EQUIPPING GIRLS TO TAKE ON THE WORLD: GIRLGUIDING ANNOUNCES ALL NEW BADGES AND ACTIVITIES AS PART OF BIGGEST EVER REVAMP

  • Girlguiding has undergone the biggest ever overhaul in the charity’s history, revamping its iconic badges and activities to create a programme for #EveryGirl
  • Over 50,000 girls were involved in shaping the new look activities and badges through testing and consultation
  • Girls can choose to work towards interest badges such as Entrepreneur, Inventing, Navigator, Animation, Craftivism, Self-care, and Human rights and other activities include First aid, Survival skills, DIY and 3D Craft and design

Girlguiding has announced the details of more than 800 new badges and activities designed to equip over 400,000 girls and young women with the skills and experiences they will need to thrive, succeed, make change and be happy in the modern world.

The revamp and modernisation of the programme of activities and badges is the biggest ever overhaul in the charity’s history and covers all that girls and young women do in Girlguiding from the ages of five to 18.

Girls and young women have led this transformation over the last 18 months with more than 50,000 involved in testing new activities and badges and having their say on everything from colours and content to shapes and names. Their input has helped to create a unique and extensive choice of activities which reflects the diversity of girls and modern life in the 21st century. The programme aims to support every girl to reach her potential by giving her the opportunity to discover and explore a wide variety of new interests while building her skills and confidence, all in the trusted care of the 100-year-old organisation.

Jess Bond, Lead Volunteer for Programme, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for Girlguiding – it’s revolutionary. We’ve really listened to what girls have told us they’d like to see and incorporated their suggestions, creating new badges and activities and updating others so they’re relevant now and in the future. We’ve always moved with the times and we hope to welcome even more members to Girlguiding in Scotland with this diverse range of activities as there really is something for every girl. Our ambition is to give girls the opportunity to discover and develop their interests, skills and confidence, take on new challenges and have fun and adventure with their friends. We want girls to feel equipped to take on the world.”

The new programme of activities is divided into interest badges, skills builders, group activities and awards, all developed around six themes: Skills for my Future, Have Adventures, Be Well, Know Myself, Express Myself and Take Action.

And as the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, the new programme marks a significant investment in girls’ futures. More than £3m has been put into delivering the project, including support from partners such as Google, EasyJet, Rolls Royce and Legal and General. Expert insight from organisations including the Council for British Archaeology, St John Ambulance, The Royal Horticultural Society and WWF has also helped shape the content of the activities.

The new programme of activities is divided into interest badges, skills builders, group activities and awards, all developed around six themes: Skills for my Future, Have Adventures, Be Well, Know Myself, Express Myself and Take Action.

And as the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, the new programme marks a significant investment in girls’ futures. More than £3m has been put into delivering the project, including support from partners such as Google, EasyJet, Rolls Royce and Legal and General. Expert insight from organisations including the Council for British Archaeology, St John Ambulance, The Royal Horticultural Society and WWF has also helped shape the content of the activities.

Katrina Lambert, 17, a young leader with her local Rainbow unit in Edinburgh, said: “Having started as a Brownie myself, I’ve had some amazing experiences during my time in Girlguiding, from travelling to Holland at 14 to take part in an International Jamboree, to speaking out as a Girlguiding British Youth Council Delegate which led to me getting involved in advocacy and eventually being able to travel to the United Nations! All of this has really helped me to grow in confidence and develop my skills.

Now as a young leader I’m really proud that I have the chance to inspire and empower other girls at the very start of their Girlguiding journey. I can see so clearly the positive impact that Girlguiding can have, watching the girls grow in confidence and gain new skills. It’s also great to see girls making friends and having loads of fun along the way. My Rainbows are so amazing and they inspire me every time I see them!

That’s why I’m so excited to be a part of the new programme. Girls and volunteers from all over the UK have been a part of shaping and testing the new badges and activities and I know my Rainbows can’t wait to get stuck in and try something new.”

Interest badges will enable girls to tailor their Girlguiding experience to explore something that interests them, expanding their knowledge and trying new things as they carry out three challenges independently before being awarded their badge. Girls can choose from a wide variety of interest badges such as Grow your own, Speaking out, Whittling, Saver, Digital design and Construction.

For the all new skills builder badges girls will take part in small group activities to develop their skills over six different stages. Each stage builds on the previous as girls progress through Girlguiding, from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and on to Rangers, giving them the chance to take on challenges and develop their skills in camping, leadership and first aid to name a few.

As well as interest badges and skills builders, additional group activities have been specially created for the traditional weekly meetings. They cover topics like DIY, Survival skills, Exploring nature, Money management and 3D Craft and design and will ensure there’s something different on offer each week.

The new programme is being phased in over the next twelve months and will be fully rolled out by September 2019.

Tori, 7, a Brownie from Edinburgh, said : “Brownies is so much fun, I love doing all the different activities, and having fun with my leader and my friends. I’m really excited to try the new badges like performing and inventing.”

Madeleine, 12, a Guide from West Dunbartonshire, added: “Being in Guides is brilliant because you get to try so many different things – like camping, survival skills and campaigning on issues you care about. I’m really excited to try out all the new activities and badges next term like the craftivism badge!”

Kara, 16, a young leader and member of the Ranger section for girls age 14-18 from West Dunbartonshire, said: “The new programme is so exciting – girls from all over the UK have been involved in shaping the new badges and activities and I can’t wait to get try them out, especially the activities around confidence and entrepreneurship, that are going to help me plan my future career and give me the skills to take the lead.”

For more information on new programme of badges and activities visit https://bit.ly/2tZvQmu

Girlguiding Scotland will be rolling out the new programme to its around 50,000 young members over the next year.

To find out more about Girlguiding in Scotland visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk

 

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Girls and volunteers are available for interview. For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Mairi Gordon, Senior Media and PR Officer on 0131 226 4511 / 07852 554 779 or email marketing@girlguiding-scot.org.uk

Notes to editors:

About the new programme:

  • Over 50,000 girls were involved in testing the activities
  • A further 6,169 were involved in additional consultation
  • 18 in communities across the UK.

The renewal of Girlguiding’s youth programme is supported by a grant of £1m from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport through the Tampon Tax Fund. This grant has underpinned the development of new badges, resources and activities for girls and young women aged five to

About Girlguiding in the UK:

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years (4-7 in Ulster)), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and Rangers (14–18 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk

About Girlguiding Scotland:

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, with around 50,000 young members. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. Find out more at www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.