The State Team are excited to introduce you to the Sunflower Challenge, a focus on growing Guiding across Victoria in 2017 and beyond. Together, we will reach and include more Victorian girls in our terrific programs and share the fun and rewards of involvement in Guiding.
We invite every Unit in the State to participate so get your thinking hats on. Through The Challenge we will share ideas, add to the collection of provided resources and showcase Guiding across the State.
We are all charged with increasing unit membership by at least 3 during 2017. With a focus on both recruitment and retention, we all aim to end the year with more members than we began. Imagine a Unit beginning with 8 girls, what fun they will have with an extra 3 or more members, an extra Patrol to enjoy all that Guiding offers! Even a Unit beginning with 25 can benefit from finishing the year with 28 or more girls. If girls move on and leave Guiding during the year, replacing them will be a priority to keep your Unit growing.
The reality for Guides is that in Victoria there are 455,345 Guide aged girls. We currently have 4,263 Youth members in 372 Units across the State. If each Unit grew their membership by 3 this year, we would have 1,116 extra girls enjoying Guiding and our membership would grow to 5,379. If we keep up this rate for 5 years, just growing 3 a year in existing Units, in 2020 we’d have 9,843 Guides! How amazing for our organisation! Let’s make it happen!
This Challenge has been co-designed with input from girls across the State and they agree that more girls will make Guiding even better. They had some fantastic ideas for how to grow their numbers. We would like you to ask your girls for their ideas as to how they could complete the Sunflower Challenge.
We are looking forward to working on this with our Units and can’t wait to hear your stories and share our own. Please share what you’re doing across email and social media so we can inspire each other and celebrate success. Please send in your State Team invitations throughout the year, we’d love to visit, play the game and see what you have achieved!
The Challenge is on!
Lynne, Star, Mandy and Sam