The Guides were formed in 1910, after girls attending a Scout Rally at Crystal Palace asked Lord Baden-Powell to develop “something for the girls.” Lord Baden-Powell’s sister, Agnes, set up the Guides for girls aged 10–14, with his wife Olave becoming Chief Guide in 1918.
Guides usually work in small groups called patrols and are encouraged to plan their own activities and meeting, under the supervision of adult Leaders and helpers. Guides work from the 5 Zones:
- Healthy lifestyles
- Global awareness
- Skills and relationships
- Celebrating diversity
Guides can work on Challenge Badges, Go For Its, Interest Badges and other special awards, such as the Baden-Powell Challenge. Guides sometimes go on camp, and there are even opportunities for travel to other countries.
Being a Guide is all about learning new skills, making your own decisions and having fun. Guiding provides a safe environment to explore new possibilities and achieve personal goals while making friends and having adventures. And it’s up to each Guide to work out which opportunities are relevant for her, whether it’s improving her football skills, campaigning against airbrushing in the media, or learning about independent living.
After the age of 14, girls may decide to move on to Senior Section.