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The Centenary of Guiding 31st Aug 2009
Senior Guides
An edition devoted to the movement

On the 4th September 1909 a group of girls, disguised in boys’ uniforms, sneaked into a scout rally in London and demanded 'something for the girls'. Critics denounced girls infiltrating the scouts as a 'mischievous new development'. In spite of this, the girlguide movement has flourished and today almost half the women in the UK have been involved in guiding at some stage in their lives. It is the largest organisation for girls with over half a million members in the UK and 10 million worldwide. One in four eight year olds is a Brownie.

To discuss the aims and history of the movement, Jane is joined by Denise King, CEO, Girlguiding UK and Liz Burnley, Chief Guide.  

The BBC Breakfast presenter Kate Silverton recounts her experiences as a Queen’s Guide,

Reporter Judy Merry visits the Girlguides Activity Centre at Waddow Hall and hears from several generations of guides from 7 year old Brownies, to 101 year old Betty Lowe – who is a lifelong member.

To talk about their roles as peer educators and young leaders, Jane is joined by Katie Stone, Sian Stokes and Lauren Butcher.

Tamsin Kelly explains why her daughter left the Brownies to join the scouts. To discuss the future of the guides Jane is joined by Denise King, CEO Girlguiding UK; Liz Burnley Chief Guide and journalist Cassandra Jardine.

'Something for the Girls - The Official Guide to the first 100 Years of Guiding, by Alison Maloney, published by Constable on 6 Sept 09 ISBN – 978-1-84529-780-0

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