Starting ages are always a controversial subject, but today is not for any section but Rainbows. The starting age for Rainbows is 5, unless in NI where it is 4. The reason for the difference is that NI previously had a section that did not exist in the rest of the UK that had a starting age of 4 and end age of 7. It was known as Bunnies and in some areas predates Rainbows by nearly twenty years. Therefore NI has a "grandfathered" in exemption. But should there be a standardised joining age? Should we be able to admit 4 year olds in the rest of the UK-or would that be adding extra pressure on Rainbow leaders? In these parts Rainbow units are often in the highest demand for both a place and for new leaders. Many leaders also note the difference in ability between their 5 and 7 year olds- with high dependancy from the very youngest. Would it help us gain the edge in recruitment, as many other activities have a minimum 5-7 age start? What do you all think?