Mixology among 72 new Girl Guides badges

Traditional badges such as hostess are being retired, while new ones include vlogging, human rights and personal brand.

They are grouped under six themes – express myself, be well, know myself, skills for my future, have adventures and take action.

There are 12 new badges for Rainbows (aged 5-7), 18 for Brownies (aged 7-10), 24 for Guides (aged 10-14), and 18 for Rangers (aged 14-18).

Rainbows can study for badges in healthy minds and recycling.

New badges for Brownies include aviation, mindfulness, my rights and baking. A zero waste badge for Brownies involves finding ideas to save water.

Guides can learn about mixology, which involves using fruits, juices, herbs and spices to create a drink.

And Rangers can study for badges in women’s rights, festival goer or entrepreneur.

Over the last 18 months, more than 50,000 girls and young women were involved in testing new activities.

The new programme should be fully implemented by September 2019.

“We’ve really listened to what girls have told us they’d like to see and incorporated their suggestions,” said volunteer Jess Bond, who helped develop the programme.

“Our ambition is to give girls the opportunity to discover and develop their interests, skills and confidence.

“We want girls to feel equipped to take on the world.”

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