In the early 1900s in England, Robert Baden-Powell (known as B-P), a famous army general, developed a scheme for training boys. He tried out his ideas at a camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 and the following year, published them in a book, Scouting for Boys.

The book was an instant success and boys throughout the country enthusiastically took up 'scouting'. As a result, B-P soon found himself organising the Boy Scout Movement.

At the Scouts' first rally, at Crystal Palace in 1909, B-P was faced with a small group of girls, representing hundreds of others, who insisted they wanted to be Scouts too. In an age when skirts were ankle length and young ladies never ran, the idea of girls being involved in camping, hiking and similar activities received a mixed response. Angry critics denounced 'girl scouting' as a 'mischievous new development', a 'foolish and pernicious movement', and an 'idiotic sport'. However, despite the criticism, the girls soon won. In 1910, B-P formed the Girl Guides and asked his sister Agnes to oversee the new organisation.

Established in 1910, Girl Guiding is now one of the largest all female organisations in the world.

More Information about WAGGGS

Find out more information about the history of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts 
Learn about The Symbols of the Movement  
Learn the World Song

More Information about Girl Guides Victoria

Learn more about The History of Guiding in Victoria 
Learn about The State Badge 
Learn about the History of the State Standard
Learn about the meaning of the State Standard
Here is a picture of the State Standard
Learn about The State Commissioners  
Learn about The State Presidents
Learn about The State Secretaries


Girl Guides Victoria maintains archives in South Melbourne. We are most grateful to past and present members who donate items to the archives, which add to our historical collection including old uniforms, badges, honour boards, flags, photographs and memorabilia.

Girl Guides Victoria is pleased to accept donated items and if you would like to donate items please contact Guide Centre to arrange drop off / collection.

Researchers interested in the history of Guiding in Victoria can contact the Archivist at archives@guidesvic.org.au