Guides

Who are we?

Guides is our section for girls aged 10 to 14.

Guides take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Girls do everything from adventure sports to playing fun games, and from taking part in community action projects to the performing arts.

Guides work together in small groups or 'Patrols' and, with the support of an adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using Go for It! resource packs.

The Guide Programme

The Guide Programme is divided into five areas.

Healthy lifestyles: Guides are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Areas covered could include body image, healthy eating, exercise, smoking, drug awareness or mental health issues.

Global awareness: This area is designed to increase awareness of global issues and of the contribution each Guide can make. This could include activities about travel, refugees, the environment, citizenship, development education, world issues or international activities.

Skills and relationships: This area develops Guides’ self-confidence and self-worth and improves their interpersonal and life skills. Activities foster communication, team work, decision-making and respect for the views and values of others.

Celebrating diversity: Guides is an inclusive organisation so this area of the programme promotes active citizenship and develops the Guide’s awareness of rights and responsibilities for all. This can include activities that cover discrimination, community action, cross-community links, disability awareness and gender stereotypes.

Discovery: Guides are challenged with new experiences and adventures. Activities could include outdoor activities such as climbing or canoeing, learning a new skill, taking part in a project to benefit their community, or even visiting one of our World Centres in places as far off as India or Mexico.

As well as the Go for It! packs which range from Go for It Showtime to Go for IT Chocolate to Go for It Experiment, Guides may also work towards interest badges. These cover many different hobbies and activities from Agility to Hobbies to World Issues. They can also gain Challenge badges that recognise their participation in Guiding over a period of time.

The badges earned build towards the Baden-Powell Challenge Award in honour of the founder of guiding.

Baden-Powell Challenge The Baden-Powell Challenge Award is the highest award a Guide can achieve. To start the Baden-Powell Challenge a Guide should have made her Promise, gained at least two Guide Challenge Badges and gained at least two interest badges.

Like the Guide Programme, the Baden-Powell Challenge is divided into five zones, each containing lots of different clauses. Guides need to complete ten clauses in total.

To finish the Award a Guide needs to take part in a Baden-Powell Adventure. These are usually residential events organised by the County or Region for all Guides in the area who are doing the Baden-Powell Challenge.

For more information on the Baden-Powell Challenge or to find out about Baden-Powell Adventures coming up contact Charlotte, our Guide Advisor (charlottestilwell@hotmail.co.uk)

To find out more about Guides click here.

If you are a Guide click here to visit the exciting youth website.

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