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1st A Kilsyth Rainbows

Rainbows is for girls aged between 4-7; it's exciting, messy, friendly and a lot of fun!

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The Rainbows  group meet on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm - 7.00pm.

A new Rainbow programme is now in use and, for the first time in Rainbow history, the girls can work towards activity  badges. They are very excited about this.


This photograph shows the girls doing a Rainbow skittle experiment.

The following pictures show the girls working on their activities and skills builders.

Once they complete all the clauses, they earn a theme award.

There are 6 theme awards to achieve and once these are complete the girls get their gold award.

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Rainbows enjoyed a trip to Kiltoonies before we broke up for the Easter break. While there, our newest members made their Rainbow Promise. The previous week, we had a line dancing instructor along to teach the girls some steps and the local community Police officers just before that. The Police brought down a car and quad bike which the girls got a shot of in the courtyard.

After the Easter hoiday, we welcomed another 4 new Rainbows to our unit which has cleared our waiting list. We have the most girls we have ever had at the moment but we have 13 girls due to transfer to Brownies afer the summer.

The variety of activies have included: ceramic money bank painting; mosaic coasters and parachute; canvas bag decorating; pots of kindness; garden games/local walk (weather permitting); baking; family night - pot of gold celebration for those who are going to Brownies and have reached the end of the rainbow and also badge awards. Tea/cake and entertainment planned. 6 June (final night) - girls moving to Brownies will decide the party theme; 8 June - Civic Week parade.

Cheryl is currently a parent helper but has just completed her first aid course and additional safe space modules to allow her to begin her leadership training. Cheryl will take over the unit from September.


Update 2022

We would like to thank the Guild for their donation earlier in the year, it was very much appreciated and has been put to good use within our unit. We had fun with an ice cream night where the girls decorated their cones with sprinkles and sauce and used some of the money for additional craft materials for our nature evening.

Rainbows will return after the summer break towards the end of August/beginning of September.

We would like to thank everyone in the church who has supported us this year; it has made things a lot easier for us to run and has been greatly appreciated. We've been trying to build the unit back up following the events of the last couple of years and feel towards the end of term that things were as close to our previous norm as they have been which was great.

We finished our term with a Jubilee Family Night and welcome along some members of the church to join us - thank you for coming along. Thanks also to those who helped with serving the tea and cake.

This was a well supported event by the families and enjoyed by all. We had an afternoon tea awards ceremony for the Rainbows and then entertainment from Magic Den afterwards - a favourite of the girls! There was lots of cakes, bubbles, decorating of crowns, Union Jack tattoos, name badges and lots of little things to keep the girls and their guests entertained. We had applied for money from the North Lanarkshire Council Jubilee Fund to host this and received some funding. A great night to round off the term and our first Family Nght post-Covid.

At our family night, one Rainbow was presented with her Gold award, which means she had completed all sections of the Rainbow programme and badge work. This is an outstanding achievement, given that a lot of this work was done on zoom sessions and also in the Rainbow's personal time to ensure she achieved this. We are delighted to have presented this award for all her hard work and for sticking with Rainbows from the first zoom session, right through. She will join Brownies after the summer break.

We hope to have more girls achieve this award now that restrictions have lifted and things are a lot more like normal, giving us the freedom to run our programme.

Many thanks and best wishes from all at 1stA Kilsyth Rainbows.

February/March 2022

During the month of February some of the girls made their Rainbow promise and we'll be make promise potions. We're also having a teddy bears picnic with a teddy themed craft. We are hoping to have a visit from a local search and rescue dog, Merlin too.

For March, we are going to try out our new laptop with interactive screen for some Girlguiding website activities and action songs. This new equipment was purchased from North Lanarkshire Council funding for digital projects for local groups.

We are planning a visit from Magic Den magician and have Mother's Day and Easter crafts planned.

If anyone knows anyone, 18 years plus who would be interested in helping out at Rainbows please get in touch with Val via our home page - contact us. We meet on a Thursday evening from 6.00-7.00pm. Or, if you have a certain hobby or skill you would be interested in sharing with the girls one evening, please get in touch.

I would like to say a huge "thank you" to the church for the donation towards our annual census bill for this year. This has significantly increased on last year, when we were given some leeway due to the pandemic. However, it is back up again at £46.50 per member for this year.

In addition, we received an anonymos donation from someone within the church. This was very generous and greatly appreciated. I will ensure this money is put to good use within our unit.


Rainbow Unit Leader

January/February 2022

We started back after Christmas break. We have 3 new girls who have just started. All new grls will be making their Rainbow Promise in a couple of weeks.  Currently we are doing a skittle experiment to watch the colours run and mix. We've also got maker shakers planned, so we will be recycling plastic bottles and filling them with colourful pasta and rice to make some noise when we are singing each week.  We are making yogurt pot bird feeders as part of the garden watch project at the end of the month.  The girls will take their feeders home and be able to watch for any birds in their gardens.

We recently received funding from NLC to purchase digital equiment so I'm about to put that oney to good use for the benefit of the girls.


Rainbow Unit Leader

January/February 2021 - Rainbows

We recently had Lavendar Sparks along to read us the "Glasgow Gruffalo" and sing some Scottish songs. She is a fairy who read the story and the girls watched and listened - they loved it! So much so, we've asked her to come back in a couple of weeks time.

Last week we had the "Critter Keeper" along from Aberdeen to join us on Zoom. He showed us different critters including a frog, a spider, a parrot ad a snake. The girls got to see the critters and learn all about them and ask some questions at the end. The girls joined in but also a lot of them had their siblings with them to watch which was lovely.

This week the girls have a surprise interrupting goat appearing. It will interrupt our zoom meeting just after six and should be a good giggle for the girls - something different anyway!

We have a magician coming along in mid March to entertain us and will be open to the girls and their siblings again. This will be in zoom but I'm sure the girls will still have some popcorn at the ready and love it just as much as if they were in the hall.

In between these weeks, we are learning new songs and playing virtual games. The girls love the hedgehog game and the knife, fork and spoon game. This week we'll be hearing about them going back to school and doing some Thinking Day Activities.

Autumn/Winter 2020 - RAINBOWS

The Rainbows would like to say "thank you" to the Mission Group for their very thoughtful donation. It is very much appreciated and we look forward to putting the money to good use. We have been meeting on Zoom since September on Wednesday and Thursday evenings with packs being delivered to the girls containing materials for each week. We have played scavenger hunts and our favourite games. We have done a rainbow colour experiment and made lots of crafts, as well as singing all of our much loved songs. It has taken a little getting used to on this new platform but we are adapting and learning as we go to ensure we keep the girls and leaders involved during this time.

Many thanks again, we are very grateful for the donation received. Best wishes, from all at the Rainbows.

Recent activities include:

We built tents and made mini camp-fires. We had a tea light and toasted mallows and made edible sparklers.

For the Pudsey Bear challenge badges - the girls and leaders were to "act our age" so we all did challenges such as 5 x friendship bracelets, 6 cupcakes. Valerie made 29 Mars bar cakes.

Here is another selection of the things that the girls and their leader made for the Pudsey challenge: 

5 rainbows, 6 pancakes, 6 jigsaws,

6 little craft bugs.

There is also a photograph of the badge the girls earned for completing the challenge. Well done everyone.


On Saturday 5 December the girls watched a Girlguiding virtual pantomime at 4.00pm. It was called "Sisterhood in the Wood" and is available on the Girlguiding facebook and website.

The girls all made their Rainbow Promise a few weeks ago. Last week, we each had a tub of play doh and we were also playing virtual charades. For the next two weeks, we have Christmas crafts planned. We are making cards and scratch art as well as sock snowmen.


December 2018

Both Rainbow units took part in this years (2018) Christmas Tree Festival by decorating their Rainbow Christmas tree and joined in with the Friday evening Christmas carol Sing-along.

Link to Girlguiding site

Any parents interested in their daughters joining either Brownies or Rainbows should visit the Girl Guiding website (detailed below) where you will receive all the information you need:


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