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Girl Guides and Scouts have changed tremendously over the years. Once known as separate boys and girls organisations, the Scouts are now the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK.
Guides, on the other hand, is still just for girls, but has modernised its core values. They have moved away from sewing, cooking and hostess badges and now offer new badges and activities to reflect the diversity of girls and modern life.
The Girlguiding website explains that being ‘girls only’ means that the girls feel free to be themselves. They also say that Guides are never told that an activity is just 'for boys’; they simply play the games that they enjoy most. With guiding, girls have fun, adventure and the space to discover their potential.
Both groups share the same general ethos ‘preparing young people with skills for life ‘and both do similar outdoor activities, such as camping, kayaking and rock climbing. They also both offer various uniform options, depending on the age group.
If your son or daughter is looking to make new friends, learn new skills, have fun and grow in confidence then Scouts and Guides are both great options. The main difference between the two is simply the all-girl environment at Guides or the mixed environment at Scouts.
As boys and girls tend to mature at a different pace, it might suit your daughter to be in an all-girl group as she gets older. Really the decision should be based on your daughter’s preference. The best thing to do is speak to your daughter about which setting she feels she would be most comfortable in. If she isn’t sure, perhaps you could arrange a trial session for both, to see what she thinks?