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Hilary

Guide Guider and District Commissioner
GuiderPlus
#21
Cannot move up to the next section until a girl has completed end of section activities (Pot of Gold, Brownies Go for It and Move On Up). It's preferable to prep girls for the next section but they shouldn't be prevented! Equally BP isn't for every Guide and they shouldn't be forced to do it if not interested (or the standards lowered so they get through it with their friends).

That you can do/ start BP as a TSS member as long as you are 14 or 15. Nope, as soon as you have moved up that option is closed off…but there are lots of new and exciting awards and challenges available!

Also that the officially suggested end of Guides is 16. There used to be a useful chart that gave section age bands including suggested transition timings- this listed 15-16. Many many more documents and resources say 10-14 so I don't get why this is quoted so often!
The current Guiding handbook gives the normal transition age as 14-16th birthday.
 

elixa

Regular (50+ posts)
#22
Can't be a leader at another county's residential (and bonus points if you maintain your position even after HQ puts the truth in writing...!)
 

Kochanski

Veteran (100+ posts)
#24
Just out of interest, does the unit pay for uniform for adult leaders?
We got a new unit grant and one section of the form was uniform for leaders. We were allowed up to £15 per adult, which didn't quite cover a polo shirt each. Don't think it was applicable to Young Leaders, possibly because that's their section wear and possibly because the unit couldn't open without adult volunteers.
 

badgemad4

Veteran (100+ posts)
#25
The only parent helper to ever be invited should be mum or another female relative. Dads etc should not be considered. Except for if you want to do something adventurous/sporty/DIY. Then the men (and only the men) may be invited. Unless you are running a unit where cultural sensitivity should be applied why not just invite all caregivers and let them choose if they are interested or not?

Or more recently from what I have gathered over several social media posts, apparently if you haven't heard of something it must automatically be a by law! Things like ratios and joining ages don't just go away because you "haven't heard of them" or "no ones told me before". The website might not always be straight forward but after being a leader for a while it's hard not to notice…
 

badgemad4

Veteran (100+ posts)
#26
Also that copyright laws don't apply because we are a charity or that "no one will notice!". They might not but one we are suppose to be setting an example to the girls and two in the age of open social media it doesn't take much. For example a tweet about watching Harry Potter on a themed weekend from a unit or leaders account tagged with Harry Potter can easily show up publically.
 

Quack

Veteran (100+ posts)
Staff member
GuiderPlus
Moderator
#27
Are the HP films one of the excluded ones from the permissions

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badgemad4

Veteran (100+ posts)
#28
Are the HP films one of the excluded ones from the permissions

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Yes, apparently all Warner Bros (and Sony) films are an automatic no go unless you get a separate licence. Other films come and go so it's best practice to always check but this one seems constant. Harry Potter is Warner Bros.

"When you buy or rent a film to watch at home, the first thing you see on the screen is a copyright notice. It informs you that ‘this film is for home viewing only’ and warns that you will be breaking copyright law if you show it anywhere else. But sometimes you want to watch a film at a unit meeting, at an event or on a trip. What do you do?

Luckily, Girlguiding has it covered. We have arranged a licence with the Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC) which allows our members to show films without breaking any copyright laws. There are some terms and conditions:…
This licence covers films produced by many major companies, apart from Warner Brothers and Sony for which you must seek your own licence."

Using other people's content

For many units the effort and potential cost of obtaining a licence is probably off putting.
 

Quack

Veteran (100+ posts)
Staff member
GuiderPlus
Moderator
#29
Well that's true, but it is possible units have done so... We have to believe that our fellow leaders are honest, reliable and can be trusted...

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#30
A few years ago I had occasion to go through a lot of illegally copied DVDs, we had to laugh as at the start of every one they'd also copied the warnings about not copying illegally. :rolleyes:
 

badgemad4

Veteran (100+ posts)
#31
More myth than by law: having the YLQ doesn't make you a certified babysitter! Met a leader the other day who said her local area had a problem with a leader advertising the chance to be a YL- with a perk being it made you ideally qualified for babysitting through the YLQ. Concern was that it wasn't made clear enough that it didn't make you a freelance sitter with accountability to Guiding. It might give experience with children but Guiding was in no way involved.
 

badgemad4

Veteran (100+ posts)
#32
Girls must have visited the unit the term before they are properly due to join. Might be a nice option, but its not essential!

Volunteers turning 18 need to register again on Go for a new membership profile. No, but its worth getting the ball rolling a few months in advance for their DBS and what role they would like when they turn 18.