The Girlguiding programme
The Girlguiding programme describes the opportunities that we provide to girls when they come to meetings
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
The activities in each section's programme follow an Educational Framework and are structured around five key elements, known as the Five Essentials. This structure ensures that we all support girls and young women to reach their fullest potential in a consistent way.
The programme for each section is tailored to the ages and abilities of the girls who take part. Find out what girls do in their programme across our sections:
- Rainbows – aged 5–7 (4–7 in Northern Ireland)
- Brownies – aged 7–10
- Guides – aged 10–14
- The Senior Section – aged 14–26.
Running the programme in your unit
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.
Our guidance notes for The Senior Section are being updated - but 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.
Our programme by section
Use the Activity Finder
To choose an exciting activity to do with your unit