All about The Senior Section

For young women aged 14 to 25, The Senior Section is all about taking action and pushing your boundaries

I've had amazing experiences no other organisation can offer. And we really do get to have our say in stuff that matters. - Lucy, 23 

The Senior Section is for all young women aged 14 to 25

Travel the world, learn to lead, raise your voice and build an incredible CV. Whatever you want to do, The Senior Section offers a range of unique opportunities. With a programme designed around your personal development, The Senior Section is all about gaining valuable, transferable skills and standing up for what you believe in.

Reach your full potential

Become part of The Senior Section. Find a group near you and sign up.

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Coming soon – a new and improved offer for 14-18 year olds

We talked to Guides and The Senior Section about what they wanted from Girlguiding – over 4,000 girls and young women told us their views.

Their input showed us we needed to change The Senior Section as girls lives have changed, and support young women to find the roles and opportunities they are looking for today.

The transformation of The Senior Section is taking place over 3 years. We spent 2017 doing consultation and research, and in 2018 we revealed two new offers for our members aged 14-30.

Rangers – a new section for girls aged 14-18 – will replace The Senior Section from the start of the academic year 2019-20. Rangers will wear a brand new uniform, go to regular meetings, work on activities together and earn badges and awards. Find out more about Rangers.

Young women aged over 18 told us they wanted to develop their skills through exciting opportunities and experiences but that the traditional set-up of regular meetings was difficult to make work alongside university, jobs and training. So we’ll be helping you find new ways to grow within guiding. Find out more about guiding for young women (18+).

I think it could be quite good if it’s split. It can be daunting when you’re 14, leaving Guides and joining a group of maybe 20-year-olds. Whereas 14- to 18-year-olds are all at a similar stage. – Annie, 16

During the academic year 2018-19 The Senior Section units will be preparing to make the changeover.

What we do in The Senior Section

Get inspired and join us

  • Build your skills - members of The Senior Section can take on a vast array of awards and qualifications. These range from our Leadership Qualification - which trains girls to run their own unit - to the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
  • Support your peers - want to help younger girls to navigate issues like body confidence and mental well-being? Our peer education programme gives members of The Senior Section the unique opportunity to provide in-unit sessions on issues that affect girls and young women.
  • Raise your voice - Girlguiding is passionate about giving girls a voice. As a member of The Senior Section, you could join our delegation at the British Youth Council, or shape Girlguiding's own policy and research as part of our fantastic Advocate panel.
  • Travel the world - from working on a development project in a remote village, to representing UK guiding at an international conference, you'll have the chance to take on some life-changing international adventures.

Guiding while you study

If you're off to college or uni, joining The Senior Section is a brilliant way to expand your student experience, have fun and give something back to your community. Whether you're already a member, or are just starting out, guiding will give you a host of opportunities to gain leadership skills, build a network of friends in your area and enhance your professional development.

Challenge yourself

Find out what you're made of as a member of The Senior Section.