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    Weekly Discussion: So what’s 40%?

    I think we ought to be offering a programme which allows a committed girl with good (but not perfect) attendance, who is in the section for an appropriate length of time, to achieve the SBs and UMAs needed for her Gold Award, in unit meetings. A Rainbow needs to cover 18 hours of UMAs, plus six...
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    Not Celebrating Special Days?

    We tend to do a Christmas-themed evening (which will be different each year) + perhaps one or two other festivals, depending on what the girls ask to do.
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    Strategy 2020

    No - they have to add to ten.
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    Strategy 2020

    The problem is that if you are a bit keen on apples, quite like bananas, hate the rest of the listed fruit, but adore kiwi, there is no way of giving 2 to apples, 3 to bananas and zero to the rest, plus filling in kiwi as an option. So you will have to give 4 to apples and six to bananas, be...
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    Strategy 2020

    It is easier for them to do this way, because they count up the number of points and get figures which represent how we see Girlguiding, and how we want to see it. It is also easier for them because they are constraining how we see it and how we want to see it - both in the options, but also in...
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    Strategy 2020

    I don't really want to get involved in any additional tasks, roles or groups at the moment, but I would really like to contribute - and the culture survey is incredibly hard to respond to! If I do the survey, I will have to answer those questions, and there is no option for 'none of the above'...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    It would be really helpful to know the timescale for releasing new UMAs - then we can start letting girls know when new ideas will be available, as we use ideas and the pool of current unused ones gets smaller. And it will give us a steer on what 'new packs will be released throughout the year'...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    There definitely aren't enough for Guides yet. Might they be repeating activities? It doesn't sound right, and GO won't let you count things twice - but if they used the trial pack as soon as it came out, perhaps they are doing things again? I don't think it explicitly says anywhere that you...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    Looking again at the new programme notes: "Typically, girls would need to be in a unit for a minimum of two years to complete all the unit-based activities required to achieve all six theme awards." I would be interested to know how long the programme designers were expecting an average Guide...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    This is also important as it takes time to create a UMA. As pointed out on another thread, all the ideas sent in have to be checked for copyright infringements, checked against the Skills Builders and the existing programme materials for all sections, written into standard form, sent out to be...
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    Brownie Theme Award and Anniversary Certificates

    Hi Jellie, these look amazing, thank you! Can I ask where you found the clip art?
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    Yes - it's interesting how the girls' choice for UMAs has been distributed across the themes. It definitely needs keeping an eye on, as it would be easy for the hours for one or two themes to fall behind: we're doing fewer Take Action and Be Well activities than I would have expected, and the...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    Most of the UMAs we've tried have gone down well, and we've had some great, positive feedback from the girls. There are some good ideas included, with a mixture of traditional and new. Almost all of them have taken longer than listed, largely because of the time taken for everyone to have a go...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    I am aiming for around 10 hours per year of UMAs (Guides). This is because: - at Guide age, there will be people missing meetings for very sensible reasons (e.g. attending parents' evenings). I want to offer slightly more than the minimum number of UMAs to mean that these girls are not...
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    Girlguiding survey: new uniform for YLs

    Oh gosh yes, so did I (although I did like the aqua!). And you're right about parents not necessarily knowing. But as a leader, I want to be able to see who's who across a field or a large hall - especially at a big event or camp, where you might not know everyone. When you are doing a quick...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    This was our initial thinking - a Skills Builder per term, covering all the themes over two years, then doing the other set over the next two years (potentially including a higher level of the first topic if a small group definitely wanted to do that one).
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    Girlguiding survey: new uniform for YLs

    YLs need to be quickly distinguishable from adults, mainly for their own protection in not being put into tricky situations (e.g. being left in sole charge of girls, or being at the receiving end of a parental complaint) by others assuming that they are older. I'd be wary of anything which looks...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    When Girlguiding initially asked for activity ideas, they specified the topics, then a different set a little later. I'd imagine it's much easier to compare and test ideas, and work out which section is the best fit, by having them all together - and then you've tested them, so they are the ones...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    UPDATE: from January 2019 we will have five official story-telling activities and three official 3D craft UMAs for Express Yourself. Then that's it until either we get another one in the magazine, or the next pack is released - Easter? Summer? Autumn? If we get another two in the 3D crafts topic...
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    Girlguiding survey: new uniform for YLs

    A new uniform for young leaders There are four potential colourways for the new YL uniform: these are visible once you have selected your age range, role and Guiding region.