Guiding with the Catholic Guides of Ireland

It’s that time again – schools are back, the leaves are turning and the evenings are getting crisp and dusky.  Many children (and parents) will be looking for something to fill those winter evenings and I can honestly say that Guiding with the Catholic Guides of Ireland (CGI) is a fantastic choice. Where else can you try absolutely everything under the sun?  

CGI 2010

In the past year our Guides have been to Mexico and Rwanda, they’ve been sail training, bivouacking in the Wicklow Mountains (that’s camping out under the stars without a tent), released a bid for the Christmas Number 1, learned the structures of bubbles and sherbets, been involved in bat conservation, Tidy Towns, Bollywood and Salsa dancing, Campfire songs and skits, fun runs, Star Markets and charity events, and enough Arts and Crafts to fill the National Gallery dozens of times over! And that is only the briefest of sketches of the many paths they’ve taken.

About the Catholic Guides of Ireland

We are a positive all-inclusive community movement across the island of Ireland empowering girls and women to recognise the contribution they make to society.

We believe that community based local groups led by our trained volunteers in a female only environment is a good thing, because time and time again our youth members tell us that Guiding gives them the space to be themselves.

CGI provides a varied and challenging activities and events programme to all girls regardless of religion, coupled with a safe learning environment to empower girls and young women to realise their full potential.

We welcome girls and women from school age up to our groups across the island – find the Unit nearest to you at our website:

The Benefits of Guiding

As a member of the Catholic Guides of Ireland (CGI), girls and women have the opportunity to:

  • Grow in confidence, self-esteem and leadership
  • Acquire important life skills
  • Learn by doing their best in a safe and supportive environment
  • Practice their capacity for teamwork
  • Learn new skills and take part in exciting activities and experiences
  • Take responsibility for their own actions
  • Learn to look wider to their own local and the global community and their part and stake in it.
  • Develop close lasting friendships
  • ..and have lots of fun along the way!

In addition, Guiding helps to support your family by giving your daughter life skills and provides ready-made opportunities for you and your daughter to do things together.

So what are you waiting for? Join at

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls