A wish list for the week!

Includes: Indoors, Promise

Activity time:
30 mins

Age:
14+

Cost:
Low
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Seven days of Promise activity

See if girls can turn the Promise into concrete action over a week

Overview

1. At one meeting, girls should make a list for the coming week that includes a special task for each line of the Promise.

2. At the next meeting, look at how much they have managed to achieve over the week. Reflect on how easy or hard it was and how they could continue this in the future.

Examples

I promise that I will do my best

1. I’m actually going to set aside time to study this week. Most of the time, I just cram near the exams, which is really stressful. I don’t really put my best into preparing so I’m always really nervous when it comes to taking my exams. This week I’m going to do it right, find a quiet place and give myself the time to study properly so that I can do my best in my exams.

To be true to myself and develop my beliefs

1. This week I’m going to speak up when I see something I don’t agree with. There are things that bother me, like in work when you hear people gossiping about someone behind their back or when I see something in a magazine that is offensive to women, and mostly I feel like there’s nothing I can do so I won’t say anything. But that’s not true, is it? There’s always something you can do. So starting this week, I’m going to speak out about things that I don’t agree with.
2. This week I am going to take some time to appreciate the world around me. For me, one of the wonders of the world is the countryside in which I live. I’m fortunate – I live in an amazing part of the world that allows me to see nature at its very best. I’m going to take five minutes out each day to observe my surroundings to remind me just how beautiful the world is.

To serve the Queen and my community

1. In my local area, there is a big recycling campaign. They now provide a doorstep recycling service that means you don’t even have to take the items anywhere. All it requires is some effort on my part to sort out my plastic, glass, paper, tins, cardboard and food from the other waste, and then it can be collected and recycled. That way, I help reduce the mountain of rubbish that is added to landfill sites every day.
2. Normally this isn’t a problem, as I’m a Brownie Leader – but this week it’s half term. Can I have a week off for good behaviour? No? Okay then, I need to find an alternative to my guiding activities. Next weekend is Bonfire Night, which means our local Round Table group will be looking for volunteers to help serve teas and coffees at the event. That’s something I can easily do.

To help other people

1. I’ve been meaning to have a clear out for ages, and this challenge provides me with the perfect excuse to go through my wardrobe and my cupboards, and donate all those things that I no longer use or wear to the local charity shop.

And to keep the Guide Law

1. I think this is something you can’t exactly plan to do; it’s more of a review activity really. So, at the end of the week I’m going to review the laws and see if I can identify any incidents where I didn’t really do things the way I should.
2. This is quite a challenge. It really makes you think just how much we promise to do when we say those words as a member of Girlguiding. I know we’re not expected to necessarily do all parts of the Promise every week, but actually, unless you make a serious effort, it’s all too easy to only do half your Promise for most of the time. It’s really made me think – and I’m going to try and do this challenge once a term, just to make sure I am doing everything I promised I would.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Promise activities may encourage girls to talk about their own backgrounds and belief systems. Read our guidance on including all girls. 

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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