6 facts about Girl Guides that no-one is talking about

People who are involved in Guides often forget what the organisation looks like from the outside. We try to come up with short “elevator speeches” to help us explain what Guides is to those who aren’t sure. We make assumptions about your prior knowledge which means you don’t always get the information that you need.

So settle in while I fill you in on the parts that no-one tells you about. Continue reading 6 facts about Girl Guides that no-one is talking about

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How Guide Camps are Making the World a Better Place

I just spent the weekend with a neighbouring Guide District, on their first ever District Camp. This means that there was one camp being run for all Guides, from age 5 right up to age 14. The younger girls (Gumnut Guides and Brownie Guides) slept in the indoor accommodation and the 10-14 year olds (Girl Guides) set up camp nearby with their fancy new canvas … Continue reading How Guide Camps are Making the World a Better Place

Free Being Me

Back in 2014, Free Being Me was launched in Australia. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) joined forces with Dove to create a resource to help tackle the issue of appearance-related anxiety. Different activity packs were released with appropriate activities for different age groups, in 17 languages and tailored for either a girl-only or co-educational environment. Continue reading Free Being Me

10 Awesome Skills I’ve Learned Through Girl Guides!

I think we all agree that our childhood experiences help shape the adults we become. In general, they say that the more positive experiences you have in your youth, the better you’re able to ‘function’ as an adult. So let me tell you about some of the events that have impacted me and moulded me into the sort of person that enjoys giving back to her community! Continue reading 10 Awesome Skills I’ve Learned Through Girl Guides!

Leadership and Teamwork (part 3)

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discovering the many layers of teamwork and leadership. In the final part of this mini-series we’ll share the activities we ran during our leadership and teamwork “training” night. If you missed the first part, catch up here. Decision making: Shopping We started with a shopping game, where each Patrol (a small group of Guides) was given 25 virtual dollars … Continue reading Leadership and Teamwork (part 3)

Leadership and Teamwork (part 2)

Imagine you are shipwrecked on a desert island. Your cruise ship crashed there two weeks ago and now the island is full of many people, but no one is taking charge and nobody is working together. This is the scenario we presented our Guides (aged 10-14) a few weeks ago. We then challenged them to each produce a manifesto… Continue reading Leadership and Teamwork (part 2)