"Look Wider" Growing Guiding 2015

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As part of our Growing Guiding focus in Essex North East we now launch our Challenge Badge for 2015:

 “Look Wider” Growing Guiding 2015    

The County Challenge badges are designed to encourage all members of Girlguiding Essex North East, through the completion of challenges inspired by the five key areas of the County team, to grow in their knowledge of each section of our organisation and our County.  Each year the challenge badge can be completed by ALL sections.  In 2012 we looked at Rainbows, 2013 Brownies, 2014 Guides and so in 2015 we will be looking at Senior Section.  This will be followed by Trefoil and adult members in 2016.  

Collect a full set of badges and along the way find opportunities to share your passion for guiding with each other and others around you — welcoming new members, recruiting new leaders, encouraging progression from section to section etc.      

Please click here for a downloadable and printable challenge pack.

Downloadable and printable resources pack

Order form and report


The Senior Section is a flexible, fun programme open to young women from their 14th birthday until their 26th birthday. Their uniform consists of a polo shirt, rugby shirt or hoodie in either ice, aqua or grey or a combination of all three!  There are a number of ways you can be involved with The Senior Section in Girlguiding and the opportunities are immense.

The different roles you can get involved in are:

· Ranger Group
· Young Leader
· Young adult Leader
· Lone member
· Peer Educator
· Member of SSAGO
· Young Commissioner/Adviser
· Member of the Trefoil Guild

All members of The Senior Section, whatever their role can take part in a variety of awards and   qualifications. Look Wider is a personal development programme for The Senior Section. It's a great opportunity to try new things, to further your abilities in areas you’ve already experienced and to share your skills with others! You can take it on by yourself or as part of a group. The Look Wider programme is divided into eight areas (called Octants) covering;

1. Community Action
2. Creativity
3. Fit for Life
4. Independent Living
5. International
6. Leadership
7. Out of Doors
8. Personal Values

This programme is what you are going to explore as part of this challenge badge.

To gain the badge you need to complete at least one activity from each of the eight octants listed above. Within each octant we have broken the activities down into the five areas of the County Team.  Over the course of the badge you should complete at least one activity from each of these five areas:

i. Arts
ii. Guiding Development
iii. International
iv. Outdoors
v. PR

This will mean you will duplicate some areas. 

Select the activities that interest you or your Unit but if completing the challenge as a Unit, please  encourage the girls to choose which activities they do.  On the County website you will find many ideas and resources to help you complete the challenges— www.girlguidingessesne.org.uk/Challenges+%26+Badges/senior+section+resources and if you get stuck, contact one of the County Team!  You’ll find their contact details listed on the resources page.


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