History of guiding
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History of guiding timeline
Robert Baden-Powell held a camp for boys at Brownsea Island in
Dorset to test his Scouting ideas. Scouting was born.
Scouting for Boys by Baden-Powell was published. Small
groups of girls, undaunted by the title, started 'Scout' activities
Girls 'gatecrashed' the first Boy Scout Rally at Crystal Palace,
attracting the attention of Baden-Powell. They asked him to offer
'something for girls too'.
The Girl Guides Association was formed - a separate
organisation for girls - led by Agnes Baden-Powell, Robert
New badges such as the Air mechanic badge were introduced in
addition to Cyclist, Photographer, Electrician, Sailor,
Telegraphist and Tailor.
A junior section for girls under 11 was formed, called
'Rosebuds' (renamed 'Brownies' in 1915).
Guides acted as messengers of confidential information for
Marconi Wireless Telegraph (1914-1918).
Senior Guide groups were formed for girls aged 14 to 25.
Olave Baden-Powell (Robert Baden-Powell's wife) was appointed
22 February (Olave and Robert Baden-Powell's joint birthday)
became World Thinking Day - a day when members of Guide
organisations belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and
Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) think about each other.
HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH Princess Margaret enrolled as a
Guide and Brownie respectively.
Guide Gift Week: members raised over £50,000 to help the war
effort, by giving up half a day's salary, forfeiting pocket money,
or by fundraising.
The Guide International Service (G.I.S) Committee was set up to
select and train Leaders for relief work after the war.
The Queen's Guide Award was introduced as the highest guiding
HRH Princess Margaret became President of the Guide
Six Guides broke the girls' relay record for swimming the
Innovate - a discussion group for members aged 16-26 -
began, giving girls a voice in the direction of guiding.
Rainbows - a section for five- to seven-year-olds - was
A new set of uniforms, designed by Jeff Banks, was
The first ever BIG GIG - a pop concert exclusively for
Guides - was staged at Wembley Arena.
The Guide Association was renamed Girlguiding.
Brownies were the first to receive new clothing designed by Ally
HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, became President of
The '4ward, 4 self, 4 others' peer education
programme was launched. Girls take part in sessions run by their
peers on subjects including media awareness, eating disorders, the
environment and sexual health.
The Lottery-funded scheme SWITCH began, aimed at growing guiding
within hard-to-reach communities.
Liz Burnley became Chief Guide (Chair of Girlguiding) until
The Girls shout out! research report series was
launched giving girls and young women the opportunity to have their
voices heard on the issues that matter to them such as self-esteem,
mental health and active citizenship.
Girlguiding launched a community action project, Changing
the World, with 19 partner charities.
Girlguiding launched its Centenary celebrations.
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