Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved. Here you can find more information on each section, as well as how to register yourself or your daughter to join.

If your daughter is already a member of Girlguiding Hertfordshire and would like to progress to the next section (e.g. she’s a Rainbow and would like to move up to Brownies) please speak to her unit Leader about the opportunities available.

Girls and Young Women

Rainbows

Ages 5-7 The Rainbow programme is called the Roundabout Jigsaw, which has the themes of Look, Learn, Laugh and Love. https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/rainbows-5-7/

 

 

Brownies

Ages 7-10 Works on the Brownie Adventure programme. Brownies become a member of a Six and take part in activities inside and out of the meeting place, and there are lots of badges to work towards. https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/brownies-7-10/

 

 

 

 

Guides

Ages 10-14 Works towards badges and Go For Its! Guides can work towards the Baden-Powell Challenge, and can even start volunteering by becoming a Rainbow or Brownie helper. https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/guides-10-14/

 

 

Rangers/The Senior Section

Ages 14-25 Follows the Look Wider programme and works towards awards such as the Queen’s Guide Award or Duke of Edinburgh Award. You can also become trained in being a Peer Educator, or start volunteering with a younger unit as a Young Leader.  https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/the-senior-section-14-25/ https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/rangers/

 

Volunteers

Once you turn 18 you can volunteer as an adult with Girlguiding. There are thousands of volunteers who help in so many ways, such as: – Running a unit as a Leader, Assistant Leader, Unit Helper, or Occasional Helper – Helping with the accounts or administration – Teaching skills such as First Aid, or adventurous activities like sailing or climbing. Girls work towards badges on a wide variety of topics, from Disability Awareness and Fire Safety to Circus Skills and Science Investigator, and units will often welcome support – Supporting one of the local Girlguiding volunteer shops and depots – Carry out gardening or DIY at a local site – Fundraising for trips and special events Volunteering can be beneficial in so many ways. You can learn new skills, boost your CV, as well as making friendships that can last a lifetime. Volunteers are supported by local Commissioners, can attend trainings and work on qualifications to help develop their skills. By volunteering with us you are able to support girls and young women to be their best.

Latest News

New County Commissioner Appointment

03rd June 19

Dear members of Hertfordshire County, I am very pleased to inform you that Jenny Maskrey has accepted the role as County Commissioner from September 2019 when Sue and her team step down. Jenny will now be designate and shadow Sue and her team for the next three months.  Jenny is very passionate about being part of the Guiding family and loves seeing how Guiding continues to make a difference to young girls. I am sure Hertfordshire will continue to flourish and grow, building upon its firm foundations. Thank – you Tracy Foster, Region Chief

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Lifesaving defibrillator at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre

10th November 16

There is now a defibrillator at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre in Cottered which is all set up and ready for use should it be needed. These machines are designed to be used by anyone (suggest 16+). A course to use it is not necessary but can be helpful and your 1st Response Course or refresher should include defibrillators.  Leaders would be expected to follow usual procedure for a non breathing person: call ambulance, start CPR, then someone should get the defibrillator and open the lid for instructions to greatly improve chances of survival. We are still raising money to buy and fit a

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County Residential Weekend in your own words

26th May 16

Members attended the County Residential Weekend at High Leigh on 20-22 May 2016. Everyone was asked to sum the weekend up with one word – you can see the result here. 3 brand new Leaders from 7th Welwyn Garden City Guides had this to say: "Myself and the two other Leaders who run my Guide unit took over as brand new Leaders in September. We saw the High Leigh weekend advertised and thought it would be very beneficial to us. All three of us are brand new to guiding and found that the opportunity to bounce ideas off other Leaders, the training by the inspiring trainers, and being able to

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New County Commissioner Appointment

03/06/19

Dear members of Hertfordshire County, I am very pleased to inform you that Jenny Maskrey has accepted the role as County Commissioner from September 2019 when Sue and her team step down. Jenny will now be designate and shadow Sue and her team for the next three months.  Jenny is very passionate about being part of the Guiding family and loves seeing how Guiding continues to make a difference to young girls. I am sure Hertfordshire will continue to flourish and grow, building upon its firm foundations. Thank – you Tracy Foster, Region Chief

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County Awards Evening 2019

29/04/19

At the 2019 County Awards Evening we welcomed volunteers and other guests from across the County to celebrate the contribution of volunteers. This included presenting Long Service Awards, and awards recognising service given above that which is expected, and for delivering exceptional guiding experiences to members. On behalf of young members, parents, and fellow volunteers I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your amazing contribution towards Girlguiding Hertfordshire.For photos of the event visit our Flickr album. More information on these awards and how to nominate a volunteer can be

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Update on A Safe Space Training in Girlguiding Hertfordshire

24/01/19

Girlguiding launched the updated the ‘A Safe Space’ training in September 2017 to help create an environment where girls can be safe and have fun. All volunteers will need to do Level 1 and your role(s) determine which of the next 3 levels you will need to complete. By December 2020 everyone will need to have the correct level of training for their role. Many of you have already attended the trainings for Level 2 (and Level 1) provided by Girlguiding Hertfordshire last year, and in line with the Region plan, we are planning local Level 3 training this year. LEVEL 1 – AN INTRODUCTION: For all

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Searching roles on GO Directory

01/06/18

To find a list of all individuals on the County Team on the GO Directory, type *Hertfordshire County* in the search field or alternatively you can search by a member's role i.e. *Residential Adviser*. There is also a County Directory on the Girlguiding Hertfordshire website member’s area for County members aged 18+. To register for access click here: https://www.girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk/account-signup/

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Tesco Bags of Help

12/01/17

We are delighted to announce that the Hertfordshire Guide Centre has secured the top grant of £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help grant in the voting which took place in the local Tesco stores in late October/ November last year. A huge thank you to all those who voted for our project - you really made a difference for the Centre. The committee are currently working to finalise plans for the pond refurbishment and nature area redevelopment. The work will be completed during 2017 so look out for updates, and volunteering opportunities and dates for this exciting project. Since launching in 2015,

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Lifesaving defibrillator at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre

10/11/16

There is now a defibrillator at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre in Cottered which is all set up and ready for use should it be needed. These machines are designed to be used by anyone (suggest 16+). A course to use it is not necessary but can be helpful and your 1st Response Course or refresher should include defibrillators.  Leaders would be expected to follow usual procedure for a non breathing person: call ambulance, start CPR, then someone should get the defibrillator and open the lid for instructions to greatly improve chances of survival. We are still raising money to buy and fit a

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Voting Now Open! – Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

04/11/16

Girlguiding Hertfordshire is bidding to bag a massive cash boost to reinstate the pond area at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered. Voting is now open for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme until 13th November in the Baldock Tesco Extra, Royston Tesco Extra, Hitchin Tesco Express and understand it is also now in Shefford Tesco Express Esso Garage.  You should be provided with a blue chip coin at the checkout (you may need to ask for a coin) which can then be placed in a Perspex box near to the exit. Click Here for Poster  

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Hertfordshire Guide Centre needs your votes

14/09/16

We are delighted to announce that the Hertfordshire Guide Centre at Cottered has been successful in securing funding from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for a fabulous restoration of our pond. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. With our grant we plan to completely transform our pond, which is currently overgrown. The area will be cleared of brambles.

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Sue’s Spectacular Summer!

02/09/16

For Girlguiding the summer term is always busy and this was certainly the case for me. Here are just a few of the events and activities I attended in and around the County: May High Leigh It was great to see so many volunteers enjoying the County Residential Training Weekend at High Leigh. Ideas were shared, old friends caught up and new friendships were made. 2nd Ware Guides 65th Birthday Party A delightful evening was spent celebrating 65 years of guiding with 2nd Ware Guides. Adults had fun looking at photos and spotting old friends whilst the Guides showed us what today’s guiding is all

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Welcome

28/05/16

It is with great pleasure and delight that I welcome you to the new Girlguiding Hertfordshire website. Our aim is to provide a communication channel for everyone within Girlguiding Hertfordshire, Trefoil Guild, parents and friends. The website will showcase the diverse activities which are taking place across the County, and it will be continuously updated with the latest news, events and notices. On this website you will find: About Us – A Who’s Who of the County Team, resources for downloading, and a searchable map for shops, campsites and holiday venues. Get Involved –

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County Residential Weekend in your own words

26/05/16

Members attended the County Residential Weekend at High Leigh on 20-22 May 2016. Everyone was asked to sum the weekend up with one word – you can see the result here. 3 brand new Leaders from 7th Welwyn Garden City Guides had this to say: "Myself and the two other Leaders who run my Guide unit took over as brand new Leaders in September. We saw the High Leigh weekend advertised and thought it would be very beneficial to us. All three of us are brand new to guiding and found that the opportunity to bounce ideas off other Leaders, the training by the inspiring trainers, and being able to

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FREE Ridge Tent

1 Ridge tent free to collect from Herts Guide Centre, Cottered.  No pegs included. If you are interested please contact

Honeybee Talk

Honeybee Talk offered by Meriet Duncan, beekeeper and author of the children's book Betsie Valentine And The

Drumming and Percussion Workshops

Drum workshops for Guiding groups and camps. Please click here for information flyer. All the equipment brought to venue,

Rock Up Watford

Rock Up Watford offers a competitive group discount rate to clubs so you can

Used Postage Stamps

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to collect used postage stamps.  We would therefore be grateful if any used postage

West Herts Trefoil Guild

West Herts Trefoil Guild has a new 'home'. Leaders and friends are welcome to join West Herts Trefoil Guild at Warners End

Herts Guide Centre Ebay Shop Sales Volunteer Required

As well as having the Shop in the Guide Centre we also have an Ebay shop.  We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to

Herts Guide Centre Management Committee Member Required

Would you be interested in volunteering to become a member of the Herts Guide Centre Management Committee? You would be

Equaliteas Badges

If any units ran an Equaliteas event and are interested in an Equaliteas Badge, please contact Nicola Day by

Switzerland 2019

Saturday 3 August - Saturday 10 August 2019 An exciting opportunity for international travel to Adelboden, Switzerland for

Uganda Friendship 2018 Challenge Badge

In August 2018, three Leaders and twelve young women from Girlguiding Hertfordshire will travel to Uganda where they will

Guiding memorabilia

A small but fascinating collection of guiding memorabilia has been unveiled at the Three Rivers Museum in Rickmansworth. The