Being a Guide leader has given me more than I ever thought possible. We have a unit of around 40 girls ages 10-14, we meet each week during term time, and it’s a highlight of my week filled with laughter and surprises. I have found myself helping girls use retina scanners to photograph the insides of their eyes, toasting giant marshmallows around a late night campfire to make s’mores, collecting for food hampers to support the local community, having a snowball fight on a glacier in Switzerland 3500m in the air, and sampling lots of different kinds of chips to find the very best. We do badges, we camp out, we get messy, we have pamper nights, we kayak, we have movie nights in our onesies and we make our voices heard when it comes to girls’ rights. Girlguiding is run by volunteers and it gives all girls a space to be themselves, have fun and try new things away from the stresses of school and the pressures of teenage life. It’s important, it matters and it’s a movement I feel very proud to be part of. I have met really incredible, inspirational women and made lifelong friends through volunteering with the unit, and I have relished each new opportunity being a member of Girlguiding brings.
We aim to help girls build their skills, their confidence and their friendships; watching them grow into amazing young women is so rewarding. However, we desperately need more volunteers to keep the unit running, so if you could give a couple of hours each week to get involved in the unit, we’d love to hear from you: all you need is enthusiasm! Please get in touch! You can find us at [email protected].