What are the Guides?

Being a Guide encourages girls to develop by undertaking challenges and pushing the boundaries of their experience. It is for girls aged 10-14.

What do they do?

The Guide programme is structured to enable Guides to participate in activities in five zones. A Leader should ensure that all programme zones are covered over a period of time.

Typically, Patrols will use a number of activities from a Go For It! pack for each zone and work their way through these. From time to time, the Leader may spot an opportunity to extend the programme or to help the Guides gain more from an activity by using her own knowledge and expertise.

Guides Programme

The five programme zones are detailed below:

Healthy lifestyles
To encourage in Guides a healthy lifestyle by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Areas covered could include:

  • body image
  • healthy eating
  • exercise
  • smoking
  • drug awareness
  • mental health issues

Global awareness
To increase awareness of global issues and of the contribution each Guide can make. Areas covered could include:

  • travel
  • refugees
  • the environment
  • citizenship
  • development education
  • world issues
  • international activities

Skills and relationships
To develop Guides’ self-confidence and self-worth and to improve their interpersonal and life skills. Topics covered could include:

  • communication skills
  • conflict resolution
  • rights and responsibilities
  • faith and personal values
  • teamwork
  • self-reliance
  • self-esteem

Celebrating diversity
To promote active citizenship in Guides and to develop their awareness of rights and responsibilities for all. Topics covered could include:

  • discrimination
  • community action
  • cross-community links
  • disability awareness
  • gender stereotypes

To challenge Guides with new experiences and adventure. Areas covered could include:

  • visiting places
  • new experiences
  • creative and adventurous activities
  • learning new skills

Leader in Charge

Fay McMullan (E-mail)