Did you know?

  • In 1996 we all became β€œGuides”. Many units retain traditional Guiding words in their names, such as “Brownie” and “Gumnut” while others elected to change their names completely, like “Dolphin Guides” and “Star Guides”.
  • Guide units are based on the ages of their members. Often units will cater for Guides aged 5-7, 7-9, 10-14 and 14-18. However, particularly in rural communities, it can be hard to find enough Guides to fill each of these age groups so Girl Guides Australia allows flexibility in the age ranges. This means that a 6 year old Guide could be in the same unit as a 14 year old Guide, to enable them to both to become part of the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Guides!
  • Brownies were originally called Rosebuds.
  • Scouts is a different organisation to Guides and Girl Scouts.
  • Guides has remained girl-only to benefit its members.


  • Even if there are no active units in your area, you can still be a part of Guides by joining a Lone Guides unit. They meet by post and online!
  • Guides is not a religious organisation.
  • Scouts and Girl Guides were both founded by Robert Baden-Powell.
  • Baden-Powell asked his sister, Agnes to create a program specifically for girls and his wife, Olave became the first Chief Guide.
  • The peak achievement award is called the Queens Guide Award and it takes more than 18 months to complete.
  • On 22nd February, all over the world, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all celebrate Thinking Day (sometimes called Founders Day).
  • There are 5 World Centres, where Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are provided with accommodation, access to empowering seminars and activities and events that embrace the character and culture of the country where it’s located.


  • The 5 World Centres are Pax Lodge in England, Our Cabana in Mexico, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India and Kusafiri, which moves across Africa.
  • Many international camps are held across the globe every year. Guides and Girl Scouts from every country are able to attend any of them (so many opportunities!).
  • Worldwide, there are more than 10 million members of Girl Guide and Girl Scout organisations.
  • WAGGGS is the official umbrella organisation for all Girl Guide and Girl Scouts organisations. WAGGGS is an acronym for World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
  • 146 countries are members of WAGGGS.
  • There are more than 25,000 members in Australia.
  • Guides started after a rebellion! A small group of girls turned up at the first Boy Scout Rally in 1909, demanding to be allowed to join in.

Girls must be partners or comrades, rather than dolls” Agnes Baden-Powell



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