Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Subs, how much are they and when are they due?
    Each member of Girlguiding, whether they are Rainbows, Brownies or Guides pays a small membership fee known as ‘subs’. Because each group will have different running expenses, the actual amounts are often different. They can be payable at the start of each term or annually. We would be grateful if you could arrange for subs to be paid within the first 3 weeks of each term.
  • What are subs used for? 
    Hall hire, purchasing badges, Brownie books/GFiles, stationary such as pens, pencils, felt tip pens craft materials, cooking materials, subsidising outings & camps etc. We also use this money to pay the annual census. As a registered charity our accounts are checked annually and reported to the District Commissioner.
  • What is the annual census?
    An annual subscription is payable by every member of the association, taken each year on 22nd February. The total amount levied will vary from year to year. The money collected is used for insurance, training and CRB checks for adult volunteers and various projects for girls within the London & South East Region.
  • Who are the adults looking after my daughter?
    Most units will have adult Guiders one of whom is registered as Guider in Charge and others who are Assistant Guiders.  We all have regular first aid training, have had enhanced CRB checks and have completed or are working towards to Adult Leadership Qualification.
    We are usually helped by a team of other young women or adults, such as:

    • A Unit Helper, a regular adult at our meetings
    • Occasional helpers, usually parents
    • Young Leaders and those working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award
  • Are the adults paid?
    No, we are all unpaid volunteers who enjoy giving our time to GirlguidingUK. Youis  can help it to stay enjoyable for us by paying subs on time and returning forms when we need them!
  • Where does my daughter display her badges? 
    Some girls like to sew their badges onto their uniform whilst others choose to display their badges on a blanket which they take on camp.