Leslie's Guiding History Site



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Badge Updates

Posted by Leslie on January 6, 2020 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Have recently been doing some updating work on the badge pages - adding in more badge images, more slide shows, and adding captions.  I've also been able to add to the information already there on end-dates.  Hope to add more details to some of the other pages shortly too.

Work in Hand

Posted by Leslie on June 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Have recently been doing some more general research, some of which will end up in 'Historian's Corner' and some in the main site.  I will also be working over the summer to try to update details for the new programmes coming in, and the related badges.  (Please bear with me - it will take time to alter all the references to 'current' programme to 'previous' programme, hence I'm claiming the right to take a year over transition too!

Updating will occur over the summer as time a...

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Programme Change

Posted by Leslie on February 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Guiding seems to have a custom of major programme change for all sections every 50 years - for after the major changes of 1966-1968 when the original Tenderfoot/Second Class/First Class was replaced by the 8-point programme for all sections, so in 2016-18 we have programme changes for all sections again, and as in 1968 there will be a structure running through the programmes of all the sections, with the aim of providing continuity and progression.  

Programme chan...

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Sea Ranger Ship Flags

Posted by Leslie on March 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

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...

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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 o...

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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 mainstrea...

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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...

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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 o...

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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 ...

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