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    New Programme - Discuss!

    I agree! I was looking at the craft badge too and was a little disappointed with the political angle. Shame there isn't more of a mix of 'just for fun/ learn a new skill' badges and activism type badges for those who are more interested in campaigning etc. None of mine have done any yet, but...
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    How do I get paid to do this !

    Thanks for the replies- some food for thought. Hopefully this might be useful to anyone else job hunting. As leaders we acquire so many skill but on my CV at the moment Guiding comes under the heading of Hobbies and Interests. I'm sure lots of us totally underestimate the skills we have,that...
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    How do I get paid to do this !

    Ladies- having a bit of a job crisis at the moment. Had several jobs recently but none of them are ticking the right boxes. Anyone got any good suggestions for jobs that use some of the skills we have as Guide leaders? I currently work in for financial services but I think I need i need a...
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    How are you progressing with UMA hours?

    Just a quick question- how many people became guide leaders to spend their whole lives calculating how many hours each girl has taken part in certain activities? Trying not to be negative but having read this thread it seems a little sad we have now totally shifted away from what we 're doing...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    This is a great idea and the perfect way to free up term time,but it's assuming that leaders (who already work very hard) are now going to have to give up weekends to run extra / special SB days. Thats fine if they are ok with that but I'd hate it to be the thin end if the wedge where it...
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    Great minds must think alike!. This week I was planning on running a skills builder in the same way as a GFI. My girls used to really enjoy GFI's. They enjoyed the independence and the challenges feel very different to anything they had to do in school.
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    BigBlueCanoe - I agree with so much of your post! I also mentally evaluate meeting on the way home and so far, of the new stuff I couldn't give any session more than 6 out of 10. Session feel very forced and ridged as we work diligently through each task on the card. For me I feel having to...
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    I am certainly feeling the pressure of the new programme - so much so that having started in September I'm now totally reining back until we have to do it in September. Until then we will dip in and dip out off the new stuff. I feel life is already full of enough pressures for both leaders and...
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    One of the key things that came out of our county new programme training was that interest badges can NOT be done during meeting or at camp. We grilled the trainers in depth on this, including a session on barriers towards girls doing badges at home and how we might break through them and...
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    New Programme Interest Badges

    So far none of my guides have done an interest badge - even though they were very enthusiastic about the new selection. I think this is because it's such a change from the way we worked before. We used to do an interest badge per term as a unit and as yet I don't think they ve got their heads...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Also feeling frustrated by the UMA cards. Did the one about staying safe with Guides tonight. The girls enjoyed the 'doing' elements but weren't particularly interested in the 'discuss as a unit' parts. I'm wondering if 'discuss in a group ' clause is going to become the new 'make a poster '...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Quick question- since the Guide Gold badge looks very challenging for a girl to achieve ( given that she will need to have pretty much 100% attendance ) does anyone know if there are any plans in the pipe line for something like a silver and bronze award, that still recognises achievment but...
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    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 ?