Tackling waiting lists with holiday sessions

Did you know there are more than 6,000 girls age five across Scotland waiting to join in the fun and adventure of guiding?

We want to make sure girls don’t miss out on all the fun and adventure we have to offer. That’s why we’re looking for your help to support a series of pilot projects to give girls who are on waiting lists a chance to join in the fun.

How will holiday taster sessions work?

Holiday taster sessions are a great way to help keep girls on waiting lists engaged in guiding and give them a sample of all the fun & adventure to come.

Each session will typically offer the rough equivalent of a term of guiding (around 18 hours) taking place over an action-packed 3, 4, or 5 days, and girls have the option to make their Promise at the end of the session.

What happens after the taster sessions?

If you are in an area with long waiting lists, you might worry about running a taster session if there’s not spaces available in local units for girls to join afterwards.

But the fun doesn’t have to stop at the end of the taster session. Girls can go onto join units as spaces become available throughout the year but you can also explore other ways to keep girls engaged – from continuing to offer school holiday sessions, one-off events or by encouraging girls to join Lones, our remote guiding scheme.

Some girls actually find that guiding in the holidays is more convenient due to other term-time commitments.

How you can help

If you’re guiding in an area with a long waiting list and would be interested in running or supporting a taster session during the school holidays we’d love to hear from you!

You don’t have to be available for the whole project but you do need to be enthusiastic, open to new ideas and enjoy being part of a team. It doesn’t matter if you’re relatively new to Girlguiding yourself or a long-time member, everyone is welcome to get involved, regardless of age or experience.

Each new project will be fully funded through the Gannochy Trust Developing Guiding Fund. This includes costs associated with activities and programme resources, uniform for girls and adults, venue hire, transport, training materials, etc.

Get in touch

Whether you’re interested in volunteering as an individual or as a small group of members from your District, Division or County – we want to hear from you.

It’s important that new projects meet local needs so please chat to your Commissioner about whether a holiday taster sessions could work for your area. To find out more about how to get involved contact Louise Henderson, Membership Development Manager via email or call 0131 226 4511.

If you don’t think what we’re describing would work well in your area but you have an idea for an alternative flexible guiding project, get in touch as there may be other funding available to help develop your idea further.