Festivals are pretty much our favourite thing about summer, so when Girlguiding invited us to their annual Wellies and Wristbands event we COULD. NOT. WAIT. On the festi-menu? Tons of live music, a prettifying pamper zone, hot tubs to chill in, cinema screenings, an amazing inflatable obstacle course, abseiling and even zip-lining! We know, it was totally epic. Want to see how much fun we had? Check out our highlights reel above (and then swiftly sign up to become a Guide so you don’t miss out next year)!

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In Partnership With Girlguiding

Admit it, how much do you *really* know about what goes on at Girlguides? Y’know, that female power pack who wear a uniform, collect badges and are always busy doing SO. MUCH. STUFF.

Maybe you were once a Brownie and the seven year-old you found the skort a bit scratchy, or maybe you think the Guides are way too outdoorsy for your liking? We’re not all made for zip-lining, after all.

But whatever preconceptions you have about Girlguiding, you’re probs a little off the mark. See the Guides have come a long way since their rep of do-gooding dib-dib-dobbers (or was it dib-dob-dab?). It’s now a pretty cool way to spend your free time.

Need convincing? Here’s 10 legit reasons why you should sign up…

1. Trips WITHOUT your ‘rents

Oh parents. Whose get all twitchy when you ask to stay out overnight? Miraculously though, your short leash doesn’t seem to apply to Girlguide trips. They’re *thrilled* to wave you off for an entire weekend without batting an eyelid. Bye then.

2. No one cares what you look like. Phew

When you can hang out without having to worry about concealer, choosing outfits or what the heck your frizzy ass hair is doing, it’s kind of liberating. I mean, we all like to look good but give us a break. Sometimes we just want to focus on other things instead.

3. You’ll learn kick-ass survival skills

We’re talking den-building, fire-starting, food-foraging. Crazy skills! There might be a time in your life (ok, hopefully not) when you’re stranded in a forest and need to go all Bear Grylls on the situ – building a shelter from twigs and leaves. Could you do that right now? Could you? Could you REALLY? We’ll leave that thought with you.

4. And widen your friendship circle

Ok, so trying to make new mates is all kinds of cringe but the pain and embarrassment of first intros lasts for like, two seconds. And there are literally tons of girls at Guides so some are bound to be your type. Hands-up if you need a breather from your current friendship dramas? That’s why meeting new girls outside of your existing social set is never a bad idea.

5. Confidence building is HUGE

If only you could bulk buy sacks of confidence from the supermarket – we could all do with a bit more of it, right? That’s why we salute *anywhere* that works on building girls’ self esteem, rather than dragging us down. Free Being Me is a Guides session that’s part of a global body confidence revolution, helping us to be happy in our own skin so we’re not held back from doing what we want. Slay.

6. It has famous femme followers

Pixie Lott. Ella Eyre. Little Mix. Lauren Laverne. They’re all humungous fans of Girlguiding because of the positive, empowering message it gives girls. If it’s good enough for the slebs, hey.

7. They know mental health matters

Massive kudos to the Guides for giving a toss about mental health issues. After finding out that 62% of girls aged 11 to 21 know a girl their age who’s experienced a mental health problem, they set about developing their Think Resilient programme. The sessions teach girls problem-solving, positive thinking and self-calming techniques to help us cope when faced with the stresses of everyday life. This we like.

8. It’s all about the action

And no, not just zip-lining across a field. Seriously though, how often do you get to try fencing, kayaking, climbing, potholing or archery in your everyday life? And where else can you get awarded (with a badge! You get a frickin’ badge!) for planning a party, watching a list of movies or baking a batch cakes. Love it.

9. You can shout out your beliefs

Are there TONS of big issues swishing around your brain that you’re really passionate about? Maybe you think that no one is interested your strong opinions RN? Well, here’s a place to channel that fire in your belly and actually make a change (instead of just ranting at your friends and fam). Tackling online abuse and challenging sexism in the media are some of the major campaign wins driven by the Guides. They’re quite a fierce bunch of females.

10. And think about your future

But not in a boring school-careers-advisor-way. At Guides you get to deep-think about the jobs you’d *actually* like to do IRL and learn the decision-making and leadership skills to get you there. AT LAST, someone who believes in your dream of owning a hugely successful puppy-walking business. #careergoals

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There’s more pressure than ever on girls to have the ‘perfect’ body, and that’s not good for anyone.

In this video, Girlguiding ambassadors Alice P and Alice W talk about the different pressures girls face these days, how to fight the problem, and how girls can increase their confidence without having to worry about being perfect.

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Girls in the UK are in the midst of a body confidence crisis, and the cult of ‘perfection’ isn’t helping. Our guest writer Adeola Gbakinro tells us how we can help change that. 

What is low body confidence? When I was younger I felt like I needed to fit in, I believed there were criteria I needed to meet. If I didn’t fit into those criteria, there was risk of ridicule, or even being bullied. The peer pressure from friends, the ‘ideal’ girl that we thought boys liked – it made me want to be ‘perfect’.

According to the Girls’ Attitudes Survey, published by Girlguiding, 49% of girls aged 11-16 fear people will criticise their body if someone takes their picture. I know all too well how this feels and just what a detrimental and lasting impact it can have on the happiness and mental wellbeing of a young woman. If an individual has a negative perception of their body, perhaps they feel they’re not ‘pretty enough’ or don’t look the ‘right way,’ then hearing one negative comment can increase this x 100.

I can’t help but think that if I’d had a safe place and time in school, to discuss the core issues and importance of positive body confidence, I would not have let the pressure around me sink in. I would have been better prepared to deal with the situations I faced and to challenge them.

In the Girls’ Attitudes Survey  75% of girls aged 11 – 21 told us they believe  women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability and 47% aged 11–21 said the way they look holds them back. One look at the media and you see thousands of airbrushed photos, portraying this ‘perfect’ image of a woman where she fits a particular size and shape, where the person she is and the things she achieves are rarely mentioned. 

It is so easy to compare yourself to everything you see in magazines and on billboards. Recognising that your own body doesn’t look anything like that can make you feel inadequate and it becomes increasingly harder to ‘be yourself.’

As a Girlguiding advocate, I believe this needs changing and the time is now!

Girlguiding is campaigning for compulsory Personal, Social and Health Education and Sex and Relationships Education to include body confidence and healthy relationships. We want girls to be confident in their bodies, from their school years through to adulthood, and we believe education can play a major part in this. By teaching body confidence in schools, girls can learn how to increase their self-esteem and learn how to value themselves.

Girls and young women need to be reassured that there is no perfect image. Their size, shape or height does not define how far they can reach in life.

We need to teach girls that they are awesome whatever their shape and size.

In Girlguiding, through resources such as our Think Resilient and Free Being Me badges, we inspire girls to be confident within themselves. But we know much still needs to be done and we believe it can start in school.

You can help us achieve this by signing the petition here.

Adeola Gbakinro, 20, is a member of the Girlguiding Advocate panel. The Advocate panel is made up of 18 girls and young women aged 14-25 who speak out and call for change.

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Your latest reminder that being a girl in 2016 isn’t all marshmallows round the campfire, Girlguiding’s annual Girls’ Attitudes Survey is released today – and it looks like society won’t be earning a badge any time soon.

Each year, the Girls’ Attitudes Survey delves into some of the pressures facing girls and young women, from objectification in the media to street harassment and sexist online abuse. This year’s has thrown up some seriously sad stats around body image, with over a third of 7-10 year old girls saying that people make them think that the most important thing about them is how they look.

That means seven year olds already feel as though the way they look is more important to some people than how fast they can run or how well they scored on their spelling test.

And we’re not just talking about wanting to be taller, or have curlier hair – a quarter said they feel the need to be perfect.

Urgh, ‘perfect’. The stupid little seven letter word that plagues females everywhere. The one that says it’s not just enough to try your hardest, but that you have to be the best. Totally flawless. And eat kale. Perfection always involves kale.

Thankfully though, there are people on the case. Girlguiding isn’t just interested in statistics, they actually want to know how to make things better for young women – and when asked, those 7-10 year old girls said the thing that would most improve their lives would be for people to stop judging girls and women on the way they look.

Lyra, a ten-year-old Brownie from South London explains:

I think more girls are judged on their appearance than boys. I don’t think it’s fair that men get treated differently to women. You have to treat everyone the same.

At betty, we completely agree. We know that girls are amazing; they’re smart and funny and brave and ambitious and creative and awesome, and that has basically nothing at all to do with whether they also have long eyelashes or straight teeth or know how to braid their hair like it’s NBD.

It’s like Becky Hewitt, Director of Girlguiding, says:

We are calling on everyone to show girls that they are valued for who they are – not what they look like.

Inspired? Watch this space tomorrow for our collection of 35 compliments to give a girl that have nothing to do with her appearance, and make yourself heard on social media with #GirlsAttitudes and #YouAreAmazing. If you want to learn more about Girlguiding, check out their website

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