Ways to mark Remembrance
Try our unit meeting activities and pick up one our special Remembrance products, all created with The Royal British Legion
This November, mark Remembrance with your unit.
Remembrance is a time to make sure the memories of those who have served and sacrificed live on through the generations and to help the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families have a more hopeful future.
Since 2019, we've partnered with the Royal British Legion to create a cloth and metal badge. 50% of the profits from the badge go to the Royal British Legion and 50% go to Girlguiding.
The Royal British Legion is a charity which provides care and support to the Armed Forces community past and present, and their families and it's well known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its red poppy emblem.
This year, we've created a badge themed around the 1941 cotton reel appeal. Girlguiding members were given a mysterious task to collect 11,000 cotton reels for the Royal Air Force. They ended up collecting 42,000! Many years later, it was discovered that they were used by M19 to send secret messages, maps and currency to soldiers on the front line.
Buy your 2022 badge online. They're also available from volunteer shops.
Unit meeting activities
Remembrance can mean different things to different people. The activities are a great way to explore what it means to your unit – from the poppy fields of the first world war, to stories of women working in the resistance during the second world war. Think too about those who protect and support us today, from police officers to supermarket workers.
There’s a different activity for each section and they’re all free to download. The activities combine craft and creativity with stories and thoughts to help girls to reflect:
- Rainbows – Poppy Fields activity (PDF) and Rainbows Remembrance stories (PDF)
- Brownies – Stones of Remembrance activity (PDF) and Brownies Remembrance stories (PDF)
- Guides – Poppy pinwheel activity (PDF), Poppy pinwheel template (PDF) and Guides Remembrance stories (PDF)
- Rangers – A wreath to remember activity (PDF) and Rangers Remembrance stories (PDF)
Remembrance Day is traditionally marked on 11 November (or the nearest Sunday) and is an opportunity to remember those who have died in the line of duty. Taking part is a personal choice.
If you do decide to attend a Remembrance event in person as a Girlguiding member or would like to take young members, you will need to make sure that you have informed your commissioner and completed a risk assessment if necessary.
The Royal British Legion
We’ve teamed up with the Royal British Legion to help mark Remembrance Day. The Royal British Legion is a charity which provides care and support to the Armed Forces community past and present, and their families. The charity is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its red poppy emblem.
Remembrance is about bringing communities and individuals together to participate in their own way, and honour the sacrifices of the Armed Forces community, past and present. There are lots of ways to take part in the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and Remembrance, from donating or wearing a poppy to taking a moment to reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who serve, past and present, and hope for a secure, peaceful world.
Grab your guiding items
All of our uniform items are available to buy online, direct from Girlguiding.