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Dec 5, 2013

Be A Friend To Animals: Brownies and Guides

Girlguiding UK has over half a million members with a very active contingent in the Midlands. As Twycross didn’t offer something specific for this group this seemed like an ideal opportunity to expand the zoos educational programme.

To ensure that a programme was developed in line with needs discussions were held with Girlguiding UK’s Midlands Office and the Chief Commissioner. A day plan was developed to achieve clauses required in the Guides Animal Active badge and the Brownies Be a Friend to the Animals badge. A pilot session was run and then the programme rolled out across the Midlands via the Girlguiding UK Activity Booklet – sent free to all the Midlands groups.

Evaluation was carried out both on the day and after the visit to assess both whether the girls had enjoyed their visit and whether the aims of the programme had been met. The evaluation showed that all aims had been met and that an amazing 95% or participants had gone onto display increased pro-wildlife/environmental behaviours months after participating.

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