Leslie's Guiding History Site


Historian's Corner

In this section I hope to give detailed and dated information drawn from official sources.  That's not to say it can't be of interest to others, but it will include the sort of detail which fascinates the experts but can be dull and fussy for others.

Extracts from Home Notes/Girl Guide Gazette/The Guider

  • January 1914 - first issue of Girl Guides Gazette.
  • May 1914 - announcement of founding of Rosebuds
  • June 1914 - "a Rosebud may not wear a Girl Guides uniform hat.  Neither may she wear any Guide's badges.  A Rosebud has her own brooch badge.  She may not salute with three fingers, for a Rosebud only has two Promises to make, therefore her sign is the holding up of two fingers.  A Rosebud cannot have the sky-blue neckerchief, but she may tie her hair back with sky-blue ribbon.  When a Rosebud is to be enrolled she has to make two promises, and says:  On my honour I promise that I will do my best: 1. To do my duty to God and the King; and 2. To do a good turn to somebody every day."
  • January 1915 - Should Rosebuds be given a different name?  Suggestions of "Skylarks, Bantams, Wrens, or what?"  Answers on a postcard by Feb 6, 1915
  • March 1915 - Red cross must not be worn on haversacks
  • April 1915 - Bands should play only within company premises, not in parades.  Recommendation that string bands are more womanly and useful for concerts.
  • April 1915 - War service badge introduced - 21 days' suitable service or 15 garments made (to include specified items)
  • May 1915 - Guides are not to take part in recruitment parades, or street collections.
  • June 1915 - New constitution - no longer require to use BP initials to distinguish from other, similar groups.
  • June 1915 - "Rosebuds or Brownies" - leaflet to issue.  For girls under 11, with eight to form a unit under a leader, the head of two units to be company leader, and to be aged 17 or over.  Brownie brooch to be a metal acorn brooch bearing the letter B.  Uniform to be brown overall, skirt & jersey or Holland blouse, brown belt, brown shoes and stockings, brown hair ribbon, hat trimmed with brown.  Testwork being drafted.
  • July 1915 - Creation of headquarters committee, per charter.
  • August 1915 - Officers' Training Camp near Boxmoor, Herts.  Topics to be covered include hay-box cookery, laundrywork, signalling, night marching, pathfinding, tracking, map sketching, invalid camp cookery, herbs, rifle/airgun shooting, campfire yarns, bridge building.
  • August 1915 - "At recent rallies there were several noticeable discrepancies in uniform marring the effect.  We have to remind Captains that only the official uniform is admissable for Girl Guides, and any departure from the regulation navy hat, navy blouse and sky-blue tie is not permitted".
  • October 1915 - A training school has been founded by Mrs Blyth.  £9 for 3 months' live-in training, six weeks in town and six weeks in country.
October 1915 - The Commissioner's uniform (optional) consists of shirt blouse, pale blue tie, regulation skirt with 2 pockets, regulation coat with 4 pockets, whistle cord on right shoulder to pocket, ordinary officer's brown belt, commissioner's silver cords on left lapel and shoulder with badge, soft leather gauntlet gloves.
  • November 1915 - Launch of Nurse Cavell Badge
  • December 1915 - Brownie scheme announced. Uniform: brown overall and belt, brown hair ribbon, rush or felt cap or hat trimmed with brown, with green leaf of Patrol on left side of hat, or - dark blue Guide blouse, dark blue skirt or tunic overblouse, brown belt or brown braid sash.  Brown tie & hair ribbon.  Badge: Acorn badge on tape.  Tests: Entrance, 2nd class (acorn badge on tape with leaves), 1st class (acorn badge on tape with leaves and motto).
  • December 1915 - Brownies are 11 years and under.  Six or eight Brownies to form a Patrol and assume the name of a British tree, under the Patrol leadership of a head girl, who should, where possible, be a selected and efficient Girl Guide.  The head of a company consisting of not less than two Patrols shall be called a Company Leader and shall be at least 17 years of age.  The company must be registered at Headquarters.  A Brownie shall not pay for her own badge, she must return it to her company leader on leaving the Company.
January 1916 - Appointment of first County Commissioners.
January 1916 - New Proficiency badges - Astronomer, Handywoman, Geologist, Surveyor, Friend to Animals, Knitter, Basket-Worker, Beefarmer
February 1916 - Hut Fund Appeal, to buy a rest hut for soldiers on the Western Front in France/Belgium
February 1916 - Badge positions for Guides - Tenderfoot on loose ends of tie only, 1st and 2nd class on left arm halfway between elbow and shoulder strap so as not to be covered by shoulder knot, Ambulance, Sick Nurse, Child Nurse just below, and Red Cross armlet below that.  All other proficiency badges on Right sleeve, cuff upwards.  War service badge above right pocket, Service Stars on left pocket flap, in a row.
April 1916 - First membership census published.
April 1916 - Officers Training School East End branch starts.
May 1916 - Rest Hut presented.
  • May 1916 - Officers' dress confirmed as: Girl Guide hat turned up on left side.  Blue Norfolk jacket, black horn buttons, pockets, Girl Guide ordinary blue uniform and blue tie with officers rank badge.  Brown leather belt, white shoulder knot, gauntlet gloves (brass buttons forbidden).
  • June 1916 - 3rd Bath Company given the title "Heather's Own/" after the newly-born child of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, for having the best achievement record submitted.
July 1916 - Official book of rules for Girl Guides goes on sale.
July 1916 - a second rest hut bought.
July 1916 - New syllabuses for 2nd and 1st Class
August 1916 - Guiding structure diagram published
September 1916 - First Girl Guide movie filmed.
October 1916 - Commissioners Conference held in Matlock
November 1916 - fire at headquarters, significant damage to stocks of Guide uniforms/equipment.
November 1916 - first annual report of the Girl Guide Association

November 1916 - Lady Baden-Powell appointed Chief Commissioner

November 1916 - Thrift badge adopted.

November 1916 - First Annual Report of the Officers' Training School.  142 members in 15 Patrols.

January 1917 - The following badges of rank agreed: Chief Commissioner - Gold cockade & cords.  County Commissioner - gold/silver cords, silver hat cord.  District Commissioner - Silver cord & badge, Assistant District Commissioner - saxe blue cockade & cords.  Staff or District Captain - red cockade.  Badge of rank for Captain - dark blue cockade at side of hat.  Lieutenant - Tenderfoot badge at side of hat.  Instructor - Instructor badge.  Patrol Leader - Tenderfoot badge on front of hat and two vertical stripes on left pocket instead of chevrons.  Corporal - one stripe on pocket.
January 1917 - Guide uniform - smock authorised as alternative to uniform, termed 'Drill Uniform'.  Parade uniform as at present, with extra length to body so as to go outside skirt, when desired, for physical exercise, etc.
February 1917 - Corporal now to be Second.
February 1917 - Officer's brooch to be worn on knot of tie, and tenderfoot to keep ends down neatly (no longer worn on hat as superceded by cockade for Captains.  Cocks feathers not worn on hats.
February 1917 - District Commissioner to now be known as Division Commissioner, and Assistant District Commissioner to be known as District Commissioner.
February 1917 - Headquarters to sell a strong washable dark blue overall for Guides due to the prohibitive price of serge.
March 1917 - New badges - Poultry Farming, Musician, Thrift, Motorist, Textile Worker syllabuses released.
  • March 1917 - War Service Badge now covers voluntary service only, and to be 100 hours' service not 63.
  • March 1917 - Announcement of Senior Guides for girls aged 16+, same badge tests as Guide but Senior proficiency badges grouped according to professions.  Suggestions sought . . .
  • March 1917 - Headquarters Committees established, consisting of Chairman Robert Baden-Powell, President Miss Baden-Powell (has not executive duties but is ex-officio member of Headquarters committee), 9 committee members each with specific responsibilities.
  • March 1917 - District Captains to wear white cockade.  Clarification that Lieutenant to wear tenderfoot badge at side of hat and Lieutenant badge on tie, Patrol Leader to wear one Tenderfoot badge on front of hat and one to fasten tie, two stripes on left pocket, not chevrons.
  • April 1917 - New Badges - Domestic Service, Cook, First Class Cook.
  • April 1917 - Suggestion of "Guiders", rather than "Officers"
  • April 1917 - Officer's training corps now Cadet Corps, for age 16+
  • June 1917 - changes to Brownie terminology - now "Sixes", not Patrols, and Six names to be Fairy folk, not trees.
  • August 1917 - white book of rules supercedes pink.
  • January 1918 - Joint Guide/Scout activities may be permitted on application to Local Association provided their Committee is satisfied re supervision.
  • January 1918 - Cadet Leaving Certificates to be awarded by Cadet Captains.
  • January 1918 - Brownies allowed to wear metal service stars on a brown ground, and Senior Guides on red.  No Senior badges to be worn by juniors.
  • January 1918 - Girl Guide motor-ambulance presented.
  • January 1918 - New handbook "Girl Guiding".
  • February 1918 - suggestion made that, as proficiency badges get dirty, there may be a preference for them to be made on a 'drab ground' - opinions sought.
  • February 1918 - new book of rules - alterations listed.  This included: 
  • Secretaries' distinguishing marks: County Secretary, red cockade in hat, and badge with red pens.  Division Secretary, white cockade in hat and badge with white pens.  District Secretary, no cockade, badge with white pens.
  • Guider's Uniform: skirt - navy blue, not less than 8 ins. off the ground.  Shirt - navy blue.  Knickers - navy blue.  Coat - navy blue Norfolk with patch pockets and black bone buttons.  Tie - light blue or Company colour.  Hat - navy blue felt, turned up on the left side with badge according to rank.  (long or fancy hatpins should not be worn).  Belt - worn over coat.  Shoulder Knot - white on left shoulder.  Whistle - on white lanyard, worn around the neck and attached to belt on right side.  

Undress Uniform: in hot weather a navy blue tunic is authorised uniform for all Guiders.

Guiders Distinguishing Marks: Captain - navy blue cockade, and green badge brooch worn just below the knot of the tie.  Lieutenant - Tenderfoot brooch on left of hat and gilt badge brooch worn just below the knot of the tie.  Brown Owl - brown cockade, brown tie, Lieutenant's badge.

March 1918 - Senior Guide Test (2nd Class equivalent) published.

May 1918 - What British Guides have been doing in World War 1 - Messengers at War Office, Foreign Office etc, typists/secretaries, spinning, weaving, and preparing khaki cloth, winding for aviators and other aeroplane work, and making glass tubes.  Submarine and bomb net making, electric gauging, making fuses for switchboards for warships, assembling parts for electric railway equipment etc, undertaking leather work and making sheepskin coats, employed in factories involved in mica-splitting for respirators, making glass ampoules for anti-tetanus serum, printing army and navy literature, post office telegraphists and censors, serving in VAD and other hospitals as orderlies, pantry maids, ward maids, scullery maids, messengers, laundresses, assistant quartermasters, cooks and secretaries, picking sphagnum moss for dressings, collecting eggs for hospitals, making surgical dressings and bandages, preparing and serving teas at hospitals, splint making, making sandbags, making clothes for the forces, collecting newspapers and making scrapbooks for rest huts, entertaining, making munitions and munition boxes.

May 1918 - Silver Fish altered - no longer based on proficiency badges.

June 1918 - dark blue drill hats permitted (owing to felt shortage).

July 1918 - new uniform jumper (i.e. overshirt) in navy blue jean, worn over skirt.

July 1918 - Hat ribbon for Officers who have gained diplomas - red ribbon with brown OTS badge to be worn round hat.

October 1918 - Golden Fish awarded to Olave Baden-Powell

October 1918 - Mrs Blyth resigns as GOTS Commandant.

October 1918 - GOTS closed down, new Guiders Training School set up under Miss Maynard.

November 1918 - Gold Cord test introduced.

November 1918 - Metal Brown Owl badges produced.

January 1919 - Existing Chief's Diploma to become Distinction Diploma.  A further award called the Chief's Diploma to be given by the Chief herself to Distinction Diploma holders for special work done for the movement.

January 1919 - New Senior Guide tenderfoot badge available. (Original ones may be worn if preferred).  

January 1919 - suggestion that every Brownie pack should have a totem (toadstool) - can be made from an umbrella.

February 1919 - Distinguising marks - Distinction Diploma-red cord round hat.  First Class Diploma-blue cord round hat.

February 1919 - new Senior Guide proficiency badges - Bookbinder, Booklover, Botanist, Leatherworker.  Clerk to be a Junior badge.

March 1919 - 1919 edition of POR has just been published.

March 1919 - an International Council is being formed.

April 1919 - The following badges to move from annual re-testing to biennial - Ambulance, Sick Nurse, Signaller, Interpreter, Pathfinder, First Aider, Probationer, 1st Class Signaller.

April 1919 - 1918 Annual Report published.

April 1919 - Lone Guides reorganisation with Branch A now for ages 11-20, Branch B for ages 20+

April 1919 - Guiders Indemnity Insurance announced

July 1919 - New Badges - County Examiners-red crossed pens, Division/District-White crossed pens, Brownie Secretaries-brown crossed pens.

July 1919 - name ideas for Senior Guides sought.

August 1919 - Cloth Brownie recruit badge is withdrawn.  Metal badge to be worn on tie.

November 1919 - "Neckerchiefs must now be worn folded into a narrow bandage, under the collar, and not under the shoulder straps.  Thus no point can be shown."

December 1919 - "The ends of the Guide neckerchief should hang down (if she has done her good turn for the day and can undo the second knot) and are kept in place by the Tenderfoot badge."

May 1920 - Swanwick Conference decisions - Proficiency badges to have dark background, not white.  Haversacks to be navy, not white.  5 year star to be small, and bronze.

June 1920 - first suggestions of "Ranger" name.

June 1920 - merging of Scribe and Clerk badges

August 1920 - proposals for Sea Guides

September 1920 - Ties may now be of any plain colour - and parti-coloured may be worn if all the plain colours have been exhausted.

October 1920 - Senior Guides to now be Rangers.

  • January 1921 - Girl Guide Gazette becomes the magazine for Leaders, with content for Guides/Brownies to be moved to "The Guide" when it launches.
  • January 1921 - Swanwick Conference recommendation "That Commissioners should appoint Camp Advisers to be responsible for the campcraft of the Division or District."
  • January 1921 - "That no Guider should gain any badge until she has taught that subject to two Guides, and in exceptional cases, where this is not possible, as in the case of a new Company, she should prove herself qualified to teach it."
  • January 1921 - new branch of Guiding for factory and welfare Companies, with Mrs Fryer as head.
  • February 1921 - "Guiders and Rangers qualifying for the Gold Cord Award will be required to take as from March 1 1921: (a) the Senior Star Test, in lieu of the junior First Class, and (b) the senior grade of any chosen Proficiency test, in which there is a junior and senior standard."
  • February 1921 - "Ranger Patrols attached to a Guide Company must be registered at Headquarters and pay the fee of 1s.  They take the same name and number as the Guide Company to which they are attached, until they become a separate Company, when they rank as a Unit, and take the next number in sequence in the District, in the usual way."  
  • February 1921 - "Cadet Corps - it should be noted that Cadet Corps Patrols attached to a Guide Company take the same name and number as the Company to which they are attached.  If, however, the Cadets are an entirely separate and independent Corps from the Guide Company, they will take the next number in sequence in the District as would an ordinary Guide Company."
  • February 1921 - Patrol Leaders' Hatbands are no longer official.  Patrol Leaders should wear the ordinary Guide or Ranger Hatband, with the Tenderfoot Badge above the centre."
  • February 1921 - The new Five Years' Service Star, a gilt start on a blue cloth ground, is now issued, but the old star may be worn until Secretaries' stocks are exhausted."

  • February 1921 - "The following badges may not be worn as junior (blue-bordered) badges - Citizen, Motorist, Textile Worker.  The following badges may not be worn as Ranger (red-bordered) badges: Air Mechanic, Astronomer, Athlete, Basket Worker, Boatswain, Beefarmer, Carpenter, Clerk, Cobbler, Cyclist, Dancer, Domestic Service, Entertainer, Fireman, Friend to Animals, Geologist, Gymnast, Horsewoman, Handywoman, Knitter, Lacemaker, Naturalist, Pathfinder, Photographer, Pioneer, Poultry Farmer, Printer, Rifle Shot, Sportswoman, Surveyor, Swimmer, Telegraphist and Toymaker.  Secretaries are asked to return any of these unofficial badges which they have in stock, when they will be credited with them."
  • February 1921 - District Secretary distinguishing marks - navy blue cockade with two horizontal white stripes.
  • February 1921 - "If a Captain is over 18, though not yet 21, she can hold an Acting Captain's Warrant.  She wears the Captain's Cockade, but not the Warrant Brooch.  She can have the warrant changed to Full Captain on reaching the age of 21, and with the consent of her Commissioner."
  • February 1921 - "A Ranger may wear either the Red Ranger Tenderfoot Brooch (price 1s) or, if this is too expensive, their ordinary Gilt Tenderfoot on a red ground (price 3d).
  • March 1921 - Suggestions sought for a name to replace Lieutenant, as it is an army term.
  • March 1921 - Girl Guides Headquarters Camp to be held at Wisley in Surrey for Companies on dates between July and September.

  • March 1921 - "The Guide" magazine to be launched on 23rd April.
  • March 1921 - New application form to hold a camp introduced.  To be sent to the Commissioner for signature, then forwarded to the Host Adviser.  Captains must hold the Camper Badge.  Camp Adviser Test published.
  • March 1921 - Navy haversacks will gradually be introduced to replace the white ones.
  • March 1921 "Tunics are, in future, to be worn outside the skirt."
  • March 1921 - song "Guides of All the World", to the same tune as "Scouts of All the World" published.
  • April 1921 - Lone Guides to register at HQ.  Uniform as for Guides, but Lone Guide badge rather than Tenderfoot.  Lone Patrols can be registered, but they wear Tenderfoot, not Lone Badge.
  • April 1921 - "It has been noticed that considerable latitude has been allowed to creep in, in regard to the wearing of undress uniform by Guiders at training weeks and camps.  Official undress uniform consists of a navy blue jumper or shirt, worn with a short navy skirt; sweaters or woolen coats, if worn, should be navy blue.  In future Commandants of weeks and camps are requested to hold inspections of undress - as well as of full dress uniform - and to see that Guiders comply with the above regulations."
  • April 1921 - County and Division Commissioners are requested to urgently select County/Division Badges to allow Standards (flags) in their area to incorporate the badge in designs.
  • April 1921 - Cadet enrollment ceremony published.
  • May 1921 - Welsh dragon badge available, as hat badge.
  • May 1921 - "If desired, Proficiency Badges may be worn in pairs on the right arm, commencing from the top of the sleeve.  Where preferred, however, they may still be worn as before, commencing at the bottom of the sleeve."
  • May 1921 - It is suggested that Guiders should use their discretion over the continued wearing of War Service badges.  The feeling at conferences was that the time has come to remove these . . .

  • May 1921 - "The Standard of a Company that has done unbroken service for five years may, with the Commissioner's approval, bear the five year star in the top hoist corner (two should be placed back to back).  Further five year stars can be added similarly at the completion of each five years."
  • May 1921 - Standards - "Where a Company is a GFS or other Kindred Society Company, the badge of the Society should be placed between the bands which bear either the Motto or the Company name."
  • May 1921 - "The Brownie Conference, after a short but decisive discussion, unanimously agreed that under no circumstances should Brownies be taken to camp under canvas or in unoccupied buildings, either alone or with Guides.  It was suggested that Brownie camping experience should be gained by days spent in the open."
  • June 1921 - New pattern Guide serge skirts, made with 2" hem for letting down.
  • June 1921 - Brownie Camps - conference opinion not yet a rule, so any camps already booked may proceed.
  • July 1921 - Diploma Test for Brownie Section devised - Diploma name to be "Eagle Owl".
  • July 1921 - Sea Guide Decoder's Badge introduced.
  • July 1921 - Hostess Badge introduced (as a Patrol badge).
  • July 1921 - "It has been decided that drill shall not be used in connection with the training of Brownies."
  • July 1921 - "It has also been decided that Brownie Packs should not have colours.  It is felt that the Totem is a far more suitable emblem for the Pack, and that in the case of church parade the Company Colours cover the Pack."
  • August 1921 - When Guides are attending places of entertainment in uniform "they should remove their hats if by any means they are impeding the view of the persons seated behind them."
  • October 1921 - "A sash 6 inches wide to be work over the left shoulder and tied below the waist on the right side has been approved as follows for Presidents:
  • County Presidents: gold and silver sash pinned down with white enamel Trefoil badge.
  • Divisional Presidents: silver sash with silver committee Trefoil badge.
  • District Presidents: saxe blue sash with silver committee Trefoil badge.

  • November 1921 - First official Girl Guide movie launched - "Girl Guides to the Fore."
  • December 1921 - Pack Leaders may wear a brown lanyard and whistle.
  • December 1921 - Campfire Ceremony published.
  • December 1921 - Suggestion of star formation of Ranger enrollments.
  • January 1922 - In future no Brownies shall be taken to camp.  Instead they may be taken on holidays to furnished houses.  Maximum 18 Brownies, 1:6 ration with minimum 2 adults, no under 8's, leader must have Warrant, and Commissioner's permission required.
  • January 1922 - Donations sought for Princess Mary's wedding present.
  • January 1922 - 1923 Guide Moot advertised.
  • March 1922 -  Princess Mary's wedding presents pictures - a 1764 cheese tray in pierced silver, and a diamond and ruby Tenderfoot badge.
  • April 1922 - County Camp Adviser role created.
  • April 1922 - confirmation that white felt badges need not be removed and replaced with blue ones.
  • May 1922 - World Moot cancelled as Foxlease gifted to the movement, and the focus on the building and decorating work which has commenced.
  • June 1922 - Ranger Patrols attached to Guide Companies to be registered with the name/umber of the Guide Company.  If they grow to be a Ranger Company the take the same number.
  • June 1922 - Extension Lones register in Lone Units, not in ordinary ones - but can be attached to ordinary units.
  • June 1922 - request for small furnishing donations for Foxlease.
  • July 1922 - Foxlease opens.
  • July 1922 - Nurse Cavell Badge - "Only members of registered extension Guide Companies, composed of physically defective girls, or registered extension Lone Guides, are now eligible for this badge."
  • November 1922 - Princess Mary's wedding present donations totalled £949, 13s, 11d.  In addition to the cheese tray and brooch, three silver statuettes of a Guider, Patrol Leader and Brownies were presented, together with a cheque for £393, 17s 11d.

  • November 1922 - Camper Licence to replace Camper Badge for Guiders.
  • November 1922 - "The following Tree Emblems are now stocked by Headquarters for Ranger Patrols: Beech, Hazel, Hawthorn, Larch, Silver birch.  There are also three new Emblems for Guides - Buttercup, Daisy, and Dandelion."
  • December 1922 - Sea Guide Patrols or companies may now be formed in inland locations provided the conditions are suitable.  Sea Guide Patrols may be formed within ordinary Ranger Companies.  Sea Guide Companies should be permitted to take the names of well-known ships.
  • February 1923 - Thanks Badges no longer to be worn in uniform.
  • March 1923 - suggested ceremony for investiture of Patrol Leaders.
  • April 1923 - Captains and Commissioners who hold the Campers Badge may exchange it for the Licence without any further test, subject to Camp Adviser approval.  Final endorsement will be given following inspection at camps this year.  Lieutenants holding the Camper's Badge (pre-1923) may not exchange it as they are not authorised to hold a camp.  Lieutenants may enter for the Camper's Certificate (if aged over 21) - this Certificate is not exchangeable for the Camper's Licence until the holder is a Warranted Captain.
  • May 1923 - Brownie leaving certificate to be introduced.
  • May 1923 - Brownie Thrift Badge to be introduced.
  • June 1923 - Guiders who don't intend to camp under canvas may have their Licence endorsed for running indoor camps only, if Camp Adviser finds the camp satisfactory.  The Licence would need a further endorsement for outdoor camping.
  • June 1923 - A flag for Foxlease presented to the house by participants, with the Foxlease badge in place of the First Class Badge, by permission.
  • August 1923 - revised suggestion for star formation for Ranger enrollments.
  • August 1923 - new bird Patrols - Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Kingfisher.
  • October 1923 - Agreement that Brownie Investiture test should be simplified.

  • October 1923 - Brownie Holiday - maximum numbers now 18.
  • October 1923 - Guide World Camp to be held at Foxlease, 16-23 July 1924, two Patrol Leaders from each County to be invited, with representatives "from all the Dominions and Colonies and from all foreign countries."
  • November 1923 - Thrift Badge for Guides in Institution Companies approved.
  • November 1923 - Special Warrant Badge for Ranger Captains approved.
  • December 1923 - After Easter 1924, All-Round Cords and Guide Cords will no longer be worn by Guiders in uniform.
  • January 1924 - "The following special badges may be worn by Guides who are members of an Extension Company:
  • In Charitable Institutions: Extension Thrift, Advanced Knitter.
  • Blind, Cripple or Invalid Guides: 1st Class Book Lover, Collector, Braille, Weaver, Advanced Knitter, Extension Thrift.
  • Companies in Mental Homes: Extension Thrift.
  • February 1924 - Extension Hostess Badge Approved.
  • April 1924 - HRH The Duchess of York appointed a Vice President.
  • April 1924 - New Camp Permission Forms available.
  • May 1924 - a new belt buckle registered and adopted.  It bears registration number 696969, buckle number 610002.
  • June 1924 - "It was suggested that the name "Guide Associates" should be substituted for "Mothers' Circles" and that the white metal Tenderfoot Badge should be worn by such members.
  • June 1924 - Ranger Promise altered to read "My special responsibility as a Ranger is to render service by taking this Promise out into a wider world."
  • September 1924 - Extension Lones now called Post Guides.
  • October 1924 - World Camp Film released.

  • November 1924 - new Quartermaster test.
  • November 1924 - Green hat cord for Camp Advisers introduced.
  • January 1925 - Sea Guide Companies should be registered under their Ship Name instead of by numbers.
  • February 192 - An alternative first class to be introduced for those who, for reasons of heath or want of facilities, cannot learn to swim.
  • February 1925 - It was agreed that County Badges should be worn on the left shoulder instead of the right.
  • March 1925 - From mid-March name tapes will be available on navy ground with two rows of lettering.
  • March 1925 - List of County Badges lately adopted: 
  • Cheshire (wheat sheaf), Cumberland (cross with 5 rosed), Derbyshire (rose and crown), Lancashire (red rose with barbs), Northumberland (St Oswald), Westmorland (Curlew's head), Yorkshire (white rose with barbs), Carmarthen (Sir Rhys Ap Thomas), Denbigh (lion rampant holding key with crown), Dublin (castle), West Indies (two coconut palms), Trinidad (humming bird), Malta (Maltese Cross).
  • April 1925 - Confirmation of closure of Grew Towers as a training centre.
  • June 1925 - Brownie Promise altered - "On my honour" omitted.  "Be loyal to the Law of the Brownie Pack" changed to "Keep the LAW OF THE BRONWIE Pack."
  • June 1925 - Lone Guiders Circles should be formed in Counties for Guiders who wish to do active Guiding but cannot undertake regular work.  Circles should be under a Captain, who keeps in touch with all through correspondence.
  • July 1925 - Society of Ex-Guiders formed, run by the Head of Lones.
  • July 1925 - "In future Rangers will wear trade Badges similar to Sea Guide Trade Badges, but worked in red instead of Ranger Stripes.
  • September 1925 - New Extension Badges - Brushmaker, Netting, Potter, Weaver, Gardener, Language (for deaf), (all to be worked as required).
  • November 1925 - It was agreed that medal ribbons should be issued by Headquarters to be worn in uniform on the right breast, if desired, in place of the Bronze and Silver crosses, and Medal of Merit.
  • December 1925 - Tenderfoot Badge with 'L' agreed for Lone Rangers.
  • December 1925 - Cadet Company registration forms issued.

  • January 1926 - "Badges for Extension Guides who are not able to fulfill all the qualifications owing to some physical disability, should be marked with a mauve line inside the green circle.
  • January 1926 - "Guides over 16 in mentally defective institutions should be allowed to pass Ranger tests on condition that the Extension mauve circle is embroidered on the badge."
  • January 1926 - "It was agreed that the name of the Nurse Cavell Badge be altered to "The Badge of Fortitude".
  • January 1926 - "It was agreed that a special award be instituted for Extension Guides and Guides in open Companies who, through physical disability, are granted any alternative in the First class Test and that the badge be called the Mauve Cord Award."
  • January 1926 - Olave Baden-Powell resigns the office of UK Chief Commissioner, her nominee Lady Delia Peel is unanimously agreed to.
  • February 1926 - Imperial Camp to be held at Foxlease in July 1926.
  • February 1926 - "Both Guider and Guides' hats have deeper crowns that heretofore."
  • February 1926 - further County Badge designs: 
  • Bedfordshire (silver penny of Edward the Elder), Berkshire (oak stump with stag), Birmingham (crown and arm with hammer), Devonshire (Exeter castle surrounded by rays), Essex (seaxe), Gloucestershire (red lion with sword and trowel), Hampshire (blue rose and crown), Herefordshire (lion with sword  held in paw), Huntingon (Robin Hood), Kent (white horse on blue), Nottingham (hunting horn), Norfolk (Britannia), Northampton (rose red with yellow, barbed), Surrey (red lion), Suffolk (key), Stafford (knot), Warwickshire (bear and staff), Wiltshire (Maltese cross)
  • March 1925 - Minstrel Badge design approved.
  • Jun 1926 - Further County Badges: 
  • Buckingham (swan), Cambridgeshire (lillies and crown), Cornwall (fifteen bezants on shield), Dorset (castle with triple towers), Hertfordshire (hart on water), Isle of Wight (castle with Vectis motto), Leicestershire (lion rampant), Middlesex (3 seaxe), Oxfordshire (ox over water), Sussex (6 martlets), Shropshire (3 leopards), Somerset (dragon with mace), Worcestershire (pear tree).
  • June 1926 - All flags are to be dipped in the presence of any member of the Royal family.

  • June 1926 - special Lone unit for over 16's founded.
  • July 1926 - Foxlease book published.
  • July 1926 - "on or after October 1st 1926, white shirts be worn by Guiders on official occasions."
  • August 1926 - Design for Language badge for Extension Guides to be torch crossed by a key.
  • August 1926 - White shirts will not be worn in Scotland.
  • November 1926 - Companies in homes and orphanages no longer part of the Extension branch.
  • December 1926 - BBC (radio) offering a programme, 15 minutes per month, 6.45pm on 3rd Thursday per month from 20 January.
  • December 1926 - International Knowledge badge approved.
  • December 1926 - Proposal from International Conference re marking Thinking Day accepted.
  • December 1926 - "Ranger Companies will be glad to learn that in future they may have the badge on their Company Colours embroidered in red."
  • December 1926 - Post Ranger units may be formed.
  • January 1927 - "The scheme for starting a permanent West of England training school had been abandoned due to lack of support.
  • February 1927 - First marking of Thinking day
  • February 1927 - Ideas sought for a second Scottish Six Emblem besides Kelpie
  • February 1927 - announcement of first official Guide annual - "The First Trail of the Girl Guides".
  • March 1927 - Lantern slides "Guides at Work and Play" available to hire.
  • March 1927 - In Scotland, in uniform "the wearing of kilts or tartan skirts is incorrect" - only navy skirts to be worn.
  • April 1927 - Announcement of new Mauve First Class for Extension Guides
  • May 1927 - Announcement of negotiations into a permanent North of England training centre at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe (opened September 1927)
  • May 1927 - Mauve 1st Class holders may qualify for Mauve Cords
  • June 1927 - Opening of Foxlease swimming pool
  • June 1927 - Ranger Instructor Badge should be worn on he centre of the left-hand breast pocket.
  • June 1927 - the 'Official Badge' logo cannot be used by members on notepaper, posters etc - only Imperial Headquarters may use it.
  • July 1927 - Ranger Electrical Engineer badge to be omitted from the list of Ranger Badges.
  • July 1927 - West of England training school opened at Hillhouse, 1 mile from Sapperton in the Cotswolds.
  • August 1927 - Badge of Fortitude (Extension Guides) - it has been recommended that this badge should be abolished.
  • October 1927 - discussion of whether to alter the Six emblems.
  • October 1927 - decision to merge Sea Guides and Cadets into the Ranger branch, and have them pass the Ranger Tenderfoot Test.  Ranger units who wished could become Cadet Ranger Companies, or Sea Ranger Crews.  Cadet Ranger Test and Sea Ranger Test introduced, also Ranger Star, Cadet Star and Sea Service Star..
  • October 1927 - new Spinner badge design - distaff/spindle.
  • October 1927 - Ranger Ash and Pine emblems introduced.
  • December 1927 - Entertainer test deleted

January 1928 - Sea Guide tally band to now be embroidered with a blue trefoil, likewise the Ranger, red.

January 1928 - "Girl Guide Gazette" to become "The Guider"

January 1928 - Chorister badge to be renamed Singer.

March 1928 - new design for Badge of Fortitude.

March 1928 - Guide annual "The Second Trail of the Girl Guides" to be published.

June 1928 - Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them renamed Hints on Girl Guide Badges.

August 1928 - Shoes, brown stockings or socks added to Brownie uniform.

August 1928 - Brownie 3rd year star introduced which can be transferred to Guide uniform.

August 1928 - Old design for Sea Service Badge to be retained, for Sea Ranger Star, and when stocks of Leading Sea Guide badges are exhausted, Ranger Instructor Badge to be used in it's place.

August 1928 - Brownie Signaller Badge to show semaphore flags rather than morse, when current stocks used up. 

August 1928 - Ranger Toymaker badge and Public Health badge introduced.

October 1928 - Final paperwork for purchase of Waddow Hall completed.

January 1929 - County Treasurers to wear same uniform as Assistant County Secretaries.

January 1929 - It was agreed that a silver tenderfoot badge should be worn by secretaries.

January 1929 - Life-Saver badge introduced.

January 1929 - Ranger Milliner and Folk Dancer Badges introduced.

January 1929 - Recruit badges without pins available for hospital Brownies, which can be sewn on fabric or worn as bracelets.

February 1929 - New smaller Guide hats in stock, of a softer felt which can be rolled - the stiff flat brims having been done away with.

February 1929 - New-style Guide overall available with lower neck and two inverted pleats from the waistline.

February 1929 - Death of Mrs Lumley Holland, founder member of headquarters committee

March 1929 - Design of the new Scottish 'Ghillie Dhu' emblem agreed.

March 1929 - Language Badge test for Deaf Guides approved

March 1929 - 'The Blue Bird', quarterly magazine for Extension Guides available

June 1929 - blue blazer badges introduced for Sea Rangers.

June 1929 - "It was agreed that the Society of Ex-Guiders . . . be allowed to lapse."

Jene 1929 - design of Public Health badge agreed as lorence Nightingale lamp.

June 1929 - new drill book "Girl Guides On The Move" replaces old yellow drill book.

June 1929 - Guides provide the hospital and staff at the Scout Jamboree, Arrowe Park.

July 1929 - London Training School closed as no longer needed.

July 1929 - "the Brownie Promise to be made twofold - the Law being omitted from the Promise and included in the Enrollment Ceremony.  The Promise to read as follows: 'I Promise to do my best (1) to do my duty to God and the King, (2) to help other people every day, especially those at home."

August 1929 - "It was agreed that when the present stock of Mauve Tenderfoot Badges is exhausted ordinary brass Tenderfoot Badges be issued to Post Guides."

August 1929 - Ranger World Citizen badge introduced.

August 1929 - County Post Owls introduced.

November 1929 - "It was agreed that Assistant Divisional Commissioners should wear a silver cockade with saxe-blue cords and tie."

November 1929 - "it was agreed that Sea Rangers should in future wear Tally bands with the words "Sea Rangers" instead of the present hat band embroidered in blue."

December 1929 - resignation of Lady Delia Peel as Chief Commissioner received.  Mrs Percy Birley, County Commissioner for North West Lancashire, nominated.

December 1929 - Hiker Badge introduced.

January 1930 - Mrs Percy Birley (Mary Emily Birley) appointed Chief Commissioner, succeeding The Lady Delia Peel.
January 1930 - Request for pre-1912 Companies to contact HQ to complete records.
March 1930 - Campfire Songs Leaflets issued.
April 1930 - Hat badges embroidered in white for Cadets, similar to those worn by Rangers and Guides, approved.
23 May 1930 - Headquarters Foundation Stone unveiled by Princess Mary
  • May 1930 - "It was agreed that a 'history of Girl Guiding' be compiled."
  • June 1930 - Mrs Percy Birley elected Chief Commissioner.

  • July 1930 - announcement that Guide Coming-Of-Age should be celebrated in 1932, "1911 being the year in which the Association officially started".  "Headquarters wishes to emphasise the fact that no celebrations of this kind should be contemplated before the year 1932.  The official date when the association started is to be regarded as 1911."

  • July 1930 - Olave Baden-Powell appointed World Chief Guide

  • 6th World Conference, July 1930 - Mrs Storrow's offer of a Chalet and 3 years' upkeep accepted.  

  • 6th World Conference, July 1930 - World Flag adopted.
  • August 1930 - "It was agreed that the Ranger Instructor Badge be worn on the right instead of the left pocket.

November 1930 - Optional uniform for County Presidents - Guider uniform with dark blue tie, hat not turned up, with silver cord round the brim, ends tied in a bow at the side.  Where there is a County Badge it should be pinned on the hat cord by the knot.

December 1930 - World Flag adopted as the UK design for Company Colours.

December 1930 - it was agreed that in future the Brownie Emblem would be worn over the right pocket, not beside 1st and 2nd class.
December 1930 - "It was agreed that a new pamphlet, entitled "Drill for Girl Guides" should take the place of "Girl Guides on the Move", also that a pamphlet on 'colour Ceremonial' be published."

20 March 1931 - official opening of Imperial Headquarters.

April 1931 - Airwoman badge introduced

October 1931 - "The new woven badges are guaranteed fadeless and washable.  Therefore, if they are carefully buttonholed on to the overall sleeve when new they need not be removed when the garment is washed.  There should then be no difficulty with regard to the badges fraying.

November 1931 - 'Postponement of the Coming-Of-Age celebrations' - planned international rally cancelled, suggestion of local rallies instead.

December 1931 - Senior and Junior Milliner badges to be withdrawn.  World Knowledge (Guide) to replace International Knowledge, World Knowledge (Ranger) introduced.  World Interpreter (Guide) to replace Interpreter.

January 1932 - Badge of Fortitude to be for ages 16 and under only, Certificate of Merit will replace Badge of Fortitude for those aged 16 and over.

March 1932 - New Brownie badges - Booklover, Writer, Toymaker.  First Class - now Brownie Wings will only be awarded if First Class is gained before the age of 11.  

March 1932 - Patrols of Guides over 14 can be registered as Sea Guides and wear that tally band - these Patrols preferably to be attached to Ranger or Sea Ranger Companies.

March 1932 - Cords and Lanyards rules changed.  The wearing of Gold Lanyards by Guiders to be abolished, but they may continue to wear Gold Cords if they have won them as Guides.  All Round Lanyards may be awarded as at present on a teaching basis.  Only Cords won as Guides may be worn as Guiders.  Warranted Guiders may not enter for Gold Cords or All Round Cords.

April 1932 - Sportswoman badge design changed to a netball.  World Citizen design now to be a key between two hemispheres.

23-29 May 1932 to be "Guide Week".  29 May 1932 - "Guide Sunday" to celebrate Coming-Of-Age

22-29 June 1932 - 'Veterans Camp' held in Staffordshire, open to all pre-1920 Guiders.

August 1932 - Official blue camp overall for Guiders, Rangers and Guides, with short or long sleeve, now available from HQ; also a camp hat.  'In the case of Guiders, Rangers and Guides of Ranger age and size, skirts should cover the knee, and as a general rule, stockings should be worn when going through a village or town, except in exceptional circumstances such as going to the beach.  Guiders need not take full uniform (tunic and skirt) to camp provide that they have a really tidy, clean, camp overall, hat, blazer and mackintosh (navy blue)'.

January 1933 - launch of fundraising on Thinking Day

February 1933 - New Guide mackintosh and overcoat, and Brownie coat, now available.

June 1933 - Confirmation that the blue cotton overall can be worn throughout summer, not just at camp.  It can be worn with the collar closed by the tie or open-neck - in which case the Tenderfoot Badge is worn in the 'V' of the neck.  Camp hat can also be considered uniform.

August 1933 - Brown gloves removed from Guide uniform rules.

April 1934 - new Brownie summer uniform - short sleeve with V-neck which can be worn with or without tie, also brown camp hat to join the rush hat or knitted cap.

May 1934 - subject to Commissioner permission, stockings need not be worn by Guides attending Company meetings during the hot weather.

  • July 1934 - "The wearing of shoulder straps on Guiders' coats should be discouraged."
  • July 1934 - "It was agreed that the badge for the Cadet Ranger Test should be a Trefoil embroidered in white on a buff ground."
  • July 1934 - "Physically defective" to be replaced by "physically disabled" in all books."

November 1934 - Lone Tenderfoot Badge to be abolished when existing stocks are exhausted.  Ordinary Tenderfoot will be worn by all.

  • December 1934 - Dairymaid badge renamed Dairyworker, Ranger Milkmaid renamed Dairymaid.  Landworker to be renamed Farmworker.  New badge introduced for Guide and Ranger sections - Interpreter To The Deaf.
  • January 1935 - "It was agreed that the Leading Sea Ranger badge be restored."
  • January 1935 - Proficiency Badge changes - Sea Lore badge introduced, Senior Astronomer badge instituted, Dressmaker badge (senior) renamed Needlewoman, Guide Printer badge moved to be senior badge, Homemaker badge to be abolished.
  • February 1935 - Designs for Explorer badge, Decorative Needlecraft badge and Quartermaster Certificate approved.
  • February 1935 - Proficiency Badge changes - Brownie Knitter badge introduced, Ranger Explorer badge instituted, Ranger International Knowledge badge deleted.
  • March 1935 - Athlete and Sportswoman badges merged and named Athlete.  Nursing Handmaid badge abolished.  Guide Decorative Needlecraft badge instituted.
  • April 1935 - Proposals for a 'fourth branch' for former and current leaders.
  • June 1935 - New style of Ranger hat approved, on sale from July 1t.
  • June 1935 - New pre-enrollment test for Rangers approved, to be published in September.
  • June 1935 - Rangers may wear either Guide-style tie or regular tie provided all in the unit wear the same.
  • June 1935 - Units may opt to wear brown stockings and shoes rather than black provided all in the unit wear the same.
  • July 1935 - Rangers may wear striped ties.
  • August 1935 - Welsh Folk badge instituted.
  • October 1935 - "Guidons" suggested as name for the 4th section.
  • December 1935 - "The design for a new lightweight belt was submitted and approved.
January 1936 - leaflet on the new Guidon scheme to be published soon.
January 1936 - "It was agreed that a camp first aid test be instituted.
March 1936 - Test for Extension Instructor approved.
March 1936 - "An enamel hat badge, with a thistle device has now been designed for wear by Scottish Guiders."
April 1936 - Choral Patrol badge to become company Camp Fire Singing badge.
April 1936 - New 'Flower Lover' badge for Guides
June 1936 - Miniature Tenderfoot bbadge to be stocked, to be worn out of uniform.
June 1936 - "Shorts may be worn by Guides in camp with the approval of the Commissioner in whose area the camp is held." (dark blue)
July 1936 - "It was agreed that a Brownie who seems ready may be enrolled at 7 and a Guide at 10 years of age."
August 1936 - "The restitution of the Lone Tenderfoot Badge was approved."
August 1936 - Distinguishing marks for Assistant County Commissioner "as for Division Commissioner, with silver cord round hat."
December 1936 - New style Ranger felt hat introduced.

December 1936 - Sea Ranger Captain Navy Warrant Badge introduced.

December 1936 - Sea Ranger Test becomes Able Sea Ranger Test.

January 1937 - Sea Ranger Test replaced by Able Sea Ranger Test.

January 1937 - New design of Guider/Ranger overall, made on the lines of a fitted dress, in 'Headquarters Blue' colour.

January 1937 - Meeting for Old Guides groups at County, Division, District and Unit level.

March 1937 - "Owing to the fact that the Government is buying up all hard metal for the making of armaments, the manufacturers are at present obliged to use the softer metal for the Tenderfoot and Brownie Recruit badges."

April 1937 - New numbered Service Stars announced: 

Brownie (brown background) - issued from 2-3 years

Guide (green background) - issued from 2-5 years

Ranger (red background) - issued from 2-10 years

Sea Ranger (blue background) - issued from 2-10 years

Guider (no background) - issued from 2-25 years.

(One year Service Stars as before, with no number, in order to use up existing stocks.)

May 1937 - Extension Ambulance and Sick Nurse badges introduced, and Sportswoman badge re-introduced.  "Extension Proficiency badges are embroidered in royal blue instead of green."  (other Extension badges being Collector, Gardener, Handicraft, Hostess, Language (for the deaf), Observer, Thrift).

May 1937 - "A Brownie may be admitted to a pack at the age of seven; she may be enrolled before she is eight if she has passed the Recruit Test and the Brown Owl considers she is ready for enrollment."

May 1937 - Interpreter to the Deaf to become Friend to the Deaf badge.

May 1937 - Coronation Camp held at Chigwell Row campsite.

August 1937 - "It was agreed that the Guide Life Saver badge be embroidered in blue for Sea Rangers."

November 1937 - Guide Keep Fit and Woodman badge instroduced.

  • January 1938 - "It was agreed that Brownies may be permitted to wear gold ties provided the whole pack wear the same colour."
  • January 1938 - Brownie Musician badge becomes Minstrel.  Two new pack badges - 'Handwork' and 'Player'.  
  • January 1938 - Guide company badge 'Player' introduced.
  • June 1938 - Promise wording for foreign girls making Promise in UK agreed.
  • June 1938 - "That Guiders be allowed to wear short-sleeved overalls at summer Company and other meetings."
  • August 1938 - "It was agreed that Rangers be permitted to wear ankle socks on unceremonial occasions.  That Rangers need not necessarily wear hats to and from meetings.  That the design for the Ranger lightweight hat be approved."
  • August 1938 - "Hints on Girl Guide Badges" to be split into sections, one for Tenderfoot/2nd Class/1st Class, the other for Proficiency Badges.
  • August 1938 - "That when present stocks are exhausted, one design only to be retained for Trade Badges - that of the ship."
  • September 1938 - Headquarters committee formed to consider national service help.
  • October 1938 - "New Ranger hats, in a smart pull-on shape with a stitched brim" made in a navy waterproof drill material, and can be rolled up when not in use.
  • December 1938 - an Old Guide who has been previously Warranted as Commissioner, Secretary or Guider may wear an Old Guide Cockade in uniform, which is navy blue with a green and a red stripe, like the 'Old Guide' tie.

December 1938 - 'Old Guide' Recorders will be Warranted and wear the appropriate level Secretary badge.

December 1938 - Guide History Lover badge launched

December 1938 - Miniature Tenderfoot badges for Ranger and Commissioner available.

January 1939 - Friend to Animals Guide badge withdrawn.

January 1939 - Authoress badge and History Lover badge for Rangers introduced.

February 1939 - "When the present stock of Brownie Proficiency Badges is exhausted, these badges to be embroidered in gold on a brown background."

February 1939 - new Guide Emergency Helper badge introduced.  Friend to Animals badge reinstated.  

February 1939 - Badge titles altered to reduce confusion in ordering.  Thus Guide badges to be Aircraft, Athlete, Star Lover, Book Lover, Friend to the Blind, Cook, Stitchery, Gardener, Interpreter, Needlewoman, Scribe, History Lover, Writer, Knitter, Skater, Toymaker, Country Dancer, Signaller, Gymnast, Friend to the Deaf, Player, Thrift.  Ranger Badges to be Airwoman, Senior Athlete, Astronomer, Reader, Braille, 1st Class Cook, Embroideres, Horticulturist, Linguist, Dressmaker, Secretary, History Student, Authoress, 1st Class Knitter, Figure Skater, Toycraft, Folk Dancer, Signalling Transmitter, Physical Training, Interpreter to the Deaf, Stagecraft, Economist.

February 1939 - Rangers wearing the new-style overall, and Sea Rangers wearing the new-style overall or jersey, may wear a strip of cord on the right shoulder instead of full All-Round Cords.

April 1939 - 'Our Ark' world centre in London now open.

May 1939 - Mrs St John Atkinson to replace Mrs Percy Birley (resigned) as Chief Commissioner in October, Mrs Birley has agreed to continue in post until then.

October 1939 - Scottish Guide Headquarters opened.

November 1939 - Guide uniform may be worn when doing National Service.

November 1939 - Use of Guide whistles for any other than ARP use forbidden in some parts of the country.

November 1939 - Girls Life Brigade members may attend Guide meetings as guests, in GLB uniform.

December 1939 - "Save All Supplies" suggestions published.

December 1939 - War Service badge added to Book of Rules

  • January 1940 - War time alternative Ranger Test and shortened Guide Second Class Test published.
  • January 1940 - "Where it is quite impossible to find swimming facilities and all other clauses are complete, Green First Class may be awarded until such time as it is possible to access facilities again."
  • January 1940 - "A special 1939 War Service Badge will be awarded for a minimum of 24 hours' voluntary service carried out between September 3rd and December 31st 1939.  Future badges will be awarded on the completion of 96 hours' voluntary war service within any 12 months.  A separate crosn and underneath a narrow strip of cloth with the date in red and gold has been approved as the design for this badge."
  • Feruary 1940 - War service badge to be worn over breast pocket on the right hand side of the overall.  "The badge is not intended for Guiders."
  • February 1940 - "Headquarters will shortly be stocking a supply of washable Brownie Emblems at 3d each."
  • February 1940 - "A new badge to be instituted, to be called "Home Defence Badge".
  • March 1940 - Time spend 'on call' for first aid posts etc can count towards War Service Badge, but in such cases, 144 such hours of service should be completed.
  • April 1940 - 'Home Emergency Service' scheme launched.
  • April 1940 - Wartime camping regulations published. 
  • April 1940 - Guide Gift Week launched - to be held on May 19th - 2th, to buy an air ambulance and a motor ambulance, for £20,000.
  • June 1940 - "White tops for Sea Ranger hats will not be worn this year."
  • July 1940 - Presentation of the Air Ambulances funded by Guide Gift Week in May 1940.  Current total £46,216.
  • August 1940 - steps taken to open a World Bureau in the USA, to work in conjunction with the base in the UK.
  • August 1940 - 20 Ambulances presented to the Royal Navy following Guide Gift Week
  • August 1940 - "It was decided that owing to shortage of metal, brass miniature Tenderfoot badges will be discontinued."
  • September 1940 - opening of Our Home/Notre Foyer - rooms in the World Bureau for Guides from abroad temporarily resident in the UK.
  • December 1940 - Little House Emblem announced.
  • December 1940 - "Headquarters blue" is not the official colour for all Guiders', Rangers' and Guides' uniforms.
  • December 1940 - "The Domestic Service badge has been amalgamated with the Homemaker badge.
  • December 1940 - "The Civil Defence Armlet may be worn with Guide uniform."
  • January 1941 - suggestion that pennies could be donated on Thinking Day, towards a fund to rebuild Guiding in invaded countries when peace came.
  • January 1941 - "Scarves worn with uniform coats shall be navy blue."
  • January 1941 - Memorial service in Westminster Abbey held 27th January 1941
  • March 1941 - French Guide Companies in the UK to be given every assistance.
  • March 1941 - due to paper rationing, The Guider now to be reduced to 40% of it's pre-war pages.
  • March 1941 - Brownie Team Player badge withdrawn.
  • May 1941 - it has been decided that the Youth Service Corps badge or armlet may be worn by Guides in uniform.
  • June 1941 - Due to bombing action, a warehouse used by the Guiding publishers has been damaged, and stocks of Guiding books destroyed - owing to paper rationing they cannot be replaced presently.
  • July 1941 - presentation of 'Quiet Rooms' funded by Guide Gift Week.
  • July 1941 - Request for 11,000 cotton reels from the RAF - within a week 42,000 collected.
  • July 1941 - Patrol Leader's Camp Permit details published.
  • July 1941 - Death reported of Miss MacDonald, first General Secretary.
  • July 1941 - Details of clothes rationing 'Points' for Guiding uniform garments.
  • July 1941 - New Gilt Cross Award instituted.  Medal of Merit will cease to be a gallantry award but will continue as an award for Good Service in the movement.
  • August 1941 - Guiders may wear ankle socks at Company meetings only, with Commissioner permission.
  • August 1941 - Patrol Leaders who have gained Camp Permit should wear a piece of green cord at the base of the right shoulder strap.
  • October 1941 - Wartime new-design Brownie recruit badge.

January 1945 - Acquisition of Netherurd as Scottish Guider Training School
January 1945 - Post-War Ranger proposals published.
January 1945 - as an alternative to the present shape of Guide standards, a small square banner, more comparable in size and shape to a regimental flag, will be permitted.
March 1945 - Homecraft Training Centre at Pax Hill announced.
March 1945 - Sea Rangers must cease carrying the Red Ensign out-of-doors or hoisting it in camp.
January 1949 - Introduction of Commissioner Lapel Badges - Chief Commissioner: gold, County Commissioner: silver with gold enamel, Division Commissioner: silver-coloured metal with white enamel, District Commissioner: silver-coloured metal with blue enamel.
  • January 1950 - Brownie Berets are now official wear for Brownies as an alternative to caps provided that the whole pack wear the same.
  • July 1957 - Windsor World Camp held, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Robert Baden-Powell.
  • December 1959 - New Queen's Guide Test published.
  • December 1959 - Position for Jubilee badges to be worn on uniform announced, and confirmation that "as from 1st January 1960, all badges will be worn in the same position on the old uniform as on the new".
January 1960 - Ranger International Certificate introduced.
May 1960 - Dedication of new Commonwealth Chief Commissioner's Standard.
September 1962 - Our Chalet's 30th birthday marked.
February 1963 - POR updates - Brownie Skater, and World Brownies proficiency badges introduced.  Guide Agility and Weatherman proficiency badges introduced; Keep Fit badge withdrawn, syllabuses for Boatswain, Athlete and Health replaced.
April 1963 - Camp-Fire Leader Certificate introduced.  
May 1963 - Brownsea Island opened to the public 
July 1963 - International Knowledge proficiency badge for Guides withdrawn.  World Friendship proficiency badge introduced.  Syllabuses of Commonwealth Knowledge, Hostess and Interpreter replaced.  New Ranger Skin Diver certificate introduced.
September 1963 - "a Guide who has passed any six clauses of First Class (excluding clause 1) may embroider a red edge on her Second Class Badge."
November 1963 - Our Ark renamed Olave House.

December 1963 - Minstrel proficiency badge for Brownies withdrawn, and Musician and Singer badges introduced.  Weatherman added to the options for Woodcraft Emblem, Bellringer and Knotter syllabuses replaced.
  • July 1964 - new Brownie proficiency badges introduced - Hostess, and Safety in the Home.  Service Flash badge introduced for Guides, also Local History proficiency badge, Pathfinder syllabus replaced.  New Skier certificate for Rangers also introduced.
  • March 1965 - death of HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal, President of the Girl Guides Association 1920-1965.
  • June 1965 - Princess Margaret becomes President of Girl Guides Association.
  • July 1965 - Blue First Class badge abolished.
  • September 1965 - new Guide blouse launched, in rayon 'Guidex' fabric, to be worn with a mini-neckerchief crossover held in place by the Promise badge, with no lanyard or visible belt.
  • December 1965 - Holiday Permit Bar becomes available also small-size Guide proficiency badges.  Backwoodsman Guide proficiency badge launched.

14 October 1966 - official opening of Sangam.

December 1966 - rationalisation of Good Service awards - Oak Leaf, Laurel Leaf and Beaver awards discontinued and replaced by Laurel Award.  Silver Fish award and Good Service award retained.

  • March 1967 - Tests during the programme transition period.  Testing for all Brownie and Guide tests should end on 31 January 1968, with the exception of Queen's Guide tests, which may be tested up to 30 April 1968.  For those who may not be able to complete their current test by the end of the year: 
  • Brownies - Brownies part-way through Golden Bar at that date may receive the badge and embroider a coloured line under the bar to denote 3, 6 or 9 clauses passed (green-3, red-6, blue-9).  Brownies part-way through Golden Ladder may embroider the colours around the top bar.  Brownies who have gained Golden Ladder but are unlikely to complete the Golden Hand by the end of January 1968 will be able to take Proficiency Badges.
  • Guides - Guides part-way through Second Class at the time may receive the badge and embroider a coloured line on it under the word 'Guides' to denote 3, 6 or 9 clauses passed.  (green-3, red-6, blue-9).  Guides who have completed Second Class but are unlikely to complete the First Class Badge by the end of January 1968 can try to pass 6 clauses of First Class, and then embroider a red edge to Second Class Badge, as they do know, or they can take Proficiency Badges.
  • Rangers - A girl joining a unit in September 1967 may be given the choice of either working for certificates and waiting until 1968 before starting on the new Ranger Investiture Challenge, or, Complete the present tests for investiture before 31 January 1968.
  • May 1967 - Rationalisation of residential qualifications.  Now Camper's Licence, Pack Holiday Permit, Holiday Permit, Ranger Camp Permit and Patrol Camp Permit, plus Camp First Aid Certificate, and QM Certificate.
  • May 1967 - Glenbrook acquired as an aventurous activity centre for Guiding in England. 
  • July 1967 - New insignia for Trainers.  Silver to denote Diploma'd, Bronze to denote Certificated, Gold to denote Specialised Trainer.  Those who have held a Diploma but are no longer using it wear Oxidised Silver insignia. 
  • January 1968 - dates for implementation of programme changes.  New age groups - optional from 1967, obligatory on 18 March 1968.  Eight point programme comes into use 18 March 1968.  Changes in Brownie ceremonies and Six names - 18 March 1968.  Lone enrollment badge discontinued - 1 January 1968.
  • January 1968 - the Golden Hinde ship failed it's annual survey, and with the repair cost being uneconomic, the Executive Committee agreed that it must be returned to the Royal Navy.
  • January 1968 - publication of details of the revised Camp and Holiday Permits, Quartermaster and First Aid Certificates, Camp Fire Leader Certificate and Overnight Hike Permit.
  • 18 March 1968 - new Guiding handbooks due to be launched UK-wide - however there were difficulties meaning books arrived late in many areas.
  • March 1968 - yellow-striped ribbon tie and yellow hat felts to be introduced for Brownie Leaders when stocks of the brown versions are exhausted.
  • May 1968 - the following badges were obsolete after 18th March: Brownie Guides - Golden Bar, Golden Hand, Brownie Wings, Brownie Gold Star on blue background.  Guides: 2nd Class, 1st Class metal, 1st Class cloth, All-round Cord Strips, Guide Service Star white on blue background.  (Queen's Guide metal and cloth badges valid until 30 April).  Ranger: Land Ranger Test, Land Ranger Maintenance, Land Ranger Adventure, OSR Test, ASR Test, LSR Test, LAR Test, Air Service Bar, Child Service Bar, Community Service Bar, Coast and River Service Bar, Home Service Bar, Nursing Service Bar, Outdoor Service Bar, World Service Bar.
  • 13 July 1968 - Opening of Glenbrook
  • February 1969 - new Camp Dress for Guiders and Rangers launched.
  • March 1969 - Approved design for Ranger Colours published for England and Wales, and details of the approved design for Scottish Ranger units published.
  • March 1969 - new British Friendship badge launched.
  • June 1969 - Guidance published on the establishment of joint Guide/Scout or Ranger/Rover units.
  • June 1969 - Brownies may now take part in parades at the discretion of the Commissioner.
  • June 1969 - rules for overnight ventures published.
  • September 1969 - It has been agreed that the qualifying badges for collective emblems may be worn as well as the emblem if desired.
  • September 1969 - Land, Sea and Air Ranger shoulder flashes to be discontinued.
  • December 1969 - Guide mini neckerchief replaced by cross-over tie.  Instructions for converting mini necker into tie given.  Terylene/cotton Brownie dress available as an alternative to 100% cotton.
  • January 1970 - The Guide magazine becomes Today's Guide.
  • November 1970 - Revised syllabuses for Guide Lifesaver badge, and Ranger Samaritan, Life Saver and Marksman Certificates.
  • January 1971 - English Guiding Regions created -
  • North West: Cumberland, Westmorland, Isle of Man, Cheshire, Lancashire S, Lancashire SW, Lancashire NE, Lancashire NW, Lancashire SE and Manchester Counties 
  • North East: Northumberland, Teesside, Durham, Lincolnshire N, York City, Yorkshire Central, Yorkshire WRS, Yorkshire WRNW, Yorkshire ER, Yorkshire NR and Sheffield Counties
  • North Midlands: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Birmingham Counties
  • South Midlands and East Anglia: Lincolnshire S, Norfolk, Huntingdonshire & Peterborough, Cambridgeshire & Isle of Ely, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Essex E, Essex W and Northants.
  • South West: Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Guernsey, Bristol, Berkshire and Hampshire Counties
  • London and South East: London NE, London NW, London SE, London SW, London-over-the-Border, Surrey E, Surrey W, Greater London with Surrey N, Kent E, Kent W, Kent Greater London, Middlesex E, Middlesex W, Sussex E and Sussex W Counties
  • March 1976 - Upper age limit of 65 to be introduced for all uniformed appointments, to be phased in by July 1977.
  • December 1976 - first Scout & Guide Orchestra course held.
  • 26 September 1977 - Memorial Service for Olave Baden-Powell at Westminster Abbey.  A number of other services were also held elsewhere in the UK.
  • December 1977 - World Brownie Badge discontinued.

September 1982 - Changes to Long Service Awards - "from 1 September 1982, long service of both 15 years' and 25 years' duration, as defined in POR 19.B, may be indicated by the wearing of a Long Service Bar if the Guider concerned so wishes."