Unit meeting activities

A closer look at unit meeting activities

There’s a huge range of things to try in our growing suite of fun, ready-to-go unit meeting activities.

Girls will be able to explore topics as diverse as DIY, self-defence, exploring nature and 3D craft and design – and many, many more!

We’ve worked with our members to develop lots of new activities, on topics that girls and young women told us they wanted to explore with their friends at their regular meetings.

These activities are about taking part, trying new things and having fun as a group. There’s a variety of lengths and styles, so they can work for 10-minutes of fun at the end of a unit meeting or a longer introduction on a new topic. And they all sit within our programme themes and count towards earning a Theme award.

These unit meeting activities come on specially designed activity cards. They’re bright, colourful and simple to follow, to encourage all girls to get involved or to take the lead.

‘Our Rainbows all participated and enjoyed the activities, building confidence in even the shyest girl.’ – Rainbow leader who tested activities

The format of the cards themselves was designed with input from 538 girls. We tested activities with more than 11,000 girls, from Rainbows to Rangers, to make sure they’re girl-led, meet the needs of our young members and can be easily delivered in unit meetings.

‘Love my Rainbow pack. The cards are sturdy, clear and the activities are fun.’ – Rainbow leader who tested the activities

There are lots of different activities now available for units – 36 for each section. It’s not quite enough for girls to complete all their Theme awards just yet, but we won’t stop there! New packs of activities are already being developed and will be released regularly each year, so there’ll always be something fresh for girls to try. 

New unit meeting activities for all sections will be available to buy from the Girlguiding online shop and local volunteer shops in January 2019. The pack will include 12 new activity cards, covering 12 topics across the six 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.

As girls focus on a range of themes they’ll build up the hours they need to get their hands on their Theme awards over a couple of years. To make sure you have a balanced and varied programme, try to mix and match activities from different themes over time. This gives girls plenty of time to make up the right number of unit meeting activity hours if they want to work towards an award.

The new programme has been designed to take up about 60% of unit meeting time. That leaves plenty of room for leaders and girls to do other activities too. These can be anything you want, including adventurous outdoor activities, games, trips and visits, and don’t need to connect to a theme. Just remember that if girls want to do a Theme award they’ll need to make up the unit meeting activity hours by doing official Girlguiding unit meeting activities.

Get activity packs for your unit

Leaders and volunteers can pick up packs of activities for their units through our online shop.

Shop for unit meeting activity packs