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, image004.jpgmake 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 the Midlands 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.
Natalie Bateman, Lead Volunteer for Communications and Engagement, Girlguiding Midlands, said:
“It’s a really exciting time to be a leader with the introduction of the new programme. It’s fantastic that girls of all ages, including those from across the Midlands Region have helped to shape the new badges and activities – so there is really something for everyone. There will now be even more opportunities for the girls I support to build their confidence, develop their skills or even try something completely new.
“As a Leader, one of the most rewarding aspects for me is that girls are also having fun with their friends along the way, as they develop their own individuality.”
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.
Alex, a member of the 1st Pedmore Brownies said:
“The new programme sounds so exciting, and it is great that other Brownies just like me have been involved. I’m looking forward to trying lots of new activities with my friends.”
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