- Camping & Residential
- D of E
- Peer Ed
- Queen's Guide
- Safe Space
Qualified instructors are available for instruction in Basic Archery at the Briarlands Campsite.
We have our own range and it is ideal for either a camp activity or a unit evening programme item. It is open to all from Brownies through to Trefoil Guild, and it gives everyone the opportunity to not only try out Archery for the first time, but to enjoy further sessions and improve their skill in a safe environment. (Rainbows - watch this space - we are trying to source equipment for you too!).
Sessions are usually available from late March through to early October as an outdoor activity. However, we do try to be flexible, staff and weather permitting!
Equipment is available for all ages and we can usually cover any number of participants, but this is dependent upon instructors available. However, where there is a will, there is probably a way. For example, a group of 24 may be split into 3 sessions of eight with those not shooting attending alternative activities on site.
Sessions for members of GGBSG are £25 per session for up to 12 people then £2 for each additional participant. Sessions for members outside of GGBSG are £35 per session for up to 12 people then £3 for each additional participant. This covers the cost of maintaining and replacing equipment.
Camping & Residential
As County Camps and Residential Advisers our role is to liaise with the Division Residential Advisors, ensuring a continuity of standards across the County in relation to girls going away on holidays (i.e. it is preferential to attend all of the relevant training prior to the licence application being submitted within our county). This ranges from assessing new facilities being proposed for residential stays to Guiders looking to take their Residential Licence.
The first point of contact for anyone considering taking girls away is your Division Commissioner and then your Divisional Adviser.
A list of the approved accommodation is available here, or from us or your Division Adviser.
County Residential Advisers:
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (D of E) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14 to 24. Girlguiding has joined forces with D of E so you can complete this fantastic challenge as part of your Guiding experience.
D of E fits in closely with many of the other awards and qualifications available to you through Guiding, in particular the Queen's Guide Award. There are three progressive levels of the award - Bronze, Silver and Gold - that vary in length and commitment.
For each level you need to undertake four sections; volunteering, physical, skills-development and an expedition. For the Gold level you will also need to take part in a residential event.
The three levels:
Bronze - for those aged 14 and over, taking at least six months to complete
Silver - for those aged 15 and over, taking at least twelve months for direct entrants (those without Bronze Awards)
Gold - for those aged 16 and over, taking at least eighteen months for direct entrants (those withouth Silver Awards)
You can decide which level(s) you complete, and in what order, as long as you meet the minimum age requirement.
Inclusion Adviser for Members with Additional Needs
- Acts as an Adviser to the County Commissioner on matters of disability
- Assists the training team to enable disability awareness to be included in trainings
- Facilitates information to the County and the Region
- Offers advice, support and encouragement to Leaders working with girls with a disability, or with a disability themselves, to enable everyone to achieve their potential within Girlguiding
- Encourages everyone in Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire to understand the need for equal opportunities for members with disabilities or other needs and to support and encourage the individual and her family in achieving this
What is classed as a disability?
Within Girlguiding, all medical conditions are considered as a disability to ensure we are covered by insurance.
Disability/Medical Conditions and Dietary Requirements should be entered onto GO for all members - these sections can be found in Update Details - Additional Personal Details - Disability/Medical Information and Dietary Requirements. Each section should be completed as appropriate.
When a girl or new Leader with a disability or medical condition joins a unit, you should contact the Inclusion Adviser
Health Care Plans
If you have a member who has the following, or needs special care either at a unit meeting or at a residential event, etc., please ensure the correct health care plan has been completed and is kept with their records:
Disability Activity Box and Sainsbury's Paralympic Sports Box
Within the County there is a Disability Activity Box which is available for any unit to use. It contains equipment to aid the girls understanding of disability. There are activity sheets and the You & Me Challenge to give you ideas on how to use the equipment.
Items in Disability Awareness Box:
- 3 blindfolds
- 2 dice
- Tape measure (braille)
- Spiked chopping board
- Shaped plate
- Plate surround
- Writing frame
- Non-slip mat
- Nail brush
- Braille sheets (please return to plastic sleeve)
- Button Code Card & buttons (16 coloured buttons)
- Talking timer
- Coin holder pack (4 items)
- Talking tins
- Mixed coloured bumps - 2 packs (please do not take bumps off strips)
- Wallet with 2 Signature Guards and 2 Note Checkers
- Envelope guide
- Set of finger spelling cards (32)
There is a £1 charge to help towards the cost of replacing items in the box. Please ensure you check the contents of the box before and after use.
Any unit wishing to borrow the Activity Box should contact the County Inclusion Adviser at least two weeks in advance.
Have you ever ridden an elephant, built an igloo, sat around a campfire at 2am in broad daylight because you are north of the Arctic circle, taught 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' to 100 Sri Lankan Brownies at two minutes notice? These are just a few of the International Opportunities available to you through Girlguiding.
International Guiding allows you a cost effective way of exploring the world and really getting to know how other people and cultures tick, testing yourself and making friendships that will last a lifetime.
As International Adviser I am keen to help you and/or your unit discover all these things for yourself in the following ways:
- Work on the "Travelling Abroad" module of the "Going Away With...." Scheme and take your unit to an international camp overseas, or a holiday such as those organised through Jeka/Venture Abroad or Acorn Adventures. Be it a weekend at Eurodisney or three weeks in India.
- Attend a selection weekend to participate in GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) travel and service projects in countries as far flung as Peru and Malawi if you are aged 18-30
- Attend County International selection each spring if you are aged 12-18 for the opportunity to be selected for a Region trip
- Have an international experience within the UK. Attend one of the many large international camps held around the UK each year such as Flame, Poacher or Charnwood
- Keep an eye on the Global Opportunities Pool, for members aged 18 - 30 who are interested in representing Girlguiding on the international stage. By joining the pool you will be kept informed about opportunities such as the chance to attend World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) seminars or UN conferences.
- Apply to be on the service crew for an international jamboree
- TOPAZ international partnerships for Trefoil Guild
- Visit a World Centre. Apply as an individual or with a group of adults or girls to attend an event at our local World Centre, Pax Lodge, in London or further afield in Switzerland, Mexico, Africa or India. From skiing weeks, to arts events or butterfly experience, there is something for everyone
More details about lots of these opportunities can be found on the Girlguiding website
I am a Guide Leader in South Cotswold Division, and have previously been a Rainbow and Brownie Leader and County Senior Section Co-ordinator. I am keen to work with the County to ensure everyone knows just what International Guiding has to offer.
Who is Peer Education for?
Members of The Senior Section (aged 14-16) can attend trainings to become Peer Educators. Leaders can now run the Free Being Me resource pack for their units, and it would be great if younger leaders (18-26) also trained to be Peer Educators.
Leaders over 26 can encourage the Peer Education initiative be encouraging Senior Section members to train, as well as booking sessions for their units.
What is Peer Education?
It is Girlguiding's peer education initiative. It is peer led and open to all members aged 14 to 25. It is a core part of the Senior Section programme, run by the Senior Section for everyone's benefit and aims to empower young women to address concerns and raise awareness of issues that affect them through informal education.
A Peer Educator visits Brownie, Guide and Senior Section meetings and shares important messages that pertain to problems that young women are faced with today. Currently these topics concern: Body Image and the Media; Healthy Relationships; and Mental Wellbeing. Think Resilient is the new leading initiative in Peer Education and is just being introduced to trainings.
Why become a Peer Educator?
- become more confident
- improve your communication skills
- develop skills in questioning and debating
- be a positive role model for young women
- become more adaptable
- be able to manage challenging behaviour
- be an inspiration to young people
- encourage young women to express themselves
- learn new things
- share important messages
- be a positive influence on vulnerable young women's lives
It's also fun and great for your CV!
What topics do Peer Educators cover?
Think Resilient is the newest Peer Education Resource available for Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section. The resource aims to help girls improve their mental resilience; their ability to deal with life's stressors. It introduces various techniques that girls can go on to practice to help deal with stressors they encounter.
Free Being Me is one of the leading Peer Education initiatives. It aims to tackle issues of body confidence, and how young women's perceptions of themselves are influenced by the media. The pack enforces the idea that young women do not need to change how they look, and that they do not need to be "beautiful" to be popular, enjoy themselves, or use their bodies the way they want to.
The Healthy Relationships resource was developed in collaboration with Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) who work to end all forms of violence against women and girls. The resource aims to develop girls' awareness of what constitutes healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships. Above all, the resource stresses that the abuse is NEVER the victim's fault.
Other topics include Healthy Relationships for Brownies, which focuses on Bullying and Friendships, and Youth Health which develops girls' awareness of drugs and alcohol abuse.
How do I become a Peer Educator?
You need to attend a Basic Training weekend and details of how to apply can be found on the Girlguiding website and in the e-magazine, or can be organised through your County Co-ordinator. Once you have done a Basic Training you are good to go, but you can receive any additional support you need via a wide network of people.
How do I arrange for a Peer Educator to visit?
"Guiding today is all about knitting, knotting and learning to bake cakes. Units follow a strict badge programme devised by adults somewhere in London"
"To be a Guide you have to be able to sing, be able to afford to wear an expensive uniform and like to spend a lot of time sat in church halls doing craft"
"Being an adult volunteer with Girlguiding requires giving up almost every evening during the week and most weekends. Volunteer posts are formally constructed requiring little interaction with others. To be a useful and valued volunteer within Bristol and South Gloucestershire you have to be really dedicated and prepared to put the rest of your life second to Guiding"
Rubbish? YES - totally! However, some people still think these statements are true. Why? Probably because no-one has ever told them any different or shown them what Guiding is really about today in Bristol & South Gloucestershire and, in fact, all over the world.
Does it frustrate you to think that there are potential members and volunteers out that who have never considered getting involved because they still believe the statements above? Would they think differently if they knew the following:
"Girlguiding offers an exciting and challenging programme devised by the girls themselves. Activities can be as far reaching as hiking up Everest; to learning how to change a tyre on a car, from leadership training to yoga, the only limit really is the girls' imagination!"
"Girlguiding is open to all girls aged 5-25, regardless of faith, school, social class or culture. The only requirement is a thirst for adventure, friendship and fun in our unique girl-only space."
"Volunteering to help with Girlguiding couldn't be easier! It doesn't matter if you can only help once a week, once a month or once a year! With busy lives, we understand the need to be flexible. Whichever way you volunteer to help us, you can guarantee it will be fun!
You can help to change this perception by shouting out about the amazing things you do with your girls.
As a Girlguiding volunteer you help girls learn new skills, have amazing adventures, make new friends and build their confidence to speak out about the issues they care about. We need to spread the message to the wider world about the incredible things you are doing - through the media, the internet and events - so that together we can empower and inspire even more girls and young women.
Talking about Girlguiding is great - I am sure thousands of us do it every day! - and what we say can be incredibily powerful. It plays a vital role in raising awareness about what we do for the girls. Having the biggest impact relies on us all saying the same things, which is why it is important that we think about what we say.
We have four key messages which are what make Girlguiding so special:
We are for all girls
We give girls their own space
We give girls a voice
We change as the lives of girls change
The most powerful way you can talk about these messages is to relate them to your own experiences. Talk about how your role supports girls in these ways and what positive impacts you have seen and experienced for yourself with the girsl in your unit.
If you have an opportunity to write about Girlguiding, you can use the following paragraph:
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over 500,000 members.
Thanks to the dedication and support of over 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
We build girls' confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.
We run Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years) and The Senior Section (14-15 years).
Queen's Guide Award
Would you like to experience different adventures, make new friends and travel to exciting places while making a great contribution to Girlguiding in your local area?
If you are aged 16 - 25, then the Queen's Guide Award is for you!
The Queen's Guide Award is the highest award in Girlguiding and includes five sections:
Service in Guiding: Take an active role in running your unit, organise activities with different sections and participate in a national Guiding 'think tank' conference
Outdoor Challenge: Achieve the Senior Section Permit or Going Away With Modules. Practise your leadership and teamwork skills whilst travelling and exploring new places. You could go wherever you would like in the world!
Personal Skill Development: Start a new skill or develop an existing one. Activities include cooking, music, sport, dancing, languages - you can choose something you are really interested in.
Community Action: Get more involved with your local community and carry out a practical community action project and a research project on your chosen theme.
Residential: Spend two nights and three days away from home with new people while enjoying a new adventure
You have three years to complete the award and when you have finished you will be presented with a certificate and a sterling silver badge.
You will then be invited to a national presentation in London, where all of the Queen's Guides receive their award from the Chief Guide.
It is the policy of Girlguiding to make every effort to safeguard its members from physical, sexual and emotional harm while participating in guiding activities. The Association takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, through relevant procedures and training, children, young people and adults taking part in guiding activities do so in a safe environment.
Please remember that up-to-date information on the Safety and Safeguarding Policy can be found online.
All new volunteers are expected to attend a Safespace training as part of the Leadership Qualification, although all County Volunteers are welcome to attend the training.
Reporting a concern
Refer to your A Safe Space leaflet to follow Girlguiding’s Safeguarding procedures. You may find the following points helpful.
1. If a young member is at immediate risk, you must contact the police. Write a report and inform your Commissioner and Volunteer Support.
2. If you have concerns about a young member, call the NSPCC to refer this information. Write a report and inform your Commissioner and Volunteer Support.
3. It may be appropriate to monitor a young member and keep a record of your concerns. Inform your Commissioner and if necessary, escalate to point 1 or 2.
4. Log your concern on an incident/witness form found in your emergency red file or in the form section of the Girlguiding website. Forward the completed copy to the Safespace section at HQ and forward a copy to the county office.
If you need to log any concerns or details following a young member’s disclosure, please record a written account of the conversation immediately and sign, date and keep the record safe. Include full details of the disclosure/concern, including the information provided by the young person, details of any other children or young people who may be at risk based on this information, the date of the disclosure, the response given to the young person and details of any liaison with professionals, parents etc.
If a young member makes a disclosure regarding inappropriate activity online, websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Skype have their own policies and rules about what is deemed appropriate content. Each website has its own reporting methods, and you should contact the service provider directly to report your concerns. If someone online has acted inappropriately towards you, a young member or someone you know, you can also report it directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) through its online reporting form.
Visit CEOP for more information. Once you have reported a concern via the police, Social Services or local authority, you may not be informed of the outcome.
Please be aware that it is unlikely you will receive any further information about the progress of a referral once this has been passed over to the relevant authorities. While this can cause anxiety, be assured that you have taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of a young member.
The County is here to support any leader who is concerned about the Safety of members. Please contact your Division Commissioner to discuss any concerns you may have.
I am Katie Katuska and I am the County Rainbow Adviser, and I can help you with the following:
- providing feedback to or from County on ideas and issues regarding Rainbows
- advise on setting up new Rainbow units
- ideas for Rainbow meetings, such as games, crafts, etc.
- advise on Rainbow overnights, planning and theme ideas
- liaison between Rainbow units
- access to all new Rainbow resources
- anything else Rainbow related!
Region often supply us with fun resources and activity ideas. To view what is going on in the Region, please visit the Region website.
The canoe and rowing clubs are both based in the historic Bristol floating harbour bases at the BP Boathouse. All instructors are registered with the Scout Association or Girlguiding as suitable to work with young people.
There is an active canoe section that welcomes Scouts, Guides and adults of all ages. Suitable for experienced paddlers and absolute beginners.
SAG instructors are qualified with the British Canoe Union. Assistant Instructors who are not BCU qualified will not be in charge of a session.
Rowing and Pulling
This club gives the opportunity to Scouts and Guides aged 10+ to learn to handle a boat under oars with skill and confidence and to have fun in doing so.
Both clubs offer fun/taster sessions on weekday evenings during the Spring and Summer, and on Saturdays. Courses can also be run for Guide Activity badges and sections of the DofE award.
Leader Training - full training can be arranged for any leader over 18 to become an Instructor with either of these clubs.
These clubs operate under the authority of Avon County Scouts and Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire, and follow the Joint Activity Rules as agreed by the two Associations nationally.