Leslie's Guiding History Site

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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.

IN SOME CASES I WILL QUOTE DIRECTLY.  THIS MAY INVOLVE USING TERMS, PARTICULARLY IN REFERENCE TO DISABLED PEOPLE, WHICH WOULD NOT BE USED IN MODERN TIMES.  HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO BOTH RETAIN ACCURACY, AND HONESTLY REFLECT THE TERMINOLOGY OF THE DAY, QUOTES ARE RECORDED UNALTERED/UNCENSORED.
Extracts from The Scout/Home Notes/Girl Guide Gazette/The Guider

  • 16 October 1909 - "SAGA, Edgware Road, London, W., have just issued a new and revised illustrated list of Scout supplies for Boy and Girl Scouts.  The list, sent free on application, also contains particulars of athletic requisites of reliable quality, sold at moderate prices by this well-known house for sportsmen's supplies."
  • 16 October 1909 - "Sir Francis Vane, Commissioner for London, recently inspected the Hampstead and Finchley divisions of Boy Scouts in the grounds of Christ's College, Finchley, the strength of the parade being about 250, including thirty girl members."  "The review was followed by displays of first aid by boys and girls"
  • 23 October 1909 - "A Scoutmistress is wanted for a troop of Girl Scouts in Erdington.  Any lady residing in that district who would care to teach the girls should apply to Over Bury, Six Ways, Erdington."
  • 23 October 1909 - The Scoutmistress of the 8th and 42nd Glasgow Troop of Girl Scouts will welcome any girls residing in the districts of Partick and Anniesland.  Applications should be made to S.M. Jackson, 16 Fulton Street, Anniesland; or to S.M. Turnbull, Alexandra Halls, Partick."
  • 30 October 1909 - "The Boy Scouts' Headquarters Gazette has been instituted in order to give Scoutmasters a means of communication"
  • 30 October 1909 - Erdington Baptist Troop - "A troop of Girl Scouts is being formed in connection with the same church, and all girls in that district who would care to join should communicate with Miss Wildblood, 84 Kingsbury Road"
  • 20 November 1909 - "Basingstoke - The Peewit Patrol of Girl Scouts, which has just  recently been formed in Basingstoke, held last week, under the direction of their Scoutmistress, a Tea Stall in the local Market Place."
  • 27 November 1909 - "Brave Oxford Girl Scout - An act showing great presence of mind and pluck was performed by Doris Turner, Patrol Leader of the Rattlesnake Patrol, on November 10th.  A small boy, it appears, was crossing the road when a motor-car swooped along.  The girl, who saw what undoubtedly have ended in a terrible accident, rushed forward, and dragged the boy out of danger.  A number of people who witnessed the incident showed their appreciation of the brave act by cheering the young heroine."
  • 4 December 1909 - "Leicestershire - A big rally was held at Syston on Saturday November 6th.  It was attended by the Syston, Loughborough, Leicester, and other Troops, and also a Patrol of Girl Scouts from Leicester."

  • 8 January 1910 - "Girl Guides - Presumably, girls all read their brothers' papers, and if this should meet the eye of any Girl Guides, we can tell them that Miss Baden-Powell takes so much interest in their progress that she would be very glad to see photos of them at their work - such as cooking in the open, doing ambulance or first-aid work - if they will be so kind as to send them to her, addressed to 32, Prince's Gate, London S.W."
  • 8 January 1910 - "Girl Guides - Girls who admire the Boy Scouts' work from a distance, and others who have tried it themselves, are now eager to have a corps of their own, in which they can do equally good service for the country - and they can be very useful if they like.  For instance, suppose that an enemy had landed in England, and a battle had taken place in and round your town, the women and girls could not do much but sit still and cry, or run about trying to help their wounded brothers and friends, but not knowing in the least how to do it, and, therefore, probably doing more harm than good.  The Guides are a corps who will have learnt how to find wounded men by tracking them, and how to bind them up, carry them, and make them comfortable in hospitals.  Also, they will, by such training, be ready to go and live on a colonial frontier farm, or to go eploring with their brothers or husbands.  They are called "Guides" after the celebrated frontier troops in India, named "The Guides", who are famous for their braery, and for being able to turn their hand to any kind of campaigning work.  So the Girl Guides have to be plucky, and ready to face dangers and distress boldly, in order to carry out duties which require them to turn their hand to tracking, signalling, woodcraft, camp work, and campaigning, first-aid, cooking, hospital-nursing, store-keeping, and other such varied things.  They wear uniform, and are divided into patrols and troops like Boy Scouts and can win badges and medals in very much the same way.  But all the time they will be doing useful jobs.  I hope, therefore, that all troops and patrols of girls who have so far been training as Boy Scouts will now take up their duties as "Guides", by which they will be of real value to their country in time of need, instead of merely imitating the boys and amusing themselves at scouting."
  • 26 March 1910 - "Manchester Girl Guides - Will all those interested in the above, residing in Manchester and district, communicate with Aubrey A.G. Toone, 228 Plymouth Grove, C on M, Manchester, with a view to forming a Manchester Association."

  • 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."
  • November 1919 - Guide Victory Rally held at the Albert Hall, London, at 2pm on Tuesday November 4th 1919.  Attended by representatives from the UK and other countries.
  • 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."
  • December 1919 - "Guides may not enter for the Advanced Tests until they are over the age of 16.  Senior Guides may enter for the Guide Tests as well as for the Advanced."
  • December 1919 - "It has been suggested that the colour of Girl Guide company flags should be changed in order to make them look a little brighter.  After due consideration and discussion it has, however, been decided not to alter them but to keep to the original Girl Guide colour of dark blue with the official copyright crest."
  • December 1919 - "Brownie Caps.  We now have woollen Brownie caps in stock to match the jerseys, price 3s."

  • 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 Grey 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."

  • June 1929 - design of Public Health badge agreed as Florence 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 - now optional

  • 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 1st.
  • 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 badge 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 introduced.

  • 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.

  • March 1953 - Princess Margaret becomes Chief Ranger of the Empire, replacing her elder sister.
  • March 1953 - Holger Nielsen method to replace Schafer method of artificial respiration.
  • March 1953 - Suggested ceremony for making the "offering of the tribute" - announcing the unit good turns which the unit has undertaken as their 'Tribute of Service' and listed on their official record cards..
  • March 1953 - A suggestion by the Music Adviser that "Softly Falls The Close of Day" should be dropped from use because it's lyrics are sentimental, and because it's tune is shared with the anthem "The Red Flag" which is a Communist anthem.

  • January 1954 - discussion of an instance of a Manchester Guider being asked to resign due to membership of the Communist political party.
  • January 1954 - a pack certificate is awarded to packs who complete the Gardener, Handwork or Player pack badges.  Not less than two-thirds of the pack should take part, and a pack may re-enter for a Pack Badge after a lapse of two years.
  • March 1954 - advice on use of the Brownie Pennant - can be used at church parades, revels and perhaps at enrolments.  "It should be carried upright and the child should hold it with both hands.  It should not be carried with a holster".  Escorts are optional.  "It should always be cased when carried in the street".  The pennant can be dedicated or blessed if units wish.  "It is not equivalent to Colours. It is not a flag and there is no ceremonial attached to it."
  • March 1954 - "The Sea Ranger Section will be interested to hear that the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty have generously given permission for the rope and crown surround to the ship's badge to be incorporated in the Sea Ranger burgee."  "It is hoped that a transfer of the rope and crown surround will soon be available."
  • April 1954 - Girl Guide Biscuit Week is to be held on 31st May - 5th June.  Half-pound packets of shortcake biscuits are being made by Wright's Biscuits of South Shields, to be sold at 1s. 4d. per packet, of which 2d. will go to the "Endowment Fund".  Members asked to request that their grocers order in a supply, publicise the scheme, and shop early in the week.  
  • April 1954 - G.I.S. Committee dissolved.  Some work still ongoing - sponsorship of people in old folks home, and some children being educated in UK schools through the Education project, hence the G.I.S. Fund cannot yet be wound up yet.
  • July 1954 - Uniform amendment for Sea Ranger Guiders - "Sea Ranger Guiders, when wearing a tricorne, should wear the cloth county bade on the left shoulder of the battledress blouse.  When wearing a beret they should wear the county badge on the diamond-shaped felt in the usual way.
  • September 1954 - announcement of a remembrance fund for Katharine Furse and Rose Kerr, the money to be invested and the interest used for the endowment of "Our Ark".
  • September 1954 - Irene McKibbin Memorial Cabin opened, as a memorial to the Ulster trainer.

  • 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 adventurous 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

  • June 1974 - "Good Service Award.  During 1966 and 1967 the question of the Awards system and the number of awards available was considered by all County Commissioners in the United Kingdom.  As a result of this sounding of opinion, in 1967 the Silver Fish was retained, the Beaver, Laurel Leaf and Oak Leaf and the Laurel Award, for unusually good service, instituted to replace them.  Since that time, however, this policy has proved unsatisfactory in practice and experience has shown that it was considered by members of the Movement that there was a necessity for another Good Service Award.  It has, therefore, been agreed to retain the Silver Fish and the Laurel Award and to re-institute the Beaver, as the second highest award for good service, as from this July."

  • 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.

  • January 1978 - New Brownie Holiday Licence introduced.
  • January 1978 - Ladybird book "Brownie Guides" to be published on 1 February.

  • May 1979 - Launch of The Olave Baden-Powell Fund Bursary Scheme.  The funds donated to the Olave Baden-Powell Fund after her death in June 1977 had been invested, and the resulting income was now to be used as a fund to which members aged 10-18 could apply to help attain an ambition or develop a skill, completed applications to be sent to Headquarters for consideration.
  • June 1979 - Retiral of Thora Wallis Myers, CHQ Archivist 1968-1979, prior to that Editor of The Guider for 18 years.
  • August 1979 - Launch of the 'Paper Houses appeal - cardboard savings banks for units worldwide to save money for the proposed 'Olave Centre' to house both the World Bureau and Olave House on a joint site somewhere in London, as agreed at the 1978 World Conference.
  • September 1979 - "the Association has agreed that a Brownie Flag should be introduced as an alternative to the pennant, the manufacture of which will be phased out over the next three years."  "like the pennant, the Brownie Flag should not be carried in public parades"

  • March 1980 - Small blue 'Thank You' keys, available for 15p each, have been produced to raise funds for the Olave Centre project.  
  • April 1980 - Confirmation that Guides are permitted to travel to camp in lorries provided that: "1. A Guider must travel in the back of the lorry with the Guides and have proper control of them.  2. All baggage must be safely stowed so that it cannot fall on a Guide.  3. The tailboard must be properly secured and no Guide must sit on or lean over it.  4, All Guides must remain seated while the lorry is in motion."
  • July 1980 - The 50th Anniversary of the CHQ Building will be marked by open days on 19th and 20th March 1981.

  • April 1981 - "The first-ever double memorial stone now lies in Westminster Abbey, where the memorial to Lord Baden-Powell, once was.  It is made from a special black granite, lettered in brass, and shows, in bronze bas reliefs sculpted by Mr Willi Soukop, RA, the faces of the two best-known and best-loved pioneers of the youth organisation."  It was unveiled on 12th February by the current Lord Baden-Powell in the presence of Princess Margaret, the GGA Chief Commissioner and the Chief Scout, and other dignitaries, family, and members of both Guiding and Scouting.
  • September 1981 - Tribute to Alix Liddell, former International Commissioner and Guiding history author.
  • December 1981 - Guide uniform changes.  Out with the Guide blouse having pockets at the hem and being worn as an overshirt, and the tie held in crossover position by the Promise badge.  In with the plain blouse worn tucked into the skirt, the necker with it's brown leather woggle, and the navy belt pouch.

  • 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."

  • February 1985 - A new badge, to be called the Commonwealth Award, to be used throughout the Commonwealth, full details of the syllabus available from counties - badge design suggestions requested.  
  • April 1985 - Guide Week is to be celebrated on 24-29 June 1985.  During the week, from an initial candle lit on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on the Monday afternoon, the flame will be spread through Countries/Regions, Counties, Divisions and Districts.  "By Friday evening there should be three million candles alight on forty thousand cakes!"
  • November 1985 - The Association's forward plan for the 1980s and 1990s, "The Way Ahead" has been published.

  • July 1986 - Olave Baden-Powell Society (established in 1984) Held it's first presentation of insignia and certificates in May 1986.
  • July 1986 - "The Union Flag Emblem should be worn on the 'left sleeve, four fingers below shoulder'."
  • July 1986 - The Handcraft Depot, established to sell handcrafted items made by handicapped Guides, closed down on 30th June, as there were only four remaining contributors to it's stock, compared to over 100 at one time.
  • November 1986 - "our members should be entitled to wear outdoor garments suitable for the weather conditions, even if those clothes were not of uniform colour or design.  No girl should now be instructed to remove any article of clothing or footwear because it is of a non-Guide colour or design, as long as she needs it for protection from the weather."  "Cagoules in blue, brown and yellow" were to be introduced.
  • December 1986 - Waddow Singing Circle founded with first meeting held 19-21 September.
  • February 1987 - "1910 & Then?", has been published, price £1.00.
  • February 1987 - "leisure suits" introduced fro Brownies and Guides, Brownie suits in brown with yellow collar and hem ribbing, Guides in blue with yellow piping.
  • November 1987 - Launch of "Song and Dance Year '88".  The challenge was "In your Six, Pack, Patrol, Company or Unit: Learn three songs which are new to you.  Learn three dances which are new to you.  Share them with others in three different places."

  • March 1988 - Publication of "interim guidelines for Rainbow Guides".  These include "The section is known as the Rainbow Guide Section but individual groups may choose their own name within this section name."  "The minimum age is the current statutory school starting age."  "The minimum number of girls in a group is six and the maximum 15"  Uniform - "This consists of a tabard which may be in any colour of the rainbow, each group deciding on it's own colour."  "Designs for a cloth badge and other allied uniform matters are still being discussed,"  "girls in the Rainbow Guide Section will make a simple Promise as follows: I will do my best to love God and to be kind and helpful."  "The ratio of adults must be one adult to every five children.  Normally there are two adult leaders known as the Ranger Guider and the Assistant Rainbow Guider.  Within the unit they may be addressed by an alternative name.  Where there are 11-15 girls in a unit, a second Assistant Guider is required.  There must not be more than four adults except with the District Commissioner's permission.  In each unit one of the Guiders must have attained the age of 21."
  • March 1988 - The following Rainbow items will be available mid-end March.  "Rainbow Tabards, ready-made, two sizes - small and medium, red, blue, green or yellow only.  Tabard Pattern for home dressmakers.  Rainbow Badge for girls to wear on tabard - centre chest."

  • June 1989 - "A badge has been designed for Brownie Guides to wear that will indicate they were Rainbows.
  • June 1989 - "When taking Rainbows out of doors, it was agreed that at least two adults should go with them, one of whom should be a Guider known to the girls, no matter how small the group."
  • August 1989 - Market research results published, profiling 'the average Guider' and what the girls like about being in Guiding.
  • August 1989 - A new style of interest badge - a 'staged' badge, will be launched in September.  It will be on the topic of chess, and any Brownie, Guide or Ranger can complete any or all of the 4 levels.
  • November 1989 - Obituary of Marguerite de Beaumont, Girl Scout at the Crystal Palace Rally and biographer of Robert Baden-Powell.
  • December 1989 - Fundraising appeal for repairs to the sea wall on Brownsea Island.
  • December 1989 - New Pack Holiday, Holiday and Camp Training Scheme to launch in January.

  • January 1990 - Pax Lodge opening to be held on 27-29 April, the 27th April being for invited guests, 28th being activities for guests, and 29th for adult visitors.
  • January 1990 - National public awareness campaign to launch on 1st April, for adult recruitment.
  • January 1990 - "Due to circumstances beyond our control the launch of the new uniform will now take place in April and not in February as announced"
  • February 1990 - The Ranger 75th Anniversary will be celebrated in 1991 with "Celebration '91", which will incorporate "Trail '91" - 7 international camps located around the UK.  Rangers could stay at one, or travel round several.
  • March 1990 - The new uniform launch event to be held at Westminster Central Hall on 18th April - 50 tickets to attend available to members.  The date when uniforms will become available will be announced at the event, and existing uniforms can be worn for three years after the introduction of the new styles.
  • April 1990 - Confirmation that the Scout Association, without consulting the joint committee, has opted to open up all of it's youth sections to girls.
  • May 1990 - Images of the new uniforms released.
  • June 1990  - "Sadly, the opening of Pax Lodge had to be postponed due to the collapse of the contracting firm working on the site."  "the committee feel it would be foolhardy to set a date for the completion"
  • July 1990 - Proposals for proposed new Girl Guide Heritage Centre published.
  • July 1990 - "All the main items in the new uniform ranges for the girls' sections should be available on September 1st."  "There had been some difficulties in obtaining the waterproof jackets and some of the adult range but these should be ready by November 1."
  • October 1990 - "Rainbows are to have their own version of the popular baseball cap featured in the new uniform - it will be green."
  • October 1990 - A range of Staged Badges are to be introduced, to add to the existing Short Tennis, and Chess.  "proposed are Bellringer, Knitter, Knotter, Musician, Needleworker, Photographer, Skier and Speaker"
  • November 1990 - "Following a decision by the Executive Committee, Rangers and Young Leaders may wear the same scarf as Ranger Guiders/Young Leader Advisers.  The scarf, one of a range specially designed to go with the new uniform, is 100 per cent polyester and costs £9.95."
  • November 1990 - Obituary of Mary Chater, Music Adviser 1949-1961, composer, arranger and Guiding songbook compiler.

  • January 1991 - GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) to launch.  "Any Ranger, Young Leader or young Guider can apply for a place on a project."  The requirements are "have a strong interest in Guiding.  Be prepared to fund raise to finance the visit.  Participate in an International Opportunities Weekend (INTOPS)."
  • January 1991 - "Gillian Clay, the grand-daughter of the Founder and the World Chief Guide suggested that the present family should contribute towards the front doors at Pax Lodge.  There were 11 members of the family present on September 29 when Natasha King, the grand-daughter of Olave, Lady Baden-Powell's elder daughter, Heather, formally 'opened' the doors by untying a large blue and white ribbon."
  • February 1991 - A new edition of the Brownie Handbook has been published, featuring the new Brownie uniforms.
  • April 1991 - Obituary of Penelope Cullingford, formerly Pen Wood-Hill, first Warden of Our Ark, former Guider in Charge of Our Chalet.
  • May 1991 - Appeal to raise £1,000,000 to add a new building to Our Chalet, to be called Spycher.
  • June 1991 - Coverage of the opening ceremony of Pax Lodge.  
  • July 1991 - "From September 1, the starting age for Rainbow Guides will be a girl's fifth birthday, except in Ulster where it will be the age at which a girl starts school"
  • August 1991 - announcement of further interest badges becoming 'staged' - Bellringer, Chess, Needlecraft, Knitter, Knotter, Photographer, Speaker, along with the introduction of staged badges Downhill Skier, Walking, Survival, Culture, Short Tennis.  These replaced the Brownie and Guide interest badges on these subjects, instead allowing Brownies, Guides and Rangers to tackle badges at whatever level is appropriate to their progress in the activity.
  • September 1991 - "The following are new badges: Brownie Thrift; staged Short Tennis (for Brownies and Guides); and staged Culture."  "The following badges are to be deleted as they have been replaced by a staged badge: Brownie Needleworker and Guide Needlewoman will be replaced by a new, staged Needlecraft badge; Guide Bellringer and Ranger Bellringer by staged Bellringer; Brownie Photographer, Guide Photographer and Ranger Photographer by staged Photographer; Brownie Knitter and Guide Knitter by staged Knitter; Guide Knotter by staged Knotter; Guide Skier by Staged Downhill Skier; Guide Speaker by staged Speaker; Brownie Rambler, Guide Hiker, Guide Rambler and Ranger Hillwalking by staged Walking; Guide Backwoodsman and Guide Pioneer by staged Survival."
  • October 1991 - "Oak panelling removed from the Council Chamber is to be used to panel the new Council Chamber to dado height"
  • October 1991 - "Unit Helpers are to have their own badge tabs.  The self-coloured tabs will be optional and available as soon as possible."
  • October 1991 - "Changes made recently to WAGGGS' corporate identity have implications for the GGA, particularly the alteration to the World Flag."  "the General Secretary and the Trading Service were in the process of discussing the situation with WAGGGS and our flag manufacturers."
  • December 1991 - In January "Today's Guide" will be replaced by "Guide Patrol", and Brownie magazine will contain the first "Rainbow Guide" supplement, of eight full-colour pages.
  • December 1991 - 60 pilot Brownie camps have been held around the UK, and by some BGIFC units.  "even if the proposal is approved, it will be at least 1993 before camping becomes part of the Brownie programme."
  • December 1991 - At last Rainbow Guides have their very own song.  It was written by five-year-old Jennifer Thornton of Newton Rainbows, who beat many adults to win the Association's Rainbow Song Contest."

  • January 1992 - new Guide Handbook published.
  • February 1992 - First issue of Rainbow Guide Extra magazine.
  • February 1992 - appeal launched to buy Broneirion, with £500,000 to be raised by March 1993.
  • February 1992 - Junior Council (Scotland) becomes Scottish Forum.
  • April 1992 - "In future the Association will only award the Silver Fish and the Laurel Awards for good service.  The last possibility of a Beaver being approved will be at the Executive Committee's meeting on April 9."
  • April 1992 - "A mock-up of the new World Flag featuring smaller lettering on the unit title has been approved on behalf of the Executive Committee.  Where space permits, the Trading Service will decide to supply flags with the old-size lettering."
  • April 1992 - piloting of a new Senior Section programme began in March, and will continue until December.
  • June 1992 - "Brownie Road Safety Badge design has been changed and is no longer 'a man using a pelican crossing'.  Keep a look out for the new Brownie badge with an 'adult and child holding hands'."
  • July 1992 - Promise wording consultation launched.  The proposal read "I promise that I will do my best to live as a Guide.  I accept that as a Guide I will . . . -seek the spiritual value in my life -care for the needs of others -share friendship and understanding with all people -challenge myself to grow as a person -respect the environment and use resources wisely -recognise my responsibility to uphold the laws of the country in which I live"
  • July 1992 - proposal to have a unified Promise Badge design for all sections.  Suggestions sought.
  • August 1992 - "Brownies who participate in a Pack Holiday Under Canvas (during the Brownie Camp Pilot) are eligible to take the Pack Holiday Badge."
  • August 1992 - The Go! challenge booklet for older Brownies will be published in the autumn.
  • October 1992 - "A 30 Years Service Badge was introduced from September 1.  The knot will be lilac and this Bar will be accompanied by a certificate."

  • January 1993 - "Any Guider or Commissioner who held a warrant or appointment card on September 1st 1992, and had already completed 30 or more years of reckonable service at that date, is entitled to receive a Thirty Years Service Bar and Certificate.  Anyone who completed 30 or more years service before September 1, 1992 but did not hold a warrant or appointment card at that date is not eligible for a Thirty Years Service Bar and Certificate, unless or until she holds a warrant or appointment card again.
  • January 1993 - "At the meeting of the Programme and Training Committee on October 18, 1992, it was agreed that bungy jumping is not a recognised activity for members of the GGA."
  • February 1993 - "Rangers are to have a navy blue, Guide-style sash to wear with their uniform.  Requests had been received for one because staged badges are becoming popular with the section.  The sash does not replace the existing tab.which can still be worn."
  • February 1993 - New forms introduced from February 1st.  Lettered names, with Activity forms = A, International = I, G= General, Award/Service = S, Transfer = T, Warranting = W.  
  • March 1993 - announcement of passing of Miss Ailsa Brambleby, author of 1968 Brownie Handbook and other literature.
  • June 1993 - Look Wider Scheme agreed by Executive Committee for launch in Autumn 1994.
  • July 1993 - new Promise wording confirmed.
  • August 1993 - The Guide Laws are being reviewed.
  • October 1993 - Coverage of Broneirion's re-opening ceremony following it's purchase by Guides Cymru

  • January 1994 - Launch of new logo, and new Promise Badges, now the same design as each other but in section colours - green fabric for Rainbows, yellow for Brownies, mid-blue for Guides, aqua for Rangers, white for Young Leaders, Dark Navy for Guiders, and Red for Trefoil Guild.
  • January 1994 - From July 1994, Brownies will be permitted to march in parades.
  • January 1994 - The March 1994 edition of Guide Patrol (formerly 'The Guide' and 'Today's Guide') is to be the last issue, due to poor sales.
  • March 1994 - As the WAGGGS Constitutions Committee has approved the new wording, the revised Promise only should be used with effect from 4 January 1994.
  • March 1994 - LINK 21st birthday will be celebrated in May 1994.
  • May 1994 - WAGGGS Peace Pack project launched.  Units asked to assemble packs each containing 3 exercise books, 2 ballpoint pens, 1 pack coloured pencils or crayons, 1 ruler, 2 pencils, 1 eraser, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 toothbrush, 1 tube of toothpaste, 1 bar of soap, 1 wide tooth comb, 1 t-shirt, 2 pairs of pants, 1 new small toy such as ball or skipping rope, 1 picture story book, a note or drawing from the unit gifting the pack.
  • June 1994 - New edition of The Guiding Manual to be published in September, replacing the 1990 edition.
  • July 1994 - A new edition of the Brownie Handbook will be available from February, incorporating the new Promise and new Journey challenges.
  • August 1994 - "The Baden-Powell Trefoil Award Badge has now been changed to reflect the Association's new logo."
  • August 1994 - "In response to the many comments about the Pilot Badges all being the same, the Badge Review Committee has now agreed there should be a set of six Pilot Badges with different coloured edging."
  • August 1994 - "From January 1 next year, anyone taking up an Association appointment must complete an adult registration form."
  • August 1994 - "The Guider Handbook" and "The Guiding Manual 1994" to be published on 12th September.
  • September 1994 - New design for Brownie Trefoil Badge (aka birthday badge) - new logo, and the colour order changed from brown, green, red, blue with white trefoil - to yellow, green, red - and then brown with yellow trefoil.
  • September 1994 - suggestions sought for revisions to the Guide Law.
  • September 1994 - Look Wider scheme to launch in October 1994.
  • October 1994 - "It was agreed that in future, Young Leader Guiders will wear a badge tab with white stripes on either side, to be made available as soon as possible."

  • January 1995 - The Olave Baden-Powell Bursary will now be available to Patrols applying as a group, as well as individuals.
  • January 1995 - "Brownie Guiders please note that the Brownie Six Emblems are to stay the same: Gnomes, Pixies, Scottish Kelpies, Bwbachod, Sprites, Elves, Ghillie Dhu, Leprechauns and Imps.  If you want to make up your own symbol and introduce new Sixes, you can now buy a blank emblem, priced 20p."
  • February 1995 - Following many complaints, an arch-shaped rainbow badge has been produced, to be worn above the Rainbow Promise Badge.
  • February 1995 - "The Committee gave the CHQ Project the go-ahead after a long and detailed discussion.  The Association is to spend £1.2m on providing a new Visitor Centre and housing the archives appropriately.  It is hoped that the Centre, which must cover it's own running costs, will open early next year."

  • January 1996 - "The World Committee has approved the revised wording of the Guide Law.  This means that the revised Law may definitely be used from 1 January 1996
  • January 1996 - The Guide Heritage Centre "will be open for visitors from February 17 onwards."
  • February 1996 - A new Guide Association Credit Card has been introduced, in Association with Bank of Scotland.
  • April 1996 - "As stocks of the existing section scarves are almost exhausted, it has been decided to replace them with a single scarf for all adult members.  A special team set up by the Arts Adviser is to produce the design, and the selling price will be carefully monitored."
  • August 1996 - The 'Instrument Loan Scheme' has expanded it's range of instruments.  "Previously, the Loan Scheme only provided stringed instruments for loan to students, but it has now been expanded to include brass and woodwind instruments to take account in the increase in orchestral playing by girls."
  • August 1996 - It has been agreed that the Chief's title will change from Chief Commissioner, to Chief Guide.
  • August 1996 - Resignation of Margaret Wright as Chief Commissioner due to ill health.
  • September 1996 -  Announcement of "The Big Crunch", a fundraising appeal for Thinking Day 1997 where units were to bake and sell biscuits for the Thinking Day Fund.
  • October 1996 - "In future, members who complete 40 years service will be eligible to receive a special brooch to honour their commitment."
  • October 1996 - "There is a new Guide International Patrol Interest Pennant."
  • December 1996 - Rainbows will be 10 years old in 1997.  "The Rainbow Guides Celebration Pack has been produced by the Association to help Rainbow Guiders plan their 1997 events."  There will be a Rainbow Celebration Week from May 3-11, incorporating Uniform Day on 7th May.  Two magazines and a cloth anniversary badge have also been produced.

  • January 1997 - Bridget Towle, previously Deputy Chief Commissioner, announced as the new Chief Guide.
  • February 1997 - Scottish Forum is reviewing Netherurd's facilities to improve the accessibility for disabled members, in the run-up to the Challenger '97 camp.
  • February 1997 - "A design for the 40 years' Service Brooch had been chosen and members of the Executive Committee were told that it should be available by Christmas.
  • February 1997 - Guiding has just launched it's own website - www.guides.org.uk 
  • February 1997 - Foxlease's 75th birthday is being celebrated with a range of events, including a Celebratory Camp.
  • March 1997 - "To celebrate ten years of Rainbow Guiding, Rainbows are going to have two issues of a special magazine that's all their own.  The first issue of RAINBOW will be a full-colour, 32-page magazine"  "RAINBOW will replace the Rainbow Guide Extra supplement in BROWNIE magazine, so April's issue of BROWNIE will be the last to contain a Rainbow Guide Extra".
  • March 1997 - Competition is launched to design the Association's millennium logo.
  • March 1997 - the Training Centres' launch "UK Passport to Guiding" - a card which will be stamped for staying overnight at the Guiding Training Centres - with a special badge being issued to anyone who collects stamps from all of the 7 Training Centres.
  • April 1997 - An extension is being added to Waddow Hall, to add a training room onto the house, to replace the current Training Hut.  Once this ins completed work will start to add en-suite facilities to Foxlease.  
  • May 1997 - Lorne's 50th Birthday is bein celebrated by the launch of the "Guide Gold" appeal for £1 million to renovate, and safeguard the future of the house.
  • December 1997 - a World Camp is to be held in 1999, to compliment the World Conference, being held in Eire.  There will be places for 3000 campers, of whom 1500 will come from the UK.  500 staff would be required, with applications being sought.
  • December 1997 - Broneirion's 50th anniversary has been marked.

  • January 1998 - "The Trefoil Guild is raising money to plant a trefoil shape of trees in the National Memorial Arboretum."  "A book of remembrance will record each contribution and dedication."
  • February 1998 - "Blue jeans are official Guide wear.  Members of the Executive Committee agreed at their meeting in October that, from January 1, Guides and members of the Senior Section can wear jeans as part of their official uniform."
  • August 1998 - Guiding millennium year logo revealed, along with details of celebration events.  Thinking Day celebration on weekend of 19-20 February with the theme "let peace walk the earth".  June 24th to be "STOMP" day (Sharing Together Opportunities for Memorable Projects) featuring activities culminating with campfires at 8pm.  
  • August 1998 - "Length of service will in future be counted from when a pre-warrant card is issued."  
  • October 1998 - "Brownies should be allowed to wear unit neckerchiefs, as an alternative to the yellow one.  It was agreed that wearing unit neckers would help with identification at large-scale events.  However, it is up to each Brownie to decide whether to wear one or not.  The decision on whether or not a unit should have neckerchiefs should be taken during a pow-wow.  The pow-wow should also decide whether they should be yellow or in unit colours.

  • March 1999 - The 3rd edition of The Guiding Manual will be published on 22 April.
  • April 1999 - Fabric and metal millenium badges will be available from June 1999.
  • April 1999 - the "Go For It!" file for Guides is due to issue in the summer.
  • April 1999 - A special Thinking Day celebration pack has been produced for use in 2000.
  • June 1999 - The Adult Leadership Scheme will become The Leadership Scheme.  "The name will change to reflect the number of young women undertaking the scheme before their 18th birthday."  "The Leadership Scheme has been designed to address the skills needed to run a unit effectively.  The scheme comprises of three modules which are: Programme, Leadership and Unit Management."  "The Leadership Scheme will be available from September 2000 and will be mandatory from January 2001."
  • June 1999 - "A new uniform addition for Adult Leaders - a navy polo shirt - has been approved."
  • June 1999 - The Association's Junior Council proposes to transform itself into a Guide Association Youth Forum.
  • June 1999 - New Circus Skills staged badge launched.  Badges for it to be available from September 1999.
  • July 1999 - "Recruitment Month" to be held in September-October 2000
  • August 1999 - The "Go For It!" resource will be published on August 27.  It will be an A4 ring binder with 43 easy-to-use activity spreads.
  • August 1999 - Revised Clause 7 of Queen's Guide Award published.
  • September 1999 - "On October 15 a brand new edition of the Brownie Go! Challenge will be published.  It isn't just a new look, but a revision of the challenge itself.  Still exclusively for nine-year-old Brownies"  "to complete a Go! Challenge Brownies just have to do one of them.  But of course they can keep going back to do more if they want to!"
  • October 1999 - From October the new Go! Challenge Badge will be available, along with the new certificate.  
  • November 1999 - Changes to Brownie Handbook to reflect recent changes - including "The Brownie's Brown jersey no longer being available.  Brownie Packs being able to choose their neckerchief colour.  The Venture badge collour change.  Brownie Journey certificates now being available.  The new Go! Challenge book, badge and certificate.  Brownie Camp replacing Pack Holiday under canvas."
  • November 1999 - new Guide interest badge - "Music Group".
  • December 1999 - CD-Rom issued with the magazine, to help Guiders gain access to the World Wide Web, with up to five email addresses and 15mb of space for a website.  

  • February 2000 - "The Recruitment Badge Friends 2001" launched.  
  • March 2000 - The new Leadership Qualification will become available in September, "and from January 2001 will replace the present Leadership scheme in all Countries and Regions in the UK."
  • March 2000 - Announcement of coming Guide Programme changes in autumn 2000.
  • April 2000 - "A new badge has been designed for holders of any of the seven Camp & Holiday Scheme Licences - including the Overnight Licence."  "The badge, which can be worn on the badge tab, will be awarded when a Guider first gains a residential qualification.  However, Guiders who already hold a licence will be able to buy the new badge if they wish."
  • April 2000 - initial information on forthcoming new Guide uniforms.  "it is clear that many members do not wear uniform bottom halves.  In the renewal, we are changing to a requirement for top half only.  By continuing with the most popular uniform tops in the current range, and introducing new items over time, the Association expects to deliver what Guides want.  The first additional items will be available from September."  "whilst the sash enabled Guides to display their badges, few enjoyed wearing it, and it was also felt to be impractical."
  • May 2000 - Revised Senior Section Permits launched.
  • June 2000 - Further details of new Guide programme - introduction of Guide Challenge Badges announced.  Interest badges to be linked to Go For It themes "the intention is that a Patrol would work on a Go For It!, and that a Guide in that Patrol, who may be inspired to explore the theme further, could work on a linked interest badge."  Staged badges would cease to be part of the Guide programme, as would Patrol Pennants and Patrol Purpose Patch.  Baden-Powell Challenge will be revamped.  "Each Guide will make an individual choice as to where to display her badges.  For those Guides who wish to wear them in uniform, the gilet will be available, and cloth and metal badges will look great worn on this.  Other may choose another option for displaying their badges."
  • July 2000 - "Guiding on the Net: A pilot initiative for girls who are unable to attend regular Guide meetings will be taking place in Oxford County.  It will use the Web to establish a 'unit'."
  • July 2000 - the new "G-File" will replace the Guide Handbook in September.  New packs, called Go For Its, will also be launched in September.  These will be Go For It! I will survive!, Go For it! Healthy Eating, Go For It! Peace, Go For It! Parties, Go For It! Flights of Fancy, and Go For It! Fitness.  
  • August 2000 - details of the revised Baden-Powell Challenge, including the new Adventure element.
  • September 2000 - annnouncement of Gig 2K, at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich on 18th November.
  • September 2000 - Following the Guide Programme Review, Brownie Programme Review has begun.  
  • September 2000 - New Guide uniform, designed by Ally Capellino, features a navy sweatshirt with red trim collar, light navy round-neck t-shirt with dark navy collar and cuffs, light navy rugby shirt with dark navy collar, and navy fleece gilet.
  • September 2000 - A5-sized G-File with popper fastening released.  contains information, badge syllabuses and fill-in pages.
  • September 2000 - Go For It! Teamwork published.
  • September 2000 - Patrol sleepovers can now be held.
  • November 2000 - "The Guide Association has launched an online shop selling Guiding goods and equipment."
  • December 2000 - Introduction of Affiliate Membership.
  • December 2000 - New Guide Association Climbing Scheme to come into effect during 2001.

  • September 2003 - Launch of Brownie Adventure programme.
  • September 2003 - Recruitment Week is being held from 10-16 November.
  • September 2003 - New adult leader uniform options.  Navy zip-neck sweatshirt, polo shirt in navy or white with mid blue collar, quartered rugby shirt in navy and mid blue, zip front sweatshirt with mid-blue collar lining, fleece gilet in navy and mid blue, waterproof jacket in navy with mid blue, navy trousers, navy shorts, navy skirt in short and long length.  A new blouse and scarf will be available in early 2004.
  • September 2003 - "A new badge has been designed for all members of Europe Region WAGGGS - the European part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts".
  • October 2003 - New '4' peer support programme, with peer educators now being called In4mers.
  • October 2003 - New Guide interest badge - "Communicator Badge".
  • November 2003 The Guiding Manual (fourth edition) has been published.  Also "The Guiding Handbook (formerly the Guider Handbook) will be produced as a series of A4 booklets comprising The Guiding Handbook; Guidance Notes for Guiders; What you Need to Know about Record Keeping, and What You Need to Know about Safety."
  • November 2003 - New Guide Go For It! published - "Go For It! Communicate".
  • November 2003 - "As a result of the recent changes to both the Guide and Brownie programmes, Staged Badges are being gradually phased out for all members."  "The full range of Senior Section badges is likely to be available until the end of February 2004 after which they will not be restocked".
  • December 2003 - 2004 will mark the 90th Anniversary of Brownies.
  • December 2003 - a revised edition of "Over the Rainbow to Brownies" has been produced, incorporating the changes to the Brownie programme.

  • February 2004 - The Chief Guide's Surprise Yourself Challenge which began in June 2003 runs until July this year.
  • February 2004 - "Brownies may wear the 90th birthday cloth badge on their uniform until they move on to Guides.  The pin badge can be worn by anyone who would like to support Brownies, whether they are still a member or not.  This can be worn for one year.  Cloth badges can be put on camp blankets by all."
  • March 2004 - A new project which aims to support Guiding locally and globally, "Girlguiding UK Walks For The World" is to launch in April with the aim of raising half a million pounds over a year, or just under £1 per member.
  • March 2004 - The "You & Me Together" badge, to accompany the disability knowledge challenge pack, is now available.  
  • March 2004 - "One World - Share It! is Girlguiding UK's arts theme for this year."  It had four sections - Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Celebrating Arts.  Units received a certificate on completion, and badges were also available to order.
  • April 2004 - "A design for the new Five-year Long Service Badge has been agreed.  This badge and the newly designed Long Service Brooches awarded for service from ten to 40 years will be available in the autumn of 2004 for presentations in 2005."
  • April 2004 - New outdoor qualification badges issued.  The boating badge shows a brown metal bollard with a rope tied round it in a round turn and two half hitches.  The Climbing badge shows a yellow rope in a figure of eight knot on a carrabiner.  The Musical Activities badge showed a white treble clef with other musical symbols on a navy background, the Walking badge showed a brown walking boot amongst grass.
  • May 2004 - "the Brownie Rose has been grown to commemorate 90 years of Girlguiding UK's Brownie Section."  The floribunda in buttercup yellow was grown by Harkness Roses, and launched at the Chelsea Flower Show.
  • May 2004 - New Go For It! - Go For It! Be Constructive.
  • June 2004 - Coverage of the passing of Betty Clay, youngest daughter of Robert and Olave Baden-Powell, who died on 24th April.
  • June 2004 - Launch of "Project 50k", a recruitment campaign for adult volunteers, to reduce the 50,000 girls on waiting lists around the country.
  • June 2004 - "To complement the new range of adult uniform, we have redesigned the current Badge Tab."  They are pale blue with a coloured stripe for the sections - pale blue stripe for Rainbows, yellow for Brownies, blue for Guides, aqua for Rangers, white for Young Leaders, plain for Appointment Holders, and raspberry for Unit Helpers.  "It is still fine to wear your old Badge Tabs."
  • July 2004 - The new Rainbow Programme is due to launch in August.  "The renewed programme is called The Rainbow Jigsaw.  The name reflects how the varied Rainbow activities link to create a larger balanced picture."  There are four topics - Rainbows Look, Rainbows Learn, Rainbows Laugh, Rainbows Love.  "The four Jigsaw areas have a logo that will remain constant."  "A Rainbow song will also be introduced to encourage the Rainbows to be familiar with the four Jigsaw areas."  "It's hoped that all units will sing the Rainbow song.  Singing the song will help provide a sense of unity among all Rainbow units, something that many Leaders have asked for."
  • July 2004 - "Go For It! Blast From The Past" published.
  • July 2004 - New metal Badges for Guides - Rainbow Helper, and Pack Leader.
  • August 2004 - New "Rainbow Jigsaw" launched with Rainbow Roundabout, welcome bag, Ready for Rainbows and Pot of Gold booklets.  
  • August 2004 - New Rainbow uniform, designed by Ally Capellino.  "The existing tabard will become an optional item - however the yellow and orange tabards will no longer be available due to a lack of sales."  The items are a Rainbow hooded jacket in red with light blue trim, polo shirt in pale blue with red collar and sleeves, cycle shorts in red with light blue trim, joggers in red with light blue trim, and red baseball cap, all with the new Rainbows logo.
  • September 2004 - "with immediate effect, a Licence holder running an overnight event for Brownies from her own unit may use an A/S (Short Event) form.
  • September 2004 - New bikes introduced - "Rainbow Raleigh Bike" and "Brownie Raleigh Bike".  
  • October 2004 - "A new joint logo has been launched by Girlguiding UK and the Scout Association.  It will be used for events and activities that involve both Moments."
  • October 2004 - "The Girlguiding UK Leadership Qualification pack has been revised following input from members".
  • November 2004 - Rainbow Overnights introduced, along with publication of the "Rainbow Overnights" publication.  
  • December 2004 - Netherurd's new "Garden House" was opened in October by the Chief Guide.

  • January 2005 - Launch of Senior Section programme evaluation questionnaires.
  • March 2005 - The February 2005 issue of Brownie Magazine was the last, due to falling sales.
  • March 2005 - First images of the new Leader long-sleeve and short sleeve blouses, and tunic - in raspberry, blue and white random-width vertical stripes.
  • April 2005 - "Two new items of Guide wear, a polo shirt and a hooded top will be introduced in September to replace the old-style royal blue polo and sweatshirt."
  • June 2005 - "From August, Promise badges will feature the updated 'identity trefoil' design."
  • June 2005 - an online forum for Leaders is being launched.  A pilot will run from 1 September for Leaders in Scotland, until 20 October, after which it will be evaluated, and a date for 'national' roll-out scheduled.
  • September 2005 - New edition of G-File launched, along with Badge File and Patrol Xtra.
  • September 2005 - Launch of new Guide tops - "The cotton polo shirt, in dark blue with sporty mid-blue stripes and red trim", "The zip-through hooded jacket, with two front pockets, is also in dark blue with mid-blue stripes on the sleeves."
  • October 2005 - launch of new Appointment card.  "All appointment holders should receive a new plastic card designed to last them for a number of years."

  • January 2007 - Centenary volunteer roles advertised, including Centenary Camp and Changing the World core group members, and Centenary Book Coordinator.
  • February 2007 - A new badge and certificate have been produced, to be awarded to all Guides who attend a BP Adventure.
  • March 2007 - Publication of "Girls Shout Out", "Girlguiding UK's first ever UK-wide survey of our members' views."
  • April 2007 - A new Senior Section CD is due to be published in September, containing Look Wider programme, YL programme and Queen's Guide syllabus.
  • June 2007 - Guiding's new strapline, "Girls in the lead" was launched on 19 May at the Girlguiding UK Annual Event.
  • June 2007 - New Brownie Promise Box with simpler catch, stronger hinges, and glitter incorporated into the yellow plastic.
  • July 2007 - As the rubber-fronted sash pin has proved less durable than hopes, a new metal enamelled sash pin for Brownies is being introduced.
  • July 2007 - CD issued containing resources, templates and images for Leaders to use.
  • September 2007 - "Nine intrepid Girlguiding UK members will attempt to inflate a hot air balloon at Everest Base Camp".  The balloon is emblazoned with the Guiding logo and strapline.
  • September 2007 - Merchandise has been produced to mark the Rainbow 21st anniversary, including a cloth badge.
  • October 2007 - Leadership Qualification Badge now available.
  • November 2007 - first issue of "Girlguiding UK Today" published, a magazine to advertise to external contacts.
  • December 2007 - New Rainbow resource, "Olivia's Favourites" published, to be used instead of a Roundabout during the Rainbow anniversary year.

  • January 2008 - "From the end of December 2007, The Guiding Manual (4th edition) will be available online as a series of handy downloadable PDFs."  "The online version incorporates all Amendments, including the 2008 Amendments"  "The Guiding Manual is no longer available as a printed resource."
  • January 2008 - Streamline online system renamed.  "Guiding Organiser! (GO!) was the name chosen by Girlguiding UK members for the database that will help streamline guiding administration.  Go! will have many features, including a facility for adult members to update their personal details."
  • January 2008 - Advertisement for Centenary Volunteer Roles to organise Rainbow days out, Brownie days out and residential events, Guide residential events in the UK and overseas, Senior Section Ultimate Adventures in the UK and overseas.
  • January 2008 - four new Brownie interest badges introduced - Brownie Skills, Designer, Healthy Heart, Number Fun.
  • March 2008 - "the Long Service Certificate for non-members has been introduced.  These can be presented for five, ten, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years' service."
  • March 2008 - "A new 50 year Lifetime Service Award to recognise half a century of commitment to Guiding will be introduced.
  • March 2008 - In September Guiding will launch "Girlguiding UK: Changing the World", a fundraising project in conjunction with 17 UK charities.
  • April 2008 - Guiding's hundredth birthday will start with a launch party held locally, In September 2009.  In February 2010 a World Thinking Day event will be held in each of the countres and regions.  In July and August a centenary international camp will be held at Harewood House near Leeds.  During the year there will be events for all the sections - "Rainbows Go Wild", "Big Brownie Takeover", "Great Guide Getaway", "Ultimate Centenary Adventure" (for Senior Section).  The centenary year will conclude on 20 October 2010, with a national Promise renewal at exactly 20:10.
  • April 2008 - A new transition programme for Brownies is introduced - "Brownies Go For It".
  • May 2008 - New Guide Patrol badges are going to be introduced - Bumblebees, Butterflies, Polar Bears and Dragonflies.
  • May 2008 - "Rainbow Timeline: 1950s - Pre-Brownie groups known as Bunnies were first introduced in Northern Ireland for girls aged four and over.  1985 - After a two-year wait, the Girl Association formally recognised Bunnies and a working group was set up for the inception of a pre-Brownie section UK-wide.  1987 - The Executive Committee approved the newly named Rainbow section for girls aged five to seven (four in Northern Ireland).  The uniform was a tabard with a range of rainbow colours to choose from.  2001 - A four-year Rainbow Review began.  2004 - The four programme areas - Look, Learn, Laugh, Love - were introduced.  A new uniform range and programme resources, including the Rainbow Roundabouts, were also released.  2008 - Rainbows are 21!"
  • May 2008 - A new pack - 'Olivia's Favourites' is released to celebrate the Rainbow 21st birthday.
  • June 2008 - Ambassador Scheme re-launched, with a new Ambassador Badge.
  • July 2008 - New Senior Section CD released.  "The CD replaces older paper publications such as Look Wider, and also contains a record book to sign off progress.  In addition, the CD gives a full explanation of the two Young Leader Qualification modules."
  • July 2008 - "County roll-out of Go! will take place between January and July 2009."
  • September 2008 - New adult uniform hoodie introduced.
  • September 2008 - "12 Hour Challenge" launched to encourage flexible volunteers to give 12 hours to Guiding.
  • October 2008 - The 2011 World Conference will be hosted by the UK, and held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • November 2008 - Swansea Guide, 13-year-old Eleanor Simmonds, wins two gold medals and breaks a world record at the Paralympics.
  • November 2008 - From January 2009 the Guiding Manual will be online.

  • January 2009 - The 1990 Leader uniform items cease to be uniform from 2009.
  • January 2009 - "Ways to Celebrate" catalogue and centenary "Logos, Guidelines and Resources" CD.
  • May 2009 - The next census will be completed online rather than on paper, using data on Go!.
  • July 2009 - A new Guiding history book, "Something For The Girls" has been published.
  • July 2009 - "Story Gatherers" are being recruited to collect an oral history of Guiding.
  • July 2009 - "Adventure 100" is launched.
  • September 2009 - "One World One Beat" will be two days of simultaneous events to mark World Thinking Day.
  • September 2009 - Uniform zipped hoodie for Leaders introduced.
  • September 2009 - New style Guide uniform t-shirt introduced.
  • October 2009 - the "Guides Reunited" website launches, allowing members to link up with old Guiding friends.
  • October 2009 - The story gathering website is now available for members to record their Guiding memories, and those of their family and friends.
  • October 2009 - A review panel will look at the 65 age limit which was introduced in 1977.