Journey Programme

Members of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) follow a non-formal educational programme called the Journey Programme which enables each person to embark on a developmental journey full of fun, adventure and challenge.

The Journey Programme incorporates all we do and is designed to ensure that we achieve our mission “to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.” The Journey Programme has three elements in each Branch programme:

1. Compulsory Challenges.

2. Choice Challenges.

3. Interest Badges.

Programme Adventures

Within each Branch programme there are 6 interwoven Adventures:

1. Guiding

2. Outdoors

3. Teamwork

4. Change

5. Lifeskills

6. Global Awareness

The Journey Programme is designed to be progressive so that each girl continues to learn and develop along the way.  Since a girl can become a member of the Irish Girl Guides at any time, the programme is designed to meet the needs of both the girls who start at a young age as well as those who join along the way.

As part of the Journey stages, there are a minimum number of Journey badges and interest badges to be completed. A badge is a unique way for Girl Guides around the world to acknowledge when a girl achieves her best in relation to a set of specific tasks. Our badges cross six different types of Adventures and help to achieve IGG’s national programme outcomes.

Programme Activities

Our members complete a wide range of activities that enable them to:

  • Learn by doing their best
  • Grow in self-confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Form close friendships
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Learn life skills
  • Try out great new activities
  • Gain new experiences
  • And most importantly, have lots of fun!

The role of the Leader is to mentor and support the girls along their Guiding journey. However, Leaders also travel along their own journey with various opportunities and qualifications to work towards.

For Senior Branch members, working through the Journey Programme also enables them to achieve their Gaisce – The President’s Award.

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