Guiding in the County
Rainbows are small groups of girls aged between 5 and 7 who generally meet for 1 hour per week, learning and growing through a programme of age-appropriate activities, trips and adventures during their meetings and at special events.
They can work towards interest badges, where they can learn about everything from recycling to storytelling, and start their skills builder journey, developing core skills and trying new things like camping, leadership and first aid. There are even awards they can earn, like the Rainbow Gold award and the six Theme awards that show their commitment and encourage pride in their achievements.
Brownies are groups of girls aged between 7 and 10 who generally meet for 1.5 hours per week, to work on badges, learn new skills, play games and see friends. It's about trying adventurous activities and going along to special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays. Brownies will get the chance to try new things and take on a broad range of challenges as they explore the topics that sit within the six programme themes - Know Myself, Express Myself, Be Well, Have Adventures, Take Action and Skills For My Future.
They work towards interest badges in their own time, choosing topics and skills they are interested in. They can feel proud of their achievements with awards for each theme and work towards the Brownie Gold award.
Guides are groups of girls aged between 10 and 14 who generally meet for 2 hours per week, taking part in an exciting and varied programme designed to inspire and challenge them at their regular meetings, during special events and trips away.
They can create their own campaigns, learn and share new skills, explore new places, attend camps, holiday and trips. As they progress through Guides they will have the chance to lead small groups, as well as giving support to younger girls which assists them in learning new leadership skills.
They will decide together what to do in their meetings, choosing from a wide range of badges, skills and activities covered by the six programme themes. There are interest badges to work on and skills builders to achieve, all helping them to hopefully achieve their Guide Gold Award.
Rangers are girls and young women aged 14 – 18 who have a number of opportunities available to them:
- Rangers meet for an agreed time, weekly or less often, and have fun doing activities together and can be recognised for their achievements with badges and awards. Rangers offer a range of unique opportunities by following the programme of interest badges, skills builders and awards, taking part in challenges, travelling abroad and developing skills across our six themes.
- Young Leaders help with Rainbow, Brownie or Guide Units in a leadership capacity alongside trained adult volunteers.
They also have the opportunity to work for their Queen’s Guide Award, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and to become Peer Educators.
There is also a thriving Trefoil Guild within Sussex West who provide invaluable support to the County and also have a lot of fun of their own. The Trefoil Guild is open to anyone to join from 18 years upwards whether or not they are a guiding member. To find out more about the Guilds in our County click here.
Adult Volunteers have many opportunities available to them including as Leaders, Advisers and Commissioners. Some roles require a regular commitment others can be very much more flexible. To find out about a few of the possibilities see the County Teams page for an example of some of the types of roles available. These and many more are available locally.
Girlguiding Sussex West is divided into 7 Divisions. Each Division consists of several Districts made up from local Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger Units. View the Division pages below: