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Equipping girls to take on the world!

Equipping girls to take on the world!


  • Girlguiding has undergone the biggest ever overhaul in the charity’s history, revamping its iconic badges and activities to create a programme for #EveryGirl
  • Over 50,000 girls were involved in shaping the new look activities and badges through testing and consultation
  • Girls can choose to work towards interest badges such as Entrepreneur, Inventing, Navigator, Animation, Craftivism, Self-care, and Human rights and other activities include First aid, Survival skills, DIY and 3D Craft and design
  • Over 400 girls in Girlguiding London and South East England will be trying some of the new activities at their annual region camp on Saturday 28 July.

Girlguiding has announced the details of more than 800 new badges and activities designed to equip over 400,000 girls and young women with the skills and experiences they will need to thrive, succeed, make change and be happy in the modern world.

The revamp and modernisation of the programme of activities and badges is the biggest ever overhaul in the charity’s history and covers all that girls and young women do in Girlguiding from the ages of five to 18.

Over 400 girls from Girlguiding London and South East England will be trying some of the new activities at their annual region camp on Saturday 28 July. Journey Camp will see Guides and members of the Senior Section go on a voyage through different zones which reflect the six new programme themes; Be Well, Skills for my Future, Express Myself, Take Action, Have Adventure and Know Myself. The new programme of activities is divided into interest badges, skills builders, group activities and awards, which are all developed around these six themes.

Girls and young women have led this transformation over the last 18 months with more than 50,000 involved in testing new activities and badges and having their say on everything from colours and content to shapes and names. Their input has helped to create a unique and extensive choice of activities which reflects the diversity of girls and modern life in the 21st century. The programme aims to support every girl to reach her potential by giving her the opportunity to discover and explore a wide variety of new interests while building her skills and confidence, all in the trusted care of the 100-year-old organisation.

Interest badges will enable girls to tailor their Girlguiding experience to explore something that interests them, expanding their knowledge and trying new things as they carry out three challenges independently before being awarded their badge. Girls can choose from a wide variety of interest badges such as Grow your own, Speaking out, Whittling, Saver, Digital design and Construction.

For the all new skills builder badges girls will take part in small group activities to develop their skills over six different stages. Each stage builds on the previous as girls progress through Girlguiding, from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and on to Rangers, giving them the chance to take on challenges and develop their skills in camping, leadership and first aid to name a few.

As well as interest badges and skills builders, additional group activities have been specially created for the traditional weekly meetings. They cover topics like DIY, Survival skills, Exploring nature, Money management and 3D Craft and design and will ensure there’s something different on offer each week.

The new programme is being phased in over the next twelve months and will be fully rolled out by September 2019.

For more information on new programme of badges and activities, click here.

To find out more about Girlguiding in London and South East England region click here.