Leslie's Guiding History Site



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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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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 folde...

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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 t...

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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 . . .

Guiding Fiction

Posted by Leslie on April 21, 2011 at 4:36 AM Comments comments (0)

One area of Guiding history which some people collect is Guiding fiction.  From the first book (The Girl Scout, by Brenda Girvin) in 1913, through the heyday from the 1920s to the 1940s, and the leaner years beyond, over 100 girls' stories were published which featured Guiding, whether incidentally or at the heart of the plot.  The books range from accounts of typical units (whether city, village or boarding school) and their activities - meetings, camps and inter-unit ral...

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Posted by Leslie on April 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I will be using this blog to highlight topics of interest, discuss what I'm working on, and ask questions.  But it has to be a two-way process, so I'd love to hear your topics of interest too.  Guiding history is a big topic, and being added to day by day . . .

Guider/Leader Age Limits

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So a recent announcement suggests that they are going to remove the upper age limit for Unit Leaders.  Initially there weren't any limits stated (it was one of many things that originally there was no rule on) but in due course an age limit was set - at 81.  Given that average life expectancy in many parts of the country was well below that level, it doesn't seem a terribly restrictive limit, and given the outdoor active programme Guiding had, especially in the early days, I ca...

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Work in Progress . . .

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So further work on the site is underway, with material on LINK and SSAGO having been added in as part of the work towards the Senior Section celebrations in 2016.  Sections covering International Guiding and the Arts having been added, so the latest additions are on Flags, on County Badges and on the Outdoors, each of which is a work in progress (but then, aren't they all?). 

And in response to a lot of questions from units asking for ideas on what the original members o...

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