Be part of the world of guiding this Thinking Day

Today we’re kicking off a series of blogs to mark the launch of our new video showing what it’s like to be part of Girlguiding Scotland. Check back throughout this week as we’ll be sharing blogs from guiding members in the lead up to Thinking Day.

Laura Peacock, Rainbow and Brownie Helper in Perthshire blogs about why she joined the fun of guiding.

So it’s Thinking Day. The day when Guides and Scouts celebrate our global guiding movement. Doesn’t it feel great to be part of something so local and yet so far reaching? At our Thinking Day service we’ll be celebrating the opportunities and development that guiding brings to girls all over the world.

I volunteer with the Blackford Rainbow and Brownie Unit in Perthshire. We’re a fantastic group of 28 young girls, three Young Leaders, and dedicated parent helpers as well as the amazing Barbara who is our overall leader. When I first moved to Blackford with my husband and two girls, there were only a small handful of Rainbows and Brownies gathering weekly in the village hall. Now we are bursting at the seams with more girls joining the group each term and many of our older girls moving up to Guides.

So why did I decide to volunteer at Brownies? Well, the unit was looking for a Leader and asked the parents to help out. At first, I thought who would want to spend a work night with a pack of young girls? And give up valued downtime to relax and unwind? But I love the fact that the girls come with a smile and a story every week. That they get to learn new things and think about what they’ve heard, build their skills, knowledge and capabilities – and they do it all without realising because it’s so much fun.

I would encourage anyone who believes that young people are our future to find a way to nurture, encourage and develop our young people. Volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland is such a great way to be part of that.

I’ve learned new skills from others – I now can do a bit of the Charleston, try my hand at making pumpkin bread and even make a balloon-powered car! I’ve learned how to encourage some of the harder to reach kids – and I‘ve also learned what doesn’t work – and I’ve met some really fantastic young kids who are themselves an inspiration. There’s so much to be gained.

Think about it, but don’t stop at thinking. Be part of the world of guiding.

Want to find out more about Girlguiding Scotland? Watch our video to see what it’s like to be a member with us and get involved.