I took another memorabilia detour recently and spent some time researching the badges you see in the image on the left, the tie resurfacing during my recent tidy-up of cupboards.
I'm also 'coming out of the woodwork' regarding my guiding career, and if you read Part 2 you'll learn why!
Writing about my Guide badges in a series of blog posts smacks of blowing my own trumpet, but the act of putting this down on social media is an attempt to share a huge chunk of what was my leisure time out of school and hopefully it sparks good memories for some people who shared similar experiences.
I'm sure there are many women of my age who remember being in the Girl Guides during the mid 1960s in the UK.
The triangular blue cloth was the tie I wore when I was a Girl Guide in Glasgow, Scotland. Sewn or pinned onto the tie are the badges I earned between 1965 and 1967, from the earliest Little House Emblem to the pinnacle of my Guiding career - My Queen's Guide Badge.
I sewed the badges, or pinned the metal ones, onto the tie around 1972, though I do remember purposely doing it to ensure I didn't lose any of the mementoes.
During the 1960s in Glasgow, Girl Guiding had a huge membership, so I was only one of many girls who achieved Guide badges. My Guide Company was the 313th B which might give some indication of just how many people were involved at that time. I don't know, but there were probably as many A companies- each company being around 30 girls. Perhaps someone out there can tell me just what the numbers were like?
Many girls first started in a Brownie Pack and then went on to Girl Guides when they were old enough (I think around 11 -12years old). I was in the Brownies for a short time though have no evidence of what I did back then. I remember transferring to a Girl Guide Company from Brownies, but for reasons I hardly remember now, I wasn't inspired by that initial Guide Company. It was when I was almost 13 years old that I joined a different Girl Guide company, the 313th, which I loved attending and achieved what you see on the tie above. Joing at an older age meant I had to play a bit of catch-up with my peer group, but I believe I managed that.
My years in Girl Guides took up a lot of my out-of-school time, much more than the couple of hours a week attending a regular weekly meeting. Each of the badges above took many hours of reading, learning new skills, and practising whatever I was working towards. I remember being disgruntled, at times, because I was physically tired with all the activities I did (attending Girl Guides only one of them) but I loved the challenges they set me.
|Guide Promise badge|
Spit and polish!
Before pinning on my Guide Promise Badge I had to get the Brasso out and polish it to a high shine.The one in this photo is not my first badge. The first one I had was a used badge acquired from someone else (maybe my older sister?) but by the time I was around 15, the indentation detail had worn completely flat and I bought a new one for attending the Wembley Diamond Jubillee Celebrations in London. (That event is the subject of another blog post- Girl Guides Part 3)
The image at left is not me but the uniform I wore is fairly similar. This image has been shared on Pinterest and comes originally from http://lesliesguidinghistory.webs.com/guides.htm
|My Girl Guide Proficiency Certificates|
Along with other paper documentation, my mother kept a folder of my Girl Guide paperwork, amongst which is a wad of original certificates given at Girl Guide ceremonies. If I remember correctly, I attended Guide meetings once a week, but the certificates earned by anyone in the company were issued perhaps two or three times a year during a special ceremony.
was followed by Swimmer. That shouldn't be a surprise to me, since I swam regularly every week from an early age. What is interesting about the 'Swimmer' badge is that it was achieved on 19th March 1965, but for some reason I had to take a re-test on it on 27th Oct 1967. If anyone can tell me why I'd love to know!
I've not yet found anything that points to the exact requirements for each of the badges, but the evidence may turn up at some future time when I can fit in more research.
|Little House Emblem.|
Pop in tomorrow to find out about them. Alternatively, you can also check out my new Pinterest board called Girl Guide Memorabilia at http://www.pinterest.com/nanjar/boards/