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7.3. Guiding history

Girl Guides have a unique distinction in that they founded themselves’ – Robert Baden-Powell.

Guiding has a rich history, starting with Lord Robert Baden-Powell and a historic camp at Brownsea Island.  Following the success of his camp, the book ‘Scouting for Boys’ reached thousands of children who formed themselves into patrols and carried out activities.

Girls also formed patrols and a number of the girls attended the large rally at Crystal Palace in September 1909. These courageous girls voiced their desire to be involved in Scouting, and Lord Baden-Powell’s sister Agnes, and later his wife Olave, took charge of the new Girl Guiding movement.

From as early as 1909, girls in Australia were forming Guiding groups and by 1920 Girl Guide Associations had been formed in six states. In 1926 the State Associations federated and formed a national organisation. Since that time, over a million Australian women have been or are still Girl Guides.

More information about Guiding history can be found in the following books:

  • Window on My Heart (O Baden-Powell) – autobiography of Lady Baden-Powell
  • How the Girl Guides Won the War (J Hampton) – history of Guiding during the World Wars
  • From a Flicker to a Flame (M Coleman; H Darling) – history of Guiding in Australia
  • The First Girl Guide (H Gardner) – biography of Agnes Baden-Powell

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