Encouraging learning

Our young members should always be learning and developing through the activities they do in guiding

Non-formal learning opportunities for girls and young women are the basis of our offer

 When planning the programme with your girls, you should consider what they want to learn and discover and how they want to develop their whole selves. Don't forget to consider the Five Essentials and include regular opportunities to do activities in small groups as well as activities as a whole unit.

Try something new

  • Try skills builders activities that are designed to be done in small groups to help the girls and young women learn more about themselves and how they relate to others.
  • Poit girls in the direction of an interest badge that they haven't looked at before and encourage them to complete it themselves at home to expand their skills.
  • Have an expert visit your unit to teach the girls a new skill. 

Extend girls' knowledge

  • Revisit an activity that your unit has done before and take it a step further.

Learn in groups

  • Offer unit meeting activities that develop leadership skills, such as team challenges, wide games and role play.
  • Have an evening of girls teaching skills to each other.

Include everyone

  • Give girls the chance to choose which activities and badges they do and make sure every girl gets to do something she puts forward to the group. 
  • Try a rotating activity night with a range of challenges to reflect people's different skills.

Look outside guiding

  • Engage in community action so the girls can learn more about their community and take an active role.

Our Educational Framework

Remind yourself of the framework we use to help girls to develop skills and competencies through their guiding experiences.