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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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 23:35:08

I missed the training about Join Us. When I went to have a look at it the other day, all I found was a blank page. If the idea is that parents effectively put their daughters on the waiting list and I don't have to create a zillion new records on Go!, then I'm happy.

It is going to be like that, isn't it?

::irony emoticon::

SledYuleCated Sun 09-Dec-12 20:15:01

How excite are you about Join Us? wink I am ecstatic...

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Sun 09-Dec-12 17:40:44

This is fascinating and seems to be the logical step from the recent instruction to allow girls to modify the Promise if they struggle with its current wording. I'd be happy for the mention of God to become optional but suspect that in the eyes if some on MN guiding will always be a sinister paramilitary organisation. hmm

And I'm with Slubber about Go!

YDdraigGoch Fri 07-Dec-12 13:41:18

I saw that about Scouts - timing is too close to be a co-incidence I think!

BackforGood Fri 07-Dec-12 12:28:35

Souts are consulting about the wording of their Promise too smile

madwomanintheattic Fri 07-Dec-12 06:11:31


SledYuleCated Thu 06-Dec-12 23:02:49


It's like normal rage, but with more badges.

madwomanintheattic Thu 06-Dec-12 19:09:45

<I am still chortling away at 'seething ball of girl guiding rage', btw grin>

SledYuleCated Wed 05-Dec-12 18:19:38

Yes, I prefer 'to be true beliefs'. Develop becomes an interesting concept for packs where there are many different beliefs.

BrianButterfield Wed 05-Dec-12 15:57:47

At the age of 7, as an atheist, I justified it to myself by remembering that it says "I promise to DO MY BEST to love God etc". I did try my best, but I couldn't do it. Promise nevertheless upheld.

madwomanintheattic Wed 05-Dec-12 15:54:07

Oh, it is similar, isn't it? smile
I'm fretting about 'develop my beliefs', I don't know why... It's a good way of promoting debate. I like that it includes 'community' though.

EcoLady Wed 05-Dec-12 09:56:42

Australia's new Promise is similar to Canada's (but I prefer Canada's).

I do really like the Australian Laws. I still struggle with our 'new' laws as I'm of the old 10 laws generation and get the two versions all mixed up.

SledYuleCated Tue 04-Dec-12 23:48:44

I know and it annoys me sad I turn into a seething ball of Girlguiding rage. Not sure Olave would approve sad wink

madwomanintheattic Tue 04-Dec-12 23:37:25

It is on mn. <sage>

SledYuleCated Tue 04-Dec-12 22:06:08

Ooh, the Canadian promise is quite touching.

Also is Guiding really a religious organisation? Old BP was very keen on allowing members to develop their personal beliefs in their own way. Guide's Own, for example, had always had a non-religious option, as it were.

SlubberMistressOfPain Tue 04-Dec-12 17:16:10

I like Canada's promise v much, esp take action for a better world.

madwomanintheattic Tue 04-Dec-12 17:10:54

I don't think it's anything to do with mollifying the atheists, YD. I think it just allows more of an inclusive option for all girls and young women. I don't think my beliefs are diluted in any way by promising to stay true to them, rather than God.

Ad it would mean far less crap about pink unicorns and militaristic blah blah blah Jedi knights shite on mn every time there's a scouting or guiding thread. grin

I actually quite like that the emphasis is put onto the girls to identify what their beliefs are, rather than dictating them and expecting them all to nod in unison. It's far more personally empowering, particularly in the older sections. And that fits right in with the guiding message.

madwomanintheattic Tue 04-Dec-12 17:06:40

Loads of countries already have.

In Canada:

I promise I will do my best
To be true to myself, my beliefs, and Canada,
I will take action for a better world
And keep the Guide Law.

I've been saying on these threads for years that it's only a matter of time before Guiding UK updates. It's tricky, as the home and centre of traditions etc, there seems to have been a bigger emphasis on retaining as much as possible.

I would see it ending up as something similar to the Canadian promise, tbh.

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