Promise and Law Activities for Unit Meetings

 

The Promise is a personal commitment made by girls and women when they become a Guide. The Promise helps to develop a sense of self, spiritual values and a commitment to help others. The Guide Law provides a code of values to live by.

There has been little change to the wording of the Australian Promise since 1969. However, since then we have seen a great deal of change and growth in our country including the rich diversity of our population and the greater participation of women in the workforce and at all levels of governance. These societal changes include the way girls and women want to express their commitment to Guiding through the Promise and Law.

The updated wording of the Promise does not change our ethos, values or how we deliver Guiding, we have simply evolved the language to make it more relevant, meaningful and inclusive and to reflect our diverse Guiding communities.

Guiding is about empowering girls and young women, enabling them to grow in confidence and become the leaders of tomorrow. They need a Promise that inspires them to do just that.

The Promise is a personal journey. It needs to be meaningful to each girl.

I promise that I will do my best

To be true to myself and develop my beliefs

This is about self, personal development, one’s own spiritual journey, one’s value system

To serve my community and Australia,

And live by the Guide Law.

This is what I do for others – the commitment to help others and responsibility to community

The Law is the code of living; how to put the Promise into action

As a Guide I will strive to:

  • Respect myself and others
  • Be considerate, honest and trustworthy
  • Be friendly to others
  • Make choices for a better world
  • Use my time and abilities wisely
  • Be thoughtful and optimistic
  • Live with courage and strength

To help you discuss the changes to the Promise and Law, we have collated age appropriate activities and discussion starters. These will help to help you to introduce the new wording of the Promise and to allow the girls to embrace and understand the changes.
This document should also be used in conjunction with the “Questions and Answers Sheet” to help explain the changes.

Have girls think about what parts of the Promise and Law they have been observing when doing any activity e.g. if you have a cooking activity, at the end of the activity ask the girls which parts of the Promise and Law were involved during the activity. It is a great way to remind the girls that we live the Promise and Law everyday no matter what we are doing.

 

Listed below is a variety of resources that you may like to try as you explore the Promise and Law:

 

Leader’s Resources

 

Multiple Age

Ages 5-7

Discussion starters:

  • Have you heard about the new Guide Promise and Law?
  • Did you all get your new Promise and Law card in the mail?
  • What part of the Law do you think might like to first try to live by?
  • What do you think it means, in the Promise when I say…?
  • Can you think of the communities you are belong to (it could be the home, school, Guiding......)
  • How can you help in your communities (talk about what it means to serve)
  1. Jigsaw relay. Laminate several copies of the Promise, cut into jigsaw pieces, have a relay race to put them together, and then discuss the words of the Promise
  2. Fishing game. Have a copy of parts of the Promise and Law written on a Fish template. Each piece should have a paperclip on it. Using a small magnet on a fishing pole, girls fish out the pieces in turn and discuss what is written on the fish.
  3. Draw around the shape of your hand. Write down 5 things that you can do to help your community or Australia
  4. Girls share about the last time they were grumpy or angry. They should think about why they were grumpy or angry. Is there something they could do to feel better when they get grumpy or angry?
  5. Promise Butterfly and Caterpillar. Using the templates provided photocopy the Promise and Law words onto brightly coloured paper. Photocopy the Butterfly and Caterpillar. Cut-out the Promise bubbles (bolded) and place them into the space provided in the wings of the butterfly. Cut-out the bubbles representing the Law and place them onto the Caterpillar.

So there are these links from GGA to include

 

ButterflyCatapillar

 

 

Ages 7-9

Discussion starters

  • Have you heard about the new Promise and Law?
  • The Promise talks about being “true to yourself” and developing your beliefs. What do you think being true to yourself means?
  • Beliefs are like values. Some values are fairness, cooperation, gratitude, truthfulness. What values are important to you?
  • How could we serve our community and Australia?
  • What part of the Law do you think might like to try and live by? What part of the Law might be harder for you to live by?
  • The previous wording of the Promise said that we helped other people; how do you think the new wording of the Promise and Law includes this?
  1. Boomerang Promise. Have the girls cut out the boomerang template and paste it onto cardboard. On the boomerang write each girl can write ways she can live by the Promise and Law. She may wish to choose a different component of the Promise and Law for each prong of the Boomerang. For example Be friendly to others and ways she might do this or Respect myself and others with an example of how she might do this. The Boomerangs can be used to decorate the meeting place or be taken home.  
  2. Washing Line relay. Cut out sock shapes from tough paper. Print out the Guide Law – one word or group of words on each sock shape, in really big lettering. Make a complete set of socks for each patrol. Make a washing line. You will need clothes pegs. Review the guide Law with the girls. Then on the word “go” each patrol has a race to peg the Guide Law on their washing line in the right order
  3. Give patrols a small bag containing three unrelated objects, e.g., coin, piece of string, safety pin, match, lipstick, flower, chewing gum. Ask them to use at least one item to make up a skit about part of the Promise or Law. The rest guess which part of the Promise or Law they are illustrating
  4. Learning the promise. In a circle, pass a ball around the circle with each girl saying the next word of the Promise. Girls might need a copy of the Promise to refer to while they are doing this
  5. Give each Patrol a sheet of cardboard. They can write the Promise and Law in a centre circle. From this the girls will draw balloons each one containing a community and how they might serve it. There can be as many balloons as the girls can think of, e.g home, put the washing away; Australia, help at a citizenship ceremony. This activity will encourage the girls to think about the words and what they mean. Then you could discuss how they are making choices for a better world.

 

Boomerang

 

 

Ages 9-12

Discussion Starters

  • What have you heard about the new Guide Promise and Law?
  • Have a look at the previous wording and the new wording of the Promise, what seems to be missing? Look again at the new wording, are they really missing?
  • What was your favourite part of the previous wording of the Law; is this reflected in the new wording of the Law?
  • Beliefs are like values. Some values are fairness, cooperation, gratitude, truthfulness. What values are important to you?
  • What communities do you belong to? How many can you think of?
  1. Activity: Give each Patrol a sheet of cardboard. They can write the Promise and Law in a centre circle. From this the girls will draw balloons each one containing a community and how they might serve it. There can be as many balloons as the girls can think of, e.g home, put the washing away; Australia, help at a citizenship ceremony. This activity will encourage the girls to think about the words and what they mean..
  2. As a Patrol choose one part of the Law, discuss the ways you can challenge yourselves over the next week. Can up with two challenges for your Patrol and look back at your next meeting and see how you have tried your best to do so? Come together and see the challenges each Patrol has set themselves.
  3. Provide the girls will newspapers and magazines. Ask them to make a collage of pictures and words that reflect the wording of the Promise and Law. Let the girls discuss why they chose the pictures and words they did.
  4. Each patrol is given a different part of the Law. They need to produce a mime or skit of an example of girls living by the part of the Law and not living by the part of the Law. Discuss with the girls about how they might live each part of the Law in their everyday life
  5. True to myself -Who am I: Girls write answers to the following statements on pieces of paper, scrunches them up and throws them into various labelled hoops.

* I love...
* I’m scared of ...
* One thing I’d never changed about me ...
* Something special about me is ...
* Something I am good at is ...
Discuss with the girls that they are allowed to be themselves and shouldn’t have to change for anyone.

 

Ages 12-14

Discussion Starters

  • Have you heard about the new Guide Promise and Law?
  • Have a look at the previous wording and the new wording of the Promise, what seems to be missing? Look again at the new wording, are they really missing?
  • What was your favourite part of the previous wording of the Law; is this reflected in the new wording of the Law?
  • Which part of the Law will you particularly like to follow? What part might be harder?
  • The Promise asks you to be true to yourself, what does that mean?
  • How could we serve our community and Australia?
  • Challenge each Unit member to list the many communities that they belong to?

 

Guides may choose whether or not to share what they have written with the group.

  1. What I believe activity: Ask girls to think about and write down the following:
    a.        Write the beliefs you have learned about yourself from your mother, father, siblings, friends, teachers and other people
    b.        Which of these messages made you feel confident and happy, which affect you in a negative way?
    c.        What beliefs about yourself do you want to change, if any?
    d.        What beliefs can help you feel positive and happy about yourself?
  2. To identify positive outcomes that may come from a negative experience.
  3. Suggest the girls think of 3 negative experiences such as forgetting free dress day at school; ensure that the negative experiences are relevant to the age group. Then each girl shares her ideas. In small groups the girls think of a positive response for each negative experience. Let them express these experiences in a manner appropriate to the age group, such as through acting, speaking or writing. Ask the girls which parts of the Guide Law link to this activity?
  4. Each girl draw a large picture of the Guide trefoil, in each leaf of the trefoil write one part of the Guide Promise then list ideas of how she might do her best to fulfil each part.
  5. The Promise reflect relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us. For each part of the Promise ask girls to write down 3 words to describe their relationship with themself and their beliefs, with their community and Australia and the world around us.

Add these suggestions in through here

 

Ages 14-17

Discussion Starters

  • Have you heard about the new Promise & Law? Where? On what types of Media? Print, TV, Internet, or perhaps word of mouth
  • Have people you know approached you about it? What questions have they asked? How did you respond?
  • What are the differences between the old and new wording of the Promise and Law?
  • Discuss how you can apply each part of the Promise to your own life. E.g. How can I be true to myself - give examples at school, at home, with friends, the wider community
  • What is the essence of a community? How do you belong to a community and how do you serve your community?
  • Create a mind-map of all the communities that you participate in and belong to, are there others that you don’t want to belong to?
  1. There was a Promise change around 1969, when the words changed from "On my honour" to "I promise". How did this change impact the values of the organisation? Does the current wording change what it means to be a Girl Guide?
  2. Film a video clip and send it to GGA for uploading to the GGA YouTube channel that either
    • creates a new Promise and/or Law song
    • explains the Promise and Law through tableau stills
    • make a fable story that shows girls living by the promise and law
  3. What do the girls understand by the phrase “develop your belief” How do they display their commitment to their beliefs in your own life. Think about one small way they can show their commitment to their beliefs.
  4. Look at the WAGGGS advocacy programs and campaigns and think about how they fit into the Promise and Law. How can you get involved? Think about everything you so as a Guide and discuss with your friends how it relates to the Promise and Law. An example – abseiling (I find out more about myself, may abilities and my fears, and develop a sense of self – true to myself)