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Girlguides in the 21st century

Cambridgeshire 'Guideopoly' challenge celebrates Girlguiding centenary

Girlguiding UK celebrates its centenary in 2009. In September 1700 Cambridgeshire guides will meet in Cambridge city centre for a 'Guideopoly' challenge to launch the start of their celebrations.

Happy 100th Birthday to the Girlguides!

Girlguides across Cambridgeshire will celebrate 100 years of Girlguiding this September. Find out how the guides began, and what it means to be a guide in the 21st century...


Back in September 1909 a group of girls turned up unannounced at the Crystal Park Boy Scout Rally and asked for 'something for the girls'. Following this request, Lord Baden-Powell went ahead and published his scheme for 'Girl Guides' with 6000 girls registering in 1910.

The 1st Cambridge Guides, the oldest unit in Cambridge, was formed in January 1910, and during the 1st World War members were heavily involved in the work of the Red Cross Convalescent Hospital acting as orderlies.

On Saturday 5th September 2009, 1700 members of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East will meet in Cambridge city centre for a 'Guideopoly' challenge. Teams of Brownies and Guides will work their way around the city centre completing challenges along the way such as bubble making, circus skills and parachute games!

Girlguiding in 2010

To celebrate 100 years of fun and friendship for girls and young women, we asked the 1st Brinkley and 2nd Burwell Guides, aged 10-14, to tell us what guiding and the centenary means to them in 2010:

Guiding 2010 means...

...more amazing activities, more friends to make and more people to meet.

Guides having fun!

...having a great time doing things you wouldn't normally get the chance to do with people you wouldn't normally see - making new friends and keeping them 'til the next year.

...trying new things you might not have the confidence to do otherwise. It isn't sitting around a camp fire tying knots - it's playing games, meeting amazing, life-changing people and having a whole lot of crazy fun!

...a lack of silence! It means that all the awesome, amusing, interesting and crazy people in our amazing organisation can have a celebration of how brilliant we all are.

...time to meet old friends and make new ones. It means having fun and finding out your strengths and weaknesses through fun activities.

...more fun adventures, more camp fires to make smors and more activities to enjoy.

...I have an excuse to see my friends whilst eating biscuits, singing, drawing, chatting, generally having fun and being me once a week. It's sharing new experiences with wonderful people.

Girlguides much more than tying knots and camp fires. We do rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, raft building and all kinds of activities. We don't wear pinafores any more, we wear jeans and hoodies. Guides is a place to meet friends, play games and sing! We are the 21st century!

Girlguiding UK has over 7000 girl members in Cambridgeshire, supported by around 1300 adult volunteers. There are over 700 girls currently waiting to join a guiding group in Cambridgeshire.

last updated: 11/08/2009 at 15:14
created: 11/08/2009

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