Who and what

A charity for Scotland

Girlguiding Scotland is a Scottish charity supporting 50,000 girls and young women and 12,000 amazing volunteers. Our work is overseen by our board of trustees, known as the Scottish Executive.

Led by the Scottish chief commissioner, our most senior volunteer, Girlguiding Scotland’s Trustees make sure everything we do helps us achieve our mission to inspire and empower girls in every community in Scotland. The Scottish Chief Commissioner is supported by the chief executive and her team of staff.

We’re also part of the UK-wide charity, Girlguiding, with half a million members across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions.

And through Girlguiding we belong to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), a huge movement of ten million girls and young women across the globe.

Local guiding

Girlguiding Scotland has six regions – Ayrshire & South West, Central, Grampian, Highlands & Islands, Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde.

Each region is divided into local areas known as counties, for example Perth & Kinross, Glasgow and Moray.

Each county has its own lead volunteer known as a county commissioner who runs guiding in the area, supported by Girlguiding Scotland and a team of local volunteers.

Some counties are formed of several divisions, for example Stirling and Elphinstone.

Counties or divisions are broken down into districts, for example Stenhouse and North Lorn.

Last but not least, each local guiding area is made up of units – groups of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers – for example the 53rd Glasgow Guides and the 1st Dingwall Rainbows.