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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

It's World Thinking Day!

Happy World Thinking Day to all you lovely people! 
You might be thinking 'what on earth is that'. It's a WAGGGS thing (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) - celebrated since 1926, it's a day for international friendship, discussion about girls and women's issues, and fundraising for all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts over the world.
Girlguiding is something very dear to my heart and what better way to recall this than with a blog post. If you came here for gorgeous pictures and perfectly looking scenery then I shall apologise now, because obviously since Girlguiding has been a part of my life since I was 7 some of these pictures are taken on potatoes. 13 years is a heck of a long time to be a part of something, I've been part of the Girl Guides section for 10 years alone - firstly being a Guide myself, then a Young Leader (and Ranger as part of the Senior Section), then finally a Adult Leader which is what I am now. Or a 'younger leader' as my other leaders like to call us because we are 20/21 and well... they are not haha.

A rather confused Brownie (aka me)

But honestly, no matter how you're previous judgement about the Girlguiding community is, no one can convince me otherwise that I honestly had the best experience. Some units aren't as organised, fun, or interesting as the one I was a part of, which is why people look down on me and say 'oh guides was terrible'. Not mine, my leader is the most creative, interesting, passionate person about Guiding, her work, her family, everything and this purely is the reason why I had so many opportunities and why our unit had 50 people in at one time!
There is a kind of stigma against Girlguiding and Scouting, I've not quite got to the bottom of this, I think others believe it's weird or nerdy or something along those lines, which is why numbers dropped for a very long time. 

So, Girlguiding, let me just sum it up for you if you don't know. It's a charity for starters, we only operate for girls out of charitable donations, we fundraise and such too. Girls can join different units depending on their ages and basically - they can do anything.. Believe me, if you want somewhere to do canoeing, rock climbing, sports, camping, crafts and art, first aid, circus skills, this is the place. (There's even a chocolatier badge mmmm). 
I always recommend GG to everyone, it's a fantastic way to experience and learn new things, meet new people - all that la de da stuff. For me personally, I was one of very few people who stayed on through Brownies, Guides and Senior Section to become a leader. And even now I'm in London and have a crazy busy course I can always rely on my GG 'family' so to speak, to welcome me back :). I am truly proud to have this background because it's benefited me in so many ways, and has been the reason why I got into adventure and camping (as my parents aren't that way inclined). 

Just a brief post to summarise my entire childhood and now adulthood involvements in Girlguiding. 

Happy reading! More posts to come this week.

Em x 
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