Facts and figures

  • Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, giving our almost 50,000 young members the chance to try new things, grow in confidence and make new friends.
  • Almost a fifth of girls in Scotland today are Rainbows, Brownies or Guides.
  • Famous former Brownies and Guides from Scotland include writer JK Rowling, journalist Kirsty Wark, singer Lulu, radio DJ Edith Bowman and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.
  • Our army of more than 11,500 amazing volunteers in Scotland give one million hours of their time each year – that’s equivalent to 550 full-time jobs!
  • Scottish guiding started in 1909 when Scotland’s first ever Guide, Allison Cargill, set up her own patrol in the loft of some stables near her Glasgow home. Read more about our history.
  • Girlguiding Scotland members today take part in a range of fun activities, from learning about stars to abseiling, pop concerts, camping and even travelling abroad.
  • Girlguiding Scotland is in action in communities all over Scotland, from big cities to the Highlands and Islands – and even a prison and a hospital.
  • We’re an all-girl group because our members tell us it gives them the space to be themselves, try new things and share what it’s like growing up as a girl in today’s world.
  • We’re not a religious organisation but all our members commit to developing their spiritual side, whatever their beliefs. Read more about our values.
  • In 2009 – 10 we celebrated 100 years of guiding in the UK. In 2014 we partied the length and breadth of Scotland to celebrate 100 years of the Brownies and 2016 saw us mark 100 spectacular years of The Senior Section.
  • We’re also part of a wider Girlguiding family that stretches to half a million members across the UK and 10 million members around the world.