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

In summer 2018, we revealed a brand new programme developed with the input of over 50,000 girls, volunteers, and their parents. By the start of the autumn term in 2019, all of our units will have made the changeover to this new programme. The new activities and badges are organised under six themes in every section, from Rainbows to the new Rangers section.

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.

Our current programme for each section will be retired at the end of the 2018/19 academic year.

Running the programme in your unit

If you are planning to run the new programme in your unit there are a whole host of support materials to help you get started.

These guidance notes for leaders will help you get your unit started on the new programme, and know what to expect in our changeover year 2018-19.

Explaining the new programme to parents

To help explain our new programme to parents we’ve created handy section-specific information sheets. They explain: why the programme has changed, how it’s different, 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.  

Other resources

If you are running the previous programme, use the guidance notes for section leaders to make sure girls get the most out of the programme you offer, and that you are applying the Five Essentials.

If you run a Senior Section unit, you'll find lots of useful information in our Being a Leader for The Senior Section e-learning resource.