Guides will build flatpack furniture using cardboard nails and screws
A game is planned that involves building shelves out of cardboard boxes using nails, screws, nuts and bolts.
Trials are taking place across the country. The Flat Pack For The Future activity has come up for discussion on the guiders.co.uk online forum for leaders.
One, signing on as Burghilly, wrote: “Last night we had a chance to trial one of the pilot activities for the new programme.
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"The idea was to simulate putting flat-pack furniture together. We then tested the shelves with as many books as we could.
It was good to see them working together to build something
“They really enjoyed it. It was good to see them working together to build something.
“I liked the overall idea of giving the girls a chance to try a practical skill.”
The final programme of activities is yet to be finalised, but the idea was welcomed by retailer B&Q, which in 2011 worked with the Scouts to develop a DIY Badge.
More than half of Guides said they want to be able to build furniture
A B&Q spokesman said: “We’re fully behind activities that show how fun and accessible DIY can be, as you’re never too young to start home improvement.”
In a 2007 survey of Guides, 55 per cent said DIY was a skill they most wanted to acquire.
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The Boy Scouts already have established a DIY badge
Cooking over candles, building a mascot out of household items and blending tea are also being tried out by Girlguiding UK.
However, a game to teach girls about “personal space” where they had to imagine a bubble around them and shout “pop” when someone got too close, was not popular.
A person commenting on the forum said the Guides thought it was “boring and weird”.
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