Hong Kong Girl Guides Association (HKGGA) has been giving girls incredible opportunities to discover more about themselves and what they are capable of for over 100 years. The hugely varied, girl-led programme embraces everything from current global issues to adventure sports to social action and everything in between.
"It's an opportunity to socialise with girls from other schools, as well as learn the discipline of working together towards a common goal, such as cooking a meal, performing a play or putting up a tent."
"Guiding has given me so many friends from around the world and being part of an organisation of ten million girls is a great thing to say you're part of"
"Brownies are awesome!"
Some (former) Brownies, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts you might know...
Girl Guiding in numbers
The number of girls
currently involved in the guiding movement
The number of countries where Brownies and Girl Guides can be found
Years Guides have been in Hong Kong
Guiding Around The World
Take a moment to discover quite how massive the global guiding family is, and some of the amazing things they get up to! Below are five of the world's larger guiding movements, but don't forget there are another 140+ countries where you will meet Brownies, Guides and Leaders too, including Cameroon, Rwanda, Libya, Sudan, Tonga, the Maldives, Iceland, Slovenia and Ecuador!
Articles we find inspiring...
[HK] "Bella Sydney Woolf" - SCMP, 2019
A lesser-known Hong Kong writer, Bella Sydney Woolf was the wife of Sir Wilfrid Thomas Southorn, Hong Kong’s colonial secretary (and occasional acting governor) from 1925-36, she was also Commissioner for the Girl Guide Association
[UK] "Guides overhaul includes mindfulness and vlogging badges" - Guardian, 2018
After almost 110 years of badges, three-finger salutes and “I promise I will do my best” pledges, the girl guide movement is undergoing what it describes as the most sweeping overhaul in its long and illustrious history.
[Singapore] "Girl Guides Forever" - CNA, 2018
These women met over 50 years ago as Girl Guides. They are still going! As members of the Trefoil Guild their bonds remain strong because of what they have cultivated since they first met: Teamwork.
[UK] "100 years of Girl Guides" -- Guardian, 2009
The Guiding movement - the biggest organisation for young women in Britain - celebrates its centenary this year. We look back through the archives to chart its history
"Glad to have been a Girl Guide" - Independent, 2009
It is 100 years since girls stormed a Boy Scout jamboree, demanding to join in.
The Guides have come a long way since then, reports Rachel Shields
The Girl Guide movement was begun by Robert Baden-Powell in the UK in 1910. Brownies were established in 1914 and have been going strong ever since.
Guiding came to Hong Kong in 1916 with the British Army. The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association (HKGGA) is currently the largest female youth organization in Hong Kong. It is one of the 150 member organisations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which represents 10 million girls in 150 countries. The Bauhinia Division (us!) was formed in 1996 to give English-speaking units an identity within the larger Chinese-language based Association.
The Guiding movement encourages girls to actively participate in service projects through which they develop a caring and positive attitude to life and are exposed to every aspect of becoming self-sufficient leaders.
Membership is voluntary and open to all girls, regardless of race, religion or nationality.