The Girlguiding programme
The Girlguiding programme describes the opportunities that we provide to girls when they become members
Girls are challenged, inspired and empowered through our programme – and have loads of fun!
Our young members meet regularly with their units and take part in activities, experiences and opportunities. We call this the programme. Leaders and volunteers have a special responsibility to plan and deliver a programme with plenty of chances for girls to find out who they are and to become their best self.
What the programme gives to girls
Through their programme girls should:
- Learn about themselves
- Find their voice, discover how to use it and feel empowered to do so
- Gain skills and confidence so that they feel they can take risks and achieve wonderful things
The structure of the programme
In summer 2018, we revealed a brand new programme developed with the input of over 50,000 girls, volunteers, and their parents. By the start of the autumn term in 2019, all of our units will have made the changeover to this new programme. The new activities and badges are organised under six themes in every section, from Rainbows to the new Rangers section.
The activities in the programme support every girl to develop in line with our educational framework and have been designed to support five key elements, known as the Five Essentials. This structure ensures that we support girls and young women to reach their fullest potential in a consistent way.
Our current programme for each section will be retired at the end of the 2018/19 academic year.
Running the programme in your unit
If you are planning to run the new programme in your unit there are a whole host of support materials to help you get started.
These guidance notes for leaders will help you get your unit started on the new programme, and know what to expect in our changeover year 2018-19.
- Guidance notes for all leaders
- Changeover guidance - Rainbows
- Changeover guidance - Brownies
- Changeover guidance - Guides
- Changeover guidance - The Senior Section to Rangers
Explaining the new programme to parents
To help explain our new programme to parents we’ve created handy section-specific information sheets. They explain: why the programme has changed, how it’s different, what will be staying the same, as well as what the new programme looks like and how it works. Simply download the version you need for your unit and share it by email or print it off to give to parents.
- Rainbows information sheet for parents
- Brownies information sheet for parents
- Guides information sheet for parents
- The Senior Section information sheet for parents
If you are running the previous programme, use the guidance notes for section leaders to make sure girls get the most out of the programme you offer, and that you are applying the Five Essentials.
- Guidance notes for Rainbow Leaders
- Guidance notes for Brownie Leaders
- Guidance notes for Guide Leaders.
If you run a Senior Section unit, you'll find lots of useful information in our Being a Leader for The Senior Section e-learning resource.