Unit meeting activities and skills builders are now free

Order them for free on our online shop

21 November 2023

Last updated: 22 January 2024.

You can get our unit meeting activity packs(1-10) and skills builders for free from our online shop. 

Did you know that girls have completed over 7 million unit meeting activities and over 1 million skills builders since 2018? And it’s all thanks to you. 

Whether it’s organising your activities for the term, running meetings or collecting materials, thank you for helping us to bring these activities to life. It means girls get to have fun and challenge themselves every day.  

You can get our unit meeting activity packs(1-10) and skills builder packs for free from our online shop.

Right now we have free physical copies available for a limited time only. By the end of February 2024, they will also be available as free PDFs to download. No further physical copies of these packs will be available after we run out of current stock. 

Get free UMAs and skills builders

Browne our range of unit meeting activities for all sections. Pick up your free physical copies while stocks last.

Why are they free?

You told us you want the Girlguiding programme to cost less. And we want everyone - both girls and volunteers - to feel like they can be a part of Girlguiding, no matter the cost.  

This doesn’t mean we’ll be getting rid of the programme or introducing a new one. But we’re identifying how we can continue to make the current programme the best it can be for everyone. We’re excited to be able to make this change and help more people feel included in what we do. 

What about other programme resources?

We know that some programme resources mean a lot to people. Girls have told us that they like to keep physical copies to record in. Our badge books and section handbooks are a great example, so they'll remain available to purchase. 

When will activity packs be available to download? 

Unit meeting activities and skills builders will be available to download as PDFs by the end of February 2024.

After listening to your feedback about how we can make the programme more supportive for volunteers, we know it’s important to have the option to download unit meeting activities and skills builders. We hope this will help you run activities for a lower cost and make them more accessible to everyone across Girlguiding. 

Unit meeting activities and skills builder packs will be available to download from our online shop by the end of February 2024. Here’s how you’ll be able to get them: 

  • Click on the activity pack you want. 
  • Add it to your basket as normal.  
  • Once your order has gone through, you'll be able to access the free PDF download of the pack.    
  • We plan to make all unit meeting activities and skills builders available to download in the future too. 

We understand this may mean you need to print activities if you want physical copies. Guiding should never leave you out of pocket. You might spend some of your own money on expenses when volunteering. It's important you claim it back as an expense.

Find out more about claiming expenses.

Where can I get the free packs?

You can pick up unit meeting activities (1-10) and skills builders for free via our online shop now. You’ll just need to pay a small postage fee.  

For now, unit meeting activity pack 11 will remain available to purchase on our online shop until the end of the year. This is because it’s our newest pack and we still have lots of physical copies. You can expect to see unit meeting activity pack 11 made free and available to download by the end of February 2024.

We’ll update you again soon once all packs are available to download via the online shop.

Will new unit meeting activities and skills builders be free in the future?

Yes, we plan to make all future unit meeting activities and skills builders free downloads in the future.  

First there will be a limited stock of physical copies available to purchase from the online shop (like pack 11). After a short period of time they will then be free to download.