Written By Rainbows Leader Carol Prescott
Our Rainbow Guide Unit was started almost 20 years ago at St Oswald’s by myself and over the years I have seen the young girls who came to Rainbows all those years ago grow into young women and I now even have the daughter of one of the first Rainbows in our unit now coming to enjoy being a Rainbow Guide.[pullquote] Many former Rainbows also contact me to ask if they can volunteer to help at meetings as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award , they all tell me they have fond memories of being a Rainbow.[/pullquote]
Rainbows is the youngest section of the Girl Guiding Association for girls aged five to seven. Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing.
Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age.
[pullquote]The Rainbow Jigsaw has four areas:
Look: We encourage girls to look around them and learn about their own environment and community. We also help them understand that they are part of a wider world, perhaps through crafts or games from around the globe, or rainbows2learning about festivals from other cultures.
Learn: Rainbows learn by taking part in a wide range of activities such as trying out crafts and recipes, playing games and visiting local places of interest. A representative from the RSPCA might come to a meeting to talk about looking after pets or a police officer might come to explain to the girls about road safety.
Laugh: Rainbows have lots of fun. Meetings involve games, songs, parties, celebrations and making a mess! Girls love sleepovers too! (Although I haven’t been brave enough to have a sleepover yet!)
Love: Through Rainbows, girls learn about caring and sharing with family and friends, working together, fair play, and being considerate and helpful to others.

The girls cover these areas by doing a “Roundabout Challenge” based on a theme, these include “All About Me”, Rainbows Get Healthy”, Rainbow Festivals, Roundabout the World and Rainbow Seasons. We do activities from each section then the girls receive their badge to sew on their shirts, they love receiving their badges!
We have taken part in lots of celebrations and outings, including trips to Chester Zoo, Gullivers World, Camelot, Three Sisters, Haigh Hall, celebrated the centenary of Guiding at Leigh Sports Village and many other enjoyable events.
rainbows3At seven the girls move up to Brownies and carry on with their Guiding Adventure. [pullquote]It is always sad to say goodbye but also lovely to see them move on and grow further.[/pullquote] We always have a long list of girls waiting for places, so the earlier they are put on the list the more chance they have of getting a place at the age of 5.
If you are interested in putting your child’s name on the waiting list you need to register on the Girl Guiding website and select the Join Us section.
If anyone has any special talent or resources which would be of interest to our unit please contact me at cs.prescott@blueyonder.co.uk
We are always looking for something new to do for our unit.

Carol Prescott
Rainbow Guider


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