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leslie's guiding traditions

POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE TERMINOLOGY WARNING - quotes from period reference books are included below, which include terms in regard to children with disabilities which would be considered offensive in modern times.

In the first half of the twentieth century, education for disabled children was not compulsory. It meant that a significant number of children did not get to go to school, and at times were housebound. In most cases, no alternative academic education was available, so days could hang heavy. From it's earliest days, Guiding sought to reach out to disabled girls, and the Extension Section was set up to 'extend' Guiding to disabled girls. In order to reach girls who were housebound, or in institutions which did not offer Guiding, Post Rangers, Post Guides and Post Brownies were set up.

1935 POR:

"Post Rangers, Guides and Brownies

1) This scheme enables any physically handicapped girl, in her own home, or in an institution where there is no company or pack, to belong to the Guide Movement.

2) Post Guide and Post Ranger companies are run on the Patrol system, with a Court of Honour. The Captain should have one or more lieutenants to assist her.

3) Training is carried out by means of circular letters and through the help of the local company to which the Guide is attached.

4) Post Guides should be attached to and visited by a local company and attend their meetings when well enough.

5) Guides should be tested by the captain of the local company and examined for proficiency badges and First Class by the local examiners in conjunction with the District Commissioner.

There are no packs of Post Brownies, but every Post Brownie is attached to a local pack and receives her training from the Brown Owl. She is visited at least once a month by her Brown Owl, Tawny Owl or other qualified person.

Post Brownies also receive a monthly letter from their Post Owl. No child under eight may be a Post Brownie.


a) The form for an Extension camp or holiday should be sent via the local Commissioner and Camp Adviser to the County Extension Secretary and to the Commissioner for Extensions through the Section Secretary at Headquarters for permission and signature.

b) Permission must be obtained from the County Extension Secretary for any Extension Ranger, Guide or Brownie to attend an ordinary camp or holiday and a doctor's certificate must be obtained. A nurse or doctor must be in residence unless special permission form the County Extension Secretary is given to the contrary, except in the case of the deaf.

c) In a camp or holiday for blind or cripple girls a woman doctor or certificated nurse must be in residence, and every Extension Ranger, Guide or Brownie must have a doctor's certificate stating that she is in a fit state of health and a suitable case for camp or holiday.

d) In a camp or holiday for the deaf the re must be at least two Guiders who are able to hear. If the number of Guides exceeds twenty there must be at least one hearing Guider to every ten Guides or Brownies.

e) No member of a mentally defective company may go to camp or for a holiday unless she is accompanied by a member of the staff of the institution to which the company si attached.

f) Guiders in charge of an Extension camp, or who take any Extension Guides to camp, must hold an endorsed licence. A handicapped Guider may run a camp in her own section of the Extension branch provided she has taken the licence as it stands, and also that she has the assistance of two physically fit guiders who have had previous experience of camping.

g) Guiders who wish to take Extension Rangers, Guides or Brownies for a company or pack holiday must hold a Camper's Licence or Holiday Permit and fill in a holiday permission form. Extension Guiders should be tested for holiday permits by their Camp Advisers in conjunction with the County Extension Secretary.

Post Guides continued into the 1980s, but as compulsory education for all children was introduced, and disabled children were integrated into mainstream education, Post Guides became fewer and were eventually disbanded.