed Free Being Me, a body confidence badge for Brownies and Guides. Sessions help girls recognise myths about how girls and women ‘should’ look and be happy in their own skin. We’re also supporting girls to call for change through our Girls Matter campaign.
Explore the world!
We’re part of a truly global movement so Girlguiding can offer its members a huge range of amazing international adventures
Girls and volunteers can travel abroad with their local unit, join a social action project in a developing country or represent girls at an international seminar. We have opportunities big, small and suitable for all ages – including lots of life-changing opportunities for volunteers. Get exploring the world with guiding!
Take action to make girls’ lives better
We support girls to talk directly to politicians and change-makers. Because when you speak out, you make change happen.
Why is campaigning important?
We know from our research that many girls and young women don’t feel listened to by people in power. Through campaigning, you can ensure that key issues you care about are addressed in a real and tangible way. We’re here to support you to do that.
You know better than anyone what girls want, so all of Girlguiding’s campaigns are led by girls. You tell us what you think through our Girls’ Attitudes Survey and the Advocate panel – and we’re consulting with you more and more.
Girls leading campaigns
- In 2014, girls decided that they wanted to challenge the representation of women in the media by supporting the No More Page 3 Campaign. With the weight of Girlguiding members behind it, the campaign succeeded in persuading The Sun newspaper to remove topless women from Page 3.
- In 2015, girls drew up a list of eight changes that would make a difference to girls’ lives as part of our Girls Matter campaign – addressing everything from media sexism to sex and relationships education. During the general election, they lobbied politicians to take action. Over 10% of cross-party MPs signed up to support their demands and over 5000 people pledged their support.
- In 2016, girls got involved with Recl@im the Internet to tackle online abuse – one of the top three issues they’d like to see change on. Our Advocates spoke at the launch of the campaign at the Houses of Parliament. They also attended the Recl@im the Internet conference in July 2016, to ensure girls voices continue to be represented in the campaign.
- Now, our Advocates are campaigning to end sexual harassment in schools.
Spend the night under canvas
Girls can push their limits and get active at camps and residential holidays from an overnight to a much larger camp.
Many camps run for a week or longer, so girls can form lasting friendships and gain independence while being supported by fully qualified leaders. There’s always something to keep girls occupied from adventurous activities like kayaking, to evenings watching performances and singing and dancing at a traditional camp fire.
Experience the buzz of a large camp. There are camps taking place across the UK, some with up to 8,000 participants from all over the world!
Take your next step towards leadership in guiding
The Young Leader Qualification (YLQ) is designed to help you take an active, positive part in running a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit. It is open to anyone in The Senior Section aged 14 to 18.
Why should I get involved?
You will develop skills in leadership, communication and team working – all which make impressive additions to any CV or university application. Working towards the YLQ will also help you to contribute more to your local unit leadership team and become more confident in your role. Finally, if you decide to move on to the Leadership Qualification (LQ), you will find that you have already completed several of the required modules.
What does it entail?
The qualification consists of six practical modules, which are completed at the same time as volunteering with a unit.
- Module 1: Go! and sectional training – focuses on the Girlguiding membership system (Go!) and learning more about the section you are working with.
- Module 2: Leadership – looks at different leadership styles and when you should use them, for example with girls of different ages.
- Module 3: Planning – allows you to demonstrate how well you understand the programme for the section you volunteer with. It will help you to make sure that the programme is right for the range of ages and abilities in your unit, that all girls take part in planning the programme and the activities are enjoyable for the girls.
- Module 4: Working with girls – allows you to demonstrate that you understand the girls you work with and can provide the best opportunities for them to grow and develop.
- Module 5: Local guiding – looks at the structure of guiding in your local area and how you are supported within this.
- Module 6: Your role in guiding – is about you showing that you understand the Promise and Law, and your commitment to guiding.
When live music, dancing and high-adrenaline activities collide
Our annual festival-style event that is exclusively for Guides and members of the Senior Section, Wellies and Wristbands aims to give girls the full festival experience with their leaders by their side.
What’s happening in 2017?
Be a musical star!
We offer a wide range of opportunities for girls to express themselves through song and dance. Weekly meetings, Division, County, Region and National will all host performing arts events to learn new skills and gain new experiences.
We encourage girls to get involved in local Pride parades, put on plays and gain their music and performing arts badges.
Be part of the community
Whether its planting a new community garden, litter picking, fundraising for a local organisation or representing Girlguiding at a local event, we encourage girls to be active in their local community.
The #iwill campaign encourages girls to engage with their local area through social action. Youth social action has a double benefit – it helps build communities and develops character strengths and life skills in young people.
Without our 100,000 leaders, guiding simply wouldn’t happen. Being a leader is one of our most rewarding roles as you get to work directly with girls, supporting them and helping them to grow into confident young women.
Who can complete this qualification?
You can start working towards your Leadership Qualification when you are 16. However, you can only become a leader once you are 18. While working towards your leadership qualification you will be referred to as a leader in training.
What will I learn?
The first three modules of our Leadership Qualification are compulsory. After you complete them, you will be qualified as an Assistant Leader and will be awarded your Leadership Qualification.
- Module 1: Your role in our programme – covers planning and delivering a high quality programme specific to the section (Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or The Senior Section) you want to work with.
- Module 2: Your role in Girlguiding – covers making or renewing your Promise, contributing to meetings at a local level and getting involved in local guiding.
- Module 3: Your role in safety and unit administration – covers safety requirements within the unit, effective communication with parents and the local community, and your responsibility for managing unit funds.
Once you’ve gained your basic Leadership Qualification, you can complete Module 4 to become a Unit Leader. You can also repeat Module 1 to train to lead another section.