Helping hands hunt

Includes: Indoors, Helping others, Promise

Activity time:
30 mins


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Inspiration for helping others

Coming up with ways they can help others can be hard for Guides. Here’s a way to get them thinking.


  1. Hide cards, each with a single letter written on it, around your meeting place (indoors or outside). The letters should spell out a word, phrase or sentence – for example, 'helping', 'What I can do to help others' or 'helping hands'. Make sure there is a card for each girl or pair of girls.
  2. The girls or pairs must find a card each and then work with everyone in the unit to spell out the words or sentence.
  3. Once the words have been spelled out, the girls should think of ways they could help others using the letter they found. For example, if they found the letter P they could suggest posting letters or preparing a meal.
  4. Encourage discussion about the answers. If, for example, a suggestion for T is ‘tidy my bedroom’, this could be expanded to a discussion about how this would help someone.

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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

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed