100 Years 

One of our blogging members has written this lovely post about all the opportunities and experiences guiding can give you!

Here we are at 100 years of Guiding in Leicestershire.  We are progressive, relevant, exciting and bigger than ever and as successful now as we were at the beginning. 

And yet despite being so relevant to the girls of today, I am sure if we stepped back in time our original sister Guides would still recognise who we are.

They would see our drive to make a difference to the world, our desire to achieve, to learn and above all to have fun. lots of it.  Even if we have a phone in our pocket ready to catch a moment for Instagram rather than a sandwich wrapped in brown paper!

Beyond the exterior of fun, challenges and change there is something right at our heart the means we are still adding a life long value to every girl and women that experiences guiding at some point in her life.

I've always struggled to explain why I know Guiding is 'downtime', a time without the pressures of school, exams or gradings and yet still challenges and develops them.  But I've found the best explanation I've ever heard.  It goes right back to the original foundations of Scouting, the organisation that was our Guiding  impetus 

In "27 Years with Baden-Powell" by EK Wade says Baden-Powell described it as 'The Essence of the Individual'.
I'm going to précis her quote slightly (indicated by *), as it was said in a different time when some words had a different  context to how we would read them today:

"....there is only one standard by which a boy is judged as qualified for a badge, and that is the amount of effort he puts into his work. This gives direct encouragement to the less academically able* - the boy who has seen* successive failures. If he is a trier* his examiner can award him the badge and this generally inspires the boy to go on trying till he wins further badges and becomes* capable."

He fought tooth and nail, against schemes for the standardisation of badges to the level of school examination or competitive tests. Scouting was a GAME.

"The great object and value of the badge system is that, if properly used, it will draw out the best in each boy* and give him his chance to excel* and so get him to have a try. It is the essence of the individual as opposed to mass training."

So whilst I have played a little with the wording,  what BP was saying is as relevant today as it was back then. Children are constantly aware of their grade, their standing on the rung.  "She gets better grades them me, he plays football better than me."  There are no grades in Guiding.  Yes, the best runners might get round the circle fastest but the girl in the wheel chair still managed to hear those keys being moved whilst blindfolded.  There are rarely 'overall winners' in anything we do. Sometimes perhaps a group may score the most points on a pack holiday.  Maybe a team will win in a game of ladders, but the teams are drawn so randomly that everyone will win or lose at some point and it is not dwelt on.

Guides do work in groups, large and small but the essence is in the individual.  The focus is on helping her to achieve everything she is capable of for herself and achievement at every level is celebrated.

In our Brownies every girl gets a go at 'responsibility'.  Not just Sixers and Seconders but also through the buddy system.  It's easy to be a buddy, just showing a new starter where a coat hangs or where to stand but the buddy herself gets badge, is recognised and, for those few weeks, is an important part of helping another girl develop.  It's a great way for everyone, no matter how timid or insecure, to achieve a level of responsibility.  Badges are sometimes passed on mass, the term's plan structured so if they turn up and participate fully they will get that badge regardless of the 'quality' of the craft item that went home or the poster made.

Of course some girls just love to work for extra badges alone. There is constant opportunity for achievement.  But it is not under pressure.

There is constant opportunity to throw off insecurity and self doubt.

A Ranger may organise a unit meeting night of games or quizzes or she might complete her entire Queen's Guide award.  Both are valued as equals within the unit. 

And this is how the Guide of 100 years ago would greet the Guide of today: with an equal hand, an equal smile, a respect for the different skills we all possess and a longing to just get out there and have a great time doing fun stuff.

I can't imagine why anyone would not want their child to experience what Guiding has to offer, and how lucky are we that the opportunity to develop and grow doesn't stop at 18.  As an Adult the opportunities are much greater.

Posted by Beck Jeffs Wednesday, February 01, 2017 7:04:00 AM Categories: 100 centenary

Smalls for All 

Some of you will have seen the charity survey which was distributed a few months ago. It was all about what charity we would as Girlguiding Leicestershire like to support during our Centenary.

So you’re all probably thinking, what is this Smalls for All charity people keep talking about?

Smalls for All is a charity based in Scotland which collects, in association with Freedom from Fistula Foundation and Kenya Children’s Home UK, bras and pants for girls and young women in Africa.

So what would we like you to do?

We would like to collect as many gently worn or new bras and new underwear. These will then be collected and transported, through a long road trip up to Scotland and then off to Africa. Once they have travelled hundreds of miles to Africa they will be gratefully received by the girls and young women.

Why do these girls and young women need underwear?

We take having underwear for granted. You wouldn’t dream of going out without wearing any underwear so why should women and children in Africa go to school without underwear? We have an amazing opportunity in 2017 to allow these women and children to gain some dignity, self worth and access education.

Did you know, young girls can miss the opportunity for education because they do not have any underwear? Think of the difference you could make by donating today!

Let’s see how many bras and pants we can collect as a county. If we all donate one bra, we could provide over 8000 girls and young women in Africa with a piece of underwear.

If you would like more information about Smalls for All and what they do, head over to their website

Posted by Beck Jeffs Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:56:00 PM Categories: 100 centenary

How to Blog? 

We would love everyone in Girlguiding Leicestershire to blog so here is a short how to guide about the things you need to know.

Remember your blog could be about anything and everything! We want to shout about everyday guiding activities from meetings to all the exciting things your unit is up, to what the county teams are doing behind the scenes or what happened at an event near you. This could be in the form of a written post, a poem, a video (or a vlog) or a collection of photos.

To submit to our blog complete the form here. Once you have received confirmation of your request head to our submission page here and voila your post will appear as if by magic.


We’ve also created some handy tips and tricks so your blog post is as amazing as you are!

  • If you just want to post photos or a video, that’s fine, please remember to gain photo permission for all members within the photos. If you have any doubt do not share the image. If your photo/video includes those over 14 years of age get their consent to share.


Handy Photo Tips:

  • Natural images that represent positive behaviour and relationships are the best.
  • Don’t show girls on their own, looking isolated or always looking at the camera for a posed photo.
  • Action photos are better than posed photos.
  • Do show girls engaged in activities working in groups or laughing with each other
  • Photos and videos can be submitted in all formats (from JPEGs or PNGs or YouTube video link or a MPEG/MOV etc.).
  • Within your post, do not use full names of members or other information which could identify individuals.
  • Do not leave writing your post until the last minute – be realistic about how long it could take you to write your post and collate your photos after an event.
  • Remember to write your post using the font Trebuchet MS


If you have any queries about blogging let us know and we’ll happily help you out!

We look forward to reading about all your exciting and fantastic adventures you are up to during the Centenary.

Posted by Beck Jeffs Tuesday, January 03, 2017 9:00:00 AM Categories: 100 centenary

Our First Blog Post 

Here it is! The first blog entry. Let’s hope it’s the first of many as we showcase the exciting events around the county, our “everyday” unit meeting activities and the adventures of Girlguiding Leicestershire.

It’s the beginning of Girlguiding Leicestershire’s centenary celebrations. 100 years of fantastic fun for girls of all ages. Maybe you’ve signed up for a surprise parcel to exchange this month or perhaps you’ve booked onto the Winter Wonderland with your Rainbows or Stargazing with your Brownies. Some people have begun to collect bras and pants to add to our collection for our chosen charity “Smalls for All”. As usual, there’s plenty to choose from. The Centenary Challenge will be launched shortly with places to visit around the county and a wide variety of activities.

Just to keep everyone busy, I’ve decided that I’ll challenge you with a County Commissioner’s challenge too. How many different ways can we make 100? Make the number 100 using tent pegs or Brownie t-shirts. Take a photo and share it by emailing it to the office on office@leicestershireguides.org, messaging the facebook page “Girlguiding Leicestershire” or instagramming it with the hashtag #girlguidingleicestershire. I made a start with these helium balloons but I’m sure you’ll all be far more imaginative. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Happy 2017. Happy Centenary.


Love Rachelxx

Posted by Admin Saturday, December 31, 2016 6:39:00 PM Categories: 100 centenary
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