Rainbows are the youngest members of the Girl Guiding movement and are for girls aged between 5 and 7 years.  We meet on Thursdays between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in the Centenary Hall at Greenbank Parish Church.

Our main focus is the Rainbow Roundabout programme.  This offers the girls a wide range of activities, games, crafts, and other exciting things to do. Our Rainbows are encouraged, with support, to make their own choices of activities and to learn and develop new skills.  This is all done in an atmosphere of fun and friendship, always keeping in mind our Rainbow promise and close links to the other members of our Girlguiding family.

This was another busy year for our Rainbows.  In the first two terms the girls completed two Roundabouts where they chose and enjoyed activities such as making marshmallow igloos, amazing sock bats, edible sparklers and an indoor Commonwealth Games night.

In the last term the girls have been doing a range of activities chosen to celebrate the Brownies 100 year anniversary and they successfully completed the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge and received a special badge.   Activities included learning new indoor games and singing songs with the Brownies, making Chinese Dragon Puppets, creating a giant outdoor collage in the Hermitage, writing a new verse for our Rainbow Song and renewing our promise in the sand at our annual Division Beach Trip to North Berwick.

If you would like to know any more about Rainbows please contact: Christina Milne (Tel 623 0255) or  Frances Wallace  (Tel 447 7241)


162 Guides

Thursday Night
To explore the themes of guides developing as an individual, as a community and as a wider Girl Guiding community the 162 Guides has experienced a range of activities, from a highly competitive bake off to a fun and interactive archaeology session.

We reflected on body confidence with the Free Being Me programme where we designed magazine covers, played games and learned about beauty in different cultures.

To learn about our community we learned about fair trade products in Waitrose, planted seeds in Braidburn Valley park and visited a care home at Christmas to carol sing. We also filled and decorated 14 shoeboxes for the annual Shoebox appeal.  We took part in the Church's uniformed organisation service, with an A-Z of the Commonwealth Games.

To engage with the wider Girl Guiding community we completed our Ghana badge where we learned about Ghana and the lives of the Girl Guides there. We also had a joint Halloween party with the Wednesday Guides. Some of Guides attended Division Camp in June with other Guides from the area.

As well as all of this we went ice skating, made pizza from scratch, had a chocolate night, made soda bread and jam, decorated coasters, made African masks and made all sorts of food from popcorn to cookies to smoothies.

The highlight of the year  was our overnight camp at Carsewell in Penicuik in May.  We had a great time despite the rain! We sang campfire songs, played capture the flag,  and roasted smores over the fire.

We finished the year with an exciting night at Bonaly Scout centre where we had to work as a team to complete a ropes course and gave grass sledging a go.

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