Moving up to the next section
Girls have so much fun and make lots of friends in guiding, so
they are usually eager for more adventures in the next section when
they are old enough.
When to move up
Young members are grouped by age into four sections: Rainbow Guides,
Guides and the Senior Section.
The term ‘Guides’ is sometimes used to refer to all sections. Girls
and young women become members from attending their second
||Minimum joining age
||Normal age for transfer to next section*
||Recommended time for a girl to spend in each
||Fifth birthday (fourth birthday in Northern Ireland only)
||Between her seventh birthday and seven years six months
||Two years (three years in Northern Ireland only)
||Between her 10th and 11th birthdays
||Between her 14th and 16th birthdays
|Senior Section (including Rangers, Young Leaders and any other
groups of members aged between 14 and 26)
*The age of transfer is flexible. A girl moves on to the next
section when she:
- has reached the minimum age for entry into the new section
- has found out about the new section and the unit to which she
- feels ready and happy to make the transfer.
** A young woman can be a member of the Senior Section until her
Ask your daughter's Leader for information about local units for
the next section, and if she can arrange for your daughter to visit
one of their meetings. Perhaps she could go with some other girls
from her unit. You may want to go along as well.
Remember that many units have waiting lists and she will not
automatically be guaranteed a place so it's important to put her
name down early.
With so many girls waiting to join units across the UK, we
always welcome parent helpers, so why not get involved? The more
volunteers we have, the more girls can enjoy the benefits of
guiding. Find out more about volunteer
Moving up to Senior Section
Senior Section units can vary a lot − some will follow a
structured programme, while others may meet only once a month and
have a much more flexible structure. It's important for your
daughter to find a unit she feels comfortable with. She should talk
to her Guide Leader about what kind of unit would suit her.
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