New to Guiding: What are the Five Essentials?

We don’t talk about them much, but they are at the core of everything we do. Every meeting contains at least one of them.  Often more. They are common to all sections, from the smallest Rainbow to the oldest Leader. Without them, we are well on our way to becoming just another youth club. What are they? The Five Essentials working together in small groups … Continue reading New to Guiding: What are the Five Essentials?

New to Guiding: What is County Day?

Last Saturday was Bristol and South Gloucestershire’s County Day. Most Counties have one of these, some larger than others, but if you’ve been involved in Guiding for a while you might have been invited to go to one. The first time I went, I was a little nervous.  I didn’t know what to expect from it, and I was worried that everyone there would know … Continue reading New to Guiding: What is County Day?

New to Guiding: What is World Thinking Day?

For those who didn’t grow up in the Guiding family, the annual fuss in February can seem a little… odd.  Just what is this “Thinking Day”?  What are we supposed to be thinking about?  And why February? What is World Thinking Day? “World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.” http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/aboutContinue reading New to Guiding: What is World Thinking Day?

WAGGGS Values

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is pretty big. Ten million girls is a lot no matter what you compare it to. Like any organisation with that many members it’s hard to keep us all pointing in the same direction.  We are all individuals, and we all care about different things, but we all have one thing in common – we all … Continue reading WAGGGS Values

New to Guiding: A Brief Guide to WAGGGS

This series of posts explains the things that nobody thinks to tell you about starting to volunteer with Girlguiding. Got a question you want answered?  Let me know in the comments or using the contact form. If you’ve been hanging around Guiding for a while, you may have heard of WAGGGS.  Perhaps someone mentioned “a resource made by WAGGGS” or a “WAGGGS World Centre”, or something … Continue reading New to Guiding: A Brief Guide to WAGGGS

New To Guiding: How to Get a Brownie Name

This series of posts explains the things that nobody thinks to tell you about starting to volunteer with Girlguiding. Got a question you want answered?  Let me know in the comments or using the contact form. This week, we’re going to talk about names. If you’ve been to a couple of meetings, you’ll have noticed by now that the children don’t call the leaders by their … Continue reading New To Guiding: How to Get a Brownie Name