Rainbows are the youngest members of Girlguiding UK. They are aged between 5 and 7 (4 in Northern Ireland) and meet together in groups called units.
Each unit usually has between 5 and 18 girls and they meet once a week, often in the same place as the local Brownies or Guides. Most units meetings take place weekly during term time lasting about an hour but lots of areas have units who meet at weekends for longer but less frequently.
Any girl over the age of 5 can join GirlguidIng UK as a Rainbow as long as she is able to understand and wants to make the Rainbow Promise:
‘I PROMISE THAT I WILL DO MY BEST TO THINK ABOUT MY BELIEFS AND TO BE KIND AND HELPFUL’
RAINBOWS HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN!
Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw which is made up of four areas:
Rainbows take part in all sorts of activities in and out of doors: making friends, exploring, sharing and discovering. They have their own adventures and at the same time learn to be kind and helpful to others. They play games, paint, draw, make things, sing, enjoy the out of doors and can also participate in Rainbow Overnights. The sky is the limit!
Like all sections of Girlguiding UK Rainbows follow the 5 ESSENTIALS:
- Working together in small groups
- Encouraged to govern themselves and make their own decisions
- Balanced and varied programme
- Care for the individual
- Sharing a commitment to a common standard
RAINBOWS – COME AND JOIN IN OUR FUN!