If you were ever a Girl Guide, what sort of experiences did you have? I remember cold ground sheets, even colder showers, banana with chocolate pieces warmed by campfire embers, being woken up by sheep peeping into the tent and lots of belly laughs – usually on the coach back, from sheer relief that I had survived the experience!
What I wasn’t aware of was, myself. Or my hair, make up or the shape of my body. Perhaps I grew up in a less pressurised time, or maybe I hadn’t grown into that level of self-consciousness yet, but I certainly don’t recall being concerned about what I looked like. (Hard to believe, if you know me now!)
Photo above belongs to Calgary Girl Guides, click here if you would like to make a donation: http://www.calgarygirlguides.com/donations.html
On the Girl Guides website, their aim is to develop:
- self-confidence, self-esteem
- sound values
- ability to cope with change
- appreciation of others
- leadership skills
- healthy lifestyles
- international understanding
The photo above belongs to Girl Guiding: You can find out more about their campaigns here: http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/campaigns/be_body_confident.aspx
Conversation Between Friends loves confidence and was interested to read that the GG has recently launched a badge called “Free being me” as part of a campaign to address girls’ confidence – or lack of – in their appearance. A good idea but I felt tinged with sadness reading about it. Would the cubs and boy scouts ever require a similar badge? Being a young woman is a time of exploration, learning, fun and freedom. I wish more girls could grip these ideas as they transform from girls to young women. All mothers of daughters should encourage their girls to give guiding a go. Actually, if the badge encourages a change in perception, and creates a more positive body images – it’s a great idea.
© Suzy Rigg