Girlguiding chiefs have told leaders who traditionally say grace before meals at camps to leave out references to God for fear of upsetting non-Christians or atheists.Official advice on the organisation’s website also said that the singing of songs with ‘faith-based lyrics’ around the camp fire should be banned.'This signifies the end to girl-only space and the safety of girls in single-sex organisations.’ Official advice to guide leaders also says members who are boys, but identify as girls, should be allowed to sleep in the same tents and cabins as girls when they are away from home on trips (file photo)We revealed in January that boys who identified as girls were allowed to join the Guides for the first time.
This means that any child who self-identifies as a girl should feel safe and welcome in our girl-only space regardless of the sex that they were assigned at birth.’The Guides say they are not currently recording the number of transgender members who have joined to date.
Now, it just so happens that I had paid for some sessions with a certified Personal Trainer to teach me how to use the big scary gym equipment (because otherwise I'd be a bit frightened of breaking my neck).
This random young man's advice ran directly contrary to what the PT had told me, which was that squatting with large weights slowly was not only safer, but works muscles more effectively.
I mention this because, in my experience, there's a lot of this sort of peer-to-peer advice-giving going on in your average gym.
Putting aside the fact that most of the recommendations being given are absolute hokum gleaned off the internet, there's also a wider social significance, particularly for young men.
Last year, girls who responded to a survey run by Girlguiding stressed how important it was to have a girl-only safe space.