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Moving on up – tips for transition success

With this term coming to a close lots of girls will be getting ready to make the big move up to their new section. We asked volunteers how they manage this move and encourage more girls to stay in Girlguiding. Check out these top tips for getting girls excited about the next step.

Getting to know a new unit

Senior Section adviser and leader in training with 295th A City Of Glasgow Guides, Kirstyn’s top tip for Guides hoping to join The Senior Section in their area is:

“Through spending time with the existing members of The Senior Section the prospect of moving up to the next section becomes less daunting for girls as they’ve already spent time getting to know the members and it gets the first meeting out the way.”

Organise a joint event

Leader at the 293rd B City Of Glasgow Brownies and assistant county commissioner for Glasgow, Ann says the best thing about organising a mixed event for different sections is it means the next section “suddenly loses their mystery.”

If you’re not able to arrange a mixed event then why not take part in a mixed residential trip or outing, this is another way to help familiarise girls with who and what’s to come if they choose to move up.

Get girls to help plan the next term

Senior Section adviser Kirstyn readys her girls for the move up to The Senior Section by encouraging them to plan their new unit’s activities for the first term. Involving the girls in the planning of their first term in a new section is a great way to keep them interested in what’s to come after summer. She says:

“This is good for keeping more girls in Girlguiding as well as helping with the transition. It allows them to get involved and, for example, sign up for a camp in the next term. Making sure younger girls get regular updates on what the next section are getting up to or have been involved in, from international adventures to TARTAN GIG, helps get them even more excited about taking the next step.”

Get more information

You can find even more tips on growing guiding here.

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