Thinking about our promise

The unit, this term has been thinking about the guiding promise and what it means to them. Everyone who joins guiding has to make a promise.

I promise that I will do my best;
To love my god,
To serve the queen and my country,
To help other people and
To keep the guide law


The promise is designed to be interpreted to different people in different ways and it is supposed to be quite individual. The “to love my god” for example, could be any god, or belief, or anything of value to that person.

Girlguiding UK are currently reviewing the promise. Girlguiding UK is committed to retaining a Promise that is in line with its original principles, but we know it’s crucial that girls and young women understand and believe in the words they say. That’s why, it was decided to invite all members as well as other interested parties to discuss the Promise wording.

There is a link for members and non-members of Girlguiding.

Have a look and share your opinion!

We asked the girls what they thought about the promise and encouraged them to share their views by completing the survey.


Henley guides announce trip to Switzerland!

As we may have mentioned 1st Henley Guides will be 100 in December of 2014. The unit is one of the oldest continually running units in the country and we are very proud to announce this week that we are planning a trip to Switzerland! This is one of our many events that we are planning to do, to celebrate our centenary year.

Why Switzerland?
Well, Switzerland is home to one of the 4 Guiding World Centres. The others are in India, Mexico and London. Pax lodge in London, the unit has been to before, so we thought that the next one was Our Chalet in Switzerland. It’s our first trip abroad so the others might be a bit too adventurous for our first abroad unit holiday. Watch this space though…a few leaders are thinking about the next one!

We have just had a meeting for the parents to sell our trip to Switzerland! It will be a fantastic opportunity for the girls (and for us!).

If you have any fundraising ideas, please contact us!


New Years resolution: Volunteer with the guides!

We are currently looking for leaders to help at our little unit. Why not make it a New Years resolution!

Are you a woman, who is over 18 years old and looking for a new challenge? Are you looking for a New Years resolution that will give something back to the community of Henley? Do you want to meet new people? Find something to fill an evening a week?

Girlguiding UK is the United Kingdom’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members including about 100,000 trained volunteer adult Leaders and supporters. Girlguiding UK offers a huge range of career opportunities in areas as diverse as public relations, graphic design, IT, estate management, retail and finance.

Are you looking for something that where you can;

Meet new people and join our friendly team,
Give a bit back to the local community,
Fill one evening free a week or more if you want to!
Take part in activities that you perhaps haven’t tried before,
Make things, be more crafty
Looks great on your CV
Complete qualifications (leadership, first aid, camp licence, or event management, to name just a few!)
Go to camp or holiday, both in this country and abroad.

And most importantly have a laugh!

Why would you not want to be part of guiding?

There are loads of roles within guiding and if you are unable to give an evening a week any little helps!

Contact us for more information or look on and register your interest today!

We are looking forward to hear from you!

A leaders letter to girlguiding uk…think it really sums us up!


Guides get creative with glass

Guides and leaders in Henley this week have been getting creative with glass!


One of our leaders gets Christmas crafty!

My lucky mother is getting mine for Christmas…(join guides and save money!).


They all look fantastic who knew everyone was so arty?


We would like to thank Helen from Gladys Glass for a great arty evening! Take a look at their website.

Guides march around Henley – In remembrance

After a morning of ironing, polishing and layering up. The remembrance parade in Henley on Thames today, was one to remember and the weather wasn’t too cold either. The guides looked very smart. We are such proud leaders!


The girls lining up and getting ready for the start of the parade.

Bonfire night!

It was Bonfire Night with the Henley Guides this week. After playing with fire, it was time to cook the sausages…some were a little more cooked than others! Although I haven’t heard that anyone has died yet, so couldn’t have been that bad.


Hmm sausages!


Marshmallows for pudding. Ours might look black, but they were 100% better than the girls ones!

Guiders – Getting an unfair rap

We realised this weekend at the volunteer fair that “Guiders” seem to have a bad reputation in terms of being boring, set in our ways and a generally bit sad – and we just don’t think that’s the case!

I personally have done more exciting things as a leader than as a guide and have set goals and achieved challenges that I would never have done if I wasn’t involved in guiding. We, as Henley Guiders would like to get more women involved in guiding and to give people a better idea of what we do!

Enjoy reading!

Henley Guiders