Girlguiding is a charity for girls aged 10 to 14 across the UK. With 100,000 volunteers, the organisation gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills, and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Aiming to build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations, Guides wants to give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
What do Guides do?
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
- healthy lifestyles
- global awareness
- skills and relationships
- celebrating diversity
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 Baden-Powell Challenge Award, named in honour of the founder of guiding.
As part of the Award, Guides would need to take part in a Baden-Powell Adventure. These are usually residential events organised locally - find a Baden-Powell Adventure near you.
How can I get involved?
Register to join Guides in Wirral. You will need a parent or guardian to help with this.
Scouts is for all young people aged between 10 and 14.
With over 200 activities on offer and half a million members (including 60,000 girls) Scouting offers everyday adventure to young people and adult volunteers.
According to Scouts, there are two things that matter in life: following your dreams and looking after your friends. It's all about doing great things, enjoying adventures and helping others to do the same.
Scouts provide a wide range of adventurous, fun and exciting activities through which young people develop personally and as responsible citizens. Scouting is about being with friends, part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.
Scouts cover four districts in Wirral:
Each district has a number of different Scout Groups.
How can I get involved?
If you're thinking about joining, but you're not sure which group is nearest to where you live or you would like to know more, you can call Merseyside Scouts County Office on 0151 707 2671 and they will be able to help. Their opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm so you are best trying to call then.
You can also apply online through the UK Scout Association or call them on 0845 300 1818.
Find out more info at the following websites:
Have you got what it takes to be a Sea Cadet? You need to be between 12-18, keen to test your talents and eager to learn exciting new skills!
From rock climbing to shooting, there are so many challenging and exciting opportunities waiting for you. Take part in all kinds of cool competitions such as music, power boating and sailing, and learn new nautical skills as you complete your training. Your new skills will help to give you a head start in life and boost your confidence – plus you'll have loads of tales to tell about your adventures.
Royal Marines Cadets 13-18
Do you love a challenge? Are you a real team player? Do you want to keep learning and improving on your skills?
If you answered yes, perhaps the Royal Marines Cadets is for you. Not only will you get to test your abilities with amazing adventure activities like weapons training, map reading and field craft, but you'll also get the chance to take part in challenges both here and abroad! Royal Marines Cadets are an integral part of Sea Cadets with 114 Detachments in the UK. You can get involved with Royal Marine Cadets through the Sea Cadet units which have these Detachments.
What sorts of opportunities can Sea Cadets offer me?
Being a member of Sea Cadets can provide all sorts of opportunities and access to a wide range of activities as follows:
- land-based activities
- water-based adventure
- courses, camps and competitions
How can I get involved?
If you have any difficulty making contact with the unit you're interested in joining, you can contact the North West Area Sea Cadets during office hours on 0151 707 3443 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org