People United have developed a kindness challenge badge for Girlguiding. Trialling our ideas with two brownie and guide groups – Hampton Guides and the 1st Shorncliffe Gurkha Brownies and Guides – we have created a challenge that asks the girls to think about kindness. The kindness challenge badge is about being kind to others, and encourages them to think about how being kind can:
- Spread a bit of happiness
- Remind us all about the benefits of kindness
- Inspire even more kindness
- Bring people together
Taking part in the challenge requires participants to undertake a series of creative tasks from each of the section headings: sharing kindness; global kindness; discovering kindness; and a reflection section. Each section encourages the girls to think about their behaviours and actions towards those in and outside of their community. Part of the challenge includes a kindness pledge to promise to be kind in the future, we ask that you upload at least one of these pledges to our Kindness Calendar, an online gallery of kindness stories.
The challenge badge incorporates our mediators from our Arts and Kindness paper. It encourages connections (e.g. holding a party for another guide or brownie group), learning (e.g. researching role models who demonstrate pro-social behaviour), empathy (e.g. finding out about a charity and the people they help), and values (e.g. reflect on why doing kind things might be important to them).
Using ideas sent to us by The Hampton Guides, and 1st Shorncliffe Gurkha Brownies and Guides, our badge was designed by Kent-based children’s book illustrator, Kate Willis-Crowley. The badge is suitable for all Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Leaders. If you are interested in your group taking part in the challenge, you can download the syllabus and booklet (right). If you require the documents in a word format, please contact us to let us know.