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  1. Burghilly

    Weekly Discussion: Affordable for all?

    So I suppose this neatly comes back to the question. Can you only be a Leader if you can afford it? On the other hand , for many people Guiding is their hobby. If you have a non guiding hobby most people are prepared to pay to take part in their chosen hobby , so should we happily absorb the...
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    Weekly Discussion: Affordable for all?

    I very often find myself paying for items out of my own money the claiming back at the end of term. Our bank account does not have a debit card and all cheques need two signatures. It also has no online banking facility so me paying up front is the easiest way to do it. Sometimes this can be...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    But if a girls wants to get her Gold Award I don't see how you can just go for a scatter-gun approach to doing the themes , on the off chance she might just complete them all in her 4 years as a Guide ?
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Never thought of that. I just assumed they had to be from the same theme. That sounds like a better idea .☺
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    ?? I thought the idea was you did the UMA's according to the theme you were running so they compliment the skills builders ? I'm also not sure how easy it would be run 2 different themes at the same time . Wouldn't that get very confusing and also difficult to record ?
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I understand the idea on trying to encourage working independently and for many girls I'm sure this will work really well , but there will always be those who need a little extra help - one way or another. For a organisation that goes out of its way to help people achieve their potential , it...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Could the girls run it like a GFI so they would have to plan it all, bring all the stuff and carry it out - with zero assistance from leaders? I'm just trying to think of those girls without the space at home even for small project but could use the Guide meeting space? Or is it more if a case...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    On the topic of interest badges one of the big things that came up at our district meeting last night was whether many girls would actually do them outside the unit meeting. Many seem snowed under by school work or other activities. Some will have supportive parents but others will not. I...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I hear what you're saying Fenris and yes , all my comments so far are based solely on my thoughts that have come through while planning. My concerns so far are based on the fact that the program has change for being hugely girl and leader led to with only a loose guide line in terms of what...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Thinking out loud ... I've been struggling to plan for this term now that 60 % of what we do is compulsory, 'off the card' activities . I was aiming to cover 2 themes per year, with the change over in mid Feb. This way I could do all 6 themes in 3 years, therefore allowing for some girls to...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Couldn't agree more! Little things that have cropped up during my planning include: What is the role of the patrol now? Lots of the cards say ' in small groups ' but few actually specify patrols. Where is the opportunity for girls to run their own activities? Is it down to the leader to...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I am also feeling a bit restricted my planning. I know we have 40% of our time to do what we like but across a 12 week term that's not much. I'm sure there are a lot of people who will find running meeting from the card a god-send, but at the same time will we end up with leaders who can ONLY...
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    How to enjoy 'Now'.

    Us leaders are always thinking ahead and always have something to plan, whether it's next week's meeting , next terms programme or next year's international trip. How do others manage to enjoy 'now '? I know I'm guilty of being part-way through a busy unit meeting and think 'Phew- glad this...
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    New Anniversary badges

    I was going to go by their time in Guiding and give them the most recent badge e.g. if they started as Rainbow age 5 and are now with me as Guide age 12 I'm going to give them a 7 year badge . I won't be backdating them as the new programme didn't officially start till July. One question...
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    Are promise badges still a thing?

    There is certainly a major lack of the trefoil as an image in a lot of the most recent branding. I think there was a discussion about this a while ago. Personally, I feel the importance of the promise badge has diminished in recent years, perhaps with the relaxation of where Guides can put...