When girls decide that it is time to make their Guiding Promise, they are choosing to promise to do a range of things.
“I promise that I will do my best, to be true to myself and develop my beliefs, to serve the King and my community, to help other people and to keep the (Brownie) Guide Law.”
and for the Rainbows:
“I promise that I will do my best to think about my beliefs and to be kind and helpful.”
At the start of our meetings, we sing the traditional ‘We’re Brownie Guides’ song whilst dancing round a toadstool. Then we sit down together and the girls share something kind and helpful they have done this week. This usually consists of ‘I tidied my room.’ ‘I laid the table,’ ‘I filled the dishwasher,’ etc. Whilst these are all wonderful and kind actions, they are only one part of the promise. When the girls make their Promise, the leader reminds them that they must try and do something every day to keep their Promise. It is so easy to think of kind things to do but what about the rest of the Promise?
It is much less easy to think of ways we develop our beliefs or serve the King! When I was a Brownie, I can remember my old handbook joking that serving the Queen, as the monarch was when I was a child, didn’t mean visiting Buckingham Palace to do chores for her Majesty. It’s also important to remember that the Promise asks us to be true to ourselves and again, it can be hard to show that in day to day life.
I wanted to find a way to give the girls a few suggestions of ways they could keep all aspects of the Promise, with the hope that if I kicked them off and sent them in the right direction before long they’d be finding their own ways to keep their Promise, which of course is ultimately the aim as we want our Guiding to be girl-led.
The next challenge was to find a way to achieve this in a fun way. I had a think about the kind of activities our girls enjoy doing and I decided I would write a Promise Scavenger Hunt. As an end of term treat, we did a Seaside Scavenger Hunt on the beach one year and during Lockdown we did an Indoor Scavenger Hunt as one of our Zoom meetings. I knew the girls had enjoyed doing these so this seemed perfect.
I have tried to ensure that there are a range of activities which the girls will find fun to complete and keep all aspects of the Promise. There are some tasks which might take a little longer to complete such as making a bird feeder, and some which will be much quicker such as giving a grown up a hug. I reminded my girls that they don’t have to complete the whole thing in a day. The Scavenger Hunt can be ongoing as a way to encourage the girls to keep their Promise. You may want to hand it out to be completed over a School Holiday or challenge the girls to see how many they can achieve by the end of term. Hopefully this will be a fun way to really understand the Promise of being part of Girl Guiding.
If you’d like to try the Promise Scavenger Hunt with your unit, you can download it here:
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