The Girlguiding programme

The Girlguiding programme describes the opportunities that we provide to girls 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 find out who they are  and to become their best self.

What the programme gives to girls

Through their programme girls should:

  • Learn about themselves
  • Find their voice, discover how to use it and feel empowered to do so
  • Gain skills and confidence so that they feel they can take risks and achieve wonderful things

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 six themes in every section, from Rainbows to Rangers. Find out more about the programme.

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

Running the programme in your unit

These guidance notes for leaders will help you explore the programme in your unit and help you deliver great guiding.

We will retire the older programme and badges from our website and online shop on 22 July 2019. From this date, you will still be able to order resources over the phone and from volunteer shops, while stocks last.

Changeover guidance

If you have girls in your unit who are switching over as our programme changes, these resources will help you support them.

Tell parents about our programme

We’ve created handy section-specific information sheets that explain to parents and carers all about our programme.

They explain: why the programme has changed, how it’s different and what will be staying the same, as well as what the new programme looks like and how it works.

Simply download the version you need for your unit and share it by email or print it off to give to parents.