Especially when Guiding first started, it was a case of starting almost from scratch, and overnight. Agnes Baden-Powell was equipped with a copy of Scouting for Boys, the article from the November Scout "Headquarters Gazette", 100 pounds of money borrowed from her brother, the use of one room in Scout Headquarters, and a secretary hired from Scout Headquarters. And 6000 registered Girl Scouts, plus an unknown number of unregistered girls, or girls registered under initials - and with more applications arriving daily. What she needed was to create a committee with experienced members who could help her set up and develop an organisation quickly, but thoroughly. And at the same time, it would be valuable to develop good relations with existing organisations for women and girls, rather than be seen to compete with them. Hence, a number of 'kindred societies' were recruited.
In the 1921 edition of POR it stated:
"a) Any approved Society, Branch or Institution for Girls within the British Empire can start an associated Girl Guide Company among it's members.
b) This unit will be officially recognized and registered at Girl Guide Headquarters, on the nomination of such Society and on the recommendation of the Local Association and of the Commissioner, provided that its members agree to adhere to:
The Threefold Promise.
The Ten Guide Laws.
The Rules of the Girl Guide Movement.
The Associated Company would then be entitled:
To receive Warrants for its Officers.
To wear the Girl Guide uniform.
To receive badges for proficiency on passing the same tests as other Guides.
To carry out Girl Guide work and other national service.
To receive the Girl Guides' life-saving medals.
And to attend Girl Guide rallies, camps, conferences, etc.
c) Its Guiders will be appointed by the governing body of its own society, and they will receive Warrants as such from the Girl Guide Headquarters.
d) It will remain an integral part of its own Society, under its own administration.
e) Each kindred Society will be entitled to take its own line in the matter of religion and to make its own bye-laws on other matters, provided that they agree with the general policy of the Movement; they would therefore be submitted to the Girl Guide Headquarters for approval. Each Company shall send these, with its Company bye-laws, to the Local Association before becoming law.
f) An associated Company can retain the title of its own Society, such, for instance, as Girls' Friendly G.G.
g) Badges will be obtainable through the local G.G. Committee on being awarded by examiners appointed by that body. Guides of Associated Companies may wear the distinctive Badge of their own Society on the left side of their Patrol Emblem, or, where there is no Society Badge, they may wear a necktie of their own Society's distinctive colours.
h) The Commissioners of Girl Guides, being responsible to Headquarters for the training and efficiency of all Guides in their districts, will therefore visit and inspect associated Companies in the same way as other Companies. They will not, however, deal with the matter of religious training, this being left to the Company Guiders and Company Chaplains.
I) Associated Companies can, where they desire it, have their own Company Committees.
j) Where one or more associated Companies belonging to one Society exist in a district their Society will be entitled to representation on the local Association.
k) Where a Kindred Society has over 500 Guides among its members it shall be entitled to representation on the Council of the Girl Guides.
l) Affiliated Societies may, if they so desire, appoint a Guider of high standing as "Director" to encourage development of the Girl Guide Movement within their own society. This Guider would hold no warrant from the Girl Guides' Association, but a letter expressing concurrence of the Girl guide Headquarters in her appointment would be sent her. The duties of such Directors would be to raise Companies amongst their own Members, with the consent of the Girl Guide Commissioners; they are responsible for the adherence of such Companies to the Girl Guide Policy and Rules.
m) Associated Companies are only formed among existing members of a Society, but this does not prevent them from taking non-members of such Society as recruits to their Company when desired, if permitted by the rules of such Society.
n) Where it is desired by Commissioners and Local Associations to co-operate with any other movement not mentioned in the official list of affiliated Societies, it is requested that they shall refer the matter to Headquarters as a first step. No local branch of Girl Guides should accept the affiliation of a local branch of another Society without the knowledge and sanction of the Headquarters of both Movements.
The above is a general outline of a scheme of co-operation which can be adapted by mutual agreement to suit individual cases.
Where there is only one Company in a village or district, and that Company is an Associated Company, it may, at the discretion of the Local Association and the Area Director of the affiliated Society, have an Open patrol attached to it, and vice versa.
When the Company ceases to be the only Company, the Open Patrol or Associated Patrol also ceases.
Any society for women or girls wishing to co-operate with the Girl Guides' Association for other purposes than training girls as Guides can do so by letter of mutual agreement on terms approved by both parties."
List of Affiliated Organisations
The following organisations were all, at some point, affiliated with the Girl Guide Movement, according to POR:
The Young Women's Christian Association.
The Girls' Friendly Society.
The Mothers' Union.
The Girls' Diocesan Association.
The Representative Council of Girls' Associations.
The Women's League.
The Duty and Discipline Movement.
National Council of Women of Great Britain and Ireland.
National Baby Week Council.
Volunteer Service League.
National Federation of Women's Institutes.
The Ministering Children's League.
The Green Cross.
The Catholic Women's League.
The Waifs and Strays Society.
The Children's Union.
The Victoria League.
The Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants.
Church of England Temperance Society.
The Girls' Fellowship.
The English Folk Dance Society.
The Women's Imperial Health Association.
The United Kingdom Band of Hope Union.
The Time and Talents Guild (and Guild of Helpers).
The Christian Alliance of Women and Girls (and E.Y.W.C.A.)