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Sea Ranger Ship Flags

Posted by Leslie on March 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (1)

A query from a friend leads to another bit of investigation work to tackle! I was asked about what sort of flags Sea Guide/Sea Ranger units had. Which led to an interesting search. The answer appears to be that initially they had the same sort of flags as other units - initially a navy flag with the First Class badge upon it, later a mid-blue flag with a world badge on it. It also looks like the trefoils of Ranger flags were enamelled with red/blue enamel as appropriate.

Later there was a change in policy, and Sea Ranger flags were changed to Burgees - flags which were more-or-less square shaped, with a swallow-tail, and each unit was free to create their own design to be cleared by headquarters. I have not yet narrowed down an exact year for the change, but we're working on that. Meantime I'd be delighted to receive info . . .

Senior Section

Posted by Leslie on September 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

So, as the "Big Brownie Birthday" draws to a close, so attention wanders towards the next group due to have a Centenary - Senior Section. Laying aside the question of whether their anniversary should be celebrated in 2016 (which would be 100 years since Cadets/YLs were founded) or in 2017 (which would be 100 years since Senior Guides/Rangers were founded), there is a lot of scope for research into Senior Section history, as they tend to be the section which receives scant attention in most of the history books (and doesn't appear at all in some!)

 

It probably isn't helped by the less-straightforward structure of the age group. After Cadets were started, within the Ranger section there were Senior Guides, then Rangers, then Sea Guides and Sea Rangers were added, then Sea Guides were dropped, then Air Rangers were added and the mainstream Rangers became Land Rangers to differentiate them from the 'Seas' and 'Airs' - then the Cadets and various forms of Ranger were all grouped together into "Senior Branch" as an umbrella title for the group, next the various sorts of Rangers were merged into all being Ranger Guides, and Cadets were abolished. Then Young Leaders were started (and could be considered a replacement), then "Senior Section" was created as an umbrella title to cover all members aged 14-26 regardless of whether they were Rangers, Young Leaders, Leaders, Unit Helpers, Trefoil Guild, Appoinment Holders or whatever (yes, another umbrella)!

Compared to Guides which stayed as Guides throughout the 100 years, or Rosebuds which became Brownies after a year, it's awfully complicated!

 

Nevertheless, as the oft-forgotten section, it's time to start collecting info on their history. All contributions welcome, as I work on refurbishing the Senior Section page . . .

Lones and 'Extensions'

Posted by Leslie on June 25, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The latest project is to do some more work on Lones and Extensions - the pages have been started, now it's time to do more research and develop them. 'Extensions' in particular, is one of the most interesting topics - Guiding was far ahead of it's time in promoting equal education and opportunities for the disabled, both the physically and the mentally disabled, at a time when most disabled children received little or no formal education - and in taking steps to integrate them into mainstream units. Lones showed the desire to reach girls who couldn't attend mainstream units - and of course, are an active section even today, with Lones units running up and down the country, and the internet having replaced the post as the ideal means of linking them . . .

Camps and Holidays

Posted by Leslie on July 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

With the holidays upon us, and with it the break from unit activities, I've found the time to add another section that I had been hoping to start on for a while - for what sort of Guiding history site could omit the history of Guide Camps?!

 

There is still much to add, but the start has been made and I will add more information as it becomes available . . .

Religion and Guiding

Posted by Leslie on July 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have added in a new page on the current 'hot topic' - religion and Guiding. One of the main reasons for doing so is the amount of mis-information spreading around, in the media and elsewhere, about the topic - both from members of the public who mistakenly assume that Guiding is or was a Christian organisation, and, sadly, from Leaders and former Leaders who are under the same misconception. And yet, I was wary, because it is a controversial topic, mainly because so many of those who believe that Guiding was or is a Christian organisation , feel so strongly about it. The new Promise wording has caused some strong views and strong feelings. For that reason, I have included the quotes on religion from the handbooks, and rulebooks, of different eras, which I hope will clarify the true position.

One policy which is unchanged from the very start of Guiding is that members may only attend a service of another denomination or religion if they have written permission - for many years it was the only thing Guides had to have written permission for! It's also fascinating to see how, even in the first handbook of 1912, when Guiding had barely started to spread around the world, there was a clear recognition that Guides could come from any one of a number of religions, and that they were encouraged to view positively the beliefs of those from religions other than their own. So in some ways, perhaps the new wording of the Promise which is to be introduced in September 2013 - is closer to the intention stated in the 1912 handbook than any previous version of the Promise has been . . .

 

 

Brownies

Posted by Leslie on February 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

With the anniversaries for Guides and Rainbows having passed, attention is now turning to the next section to get their turn - the Brownies. Although their history is fairly well recorded, a lot of work is still there to be done by the enthusiast - to look at how the programme has changed through the years - and how it hasn't! To record 'ordinary' unit traditions - opening and closing ceremonies, favourite games, how different events and festivals are celebrated, etc. If you are thinking of doing something history-related, it's not too soon to start asking your archivist about resources, and if you are looking to borrow items, getting your request in - already, demand is high and supply limited!

Sharing History

Posted by Leslie on January 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been doing a lot of work on getting members involved in, and interested in history, so have posted a new section on the Traditions Badges page about ways to get the girls in the units interested in Guiding history, all of which are tried and tested.  With Thinking Day coming up, there can be a tendency to focus on international Guiding, but Thinking Day is also a time to think about the founders, and to realise where Guiding started.  Hopefully people will find the suggestions helpful - more suggestions of things which have worked would be helpful!

Photographs

Posted by Leslie on December 14, 2011 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Have recently been coming across a lot of photo albums and single pictures being sold - invariably with little or no clue as to which unit is being featured or quite when it was taken.  It may well be that that sepia portrait of a unit or camp scene from the 1920s, 1930s or 1940s could be a prized acquisition for the same unit nowadays - if we only knew which unit was featured. 

So my resolution is to print off all those photos of my unit, put them into a folder, and label each clearly with what unit it is, where we meet, when/where the picture was taken, and who features.  Who knows, maybe in 30, 50 or 100 years time, the Guides of the day will be keen to see the quaint uniforms we wore and the strange things we got up to back in the 2010s . . . I need only think of the BBC Domesday project of the 1980s to realise that computer is not the best place to store the photos long-term . . .

Rainbows

Posted by Leslie on September 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

With the approach of their 25th Anniversary, now is the time to record Rainbow (and the pre-Rainbow history of Bunnies) while memories are still reasonably fresh and artefacts exist.  One thing I would be especially keen to collect is information on opening/closing ceremonies - when Rainbows first started, there was no national opening/closing song, and it was up to units to create their own songs and ceremonies for meetings.  Some have been recorded in music books, but now is the time for an enthusiast to collect others . . .

Almost more vital is to record the history of Bunnies - programmes, publications, badges and uniforms are all now rare, and potentially valuable - and it is important to record information about them before they are forgotten . . .

Senior Section History

Posted by Leslie on May 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (0)

I've recently been asked about Senior Section History, particularly the programmes and badges/awards - so the fruits of that research may well go to enhance the Senior Section pages - if anyone has memories or information, particularly from the pre-1968 era, I'd love to have it.  It would be good to get information on Land Rangers, Sea Rangers, Air Rangers and Cadets while it can still be had . . .


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