What is SNJC?
We in the SNJC are your voice in the county, region and ultimately, in HQ. We stand for what the young people in Girlguiding UK think about what's going on, and what they want out of Guides. Whatever you say to us gets fed up through the SW Region Junior Council and onto HQ to ensure that your views are heard, whether they be about badges, the programme, residentials, socials or your rights.
So its all sitting round talking?
Well, there is a lot of talking - after all, communicating your thoughts requires it, but it's certainly not all talking! As a County Junior Council we will be getting involved in such things as being the service team at county events and county camps, (a lot of hard work, but a great deal of fun too!), going away together on camps or indoor residentials, or just getting together and having fun. And, of course, we aim to make meetings fun. There will always be the mundane things to do, but games and biscuits make them all much more tolerable!
What sort of issues do you cover?
Hundreds of people your age started work on their Queen's Guide Awards in the recent past, and found that they were outdated, boring and irrelevent to life today. We told HQ and then helped them to come up with the new Queen's Guide Syllabus, which a lot of people have now successfully completed. Young Leaders of Guide Units found the Guide Laws and the Guide promise to be overly long and complicated. We helped HQ to condense the Laws down into what they are today, and rewrite the Guide promise. Recently many Senior Section members have completed their Senior Section Camp Permit and were disappointed at there being no badge to go with it. We reported this to HQ, and now have a shiny new badge for this award.
But it's not all serious issues and meetings - we help to plan events like the Zero camps, and act as service crew at large-scale gatherings like Get Global.
Basically, if there's something you don't like, we want to know about it. If there's any way we can help you we want to be on it, and if there's anything HQ wants your ideas about, we want to make sure that your voice is heard.
Ok, so it's not all meetings, but how does it work?
In short, you make it work. The committed members we have are very valuable to us, and are acting as pioneers in the work we're doing in running a Junior Council in Somerset North, but they cannot do it on their own. After all, if HQ want ideas from you about things, then either ou, or someone who knows ou has to be on the Junior Council. The complaining you do to fellow ULs or Guiders may get sympathy, but it won't get action unless it reaches us. Equally, a service team doesn't work unless there's a big team ready for action, and the more people we get, the les work, and the more fun, it will be.
So what can I do?
We need enthusiatic, committed senior section members to join our team. As a SNJC member you will not only act as a link to ensure that all of those ideas get through to us, but you will be one of theprivileged few to join a grouwing network of youn people all over the south west who actually want to do something about what they don't like, rather than just complaining and expecting it all to change around them. More importantly you will meet other people your age and have fun!
Contrary to popular elief, it's not all hard work! You will have to attend only 3 meetings a year, and the extent to which you take the opportunities to help at county events etc is entirely up to you!
Ok, I'm interested. What do I do now?
That's great! Our contact details are below, all you have to do is email of ring us, nd we will get in touch with you. We will need your contact details and other information like what division you're in and what evenings in the week you're free. On the run up to our next meeting we will let you know where and when it will be, and then see you there!
Once you've been to a few meetings we will also need to know what size rugby shirt you take so that we can put an SNJC rugby shirt on order for you to wear at any events that we help at.
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