In March 2012 the National Trust produced a report entitled ‘Natural Childhood’, highlighting ‘how a generation of kids were losing touch with nature’. 2 years on I am thrilled that we, Girlguiding LaSER, are able to respond to the alarming findings of the report with our new initiative Growing Up Wild!
Growing Up Wild is designed to connect our young members (from 5 to 25 years) with their natural environment, to get excited about being outside, to explore and investigate in different natural environments and discover what their own impact has on the world around us; something that guiding has been doing for the past 100 years.
So what’s different? Over the next 3 years Growing Up Wild, in addition to using existing programme ideas as starting points and developing themes and activities for the girls, will build upon the experience of our volunteer leaders offering them training and support through networking with national and regional organisations such as the RSPB and the Wild Network. Look out in future editions of Raspberry Ripple, on Twitter, Facebook and our Growing Up Wild website for the latest news and opportunities on offer locally around the region.
Our Growing Up Wild website will grow as you, our volunteers, contribute to it. When you discover a local connection; find an exciting website; have a helpful suggestion or meet an enthusiastic expert please share your inspirations with us. Look out in the post; sometime in the next few days your Unit will receive a Growing Up Wild information pack to get you started, complete with a sample badge and a gift. How will you use your gift? I’d love to hear!
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