We gave Guides a taste of The Senior Section

Leader Ellen explains how her taster sessions makes moving up to The Senior Section less daunting

Introducing Guides to The Senior Section in a fun way helps them to understand all the exciting things they can do and having a box makes it easier!

In spring I was asked if my unit would run a meeting for a local Guide unit as a few of the Guides were thinking about joining us. I jumped at the chance because we hadn't had any new girls come up from Guides and this was the perfect opportunity to introduce our unit.

The Senior Section in a box

My Senior Section unit created 'The Senior Section in a box' which makes it easy to explain what we're about to Guide units. We now have activities to use with Guides to encourage them to join us. These are kept in a box so it's easy to carry and we're set to deliver sessions at the drop of a hat!

Our fun taster activities

Using our new 'The Senior Section in a box', my unit and I introduce Guides to all the exciting things we do as members of The Senior Section for example the Queen's Guide Award, Young Leadership Qualification, Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE). We have programme resources, badges and so on that we show them.

We have a taster activity for each of the eight areas of Look Wider which is a personal development programme for The Senior Section – although the Guides won't know what area it is from until they open the envelope! Examples include French skipping to represent fit for life, Go Fish! a matching card game for International, and pioneering with spaghetti and marshmallows for Out of Doors.

Our great results so far

So far we have run two taster sessions and have another in the pipeline. It is still early days but the Guides were really excited by the sessions we ran with them, so their Leaders think they will be ready to join us in the autumn. I would really recommend creating your own 'Senior Section in a box' as this is the biggest age group and there is so much to it. Introducing Guides to The Senior Section in a fun way helps them to understand all the exciting things they can do and having a box makes it easier!

More on moving up to the next section

We have loads of ideas that will help you support girls when they're moving up a section - whether they're a little Rainbow about to move up to Brownies or an older Guide moving up to join The Senior Section.