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History of Guiding

Guiding has been going in Great Britain for one hundred years. We celebrated our Centenary in September 2009 - October 2010.  It came from the Scouting movement which was started by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. The popularity of Scouting grew very quickly and girls soon started asking to be involved. In 1909 some girls gate crashed the first Boy Scout rally at Crystal Palace and asked for an organization for the girls too.  In 1910 the Girl Guides Association was formed just for girls, lead by Agnes Baden-Powell, Robert Baden-Powell's sister.  In 1914 a junior section was introduced for girls under the age of eleven called 'Rosebuds' now renamed 'Brownies' and in 1916 the 'Senior Guide' group were formed for girls aged fourteen to twenty-five.  In 1918 Olave Baden-Powell, Robert Baden-Powell's wife, was appointed the Chief Guide, then the 22nd February became World Thinking Day (Olave and Robert Baden-Powell's birthdays) when members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) think about each other.  Finally in 1987 a section was introduced for five to seven year olds called 'Rainbows'.

Despite the fact that it's been around for so long, GirlguidingUK is a modern organisation with an emphasis on the girls setting the agenda, and badges and activities covering all sorts of areas including self-esteem, communication, human rights and responsibilities, team working and community action. Lots of things have changed in Guiding since 1910 but one which you may not know is that members of Girlguiding can now be of any faith.

Guiding is still strongly linked to Scouting in the UK, and to other Guiding and Scouting movements over the whole world many of these through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

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