I can't imagine my life without guiding
Harriet, member of Rangers, tells us how having a girl-only space, great opportunities and chances to help others makes guiding special
Personally, I'd say that having a place where you know you won't be judged by anyone helps us grow into confident women who know that their peers are there to support them every step of the way.
Having a girl-only space is so incredibly important to allow us to develop into young women. Personally, I'd say that having a place where you know you won't be judged by anyone helps us grow into confident women who know that their peers are there to support them every step of the way.
I started in Girlguiding as a Rainbow and thought that it was the most exciting thing ever! I made loads of new friends and my Mum always tells me how I asked if I could go to Rainbows every night of the week.
Moving up to Brownies and then Guides was a bit daunting but the Leaders and girls always made us feel so welcome and comfortable straight away. I can't imagine my childhood without being part of guiding.
If a girl was thinking about joining Girlguiding, I would tell her not to give it a second thought and to join up! I've had so many amazing opportunities from guiding - from being on local radio to travelling to Japan last summer! I would never had had the chance to take part in these things if I didn't become a member of guiding.
The friends I've made are truly irreplaceable and I would recommend anyone to join just to meet new people and make new friends.
I am definitely a more confident person because of guiding too. My Leaders are always encouraging us to grasp every opportunity that comes our way. For example, when the three-week trip to Japan became available, I wasn't sure whether to go because it was so far and such a long time to be away from my family. Fortunately, my Leaders persuaded me and I'm so, so, so glad that I took the chance because I can honestly say that it was the best three weeks of my life.
We're always looking to help others in guiding too. Just last week we paired up with the local Britain in Bloom team to help our town look much brighter and prettier for everyone. Fifteen members of Rangers doing some planting for a few hours got loads done.
I'm a Young Leader at my old Brownie and Guide units so every week I go and help run the sessions. Sometimes we even plan them which is really great as you see all the girls having such fun doing something which you organised.
Also, I've helped out at other local Brownie and Rainbow units, encouraging people to take guiding to the next level - this obviously worked as we now have new members from their groups!
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