The Girlguiding programme

The Girlguiding programme includes the activities and badges girls can do when they become members

Girls are challenged, inspired and empowered through our programme – and have loads of fun!

Our young members meet regularly with their units and take part in activities, experiences and opportunities. We call this the programme. Leaders and volunteers have a special responsibility to plan and deliver a programme with plenty of chances for girls to know they can do anything.

Benefits of the programme 

The programme is designed for girls to:

  • Learn about themselves. 
  • Find their voice, discover how to use it and feel empowered to do so. 
  • Gain skills and confidence so that they know they can do anything. 

The structure of the programme 

Our programme was developed with the input of over 50,000 girls, volunteers, and their parents. The activities and badges are organised under 6 themes in every section from Rainbows to Rangers. Find out more about the structure of the programme. 

The activities in the programme support every girl to develop in line with our educational framework and have been designed to support 5 key elements, known as the 5 essentials. This structure ensures that we help girls  reach their potential in a consistent way. 

Running the programme in your unit 

If you’re starting your leadership development programme, your training should give you a good understanding of the programme for your section. For additional information, you can check out our guidance notes for leaders.

By visiting other units in your area you'll be able to see the kinds of activities that are fun and appropriate for girls.

Do the training

Take modules on all areas of the programme including one on planning.

Programme posters and activities 

We’ve created 3 posters for each section to help you explain the programme to your unit. 

Download and print 

The below activities help girls get to grips with the programme elements in a fun, informative way. You’ll notice that they’re speaking directly to girls. This is to encourage them to take more of a lead in their unit meetings and what they do in guiding as a whole.  

Download and print 

You can also check out our #EveryGirl poster and dice to help introduce the programme to your unit. The poster includes a net of a "theme dice" that can be cut out and stuck together to form a 3D dice. You’ll see that each side of the dice has a theme name and lots of words connected to that theme. So why not throw the dice and get thinking about what these theme names mean to you and your girls? 

Here you’ll find a number of versions of the poster (colour and black and white) and a large net of the dice. These give you options if you want to have a colouring session in your unit and stick together a big dice and poster, or just print off a colour version of the poster and put it up. 

Download and print 

Need the programme in an accessible format? 

If you need to request the programme in an accessible format (braille and Word documents for e-readers), please email [email protected] outlining: 

  • Your name and email address. 
  • Your access need. 
  • The resource format you require. 

A member of the programme team will then be back in touch within 5-10 working days to help with your request. 

For more information on Girlguiding's approach to accessibility, please read our accessibility statement.