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GirlGuiding to consult on review of the Promise

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EcoLady Mon 03-Dec-12 17:08:43

Just received this... interesting.

The Promise is guiding’s beating heart – it’s the core expression of our values and the common standard that brings us all together. But over the past few years we have heard from more and more girls and Leaders who struggle with the wording, particularly in interpreting what it really means to girls today.

Girlguiding UK is committed to retaining a Promise that is in line with its original principles, but we know it’s crucial that girls and young women understand and believe in the words they say. That’s why, in the 2012-14 Strategic Plan agreed by the Executive Committee, it was decided to invite all members as well as other interested parties to discuss the Promise wording.

We know feelings are strong and wide-ranging. This is why everyone’s opinion matters. In January 2013 we will be launching an online consultation on how we express the values embodied by the Promise. The questions will give you a chance to reflect on what the Promise means and how we express the values it represents. There will also be questionnaires on the Section websites that the girls can complete to make sure that their voices are central to the discussion.

The questionnaires will be available from Friday 4 January until Sunday 3 March 2013 and for those members dedicated to paper communication there will be an alternative way to take part so that their views are represented too.

Please do share this information with other volunteers and Senior Section members in your unit and look out for more information in the forthcoming guiding magazine and on our website at and make sure you take part in the discussion.

Gill Slocombe
Chief Guide
Girlguiding UK

SledYuleCated Sun 09-Dec-12 23:44:38

Oh yeah, that's totally how it's going to work, with no glitches, gaps or cockups whatsoever.

No siree.

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Sun 09-Dec-12 23:47:51

So, just like Go!, then.

::secretly hoping people from CHQ read the threads on MN about guiding::

SledYuleCated Tue 11-Dec-12 00:36:58

<sigh> Our units are in a city. There's lots of units in a very small space - all within a couple of miles of each other. We just don't see how it's going to work with the details of the nearest units and getting girls to the packs that have spaces.

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Tue 11-Dec-12 13:20:09

Similarly for us.

How is it supposed to work? The issue for us has always been that girls are often very particular about which unit they want to join, as they want to be with friends from school, so they don't want to join alternative units even if that means a shorter waiting list and starting sooner.

SledYuleCated Tue 11-Dec-12 19:39:41

We actually got to the point of talking about buying a dongle so parents can just fill the info in at the meeting... Also, most of our enquiries come through word of mouth, not sure if sending people away to go online is going to put them off.

EcoLady Wed 12-Dec-12 13:44:56

Agree entirely about 'Join us'. It's fine for those who genuinely don't know where to start asking about local units, but most girls join because they have friends in a unit, or there's been a leaflet at school / notice in the parish newsletter, etc.

EduCated Fri 04-Jan-13 11:21:58

Consultation now open, but I've not sorted out my login yet sad

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