What I learned from Lead into guiding

Gina, National Citizen Service volunteer learnt loads of new skills from 'Lead into Guiding' and is now keen to volunteer for us

After this course, I definitely want to progress my leading role further by helping in a local unit to start off with and maybe even having my own unit in the future. That is my leading ambition.

When I first heard about the 'Lead into guiding' course after taking part in the National Citizen Service project, I was fairly nervous. In the past I have struggled to meet new people with the same interests as me, but I felt that the five people who took part would all have similar goals on this programme.

Giving something back to the community

I was especially nervous when I found out that after some intensive training we would be running a two-day Brownie event held in the school holidays! The 'Lead into guiding' programme seemed ideal for me though, as I loved being a Rainbow and Brownie when I was younger and I am really enthusiastic about the idea of giving back to the community.

Over the first two days, we learned about leadership styles and Girlguiding, including background around the Promise and the Five essentials. We had some intense but fun safeguarding training which I found interesting. Then at the end of our second day we began to plan the two day event.

Working in a team

We had to plan EVERYTHING - from activities to snacks. This helped me learn to work more successfully in a team and to participate in group discussions a lot better than before.

By this point we had bonded as a group really well and were able to come together to plan some great activities, from making bird feeders to encouraging the Brownies to think about what they want to be when they're older.

Because of what we had learned about leadership, I feel like the Holiday Brownie event went really well. Especially when we had the opportunity to lead in a pair rather than a group of five.

A unit of my own

We did a sandwich-making workshop where the Brownies made their own lunch, and had a teddy bears' picnic, which they seemed to enjoy. At the end, we also had them reflect in a pow-wow about good turns and what counts as a good turn. I learnt a lot from the Brownies in this discussion.

After this course, I definitely want to progress my leading role further by helping in a local unit to start off with and maybe even having my own unit in the future. That is my leading ambition.

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