Guides is our section for girls aged 10 to 14.
By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together and share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something really different.
Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.
Guides work together in small groups or 'Patrols' and, with the support of an
adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using Go For It resource packs
The Guide programme is divided into five areas:
Discovery of new experiences and challenges
Skills and Relationships
Girls can extend their knowledge and skills by working towards Guide Interest Badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Film lover to Independent living. They can also gain Challenge badges that recognise their participation in guiding over a period of time. The badges build towards the Badgen Powell Challenge Badge, the highest award open to a Guide.
Being a Guide
When a guide is ready she may choose to make her promise and become a full member of the organisation.
The promise wording is as follows:
I promise I will do my best,
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs
To serve the Queen and my Community
To help other people and to keep the Guide laws.
The Guide Laws are:
A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted
A Guide is helpful and uses her time wisely
A Guide faces challenges and learns from her experiences
A Guide is a good friend and sister to all other guides
A Guide is polite and considerate
A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her
The Guide Motto is:
At the end of each meeting we sing a song called taps:
Day is done,
Gone the sun
From the sea,
From the hills,
From the sky,
All is well,
God is nigh!
New Dolphin Senior Patrol
We have grown in number lots over the past year and now have 30 Guides. We also have a much bigger age range than ever before, so we are starting a new Senior Patrol. These girls will stay part of our unit but have more control over planning what they want to do. They can attend any trips and events but make the activities suit their needs. The Dolphin patrol is open for girls in the later part of year 8 into year 9, before they move onto The Senior Section.
We enjoyed being superheroes for the weekend! With challenges, outdoor cooking, games in the dark, Whitby treasure hunt, lunch out and crafts.
BP BBQ Challenge
Thank you to two of our older guides who planned a BBQ challenge evening, all the Guides enjoyed cooking their own BBQ in the grounds of St Leonard's. The Guides demonstrated excellent leadership skills, and the rest of the unit enjoyed the activities planned and prepared. Well done girls!
BIG GIG 2014
9 Girls had an amazing day out at Liverpool Echo arena joining around 11,000 guides for the BIG GIG 2014. We travelled down and back by train having a blast with acts like Lawson, Pixie Lott and Tinnie Temper! Very Very long day but certainly an experience girls won't forget!
Our New Flag!
Master Chef Night
The Guides enjoyed a master chef evening run by two of our older guides as part of their Baden Powell Award. They worked in teams and had to prepare a 2 course meal, which must include the ingredients of chicken and apples. The results were interesting to say the least from raw chicken to a delightful fruit meringue desert.
4 Guide decided they wanted to learn more about fire safety. They have completed their fire safety badge, this included visiting nearby Loftus Fire Station. We would like to thank the crew and Cleveland Fire Brigade for their support.
7 Guides have chosen to work towards their confectionaries badge. They are learning about types of icing, using chocolate and making sweets!
Summer Camp 2013
15 Girls, 3 Young Leaders and 4 adults headed off for 5 days of summer camp at Raven Gill Scout Campsite. The theme for the week was 'I'm a girlguide get me out of here'. The girls enjoyed developing their survival skills, hunting all over Whitby for clues, bush tucker trials, mask workshops, celebrity bin bag fashion, quizzes, games, playing in the stream and much more. We had number of celebrity awards on our last evening, which was a 'gala dinner' at the Angel Hotel in Whitby.
Jester of the Jungle - Alice
Trend setter of the Jungle - Yasmin
Yo Yo of the Jungle - Jasmin
Early bird of the Jungle - Lucy
Fire Starter of the Jungle - Skye
Princess of the Jungle (Guides) - Tori
Queen of the Jungle (Leaders) - Lucy G
The winning patrol was the Pythons - Lucy, Yasmin, Jasmin, Katie and Molly.
All the girls earned their Survival badge and I'm a girl guide get me out of here badge, with either their camper or advanced camper badge, plus a go for it badge.
District Spain Trip
3 Loftus Guides, joined girls from Brotton Guides and Loftus District Rangers to travel to Spain for Guiding Adventures. The girls took part in a variety of outwards bounds and water sports events, and a visit to nearby Barcelona.
A small group of guides got busy with their Outdoor Cooks badge preparing a range of items on a wood fire and gas stove. They finished it off with choco-caramal-marshmallow kebabs!
Well done to 4 of our guides who worked with Tigger and Lizzy to complete their chocolate interest badge. They found out about the history of chocolate, fair trade, survived their families about their chocolate habits, tasted chocolate and cooked with it!
It was almost the CUBE, as we had a circle marked out on the floor it soon became the sphere! Teams of 3 girls competed to complete challenges including, walking on a line blinfolded after being spun around, carrying peas with a straw, building cup towers, designing newspaper dresses and bouncing a ball into a bucket.
We welcomed 3 girls into the unit, for 2 of them this was the first time they had made their promise, the other girl had moved up from Brownies so was renewing her promise. The candle light celebration was lovely and added a special sparkle to the event.
The guides have been working hard to complete a number of different interest badges. Girls were able to choose which badge they worked towards and they included first aid, chocolate and agility. But of course Guides being Guides, hot chocolate and chilling out were also included!
Go For It!
Summer Camp 2015
We will be heading off to Snowball Plantation for a week of camping! Including a visit to Flamingoland, York dungeons and Wednesday Onsies challenge.
Our older guides are involved in planning their own weekend away to spend time working toward their Baden Powell Challenge Award. We hope to visit Waddow Hall in Lancashire taking part in a range of outdoor and indoor challenges.
This term the girls will have a choice over which badge to work towards. We will also be busy getting ready for Christmas!