News article created on 22 April 2016

New Girlguiding badge launched along Birmingham's canals

We've teamed up with Girlguiding Birmingham to create a new Canal Challenge Badge aimed at teaching youngsters about the nation's waterways.

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The new badge has been designed with help from our Explorers Education team and will be awarded to Guides, Brownies and Rainbows after they have successfully completed a set of activities along the canal.

The badge will contain a number of themes which are all focused on waterway activities and safety along the canals. The girls will have to complete one activity from each section to achieve the badge.

The sections are: Out and About, Games and Activities, Arts and Crafts, Water Safety, Wildlife and History. Some of the activities include creating roses and castles artwork and following canal trails both on water and along the towpath.

Important life skills

Katie Hutchinson, education coordinator at the Canal & River Trust, said: “This new badge will allow Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from across the region to discover their local stretch of canal and enjoy a new type of challenge. Like other badges, the Canal Challenge Badge will test the girls’ knowledge of their local area and help them learn what it’s like to live along the canal whilst learning some important life skills.”

Sue Burton, from Girlguiding Birmingham, said: “I would just like to say how exciting this new badge is - the girls loved it and it will be a very valuable and interesting resource for our members.  It will be a very exciting badge to offer members using our own narrow boat. We look forward to continued partnership with the Canal & River Trust.”