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

The Guide Promise

It’s easy to make a promise, isn’t it? You say a few words and boom, you’re a wonderful person. You might promise to look after the neighbour’s cat while they’re out. Maybe you’ve promised to never tell anyone that your daughter has her first crush. But how do you promise to be a Good Person, for the rest of your life?

Well, you do it with intention. Continue reading The Guide Promise

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 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)

The importance of selling Girl Guide biscuits

Last night our Guides took their first batch of biscuits home to sell. We taste tested the new range (lots of positive feedback!) and finished our handmade posters for our stall this weekend. It’s all good fun but it’s important to remind ourselves and the Guides parents’ of the reasons why we sell Girl Guide biscuits. There are obviously financial benefits but there are other … Continue reading The importance of selling Girl Guide biscuits

Girl Guide biscuits delivery

How to survive Girl Guide biscuit season (from one Guide Leader to another!)

Biscuit season is not far away. It’s a time of excitement for many but it can also be a source of stress or anxiety for Guide Leaders. As volunteers we do not receive training in how to run a business, but that’s exactly we do each biscuit season.

So here are some quick and simple tips to help you (the wonderful volunteer that you are!) get through biscuit season this year. Continue reading How to survive Girl Guide biscuit season (from one Guide Leader to another!)