Girl Guides

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Robert Baden-Powell (1857—1941) army officer and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides


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Female branch of the Scouting movement founded in 1910. At the first big rally of the Boy Scouts at Crystal Palace in September 1909 there appeared a large contingent of girls dressed in the Scout hat and scarf. Baden‐Powell was not in favour of incorporating girls into his organization, believing it would discourage boys from joining. The following year his sister Agnes established the Girl Guides and together they wrote the Guide Handbook How Girls Can Help Build up the Empire. The Brownies were formed in 1914 for 8–11‐year‐olds. They were originally called Rosebuds, but the name Brownie was adopted in 1918. Today there are estimated to be around 8.5 million Guides in over 100 countries.

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