Volunteer clothing and uniform

What volunteers should wear to show that they belong to Girlguiding

What volunteers wear

Adults in guiding also wear uniform - to show their pride in being part of our charity and to act as a role model for girls in their unit. There are different uniforms for Leaders and other volunteers.

Uniform items

All Leaders should have a uniform top and this can be worn with appropriate bottoms for the occasion. They can choose from these tops:

Unit Helpers and other members who are not Leaders may wear members' wear.

Formal uniform

For formal occasions, a uniform blouse (long sleeved or short sleeved) should be worn with a smart black/navy skirt or trousers - for example what members might wear to work. Members may also choose to wear a navy suit of their own choice.

Wearing uniform in specialist roles

  • Trainers and Prospective Trainers should wear uniform when training within Girlguiding. If they are not a Leader then they should wear members' wear. This sets the standard for our volunteers.
  • Commissioners should also wear uniform, unless inappropriate for the activity, as role models for Leaders in their local area.

Neckerchiefs and scarves

There are two scarves that are optional for adults – square tiled, and long tiled. These can be worn with a scarf ring or in a knot. Many members choose to wear these with their blouse for formal occasions.

Neckerchiefs are optional for all members, although adults should not wear neckerchiefs with formal uniform. At international events however the international neckerchief may be worn with the formal blouse. Any volunteer who would like to wear a neckerchiefs can choose from the range sold by Trading Services.

At international events, volunteers should wear the UK international neckerchief along with, or instead of, a national neckerchief for either Wales, Scotland or Ulster.

Badges and uniform

Members should follow these guidelines for displaying badges on their uniforms:

  • Promise badges - wear on a badge tab or on the left-hand side – closest to the heart.
  • Challenge and participation badges - adult members should not sew these onto their uniform top.
  • Union Flag Badge (order code 4079) - this badge should be worn at international events on the left shoulder of the uniform top.

How to wear the badge tab

All adults should wear badge tabs with the Girlguiding logo rather than older versions.

Members should make sure that their badge tab looks presentable. The tab can generally fit around five badges depending on their size. Only official Girlguiding badges should be worn on the badge tab including badges for qualifications and awards, long service badges and role specific badges.

Members may choose to move badges onto a blanket or bucket hat when there is no more space on their badge tab.