Guides are usually aged between ten and 14, although some like to stay until they are a little older. Any girl in this age group can become a Guide.
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 varied programme. There is the opportunity to work for a wide variety of badges, which allows them to explore things that interest them and to mature and develop at their own pace.
Guides work together in small groups called 'Patrols', providing a ready-made group of friends and helping the girls to feel that they belong to something special. 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 her Patrol.
All members of Girlguiding UK and members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in a large number of countries make a promise.
I promise that I will do my best
to love my God,
to serve the Queen and my country,
to help other people
to keep the Guide Law.
There is a wide range of specially designed Guide wear which is stylish, practical and economical. Each Guide chooses what she wants to wear. This allows them to be themselves but also makes them feel part of the group. See our shop page for more information.