Girlguiding Bristol and South Gloucestershire have brought out a new challenge badge – and this one is for the leaders!
It’s the “Year of the Volunteer” badge, and I’ve decided to take up the challenge.
There are three ways to complete the badge – try it, challenge yourself, or best of both. I’m going for best of both, which means I have to do six short activities (2 hours each) and two longer ones (6 hours each).
There are six categories, so I’m going for one of my short activities from each category. Here’s what I’ve chosen.
Active Adventures: I’m going to try out a session or two of yoga. I’ve never done it before, so it’ll be interesting.
Creativity: I’m going to write a short story. I’ll probably share it on this blog, if I think it’s fit for human consumption!
Leadership: Lead a new activity with your unit. A bit of a cop-out, possibly, since I do that sort of thing a lot. Perhaps I’ll help for an evening with a different section, instead.
Personal Development: Think where you want to be in 5, 10, and 20 years time. I often think about the next year, but I’m not great at long term planning, so the 20 year timeframe may be a struggle.
International: Learn some foreign Guiding songs. Those who know me will know that I like to sing, and I like languages, so this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
Community Action: Partake in a fundraising activity for a local charity. I’m not sure if this is cheating or not, but my Guides are fundraising for a trip to Switzerland this summer, and I’m attending so many fundraising events at the moment that it felt like the obvious choice.
As for the Challenge Yourself section, I’ve chosen one from the “Leadership” section – maintain a blog about what you get up to as a leader in Girlguiding. Which should explain why I’ve suddenly started blogging again after a long break… I’m committing to one post per week until at least July. I might post more than that if I’ve done something exciting, but that’ll be my minimum. Feel free to pester me if I fall behind!
The second longer activity is from the “International” section. I’m going on an International Adventure with my Guides – as I mentioned above, we’re off to Switzerland in the summer. Since that was already planned before I started the challenge, I wasn’t sure if it was cheating or not, so I’ve decided to make it a little harder. I’m going to try to learn the basics of German before we go, so that I can speak to a native person while we’re there.
Are you doing the challenge too? Comment below (with your blog if you’re doing one), and we can encourage one another!