Glossary of Terms

I have noticed that within Guiding we have an awful lot of Guiding-specific terminology. This glossary exists in order to help people who have no knowledge of Guiding, but who would like to know what we’re talking about!

Company – A unit of Guides

Patrol – A group of 6 to 8 girls within the Guide Company

P.L. – Patrol Leader. The leader of a Patrol of Guides

Patrol Second – Assistant to P.L. Takes the P.L’s place when the P.L. is absent

Enrolment – The ceremony at which a girl or adult makes her Promise and becomes a member of the Girl Guide Movement

Movement – A term applied to the Girl Guide organisation

Horseshoe – A ceremonial formation used by Guides

Guider – Adult Leader in Guiding

WAGGGS – World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

GGASA – Girl Guides Association of South Africa

B.P. – Initials of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides


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