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What is Girlguiding?

Being a member of guiding provides challenges, new experiences and fun! Girlguiding UK is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in the UK today with over half a million members, and 65,000 trained adult volunteers.  It is believed that over 50% of women in Britain have been involved in guiding at some point in their life, either as a child or as an adult volunteer. Girlguiding UK's statement of purpose is to enable girls and young women to develop their potential and to make a difference to the world.  The aim of guiding is to have fun and enjoy ourselves, but there is also a reason behind what we do which is to learn about ourselves and the world and to make contributions to the wider community where we can.

You may have seen or heard of the following Girlguiding sections:

  
        
     
     
     
  
  
     
     

- Ages 5 to 7, the youngest girls dressed in red, Rainbows take part in games and activities and have lots of fun!

- Ages 7 to 10, dressed in yellow & brown, Brownie groups take part in games, challenges and activities.  Brownies come together in little groups known as sixes and work through a programme known as the Brownie Adventure.

- Ages 10 to 14, dressed in navy, being a guide is all about learning new skills, making your own decisions, deciding what to do and having fun.

- Ages 14 to 25, the Senior Section is divided into two groups, Young Leaders aged 14-18 and Rangers aged 14-25.  In the Senior Section, young women participate in a fun and flexible programme known as Look Wider. The programme is also linked to a variety of recognised qualifications or awards, both within and outside guiding. 

- the adult volunteers who help run it all who give up their free time, such as Guiders, Assistant Guiders, Unit Helpers, Occasional Helpers and Advisors.

- for those over 18 who want to remain involved in guiding and still be part of the guiding community.