my DD can join rainbows if she wants...but I didn't grow up here and so have no idea what happens or what it's all about - is it religious for example? (we are not)
if anyone could bear to give me short precis I would be eternally grateful
she is not really a joiner inner so if she is enthusiastic I am keen to let her go, but not before I know a bt more...the woman who runs it is a vicar's wife and was talking about "promises" which tbh worried me a bit, but I am not really sure why
oh gosh - so they have to make that promise do they? I thought it might be something personal for each child...hmm, can't see DH letting her go if he hears that...he is very anti-religion...I'm a bit more laissez-faire but we do teach the kids to question the idea of One God and to be open minded about other religions so maybe it's not for us...the other bits do sound fun though
Rainbows is fun though! How much would a muttered promise really mean to your 5 yr old? My DD loves rainbows, they do lots of craft stuff go for walks play on the park, it gives her the chance to meet kids she wouldn't otherwise meet.
is it VERY girly? she is not and plays mostly with boys but while I feel no urge to turn her too girly I don't think 'twould do her any harm to play with girls...those boys can be very rough at times...although they are also very kind of course...
dd's sessions are held at the local church and they are encourgaed to go to special services there as well. we arent religious at all, but its something dd's enjoy and thyey are showing an interest in lots of different religions.
yes, it does sound inclusive in a way - it's not JUST a christian organisation is it? I don't think it would mean a jot to DD1 to say those words but her father would find it very troublesome...I think it is also the fact that the group is run or led or whatever you might call it by the vicar's wife...so we'd be a bit nervous she'd be "spreading the word" so to speak. (No offence to any "believers" here at all btw)
I help at Rainbows and it is all about having a bit of fun they do say the promise but we have girls who beleive in different things. We do not make the girls do anything they dont want to do and "love my god" can mean lots of different things to different people ie being helpful, looking after the planet, etc. It is worded as love MY god to enable it to mean differnt things to different people.
They go from 5-7 years then if spaces available they go to Brownies.
Speak to the leader and ask if your DD can give it a try. Talk to her about the aspect of the promise that makes you uncomfortable but give her time to research and respond.
The important thing is that your DD wants to go IMO.
OK. Will nail my colours to the mast as a Brownie leader.
The Brownie Promise says
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 Brownie Guide law.
There is much more information on www.girlguiding.org.uk. Guiding is not a Christian organisation - we promise to love our god, whoever that might be - but it has a spiritual dimension. We encourage the girls to think about their place in the world, the values by which they live and so on. Recently, our pack has been using the resource pack on children's rights, produced by girlguiding uk.
As Orinoco says, packs do vary in character. It depends on the experiences and interests of the leaders and what facilities or resources are nearby.
The Woodcraft Folk offers broadly similar activities in a secular environment.