Recognition of Girls and Young Women
The recognition of girls and young women is a feature of both the Australian Guide Program and the Olave Program.
The Girl Guide and Girl Scout Education Method is the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) unique model of non-formal education to support the development of young people in diverse groups. Used well, it creates a learning environment where young people can take the lead and make choices about what they do. By using the method effectively, Girl Guides empowers girls and young women to discover their potential.
The process used in the Australian Guide Program and Olave Program is:
Discover, Decide, Plan, Do and Check.
Recognition is so much more than badges or awards, it is about the journey and satisfaction of challenging yourself.
A Guide or Olave Program Member will set herself challenges to carry out to the best of her ability. There are badges and awards to be gained, however earning badges is only a small part of being a Guide or Olave Program Member. The girls and young women will participate in many activities that they will enjoy and learn from. Their reward will be a great sense of achievement.
The activities could be outdoor adventures such as canoeing, archery, abseiling, camping, skiing, hiking overnight, cooking damper over a fire or just sitting around a campfire singing, chatting and sharing a joke. There are other times, though, when the girls prefer indoor activities such as trying a special recipe, having a go at making something, being creative in the visual or dramatic arts, working as a team to plan their next adventure, finding out about other cultures and religions or learning skills through games. No two meetings are ever the same.
There are lots of different badges you can earn as a reward for completing the challenges in the Girl Recognition System.
You can choose to work towards any combination of:
- Explore a Challenge
- Create a Challenge
- Achieve a Challenge
- Discover a Challenge
Some awards allow you to set your own personal challenges. Others require you to reach a certain skill level and can be cross-credited to external qualifications e.g. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, St John First Aid or Royal Life Saving Society. Most challenges can be done by yourself or with your Patrol or Unit.
Get a copy of the Girl Guides Australia publication Look Wide from your State Guide Retail Outlet and start planning.
At times you may require the skills, knowledge or expertise of an external assessor for assessing challenge work. This includes:
- Queen’s Guide Award (including Focus and interest assessments if needed);
- BP Award;
- Junior BP Award;
- Endeavours; and
- all ‘Look Wide’ and ‘Look Wider Still’ challenges.
Guides can use the External Assessment Protocol for Guides (2010) to help them understand what is required of them when using an external assessor.
Leaders can use the External Assessment Protocol for Leaders (2010) to assist Guides in completing their challenges when external assessment is required.