Story and photo by Richard Belbin
Rainbows is the youngest GirlGuiding section in the UK, for girls aged five to seven. The 186th troupe for founded in 2003 and now meet at St Catherine’s school every Wednesday (from 4.45pm to 5.50pm). They are currently led by Kirsty Andrews, and are a very lively and energetic bunch!
The girls were just starting a new badge when I visited – their ‘Make A Change’ badge, aimed at giving the girls new skills and an ability to make small changes that can then become bigger changes. The girls discussed what charities are, which ones they knew about and how and why people support them. The well-informed group knew all about the likes of the RSPCA, the Children’s Hospital Charity, and Pudsey bear, and came up with lots of ways that people can get involved in supporting them.
Then it was on to the fun and games! The group split into two to start creating their own cheers for a cheerleading squad, and playing a host of games, of which ‘Tiggy Sheep’ seemed to draw out the most squeals and energy, before rounding the session off with some singing – “I like the singing the best” Eimear told me, and Isimi agreed, adding “I like going to the tables (where they’d written their cheers) too for the activities.”
They are certainly living up to the promise all Rainbows make:
“I promise that I will do my best, to think about my beliefs and to be kind and helpful”
If you know someone who would like to join the Rainbows, develop their self-confidence and make lots of new friends, contact Gillian on 07863 890 144.