2014 means that it’s thirteen years since I attended my first Rainbow meeting. And it wasn’t long after that I grew up into a Brownie myself. 2014 also means that it’s eight years since I left Brownies to walk through the candles up to Guides. But most importantly, for girls all around the UK, 2014 means that Brownies are 100.
I can’t tell you much about the Brownies, or their history. I’ve said, they’re just not me. I’m definitely a Rainbow leader, through and through. But I can tell you about the Guide centenary. That was in 2010, and that was one of the most memorable years of my life. I camped for the first time, I went on my first ever Guide holiday, and it was the finale ceremony that made me decide that I wanted to be a Young Leader at Rainbows.
And another thing that I can definitely tell you about is Girlguiding as a whole, and what an amazing organisation we are! For all of you who don’t have a clue what girlguiding is, and all this talk of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides is making you think of leprechauns, chocolate cake and tourism, here is girlguiding in a nutshell:
(Although some of the following is my own words and opinion, some is taken from this following page: http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/system_pages/small_navigation/press_office/surprising_facts.aspx)
Girlguiding is the largest youth organisation for girls in the UK today.
Rainbows are the youngest members, aged 5-7. More than 14% of six year olds are Rainbows.
Brownies are the next section, and they’re aged 7-10. About 25% of eight year old girls are Brownies.
After that, there are the Guides, aged 10-14. 10% of eleven year old girls are Guides.
The Senior Section comprises of Rangers, Young Leaders, and Leaders aged 14-25.
All of the leaders who run meetings for these groups are volunteers.
Girlguiding has more members than the population of Barbados, Iceland, or the Bahamas.
Girlguiding has about 450000 young members. If we all held hands in a line, the line would be 850km long. That’s the length of 8095 busses. We could fill the Royal Albert Hall ninety times.
And that’s an organisation which I’m proud to be part of.
We discover. We grow.
If you want to get involved with girlguiding as either a Young Member or a Leader, go to: http://www.girlguiding.org.uk and click on ‘Get Involved’
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