Welcoming more members with our new Promise

Brownies making their Promise

Following an in-depth consultation process earlier this year, the wording of the Promise that our girls and volunteers make when they join the organisation is to be updated to make guiding truly open to all girls and women, and to create a space where those of all faiths and none can find a home.

In the new Promise, which will take effect from 1 September, the words ‘to be true to myself and develop my beliefs’ will replace ‘to love my God’, and the words ‘to serve the Queen and my community’ will replace ‘to serve the Queen and my country’.

The consultation, an open process with no pre-determined outcome, gathered the views of 44,000 people – girls and adults, members and non-members. These opinions have helped us shape the new wording.

The updated Promise, which continues to emphasise the spiritual development we offer, will open up the guiding family to many potential members. ‘We hope the new wording will help us reach out to girls and women who might not have considered guiding before, so that even more girls can benefit from everything guiding can offer,’ says Chief Guide Gill Slocombe.

Apart from a simpler Promise for Rainbows (girls aged five to seven; four to seven in Northern Ireland), Girlguiding will not be providing alternative versions. ‘Guiding believes in having one Promise, which is a clear statement of our core values that all our members can commit to,’ says Gill Slocombe.

The new Promise reads:

I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people
To keep the (Brownie) Guide Law.

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