Girlguiding in Scotland

For more than 100 years Girlguiding Scotland has listened to girls and acted on what they tell us.

It all started after some girls saw what fun the newly-formed Scouts were having and started to run their own meetings – ignoring the title of the handbook ‘Scouting for Boys’!

Those pioneering girls included Scotland’s first ever Guide, Allison Cargill, who set up her own patrol in the loft of some stables near her Glasgow home.

After some girls gate-crashed a Boy Scout rally and asked founder Robert Baden-Powell to do ‘something for girls too’, his sister Agnes set up the Girl Guides Association in 1910. The first Scottish Guides were registered that year.

Many more girls got involved and Allison herself went on to become Scottish guiding’s President in the 1950s. New groups started up for girls of different ages – now known as Rainbows, Brownies and The Senior Section – so there was something for young girls at each stage of their lives.

Girlguiding Scotland became independent in 1933. On the eve of the Second World War, we moved into the Edinburgh town house where our Headquarters and Edinburgh shop are still based today.

Girlguiding Scotland was given the keys to Netherurd, our beautiful home from home in the Borders, by Major Thomson in the 1940s. Between then and its closure in 2020, it’s given generations of girls and leaders a place where they can be themselves, have fun and try new adventures.

Even in the early days the first Guide activities were adventurous and challenging, including the Photographer and Electrician badges.

Today, girls do everything from speaking out about women’s rights to learning about stars, whizzing down zip wires or doing community work abroad.

And over the decades Scottish Guides and Brownies have always made their mark, from helping with the war effort to growing up into famous names such as Harry Potter author JK Rowling, journalist Kirsty Wark and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly!

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What do: ‘Girlguiding’, Girlguiding Scotland’, ‘we’ or ‘us’ refer to?

“Girlguiding Scotland”, “Us”, “We” or “Our” refers to the registered charity The Guide Association Scotland (Scottish Charity no SC005548)
Our registered / Head office address:
Girlguiding Scotland 16 Coates Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7AH
In this notice we refer to “Girlguiding,” this is in connection to membership (GO) data. Girlguiding refers to the registered charity, The Guide Association (no. 306016 in England, Wales and Scotland. Girlguiding’s registered charity number is 306016 (England and Wales) and SC038436 (Scotland).

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The data protection officer Girlguiding Scotland 16 Coates Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7AH
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The data protection team Girlguiding 17-19 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0PT
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