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
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!
Who is Guides for?
This is a really interesting question because it’s one that lots of people think they know the answer to, but actually many of them are mistaken.
Recently, the Mum of one of our Guides made the comment that she had previously thought Guides was for “girly” girls. As a result, her daughter had originally enrolled with Scouts. Continue reading Who is Guides for?
My first experience of leadership was at the tender age of seven, where I managed one full-time employee (aged four, paid below minimum wage in half-Kit Kats) and numerous customer service complaints at my little shop in the living room of our house. Continue reading Natural-born leaders and ‘learning on the job’
Guide Leaders are not super-human. We are not born with our minds brimming with brilliant program activity ideas or crafts to suit every occasion (I know, it’s hard to believe!). Continue reading “Where do you get all of your program ideas?”
There are many aspects of Guides that set us apart from other youth organisations, our structure being one of them. We call it The Patrol System. People naturally form social groups. As humans, we crave the sense of belonging that comes from friendship. So in Guiding we’ve developed a system that both uses and builds on that human instinct. Patrols are small groups that work together … Continue reading The Patrol System: Friendship in Naturally Formed Social Groups