in the UK
: Aged 5 to 7
(4 to 7 in Ulster)
: Aged 7 to 10 or 11
Guides : Aged 10/11 to 14+
Rangers/Senior Section : 14 -26
Guiding in the
UK started in 1910 when lots of girls kept applying to join the
Boy Scouts (they used just their initials to hide the fact that
they were girls!) They were called Girl Guides after the Khyber
Guides, who had particularly impressed Lord Baden Powell.
1914 a section was started for younger girls, aged 8 to 11 : they
were originally named Rosebuds but later renamed as Brownies because
of the brown uniforms they wore. Senior Guide Groups were formed
in 1916 and renamed Rangers in 1920, and the latest new age group,
Rainbows, were started in 1987 for girls aged 5 to 7.
From its very beginning,
Guiding in the UK has been all-girls because we believe that an
all-female association offers girls and young women the best opportunities
for personal and social development. In general, girls mature more
quickly than boys, but, on the other hand, their self-confidence
grows more slowly. A mixed group, where boys are dominant because
they appear to be more self-assured, only serves to highlight the
differences. Guides gives girls the opportunity to:
what to do for themselves
together in teams
and negotiate on an equal basis
see other women in positions of responsibility
take the lead
develop a sense of identity and self-worth.
The Guide uniform
was completely re-designed in 1990. The new uniform consisted
of sweatshirt, jumper, polo shirt, t-shirt, jogging bottoms,
skirt and trousers - all in bright 'Guide' blue and navy -
which can be worn in any combination, and in 2000, to go with
the Guide Section Renewal, extra items were added to the selection
so now we can wear any of the existing uniform as well as
the new stuff - a new T-shirt, gilet, rugby shirt and sweatshirt
in mid blue and dark blue with red detail and a Guides logo
label. Lots of us still wear the "old" uniform,
and we wear yellow neckers when we go out as a unit.
For pictures of
all the uniform items we can wear, click here.
photo © The Guide Association
and Girl Scouts around the world have a common design for their
badges, the trefoil. This is a three-part leaf which symbolises
the three parts of the Guide Promise : service to one's faith,
one's country and obedience to the Guide Law.
that I will do my best to love my God,
Serve the Queen and my country,
Help other people and keep the Guide Law.
the promise made by every Guide, from whatever section, when she
makes or renews her promise. Brownies say “Brownie Guide Law” and
Rainbows do not make a formal Promise as they are considered too
young to understand what making a promise means, but they say “I
will do my best to love my God and to be kind and helpful.” Rangers
make the same Promise as other Guides and also promise to be of
service to the community. Guiders make exactly the same promise
as the Guides and we all renew our promise from time to time.
The Guide Law :
- A Guide is honest,
reliable and can be trusted.
- A Guide is helpful
and uses her time and abilities wisely.
- A Guide faces challenge
and learns from her experiences.
- A Guide is a good
friend and a sister to all Guides.
- A Guide is polite
- A Guide respects all
living things and takes care of the world around her.
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