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The Girl Guides is famous for providing girls and young women the opportunity to learn new skills and mix with others.  About 125,000 girls aged 10-14 go to a Guide meeting every week in this country so the decisions that are made at the top level really impact the youth of today – it’s great to see such a positive organising body still running successfully to this day.

Well now they are helping young girls learn about money management and street safety.  Here’s a little bit more about the Girl Guides.

About UK Girl Guides

From the Girl Guides website:

Being a Guide is all about learning new skills, making your own decisions and having fun.

Guiding provides a safe environment to explore new possibilities and achieve personal goals while making friends and having adventures. And it’s up to each Guide to work out which opportunities are relevant for her, whether it’s improving her football skills, party planning or learning about independent living.

Girl Guides have long been part of the UK’s heritage, adding masses of value to the communities they operate in.

The Girl Guide Promise:

I promise that I will do my best:
To love my God,
To serve the Queen and my country,
To help other people
and
To keep the Guide Law

The Girl Guide Law:

A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted.
o A Guide is helpful and uses her time and abilities wisely.
o A Guide faces challenges and learns from her experience.
o A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides.
o A Guide is polite and considerate.
o A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her.

Girl Guiding Life Skills

Girl Guiding has always been about life skills and more.  And because of this, it has expanded its range of very practical badges and course to include street safety and financial management.

The Times Online questioned whether this was indeed appropriate as a skill set to be taught to the Girl Guides, and was dismissive of it being suitable for such an organisation as a whole.

I expect with most courses the leaders of Girl Guides UK will be measuring how well it has been received and from there they will have grounds to see whether they continue offering such education but I personally think it’s too early to write it off before it’s even begun!

See for yourself

If you are interested in taking a look at some of the resources available, you can see the Girl Guides Money Management helpsheet and Street Safety helpsheet here.

What are your thoughts?  Are you a Girl Guide?  Do you have children who are Girl Guides?  Is this something that needs more attention or unnecessary as it should be taught elsewhere?

Money Saving Advice from CheapTents.com

For a long time now, we have offered very popular special discounts for outdoor groups and Scouts, and of course are more than happy to offer these group discounts to Girl Guides, Brownies and informal groups looking to buy outdoor clothing and equipment.

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