Good Guiding Parent Badge

Do your parents irritate you?

Not your own parents, that is, but the parents of your Rainbows, Brownies, or Guides.  Do they consistently fail to read their emails or letters, fill in forms correctly, or tell you in advance when their daughter is going to the school disco instead of your unit meeting?  When you pick up mislaid uniform at the end of the evening, is it frustratingly unnamed?

Would you, in other words, be interested in this:

Good Guiding Parent Badge v2 (Bristol West)

This is an idea that we’ve been toying with for a while now.  We’ve not got as far as making the badges yet, but if there is enough interest we definitely will!

It’s a cross-sectional badge – for the parents.  We’re designing a “normal” and “advanced” syllabus.  Here’s the first draft:

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Good Guiding Parent

Do all of the following:

1. Arrive on time at your unit meeting (drop off and collection) for an entire term.

2. Help your daughter attend a Guiding event.
–  Fill in forms completely, correctly, and on time.
–  Provide a cheque for the correct amount to the correct unit, or transfer money electronically to the correct account.
–  Wear appropriate clothing.
–  Arrange for your daughter to say thank you when leaving.

3. Name all Guiding uniform clearly.

4. Sew five badges onto Guiding uniform within one week of receiving them.

5. Pay subs on time for a year.

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Good Guiding Parent Advanced

Do all of the following:

1. Hold the Good Guiding Parent badge.

2. Help your daughter attend a Guiding Residential (Rainbow Sleepover, Brownie Holiday, or Guide Camp).
–  Fill in forms completely, correctly, and on time.
–  Provide a cheque for the correct amount to the correct unit, or transfer money electronically to the correct account.
–  Attend the Parents Meeting.
–  Pack appropriate clothing and equipment, following the kit list provided.  Your daughter should help so that she knows what she has.
–  Provide a suitable bag for your daughter’s clothes.
–  Arrange for your daughter to say thank you when leaving.

3. Volunteer to attend a Guiding event as an adult helper.   Use your initiative to do something helpful without being asked.

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These are only suggestions – if you have any more, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the official syllabus.  Likewise comments on the badge design would be appreciated!

Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in seeing this badge in real life.  I’m tempted to make it anyway, but it would be good to get a wider audience in order to keep the costs down.

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4 thoughts on “Good Guiding Parent Badge

    1. Do you mean you wouldn’t be brave enough to tell the parents that they’d earned a badge? Or are you worried about the ones who *don’t* earn it? I’ve generally found that parents, on the whole, are very understanding.

      I think the key is to get the kids involved – they’re very good at nagging their parents for you!

  1. Yeah, I think it would be interpreted by my parents as a bit patronising. On the whole they’re pretty good (and our recent camp had most kids very well packed), but I can’t quite imagine handing out badges to the parents!

  2. As a Cub Leader of 58 years’ standing, I can only say “what a wonderful idea!” So many moms & dads these days seem to have the impression that it’s just somewhere their children like to go to and gives Mom & Dad a bit of “me” time once a week.

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