Being a Rainbow leader

Introduction

Welcome to Being a Rainbow Leader

Aims

This online learning module aims to:

Take a break

Please feel free to take a break if you have been sitting in front of the computer screen for a while. Your place will be saved on your computer if you log off, so you can come back to the training at any time.

When you have completed this module you will be able to do the following.

  1. Understand the Five Essentials and how they fit into the Rainbow programme.
  2. Recognise the key milestones in the 'life cycle' of a Rainbow.
  3. Understand the main programme elements 'Look, Learn, Laugh, Love' and be able to recognise appropriate activities under each element for the age group.
  4. Know the resources available to you through Trading Service and the Girlguiding website to support you as a Rainbow Leader.
  5. Plan, deliver and evaluate a term of the Rainbow programme, involving the whole unit in this process.

The Five Essentials in action

Girlguiding believes in the value of learning by doing. This is put into practice through the Guiding Method with it's five interlinking elements, known as the Five Essentials.

The Five Essentials are at the core of what all Leaders deliver to the girls and young women in their unit. They are the same for all sections in guiding.

Rainbows work in small groups

Rainbows are encouraged to govern themselves and make their own decisions

Rainbows have a balanced and varied programme

Rainbows care for the individual

Rainbows share a committment to a common standard

The Five Essentials

Match the statement to the most correct Five Essential

  • Every girl is encouraged to do her best
    Rainbows share a commitment to a common standard
  • Writing a thank you card for a visiting speaker
    Rainbows care for the individual
  • Taking turns to speak, and listening to each other's ideas
    Rainbows work together in small groups
  • Saying which activities she does or doesn't enjoy
    Rainbows are encouraged to govern themselves and make their own decisions
  • Having fun outdoors, a walk in the park, a trip to the zoo
    Rainbows have a balanced and varied programme
  • Taking part in a Rainbow chat to choose an activity
    Rainbows are encouraged to govern themselves and make their own decisions
  • Helping a new Rainbow settle in
    Rainbows care for the individual
  • Having fun indoors: painting, singing, having a sleepover
    Rainbows have a balanced and varied programme
  • Having a task in preparing a Promise Party
    Rainbows work together in small groups
  • Talk about something she has done to be kind and helpful
    Rainbows share a commitment to a common standard
  • Choosing how she will say her promise
    Rainbows are encouraged to govern themselves and make their own decisions
  • Raising money for a community project
    Rainbows share a commitment to a common standard

Being a Rainbow

Every girl is different and will experience a unique journey through the Rainbow programme. The Leadership Team is there to support the development of each Rainbow so that she achieves as much as she can and would like to.

It is important to give girls the opportunity to try new things and gain experiences so they can develop to their full potential and make a difference in the world.

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My Pot of Gold is aimed at older Rainbows. This book flips over from Ready for Rainbows so you only need to buy one resource. 

The resource encourages a Rainbow to choose her own challenges and presents the option of doing activities at Rainbows or at home. 

My Pot of Gold includes:

  • The final part of the Rainbow Story
  • Looking back on her time in Rainbows
  • A reminder of the guiding family
  • What Brownies do
  • Planning and having a Pot of Gold party