Timeline of programme updates
Here's what's happened so far in our programme journey and what's coming next.
Our new programme arrived in July 2018
Thank you to everyone who's been part of our programme journey. Take a look at the following timeline to see how we've developed the programme with your help and what will happen next.
You've been sending plenty of questions about the programme to the our journey mailbox. Although we can't answer all your queries now, the timeline should give you an idea of when you'll have more information.
What's coming up
We're rolling out the new programme throughout autumn and winter 2018 and into next year.
September - Rangers - The new Rangers polo shirt and hoodie will be available to pre-order from autumn 2018 and available to buy from January 2019.
January - New unit meeting activities - The next unit meeting activities for all sections will be available to buy from both the Girlguiding online shop and local volunteer shops. The pack will include 12 new activity cards, covering 12 topics across the 6 programme themes. Topics will be: Guiding traditions, Get guiding, Personal safety and self-defence, Fair play, Storytelling, 3D craft and design, Community action, Save the planet, DIY, Money, Survival skills and Exploring nature.
The beginning of 2019-20 academic year - Retiring the current programme - We switch over to the complete new programme!
What's happened so far
Since early 2017 we've been working with members to explore, test and develop a new programme. Expand the boxes below to find out what we've been up to and follow our journey to where we are today.
Summer 2018: Reveal
21 July - We revealed the new programme! - We were very excited to reveal our new programme for every girl.
21 July - Learning and development resources - We launched a range of independent learning and development resources for all members.
24 July - Activity recording on GO - We launced new features in GO which allow you to record unit meeting activities, skills builders and interest badges for all girls in the new programme. This is a first version, and we'll be gathering feedback to understand how it could be improved.
April 2018 to July 2017: Experiment
This second stage of our programme journey was all about experimenting - from testing activities with girls to gathering feedback from volunteers.
April - Information for trainers – We provided a complete overview of the resources trainers can expect to receive in summer 2018. This information will help trainers to start planning what new programme training to deliver throughout the 18/19 academic year.
easyJet partnership announced: We annouced that easyJet is sponsoring the new Aviation badge for Brownies, part of the new programme. The partnership is designed to engage more girls with aviation and raise awareness of opportunities to be a pilot as a future career.
18 – 25 year olds – The lead volunteer who will be leading this part of the planned changes, Rosalyn Old is now in post. So we’ll have more practical information about this age group this year.
Rangers - In January we revealed the new Rangers brand and logo.
Baden-Powell Challenge Award - At the end of 2017 we updated you on our awards, including revealing the exciting new Section Gold Award. The award takes the best bits of the Baeden-Powell and will be available to all sections.
Talking to you – We headed out to some of our great events in 2017 to speak to lots of you about your thoughts on some of the new programme designs.
Digital recording device - We started considering digital options that might help unit leaders record the progress of girls and young women through the new programme, while keeping in mind the limitations of lack of access to digital devices and WiFi in some units. More detail will be available in 2018.
Sponsorship - Transforming our new programme is a significant task, so we're talking to organisations with similar values to our own about sponsorship (both financial and expertise) to help us design and deliver it, and so keep costs as low as possible for you.
The Senior Section becomes 'Rangers' - After consulting with young members aged 12-25 and volunteers for The Senior Section, we revealed that the new 14-18 section will be called ‘Rangers’. We also confirmed that the exact cut off age for our new 14-18 section will be a member’s 19th birthday. More information, including the cut off age for young members with additional needs, can be found on The Senior Section page.
Taster pack - In July we posted a free taster pack of new programme activities to each main unit contacts’ home address, In the autumn term girls had lots of fun experimenting with the new programme in the autumn term. Lots of you shared pictures and quotes of your adventures on our official social media sites.
June to January 2017: Explore
This first stage of our programme journey was all about exploring - from asking for your activity ideas to receiving your suggestions for new names for The Senior Section.
Girls' testing pool - Over 10,000 parents (with their daughters) and 200 young members aged 14 to 18 signed up to help test our new programme and communications - we asked some of them to try out skills builders, interest badges and communication resources over the summer.
Badge consultation - In May we consulted members on the design of the new badges – what size and shape should they be? What should they look like? We also started looking at how both leaders and girls can keep a record of all of the new activities and badges they're doing. We asked these questions, and more, as we visited units and events around the UK.
Lead Volunteer - Jess Bond steps into the role of Lead Volunteer for new programme.
The Senior Section rebrand - We began our research to create a new look and name for The Senior Section. We made sure we took the time and space to get it right, read our blog for more information.
Our new Assistant Lead Volunteer – We welcomed Jess Bond as the new Assistant Lead Volunteer for Programme Renewal, leading on our plans for 18-25 year olds.
Youth research - To make sure we deliver and communicate the new programme in the right way, research agency Ipsos MORI UK emailed a survey to a random sample of parents (to help collate the views of 4 – 14 year olds) and members of The Senior Section in March. This helped us to understand how girls like to use digital media.
Activity submissions opened – We asked you to share you and your girls' activity ideas for our new programme.
How we consulted members - We shared our methods with you at the start of February and explained what we found when we asked members about transforming The Senior Section.
The new 14-18 aged section brand feedback – We shared a selection of names with members aged 12 to 18 to get their feedback by the end of February.
Changes to The Senior Section - You sent us feedback and questions about changes to The Senior Section. We responded at the beginning of January.
Submit your activity ideas - In January we invited you to send your activity ideas for some of the new themes.
What the new 14-18 aged section will wear - We sent out a survey in January inviting members aged 12 to 18 to tell us what they’d like to wear as part of the new section.
The new 14-18 aged section brand consultation - Creative workshops with members from across the country were held in January to help develop the new name and look for 14-18 year olds in guiding.
Including everyone - Many of you asked how we can continue our great record of including girls with additional needs if the age range for the oldest section changes. We addressed these questions in January.