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Rainbows are girls aged between 5 and 7.


Rainbows learn by doing – they get their hands dirty, do sports, arts and crafts and play games. Being a Rainbow is all about having the space to try new things. Through taking part in a range of different activities with girls their own age, Rainbows develop self-confidence and make lots of new friends. They follow a programme of age-appropriate activities, trips and adventures – both in their meetings and at special events.  They can work towards interest badges which also count towards their section theme awards, that show their commitment and encourage pride in their achievements. 


Rainbows are supported by a group of highly trained, inspiring leaders to challenge themselves, explore and have fun.



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Brownies is for all girls aged 7 to 10.


Girls in Brownies have incredible experiences together, make brilliant friends and discover the world around them. Every time they meet up, groups of Brownies learn new skills and take on challenges as they work out what they want to be and do in the future.

Brownies is about getting together regularly - often each week - to learn new skills, play games, see friends and have fun. It's about trying adventurous activities and going along to special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays.

Brownies work together in small groups to make their own decisions about what activities and badges to work on next, and work together to explore the world around them and make a positive difference within their community.


Brownies are supported by a group of highly trained, inspiring leaders to challenge themselves, explore the world around them, and have fun.



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Guides is for all girls aged 10 to 14

In Guides you'll get out there and do something really different.

You'll create your own campaigns, learn and share new skills and fly down the occasional zip wire. You'll explore new places - Guides go on camps, holidays and trips, enjoy exciting national and local events and guiding music festivals.  As a Guide you’ll meet new friends who want to go on adventures with you and will encourage you to try new things, and celebrate when you’ve achieved something special.


You’ll be able to decide together what to do in your meetings, and your camp and holiday themes and ideas.  You’ll be encouraged to make a difference, speak out about what matters to you, and to do something about it.

You’ll never be stuck for something to do in Guides. Whether you want to dedicate your time to exploring the outdoors, really focus on your hobbies, or challenge yourself with something new, you’ll find something at Guides that suits you.


Guides are supported by a team of highly trained, inspiring leaders to challenge themselves, make a difference, learn new skills, and have fun.



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Rangers is for all girls aged 14-18

Rangers meet up regularly, have fun doing activities together and get recognised for their achievements with badges and awards. Rangers offers a range of unique opportunities.

Rangers follow a programme of interest badges, skills builders and awards. They take part in amazing challenges, travel the world and develop skills across our six themes. Rangers are able to:


  • Build their skills – by taking on a vast array of awards and qualifications. These range from our Leadership qualification - which teaches you how to run your own unit - to the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh's Award. And don't forget our Theme awards and the Ranger Gold award.

  • Support girls like you - want to help younger girls to navigate issues like body confidence and mental well-being? Our peer education programme gives you the unique opportunity to talk to girls and young women about the issues they face. 

  • Raise your voice -  you could join the national delegation at the British Youth Council, or shape Girlguiding's own policy and research as part of our fantastic Advocate panel. Exploring the Take Action theme will give you more ways to make your voice heard and make a difference.

  • Travel the world - from working on a development project in a remote village, to representing UK guiding at an international conference, you'll be able to take on some life-changing international adventures

Rangers is a brilliant way to try new things, have fun and give something back to your community. Whether you're already a member, or are just starting out, we'll give you a host of opportunities to gain leadership skills, build a network of friends in your area and enhance your CV.

And of course, the support of a well trained team of leaders to travel with you on your journey.


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You don't need to have been involved in guiding before or have loads of spare time to make a big difference. Whatever your skills and interests there’s a role to suit you. We are always ready to welcome volunteers in to Girlguiding Sussex East County, and here are some of the ways you can get involved: 

Volunteer with girls at unit meetings 

At the heart of guiding are the unit meetings that girls go along to each week. Volunteering at unit meetings means getting messy, meeting new people and running activities that help girls discover their potential. You’ll volunteer directly with young people and can choose to work with girls in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers. Unit meetings are about an hour once a week (individual units vary).

These roles are perfect if you want to: 

  • Support girls on a regular basis and see them grow 

  • Get stuck into adventurous (and often messy!) activities 

  • Have a rewarding role where you'll develop great relationships with girls and volunteers 


Roles available include: 


Unit helper 

Lots of new volunteers start out as a helper at a weekly unit meeting. You’ll work alongside other volunteers to give girls fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. There's no responsibility for planning in this role but you'll be the extra pair of hands needed to make unit meetings happen.  

Unit leader 

Be an inspiring role model to girls and young women – and have a lot of fun in the process. As unit leader, you'll run the unit, lead a team of volunteers, and plan and deliver a programme of awesome activities. If you'd like to become a leader, you'll be supported to complete our Leadership qualification. You'll have training on everything from planning your programme to child safety.  

Assistant leader 

Have plenty of fun as an assistant leader while giving essential support to your unit leader. You'll help to plan and deliver meetings, events and activities.  

Supporting roles 

If you aren’t able to volunteer on a regular basis, you can still make an impact in a supporting role. No commitment is too small – every role is vital to running our charity. 


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Whether you’re involved in guiding or not, Trefoil Guild is a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people to share your next adventure - whatever that might be!

Trefoil Guild is a branch of Girlguiding and its members agree to support the guiding ethos - including the pledge to help other people. Many members pass on their skills and knowledge to local guiding units, from helping Brownies work towards a badge to preparing older girls for a camping adventure. Many members are unit leaders or helpers in Girlguiding units.

But it’s not all about the girls - there are plenty of opportunities for members to try something new, take on a new personal challenge and escape the daily routine. The best thing is that what you do is up to you!

Across the UK, there are over 1,100 Trefoil Guilds with over 18,000 members - some meet every week, others less frequently, perhaps in the evening or in the afternoon.

We have a number of Guilds across East Sussex. Find out more

Trefoil Guild Section
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