Girlguiding Scotland launches new Gaelic resource for Rainbows

A Gaelic version of the activity book used by girls when they join local Rainbow units has been launched today by the charity Girlguiding Scotland.

Ready for Rainbows is a resource available to all new Rainbows when they join a local group. The book explains things such as the Rainbow song, uniform and promise to girls who are new to the group, along with activities to complete and games for the girls to play. The new Gaelic translation – Deiseil Airson Boghan-Froise – was developed after several Gaelic-speaking girls joined a Rainbow unit in Skye.

There are almost 11,500 Rainbows in Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands through to cities in the central belt. The Rainbow programme, named the Rainbow Jigsaw, focuses on learning by doing, and allows girls aged five to seven to develop self-confidence, build friendships, learn new things and have fun with girls their own age. It is split into four parts – Look, Learn, Laugh and Love – to encourage a wide variety of activities. Rainbows can progress on to Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section as they grow.

Jane Hartley-Oliver, Rainbow Leader with the 1st Back Rainbow Unit, Western Isles, said: “About half of my unit are Gaelic speakers so this resource will help make sure they don’t miss out on anything.

“The new Gaelic version of Ready for Rainbows will make them feel much more comfortable as for some of the girls Gaelic is their first language at home.”

Denise Spence, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland, said: “We’re really proud to be launching Deiseil Airson Boghan-Froise as it means our Gaelic-speaking girls won’t miss out on any of the fun when they join Rainbows.”