1st Barnes guides

1st Barnes Guides

Did you know?
  • Girlguiding UK is the largest youth organisation for girls in the UK today.
  • Almost half of the women in Britain have been involved in Guiding at some point in their lives.
  • Celebrity former members include Cat Deeley, Glenda Jackson, Lorraine Kelly, Mo Mowlam, Anita Roddick, Helen Sharman (the first British woman in space), Tanni Grey-Thompson, Carole Vorderman, Delia Smith, Kate Moss and Cherie Booth.
  • A massive 96% of 16 – 25 year olds like to spend time together, without any boys being there.

Girlguiding UK is part of a worldwide movement, which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and to take an active and responsible role in society through its distinctive, stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities delivered by trained volunteer leaders.

Guiding In Barnes

Guiding has a strong tradition in Barnes The first Guide Unit was formed in 1920, obviously there have been times when there was no Guide unit in operation, which unfortunately was due to lack of volunteers.

The current Guide unit has been running for a number of years.

Guides meet in the Guide Hall, Washington Road on a Friday from 6.30-8.00pm, during the Summer when we hope the weather is better, the majority of our meetings are outside. Normally included are Soft Ball, Hike Cooking, Orienteering, Trials, Water Activities. Weekends have included Bushcraft, Camping. Trips to the Theatre, Ice Skating, Ten Pin Bowling, and Pop Concerts.Several guides have also attended International events abroad including, Japan, Cosa Rica, Cambodia, S.Korea and this year Mongolia.

Guides are usually aged between 10 and 14, although some Guides like to stay until they are older. Any girl over the age of 10 can become a Guide as long as she is able to understand, and wants to make, the Guide Promise.

Guides will be part of a Patrol of between 4 to 8 girls who are led by a Patrol Leader and Patrol Second. A good Patrol chooses its own activities, makes its own decisions and works together.

Parental Support

We always welcome more help, so if parents would like to share their skills and experience, whether on a regular, occasional or one-off basis, they would be very welcome. They do not have to become a fulltime uniformed Leader, but can be a Unit Helper or an Occasional Helper, giving as much or as little time as they feel able. Experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm, patience and enjoyment of working with young people is. Being a Unit Helper or Occasional Helper is open to Dads too!

There are times when certain activities such as outings, hikes etc. cannot go ahead without parental help, and other meetings where for safety’s sake an extra adult is essential, so from time to time parents may be asked to come along and assist even if they are not regular helpers.

The Guide Promise and Law

The important underlying values of Guiding are summarised in the Guide Promise and Law. Each member ‘agrees’ to these values when they are enrolled. The Promise is one of the things that links Guides all over the World.

The Guide Promise:

I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people
To keep the Guide Law.

The Guide Law:


The Laws are:

  • A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted.
  • A Guide is helpful and uses her time and abilities wisely.
  • A Guide faces challenge and learns from her experience.
  • A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides.
  • A Guide is polite and considerate.
  • A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her.


There is a selection of Uniform items for the Guide section. Each Guide chooses the top she wants to wear from the options available in the Guide wear collection This choice allows you to be yourself but also makes you feel part of the unit.

Please check the Girlguiiding UK website for uptodate details relating to Guide uniform.

 We also insist on activity footwear (trainers) otherwise you may not be able to join in all of the activities.


What Will It Cost?

It costs money to run a Guide Unit. The Guiders do their best to offer quality Guiding for the lowest possible cost. The main source of income is via membership subscriptions.

Subs are currently £22.00 per term.  Payable at the start of each term to cover the cost of craft materials, programme resources, stationary, refreshments, purchasing badges, subsidising trips, etc…… basically everything the unit needs to be able to run.

In addition to ‘subs’, we also ask for a small joining fee of £20. This goes towards the cost of the Handbook and Welcome Pack.

Our Annual Membership to GGA is due every January/February and at the present time the fee is £40.00.

From time to time we may also ask for extra money for a special activity, e.g. camp. Costs for these events vary and details are circulated well in advance of the date. Payment can be spread out in small amounts over a number of weeks, however attending these occasions is not compulsory.

Parents – if you have any difficulty with payment, it doesn’t mean your daughter has to miss out. Please come in and speak to us and we will do our best to help.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can give us money for nothing by signing the Gift Aid form. This enables us to claim back the tax you pay on the money you give as subs. This is obviously a very useful source of money for us, so please fill in the form if you are able to do so.