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leslie's guiding traditions

June 1914 Girl Guides' Gazette

"It is just 18 months since the 1st Lone Company was started, and it seems difficult to realise that there are now four companies at full strength. The idea was suggested after a summer camp in 1912, by three girls who wanted to keep up their work at school and still feel they belonged to some registered company.

Thus the White Rose Patrol was formed, a captain found for it, and within a week it was full up. Then came the Thistles and the Acorns, almost together, followed within the month by the Daffodil Lone Patrol (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

It soon became evident that the 2nd Company must be started, and that grew with the same rapidity, and now if only an officer can be found for it no. 5 is ready to start work.

The officers' duties are not heavy, but naturally there is a lot of correspondence to get through, and no-one should undertake the work who is not fond of writing letters.

The idea of Lone Guides is to enrol and interest girls who live miles out in the country or in places where there is no registered company. they are formed into patrols and correspond amongst themselves, and all are on their honour to work up as much of the Guides' training as possible.

Every month they write a report of progress, good turns and anything of interest, to their Captain. The Guides also ask any questions they like about their work, and the captain must be ready to give information or help on almost any subject.

It was hoped, and in many cases the hope has been realised, that Lone Guides would start companies in their own villages, or at any rate, start a Lone Patrol.

A Lone Patrol may consist of any number of girls, who elect their own Patrol Leader, and she writes the monthly report and is responsible for the training and discipline of her Patrol. Badges may be obtained only from the Captain, on certificates signed by qualified examiners.

Those for Ambulance or Nursing Badges must be signed by a doctor or trained nurse, and no one who has instructed the guides may sign the Efficiency Certificate.

If a Lone Guide leaves her home and goes to a place where there is a company, she is transferred, and instead of joining as a raw recruit, she may be a Second Class Guide, with possibly several badges, and at any rate, a sound knowledge of the laws and traditions of the Corps to which she has the honour to belong. Again, if two girls within reasonable distance of each other apply to join a Lone Company they are introduced to each other, and quite likely that will be the nucleus of a flourishing company.

The Lone Guides form a network all over the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales have their share, and they are to be found even outside our country, in Switzerland, France and Germany, and still further afield, in Africa."