How it feels leading my local Brownie unit

Carol Moore, Assistant Brownie Leader at 2nd Waddington Brownies, finds it can sometimes be difficult for others to understand why she gives so much of herself to Girlguiding, but feels it's actually a huge privilege!

The reaction I get

When people find out that I have been a Brownie Leader for 17 years, giving up my time without any pay, the most common response is to ask why.

It can sometimes be difficult for others to understand why you would give so much of yourself, but get nothing in return. However, to think that there is no reward in volunteering is a little short-sighted.

To think that there is no reward in volunteering is a little short-sighted.

It has been a great privilege to have been part of the lives of so many young girls. Seeing them change from “just out of Rainbows mice” into confident young women ready to fly, is just one of the many joys you experience when you are a Leader.

I have witnessed truly amazing transformations; from loner to team player, from being unsure of herself, to having a strong opinion, from having no voice to being a confident speaker, from thinking about herself to thinking about others, not just in the unit but in the community and worldwide.

If as parents you could choose any three qualities for your daughter to take into adulthood, what would be on that list?

Perhaps you might choose empathetic - thinking of others, doing good in the community, being inclusive. Maybe fearless - taking on new challenges, having a go and trying something different.

What about opinionated? That might sound a little negative, but we do want strong minded women with their own opinions and not those who follow others mindlessly.

You might choose talkative - okay maybe not always! But being a good communicator is the key to being successful in whatever path you follow. Lastly, confidence - the ability to go into the wide world knowing that they can achieve anything.

As part of a varied Brownie programme, these qualities are germinated, nurtured, developed and refined, not just through badges but in exciting, challenging and imaginative ways. 

As part of a varied Brownie programme, these qualities are germinated, nurtured, developed and refined, not just through badges, but in exciting, challenging and imaginative ways. Really living the words of the Promise through actions and deeds, in the unit and beyond.

Guiding is about preparing girls for life - and who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Here’s to the next 17 years!