The advancement of Guides badges: from Hostess to Think Resilient

They could be a far cry from the First-aid, Outdoor Cook in addition to Agility badges of yore, however today’s brand new honours present exactly how far Girlguiding has come

Oh, the illustrious occupation I had as being a Girl Guide. Sixer of the Pixies at Brownies together with seconder with the Forget-Me-Nots at Guides proper, I eventually left after getting baa-ed at too noisally by a sheep throughout a rather pedestrian Hiking badge ramble. One of life’s much less agile young children, I remember my Host or hostess badge more fondly, for which I had to make a cup of tea and serve a few custard creams. Woggles, bobble hats, coaching to become a Fifties housewife at 10: without a doubt, they were different times.

In 2016, Girlguiding badges really are a a great deal more modern prospect. This week, the Think Resilient badge was launched, created by Peer Educators in the Guide’s Senior Section, developed in connection with the actual mental well being charitable organisation Young Minds. Peer Educators worked with girls between the ages of 7 and 25 to provide them understanding the importance of mental wellbeing. This motivation follows similarly forward-thinking badges in recent times: Free Being Me (body self confidence); Breaking Barriers (gender equality within worldwide development); Be the Change (campaigning); as well as Girls Matter: Hear Our Voice (democracy). For which my nervous adolescent self has only 1, now noisy, word: hooray.


Improvements in Guiding have already been legion in current years. Itchy, starchy uniforms have long given way to polo shirts and also hooded tops. Ladies can be Scouts too, although, incredibly, this only became mandatory for all Scout groups in 2007.

Better reports will come in the slightly eccentric badges that exist in the Girlguiding lineup. If only I had been presented the Stargazer badge as a Brownie: discovering details of constellations and also planets might have skyrocketed my bid to become Wales’s first female astronaut (is there still time?). I feel sorry for all the Brown Owls being ambushed by fleets of pubescent girls eager to get hold of lassos, cigar boxes as well as spinning plates to acquire their Circus Skills honours. I’m also surprised to find out that the Hostess badge for Brownies even now exists, although Outdoor Cook takes its docile beginnings to more exciting, fiery places. Get your haybox, go the guidelines, “and understand how to treat scalds and burns”. Whoomph.

However, it’s relatively heartening to uncover the most popular badges today are the long-timers. First Aid is still snapped up by the hordes, as is Agility -- no, I didn’t obtain that 1. The younger me could have been considerably more at home with an additional newcomer, the Chocolate badge. “Set up a sampling session for your patrol,” go the instructions online. Patrol, schmatrol. That sound you can hear is the stitching of a 1000 Wispa-stained badges running up a neatly starched arm.