Find out how parents can join the fun of guiding

Whether you’re a unit Leader looking for some extra help or a parent wanting to get more involved in guiding – everyone has loads to gain when parents support guiding in their area.

We know many parents may be eager to support their daughter’s unit but have limited time – the good news is there are lots of flexible ways to join in the fun and adventure.

Cat, who supports her daughter’s unit, 1st Limekilns Brownies, says:

“I decided to become a parent helper because I enjoy being a part of my daughter’s life. She loves Brownies so it’s great to see her in action, having fun with her friends and learning all sorts of new skills.

“Being a parent helper is so much fun and it’s given me a break from my usual day-to-day routine. We’ve had some fantastic adventures so far including taking the girls to Rise to the Challenge at Glamis Castle where they got to try all sorts of things from circus skills, science and woodwork. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we get up to this year!”

Feeling inspired? Here are 5 ways parents (and other family) can get involved!

1. Help out at trips away

Adventures outside the usual unit meeting space are always a highlight but they also require some extra planning and helpers on-hand. Whether you’re supporting day-trips, sleep-overs or camps you can help make sure the girls have an unforgettable experience. Find out more here.

2. Join a parent rota

A parent-helper rota is a great way to bring new helpers into a unit and an ideal option for anyone short on time. By joining your unit’s parent rota you can help out at unit meetings a few times each term providing some much-appreciated support to unit Leaders and getting to see what your daughter gets up to with guiding. Why not ask your daughter’s Leaders if they have a parent rota or if they would consider starting one?

3. Help keep your daughter’s unit running smoothly

There are lots of ways to support your daughter’s unit including some behind-the-scenes roles that can make a huge difference. Why not consider becoming a unit administrator or treasurer, supporting with some of the essential tasks that keep the unit running smoothly – from making bookings for trips to keeping track of accounts. Find out more about these roles here.

4. Share your skills

Girlguiding is all about enjoying new experiences and discovering new talents – so why not share your skills with your daughter’s unit. Perhaps you could lead a session related to your job or hobby – from science experiments to football coaching, Zumba dancing to photography! Let your unit’s Leaders know how you can help.

5. Raise some funds

Whether you’re raising money for a trip away or new equipment – fundraising can help unit Leaders offer action-packed fun for girls the whole year round and keep costs down.

There are lots of ways you can fundraise for your daughter’s unit including while you shop online using the easyfundraising tool.

Check with your unit’s Leaders to find out if your daughter’s unit is registered and if not let them know how easy it is to sign up. You can find out more about easyfundraising here and get inspired with our fundraising tips and resources here.