Rainbows are the youngest section of the Girlguiding family, aged 5-7. Girls often move up to Brownies and then Guides.

Rainbows first started in 1987, so this is a very special year of celebrations. Rainbows in Henfield began in 1988.

As part of the 30th year celebrations , Rainbows are taking part in a special Rainbow Challenge called ‘Hats off to Rainbows’, looking at different careers from a policeman to a builder, anyone who wears a hat and getting a badge for their hard work to celebrate their Birthday.

In our County, there was a very large event - with 40 units, there was a lot of Rainbows!  It was be a fun day with a magic man, dance mats, crafts, and games, finishing off with cake and a camp fire sing along.

In Henfield, Rainbows meet on a Monday and a Tuesday.

In their weekly meeting, the girls learn though play, with activities, crafts, games, cooking, songs and dancing. There is so much we try to fit into an evening for them.

We usually take the Rainbows out and about locally once a term, whether it`s to the fire station, the library, a walk in the woods or a treasure map to follow, finding local places of interest within the village.  The girls and their parents who sometimes come along to help love it.

Once a term a visitor is invited to talk to the girls, this term we have a lovely lady who is a dentist, in the past we have had “owls about town”,  K9 protection ( guide dogs), and many others.

Girlguiding really helps with their confidence, usually during the first few weeks they are so quiet, but after a while they realise how much fun it is that the change in them is fantastic to see.

They have so much fun, that when it’s time to move on to Brownies, some just want to stay, but moving on is another great adventure.

Our opening song each week is based on the Rainbow jigsaw which sets out the bases of our program, it goes like this:

Look at the world around, Learn everything you’ve found, Laugh as you go along, Love  this world of ours, Look, Learn, Laugh, Love, Rainbows have begun, we’re all here now, come and join the fun.

If you are interested in joining us, please visit the web site of www.girlguiding.org.uk where a link will guide you to which section and location you are interested in.

Help is always needed, many hands make light work. All the leaders and helpers volunteer their time, it is a pleasure to do so, and as adults we get as much from Girlguiding as the girls do.