Guides are usually aged between ten and 14, although some Guides like to stay until they are older.
Being a Guide is all about learning new skills, making new friends and helping others. Each Guide is encouraged to achieve her own personal goals through a progressive programme with the opportunity to work for a wide variety of badges. This allows the girl to mature and develop at her own pace.
Guides work together in Patrols, groups of four to eight girls, providing a ready-made group of friends and helping the girls to feel that they belong to something special. They elect their own Patrol Leader. A Patrol plans its own activities with the support of the Guide Leader so that each Guide learns to share in decisions that affect herself and others in the Patrol.
The Guide programme is divided into five areas:
- discovery of new experiences and challenges
- healthy lifestyles
- global awareness
- skills and relationships
- celebrating diversity
Older Guides can work towards their Baden – Powell Award, named in honour of the founder of guiding. Many units go camping, either as a individually or as part of larger camps where the girls can meet Guides from other areas. Some Guides also experience international guiding at camps both here and abroad.
If you would like to find out more click here.
If you are already a member click here to visit the Guide area of Girlguiding UK