Make yourself at home

Includes: Indoors, Helping others

Activity time:
30 mins


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A welcome activity

Helps girls identify how they can be welcoming as a unit and make their meeting place more inviting.


  1. In small groups, ask your unit to think of different ways of welcoming new members to their meeting. Ask them to write down or draw their ideas and share them with the rest of the unit.
  2. In a circle, ask the girls questions about their ideas. What could we do in our Sixes/Patrols/small groups to encourage girls to stay? Do we use words that new members won’t understand? How could we describe things so new members will know what we mean? Is there anything we could do to make the meeting place look more inviting?
  3. As a group, decide on what you want to do to make your meeting more welcoming.
  4. Put your plan into action for the next time you have new members joining your unit

Planning checklist

Safety notes

When someone new visits your unit, get their parent or carer to complete an Information and Consent for Event/Activity form so you have their contact details in an emergency.

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