Guide bands

Includes: Indoors, Performing arts

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Make music

Combine girls' love of music with their love of guiding, and raise the profile of guiding in your area.


A Guide band is run by Girlguiding or by guiding in the local area. A Scout and Guide band is run by The Scout Association but includes members of Girlguiding.

Guide bands are open to members up to the age of 26. No more than 25 per cent of the band’s members should be aged 18 or over.

In Guide marching bands

  • girls must be aged nine or over to participate
  • there must be a minimum of 12 members
  • they must not cause a public nuisance, especially when passing churches, hospitals etc.

If you want to set up a Guide band locally, your Commissioner must be satisfied that enough members of Girlguiding are interested in joining and that there are sufficient resources locally to support the band without detrimental effects on units in the area.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

There are no specific safety concerns for this activity. Have fun!

  • The band must include at least one Girlguiding adult member or recognised volunteer.
  • Both of these roles are to be appointed by the local Commissioner.
Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed


  • An Activity Information and Consent form is required to participate in this activity - PDF | Word
  • A Risk Assessment form is required for this activity - PDF

Remember - you can use one consent form for multiple activities