For 105 years, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has planted, grown and shared Girl Guiding in diverse communities around the world and have provided opportunities for girls and women to be responsible global citizens. Our Guiding History The international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement, headed by WAGGGS – the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, includes 10 million girls and women in 145 countries. Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting began in the UK in 1910, and spread rapidly around the world throughout 1911 and 1912. Since then, it has continued to reach many more countries. The Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting world is organised into five Regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere. Each country’s Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting activities are managed by a national Member Organisation. There are many differences between countries – for example, some are girls-only and some also have boys as members. In South Africa we are called Girl Guides; in the USA, for example, they are called Girl Scouts. Visit the Our World section of the WAGGGS website for much more information on each Member Organisation.


The news of the Crystal Palace rally aroused immediate interest in South Africa and Miss Dorothy Rogers opened the Hospital Hill troop in Johannesburg, in 1910.

Guiding soon spread to other towns and Pretoria, Germiston, Benoni and King Williamstown also had Guide Companies.
Guiding had spread to other towns - Middelburg, Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town and towns in the Orange Free State.
Lady Buxton, wife of the Governor General called an important meeting at Government House in Cape Town, for "all who might be interested in Guiding”. At this meeting the Honourable Doreen Buxton was appointed Organising Commissioner.
Provincial Commissioners were appointed in the Cape.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell asked Lady Buxton to become the First President of Girl Guides in South Africa and to organise the Units into an Association.
Provincial Commissioners were appointed in the Transvaal and Natal .
Provincial Commissioners were appointed in the Orange Free State.
At a conference held in Johannesburg, a constitution was drawn up for the new organisation, The Girl Guides of South Africa. Mrs. Loveband Fulford (Transvaal Commissioner) was elected to succeed the Hon. Doreen Buxton as Organising Commissioner. The title ‘Organising Commissioner’ was then changed to Chief Commissioner and Mrs. Loveband Fulford became SA's first Chief Commissioner. Guiding in South Africa was very closely linked with London and Imperial Headquarters.
Guiding had grown so much that it was decided to divide the Cape Province into two Guiding Regions - Cape West and Cape East.
In the early years, a separate Association, the Wayfarers, had been started for black children but, in 1936 the Wayfarer Association was linked to the Girl Guide Association and the girls were known as Wayfarer Guides.
the term ‘Wayfarer’ was dropped and all girls became Guides without qualification.
the first South African Commissioner’s Conference was held in Somerset West.
the South African Girl Guides Association became totally independent from London and a new constitution was drawn up and published.
with ever increasing numbers in the Cape, it was decided to split into a further Guide Region. This region was to be known as Northern Cape.
was Diamond Jubilee Year. Guides all over the world celebrated sixty years of Guiding. The highlight in South Africa was the visit of Lady Baden-Powell who celebrated her 81st birthday in Cape Town on 22 February and was presented with a diamond from S.A. On her return to London this diamond was sold and the money was donated to World Guiding.
Northern Transvaal Region came into being.

there was a further division in the Regions and Natal was divided into three Guide Regions: Southern Natal, Coastal Natal and Inland Natal. Transvaal was further divided into Transvaal and Transvaal East.
Transkei became an independent Region. Despite the dark presence of Apartheid in our country, Guiding continued to flourish as a united organisation and has continued to develop as an organisation advancing girls and women.
the Girl Guides South Africa hosted the Africa Region Conference in Cape Town.
through a process of strategic transformation, a new Constitution was adopted. Guiding Regions were redefined in their various Provinces as follows: Eastern Cape: Cape East, Central, Queenstown, Umtata, East Griqualand Kei, Butterworth KwaZulu Natal: KZN Coastal, KZN Inland, KZN Southern Mpumalanga: West, East Limpopo: Far North North West: Eastern, Mafikeng, Rustenburg, Kuruman, Vryburg Free State: Orangia Western Cape: Cape West Gauteng: Gauteng East, Gauteng West, Gauteng North, Gauteng Central
KZN Northern Region was given Full Region status.
KZN Northern Region was given Full Region status.
the Girl Guides Association of South Africa hosted the WAGGGS World Conference in Johannesburg. Kuruman Region was redefined as being in the Northern Cape Region. The Far North Guiding Region lost its Regional status.
Mgwali Region was given Full Region status.
KZN Midlands Region was given Full Region status.
The name of the Organisation was amended to GIRL GUIDES South Africa. The logo was revised to be in line with the branding of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), demonstrating our link and sense of belonging with the global Guiding world
New Regions are being formed as and when needed to meet the growing demand for Guiding in communities. Funding has been sought to provide much-needed resources to ensure the continued development and growth of the girls and women in Guiding and also to offer the necessary skills to cope with the ever-changing threats to society. Guiding’s profile in the outside world is a focus of the transformation and Guiding is recognised for its work in dealing with issues such as Saving our Planet, Internet Safety, HIV and Aids, Violence against Women, Teenage Pregnancy, Substance Abuse and poverty, to name a few.
Our Branches

Teddies: 4½ - 7 years What do Teddies do? Teddies have fun! They play games, paint, draw, make things, bake, sing, dance and listen to stories. They also learn about caring for others, themselves and the environment, whilst having fun. When will a Teddy get her membership badge? A Teddy must attend at least four meetings, learn her name, birthday, address, telephone number and the Teddy Promise. She will then receive her Teddy badge at her enrollment ceremony The Teddy Promise “I promise to care and share” Teddy Motto "Teddies always try" What do Teddies wear? They wear: navy skort, a white shirt, yellow scarf and a special GIRL GUIDES South Africa woggle. As the Teddy works through the Teddy programme, she is awarded various badges that are stitched onto the shirt. Teddy Programme: The Teddy programme is based on a series of eight Adventure badges. Opening prayer: For all the strength we have To run and jump and play For ears that hear And lips that speak We thank the Lord today Closing prayer: Teddy time is over Listen while we pray Make us kind and helpful ‘til we meet next day. Closing song: Now we’ve skipped and jumped and run Every Teddy had her fun Now it’s time for us to say See you all next Teddy day!
Girls aged 7 to 10½ learning skills and help others while having fun!
Girls aged 10½ to 14 enjoying a programme of adventure, activity and achievement
Girls aged 14 to 18 developing leadership, life skills and personal relationships in preparation for their role in the society in which they live
Girls aged 18 to 30 taking the lead and responsibility for their lives and being role models
Trefoil Guild, as a branch of GIRL GUIDES South Africa, offers members personal and social opportunities whilst supporting Guiding. We all belong to one of the world’s largest international movements, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Trefoil Guild members are non-uniformed. They may wear the Trefoil Guild Tab with their badges and often wear a scarf and/or red t-shirt to identify themselves. They link together in fun and friendship, all members of GIRL GUIDES South Africa who are no longer engaged in active Guiding. While many members have been (or are) actively involved in Guiding, we welcome all women aged 18 plus, with or without previous knowledge of the Guide Movement. We welcome all women who have the interest of Guiding at heart. AIMS OF THE TREFOIL GUILD To keep alive among members the spirit of the Guide Promise and Law. To carry that spirit into the communities in which they live and work. To give practical and moral support to Guiding

Our Branches


Teddies girls aged 4 1/2 to 7 learning and growing in confidence

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Trefoil Guild

Trefoil Guild

Trefoil Guild, as a branch of GIRL GUIDES South Africa, offers members personal and social opportunities whilst supporting Guiding.

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