Be Prepared to Learn, Be Prepared Lead, Be Prepared to Celebrate!

22 February 2014

If I ask you what comes to your mind when I say: life-long learning, leadership, youth, value based method and active citizenship, would you say “Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting”? For many of us that have experienced this girl guiding and girl scouting world, these words reflect the core milestones in our Guiding and Scouting life journey.

Prepare to Learn, Prepare to Lead article PhotoAs we celebrate World Thinking Day 2014, we celebrate the impact that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has on the lives of young people around the world. Can you imagine how many youth members have learnt new things in the last 104 years? Or how many volunteer leaders have given their time and energy to help young people develop life skills and confidence? Without the millions of dedicated volunteers who put Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting into practice, our unique and powerful approach would not be making a difference in the world. Thank you!

As World Thinking Day 2014 focuses on the importance of education, it is a great opportunity to think about the contribution the Guide and Scout Movement has made to youth learning outside of the classroom through our unique educational method, created by Baden Powell and strengthened by over 100 years of use around the world. Yet today’s world is very different to the world when Scouting was born. We need to be sure that what we offer is relevant and exciting for young people and creates opportunities for them to develop the skills and understanding they need to thrive in a complex and quickly changing world.

If you care about how Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting contributes to the learning and development of young people, this resource is for you! Prepared to Learn, Prepared to Lead looks at the fundamentals of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting experience; its purpose and educational method. It offers a chance to reflect on how we apply this method to facilitate youth learning, to ensure the Girl Guide and Girl Scout experience is as fun, varied and relevant as possible, and truly puts young people in the lead.

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Prepared to Learn, Prepared to Lead explores how to facilitate youth learning using the Girl Guide and Girl Scout educational method through four chapters:

Our goal: the purpose of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting

Our map: non-formal education today

Our compass: the Girl Guide and Girl Scout educational Method

Our journey: applying the Girl Guide and Girl Scout educational method

Join us in this journey as WAGGGS is investing more than ever to strengthen the quality of the education we offer and let’s create together an amazing learning experience for the girls and young women across the world.

This resource is a new tool for Member Organisations and their leaders at every level.

It is to be used in addition to the current WAGGGS Educational Programme policy and guidelines, and does not replace it.

Look out for an updated Educational Programme policy and guidelines which will be launched in advance of the WAGGGS World Conference in July!



Download the handbook here!