Rainbows is for all girls aged between 5 and 7.
Rainbows learn by doing – they get their hands dirty, do sports, arts and crafts and play games. Being a Rainbow is all about having the space to try new things. Through taking part in a range of different activities with girls their own age, Rainbows develop self-confidence and make lots of new friends.
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More about girlguiding…
As the needs of girls have changed Girlguiding has listened and evolved too.
In the early days we heard girls’ calls for new age groups and set up Brownies (originally called Rosebuds) for girls under 11. A Senior Guide group for older girls was established in 1916 – now called The Senior Section. Our youngest group, Rainbows, joined us in 1987.
During World Wars I and II our volunteers and young members showed an incredible commitment to social action. Between 1914 and 1918 Guides acted as messengers for confidential information for The Marconi Wireless Telegraph. And in 1940 our members raised over £50,000 to help the war effort. We even set up a committee to select and train Leaders for relief work after the war, called the Guide International Service.
Throughout the 20th century we continued to develop a programme which encouraged girls to challenge themselves. In 1966, six Guides broke the girls’ relay record for swimming the English Channel. We also launched GOLD, giving young women – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – the opportunity to connect with guiding members overseas and lead development, training and relief projects.
More than 100 years after Girlguiding began we continue to do amazing things. We’ve launched a number of fun-packed gigs and festivals for our members, marched at Pride and celebrated not one, but three centenaries.
We have established our girl-led peer education programme, training our Peer Educators to talk about subjects like body confidence, healthy relationships and other issues facing young women. We continue to focus on championing the voices of girls, lobbying the government as part of our Girls Matter campaign and establishing our youth panel, Advocate.
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