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From it's earliest days, one of the atractions of Scouting was the uniform.  Partly that it provided an opportunity for the members to 'dress up', but also because, compared to the normal fashions of the day, it was unusually relaxed and informal.  According to the 1908 handbook, the well dressed Scout would wear a flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled up, with serge knee-length shorts, knee socks, a neckerchief, and a broad-brimmed hat.  With the publication of the 1909 edition of the handbook there was also details of the approved Girl Scout uniform, with a practical long skirt, instead of shorts.  Although most Scouts would assemble their uniform by raiding their wardrobes for cricket shirts and the like, already suppliers were selling uniform items, besides those which could be ordered from headquarters.


The reason for having a uniform - was equality.  One of the principles in Guiding was that the girls' backgrounds should be indistinguishable - with the daughter of the gentry and the daughter of the street sweeper being equals.  And one of the ways of removing difference, was by removing difference of dress.  Hence, a uniform that everyone could afford helped to 'level the playing field' for all.


Some of the terminology used in uniform descriptions can be confusing.  What is referred to as a 'jumper' is what we would consider to be an overshirt, reaching over the waist, sometimes to mid thigh.  It would be worn, belted at the waist, over a skirt of knee length or more.  Shoulder Knots were a pair of ribbons, in woven fabric, which were folded in half to leave trailing ends, as can be seen in the picture on the left.  The later ones had a safety pin with which to attach them at the shoulder seam, this was then covered over by sewing the unit's title tape on top of the small brass safety pin.

In the Guide handbook of 1912, it stated "Uniform for Girl Guides is not compulsory.  Guides should, as far as possible, dress alike, especially in each Patrol, as regards hat, necktie, and colour of blouse."  


The uniform guidance stated:

"Hat - Dark blue Scouts' felt, flat wide brim, with chin strap or elastic.  A band with monogram can be had.

Neckerchief - Pale blue, forty inches, worn knotted at the throat, and also at the ends until the good turn is done.

Shirt-Blouse - of Company colour, with Patrol crest sewn on left front.  Two pockets.

Skirt - Dark blue serge, two flap pockets.  Dark blue knickers.

Stockings - Dark blue woolen, or black, worn drawn up tight over the knee.

Belt - Brown leather, with two swivels and brass registered Girl Guide buckle and pouch.  Coat strap.

Gauntlet - Gloves, brown.

Shoes or Boots - black.

Staff - If on ambulance work.

Haversack - Worn on the back.  White with red cross.  Cooking billy for camp.

Stretcher-Sling - White, four inches wide, with red two-inch stripe, for parades.  Worn over left shoulder, unless on stretcher.

Badges - sewn on sleeve.

Knife - On white lanyard, and hitched to swivel on belt.

Shoulder Knot - Ribbons or tapes of Patrol colours, sewn on left shoulder.

Jacket or Cape - In straps.

Badge - Safety-pin on necktie; chevrons on left arm.

Title - Tape name of company sewn on right shoulder top."

At this stage, different coloured uniform shirts were not uncommon - it is recorded that when the King visited Edinburgh in 1911 the five Edinburgh Guide Companies paraded in uniform.  Two wore blue shirts, one wore brown, one wore green, and the other scarlet . . 

By the 1921 edition of "Rules, Policy and Organisation", the uniform was:


"Tunic - Navy blue serge or drill, with two patch pockets and shoulder straps; black bone buttons.

Skirt - Navy blue, with two patch pockets.

Knickers - Navy blue.

Hat - Navy blue, worn with a straight brim, not turned up on the side.  Chinstrap to be worn under chin.

Hatband - Navy blue, with official stamp.

Necktie - Triangular, of light blue or Company colour, worn folded neatly into a narrow fold bandage, under collar, not under shoulder strap.

Belt - Brown leather, with official buckle.

Boots or Shoes - black.

Stockings - Black (fancy openwork stockings should not be worn).

Gloves - Brown gauntlet, if any.

Shoulder Knot - Of Patrol colour, worn on left shoulder.

Emblem - Of Patrol Flower or Bird, worn above the left-hand pocket.

Title Tape - Of company number, worn on left arm, covering juncture of the shoulder knot with the shoulder strap.

Brooch - Tenderfoot, worn on loose ends of the tie.

Haversack - Worn on back.

Hair-Ribbon - Black or navy.  Hair should be plaited."

1931 POR brought a choice of style:


"Overall or jumper and skirt - Navy blue serge or cotton, with two patch pockets and shoulder straps; black bone buttons

Knickers - Navy blue or black

Hat - Navy blue soft felt

Hatbadge - Navy blue, with official stamp

Tie - Triangular, of light blue or company colour, worn folded neatly into a narrow fold bandage, under collar, not under shoulder strap.

Belt - Brown leather, with official buckle

Boots or shoes - Black

Stockings - Black

Gloves - Brown gauntlet, if any

Shoulder Knot - Of patrol colour, worn on left shoulder

Emblem - Of patrol flower or bird, worn above the left-hand pocket

Title Tape - Of company name and number, worn on left arm, covering juncture of the shoulder knot with the shoulder strap

Brooch - Tenderfoot, worn on tie

Hair-Ribbon - Black or navy.  Hair should be plaited.

In 1935 POR more options were available:


"Overall or Jumper and Skirt - Navy blue serge or cotton, with two patch pockets and shoulder straps; black bone buttons; or for summer wear, light blue cotton with short sleeves.

Knickers - Navy blue or black.

Hat - Navy blue soft felt, or for summer and camp, blue cotton camp hat.

Hatbadge - Navy blue, with official stamp.

Tie - Triangular, of light blue or company colour, worn folded neatly into a narrow fold bandage, under collar, not under shoulder strap.

Belt - Brown leather, with official buckle.

Boots or Shoes - black.

Stockings - Black or, for summer uniform, ankle socks (light blue or white).

Shoulder Knot - Of patrol colour, worn on left shoulder.

Emblem - Of patrol flower or bird, worn above the left-hand pocket.

Title Tape - Of company name and number, worn on left arm, covering juncture of the shoulder knot with the shoulder knot.

Brooch - Tenderfoot, worn on tie.

Hair-Ribbon - Black or navy.  Hair should be plaited."

After so many years of all-navy uniform, 1939 POR brought a change of shirt colour:


"Overall or Jumper and Skirt - Headquarters blue cotton overall (or navy blue serge skirt with Headquarters blue cotton jumper), with two patch pockets and shoulder straps; black bone buttons; or for summer wear, light blue cotton with short sleeves.

Knickers - Navy or light blue.

Hat - Navy blue soft felt, or for summer and camp, blue cotton hat.

Hatbadge - Navy blue, with official stamp.

Tie - Triangular, of light blue or company colour, worn folded neatly into a narrow fold bandage, under collar, not under shoulder strap.

Belt - brown leather, with official buckle.

Shoes - Black or brown (whole company to wear same colour, stockings to match shoes).

Stockings - Black or brown (leaf mould) or, for summer uniform, ankle socks (light blue or white).

Shoulder Knot - Of patrol colour, worn on left shoulder.

Emblem - Of patrol flower or bird, worn above the left hand pocket.

Title Tape - Of company name and number, worn on left arm, covering juncture of the shoulder knot with the shoulder strap.

Brooch - Tenderfoot, worn on tie.

Hair-Ribbon - Black or navy.  Hair should be plaited."

By 1947's POR, there were more tweaks to the uniform.


"* Shirt and Skirt - Light blue cotton shirt (official pattern) with two pockets.

Or

* Dress - Blue dress (official pattern).

* - These are alternative uniforms.  The whole company must wear the same.

Jersey - Navy blue with V-neck.

Knickers - Navy blue, or to match dress.

Beret - Navy blue, with embroidered trefoil above left eye.

Tie, of company colour, worn folded neatly into a narrow-fold bandage (2 1/4 in. to 2 1/2 in.) 

Belt - Brown leather, with official buckle.

Overcoat - navy blue.

Shoes and Stockings - Brown.

Socks - White, brown or blue (the whole company must wear the same).

Shoulder Knot - Of patrol colour, worn on left shoulder.

Emblem - Of patrol flower or bird, worn above left pocket.

Title Tape - Of company name and number, worn on shoulder immediately above shoulder knot.

Enrolment Badge - Gilt tenderfoot, worn on tie.

Hair Ribbon - Black or navy - (Long hair should be plaited.)

Scarves - Only navy blue scarves may be worn with uniform.

For Camping and, if desired, for summer meetings, Guides may wear:

Shorts - Navy blue (official pattern).

Shirt - Blue (as for ordinary uniform), or open-necked and short sleeves in cellular material.

Hat - (For camp only) Stitched, navy blue, cotton."

With 1950 POR, further refinements:


"* Shirt an Skirt - Light blue cotton shirt (official pattern) with two pockets.  Navy blue serge skirt; or

* Dress - Blue dress (official pattern),

* These are alternative uniforms.  The whole company should aim at wearing the same.

Jersey - Navy blue with V-neck

Knickers - Navy blue, or to match dress

Beret - Navy blue, with embroidered trefoil above left eye

Tie - Triangular, of company colour, worn folded neatly into a narrow-fold bandage (2 1/4 in. to 2 1/2 in.)

Belt - Brown leather, with official buckle

Overcoat - Navy blue

Shoes - Brown

Stockings - headquarters standard colour

Socks - White; alternative, fawn (the whole company must wear the same colour)

Shoulder Knot - Of patrol colour, worn on left shoulder

Emblem - Of patrol flower or bird, worn above left pocket

Title Tape - Of company name and number, worn on shoulder immediately above shoulder knot

Enrolment Badge - Gilt tenderfoot, worn on tie

Hair Ribbon - Black or navy.  (Long hair should be plaited).

For Camping and, if desired, for summer meetings, Guides may wear:

Shorts - Navy blue (official pattern)

Shirt - Blue (as for ordinary uniform), or open-necked and short sleeves in cellular material; or For camp only: Tee shirt; or Camp overall (official patter and colour)

Hat - Stitched, navy blue, cotton"

1957 POR saw clarification of the fine details of the uniform:


"(a) Skirt - Navy blue

with Shirt official pattern - Light blue

or Dress official pattern - Light blue

Petticoat (if any) - Navy blue or matching dress

Knickers - Navy blue or matching dress

Tie - Company colour; triangular

Belt official buckle - Brown leather

Beret - Navy blue with embroidered trefoil

Hair Ribbon (if any) - Navy blue or black

Slide (if any) - Brown or navy blue

Stockings - Neutral

Socks - White or fawn

Shoes - Brown

Shoulder Knot - Patrol colour(s)

Emblem - According to patrol

Title Tape - According to company registration

Badge - Gilt

Country, Territory, or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Coat, Jacket, Blazer, Windjammer, Cardigan, or Jersey (if any) - Navy blue

Note: Where alternatives are given the company is to aim at a uniform appearance.

(b) For Camp and Informal Occasions

Shorts official pattern - Navy blue

with Shirt - Light blue; open neck, short sleeves, cellular type (no tie)

or Camp Overall official pattern - Light blue; short sleeves (no tie)

Hat official pattern - Navy blue; stitched

Note: This uniform may be worn for the weekly meetings during the summer."

Guides Badges

"Country, Territory, or County Badge - immediately above title tape

Title Tape - Left shoulder above and touching sleeve seam

Shoulder Knot - Imediately below title tape

Patrol Emblem - Above left pocket

Brownie Wings - Immediately above patrol emblem

C.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

P.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

Second's Stripe (1/2 in. wide) - Left pocket

Pack Leader's Stripes - Above left cuff

Second Class Badge - Left sleeve midway between sholder seam and elbow or immediately below shoulder knot

First Class Badge - Replaces Second Class Badge

Queen's Guide Badge - Replaces First Class Badge

Little House Emblem - Top of right sleeve (Proficiency badges not removed)

Woodcraft Emblem - Right shoulder immediately above sleeve seam (Proficiency badges not removed)

All-Round Cords - Doubled round right shoulder, the ends under right pocket flap

Proficiency Badges (except those given below) and Thrift Badge - Right sleeve in pairs starting either above cuff and going up, or below the shoulder and going down

First Aid; Child Nurse; Emergency Helper; Sick Nurse - Left sleeve below Second Class

Wolf Cub Instructor's Badge - Above left cuff

Union Jack or World Flag Emblem - Right pocket.  White edge turned in.

Note: The tie is folded like a narrow-fold bandage to measure 2 1/4 in. - 2 1/2 in. across.  It is knotted and the ends are tied in a reef knot under the back of the collar.

1960 POR details were:


"Skirt - Navy blue

with Shirt official pattern - Light blue

or Dress official pattern - Light blue

Petticoat (if any) - Navy blye or matching dress

Knickers - Navy blue or matching dress

Tie - Company colour; triangular

Belt official buckle - Brown leather

Beret - Navy blue with embroidered trefoil

Hair Ribbon (if any) - Navy blue or black

Slide (if any) - Brown or navy blue

Stockings - Neutral

Socks - White or fawn

Shoes - Brown or black

Shoulder Knot - Patrol colour(s)

Emblem - According to patrol

Title Tape - According to company registration

Badge - Gilt

Country, Territory, or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Coat, Jacket, Blazer, Windjammer, Cardigan, or Jersey (if any) - Navy blue

Note: Where alternatives are given the company is to aim at a uniform appearance.

For Camp and Informal Occasions

Shorts official pattern - Navy blue

or Jeans (on camp sites only) - Navy or H.Q. blue

with Shirt - Light blue; open neck, short sleeves, cellular type (no tie)

or Camp Overall official pattern - Light blue; short sleeves (no tie)

Hat official pattern - Navy blue; stitched

Note: This uniform may be worn for the weekly meetings during the summer.

Guides Badges

"Country, Territory, or County Badge - immediately above title tape

Title Tape - Left shoulder above and touching sleeve seam

Shoulder Knot - Immediately below title tape

Patrol Emblem - Above left pocket

Brownie Wings - Immediately above patrol emblem

C.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

P.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

Second's Stripe (1/2 in. wide) - Left pocket

Pack Leader's Stripes - Above left cuff

Second Class Badge - Left sleeve midway between shoulder seam and elbow or immediately below shoulder knot

First Class Badge - Replaces Second Class Badge

Queen's Guide Badge - Replaces First Class Badge

Little House Emblem - Top of right sleeve (Proficiency badges not removed)

Woodcraft Emblem - Right shoulder immediately above sleeve seam (Proficiency badges not removed)

All-Round Cords - Doubled round right shoulder, the ends under right pocket flap

Proficiency Badges (except those given below) and Thrift Badge - Right sleeve in pairs starting either above cuff and going up, or below the shoulder and going down

First Aid; Child Nurse; Emergency Helper; Sick Nurse - Left sleeve below Second Class

Wolf Cub Instructor's Badge - Above left cuff

Union Jack or World Flag Emblem - Right pocket.  White edge turned in.

Note: The tie is folded like a narrow-fold bandage to measure 2 1/4 in. - 2 1/2 in. across.  It is knotted and the ends are tied in a reef knot under the back of the collar.

1961 POR - The Guide Uniform


"Skirt - Navy blue

with Shirt official pattern - Guide blue

or Dress official pattern - Guide blue

Petticoat (if any) - Navy blue or matching dress

Knickers - Navy blue or matching dress

Tie - Company colour (except plain brown, white, black or navy); triangular

Belt official buckle - Brown leather

Hair Ribbon (if any) - Brown or navy blue

Slide (if any) - Brown or navy blue

Stockings - Neutral

Socks - White or fawn

Shoes - Brown or black

Shoulder Knot - Patrol colour(s)

Emblem - According to patrol

Title Tape - According to company registration

Badge - Gilt

Country, Territory, or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Coat, Blazer, Cardigan, or Jersey (if any) - Navy blue

Windcheater or Anorak - Navy or Guide blue

Note: Where alternatives are given the company is to aim at a uniform appearance.

Guides Badges

"Country, Territory, or County Badge - immediately above title tape

Title Tape - Left shoulder above and touching sleeve seam

Shoulder Knot - Immediately below title tape

Patrol Emblem - Above left pocket

Brownie Wings - Immediately above patrol emblem

C.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

P.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

Second's Stripe (1/2 in. wide) - Left pocket

Pack Leader's Stripes - Above left cuff

Second Class Badge - Left sleeve midway between shoulder seam and elbow or immediately below shoulder knot

First Class Badge - Replaces Second Class Badge

Queen's Guide Badge - Replaces First Class Badge

Little House Emblem - Top of right sleeve (Proficiency badges not removed)

Woodcraft Emblem - Right shoulder immediately above sleeve seam (Proficiency badges not removed)

All-Round Cords - Doubled round right shoulder, the ends under right pocket flap

Proficiency Badges (except those given below) and Thrift Badge - Right sleeve in pairs starting either above cuff and going up, or below the shoulder and going down

First Aid; Child Nurse; Emergency Helper; Sick Nurse - Left sleeve below Second Class

Union Jack or World Flag Emblem - Right pocket.  White edge turned in.

Note: The tie is folded like a narrow-fold bandage to measure 2 1/4 in. - 2 1/2 in. across.  It is knotted and the ends are tied in a reef knot under the back of the collar.

1964 POR - The Guide Uniform


"Skirt - Navy blue

with Shirt official pattern - Guide blue

or Dress official pattern - Guide blue

Petticoat (if any) - Black or navy blue or matching dress

Knickers - Black or navy blue or matching dress

Tie - Company colour (except plain brown, white, black or navy); triangular

Belt official buckle - Brown leather

Beret - Navy blue with embroidered trefoil

Hair Ribbon (if any) Navy blue or black

Slide (if any) - Brown or navy blue

Stockings - Neutral

Socks - White or fawn

Shoes - Brown or black

Shoulder Knot - Patrol colour(s)

Emblem - According to patrol

Title Tape - According to company registration

Badge - Gilt

Country, Territory, or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Coat, Blazer, Cardigan, or Jersey (if any) - Navy blue

Windcheater or Anorak - navy or Guide Blue

Note: Where alternatives are given the company is to aim at a uniform appearance.

For Camp and where suitable for summer meetings

Shorts official pattern - Navy blue

or skirt - Navy blue

with Shirt - Guide blue; cellular type with or without tie

or Camp Dress official pattern - Guide blue; no tie

Hat official pattern - Navy blue; stitched

Note: Navy or Guide blue jeans with the cellular shirt may be worn on camp sites or where appropriate for other Guide activities."

Guides Badges

"Country, Territory, or County Badge - immediately above title tape

Title Tape - Left shoulder above and touching sleeve seam

Shoulder Knot - Immediately below title tape

Patrol Emblem - Above left pocket

Brownie Wings - Immediately above patrol emblem

C.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

P.L.'s Stripes (1/2 in. wide, 1 in. apart) - Left pocket

Second's Stripe (1/2 in. wide) - Left pocket

Pack Leader's Stripes - Above left cuff

Second Class Badge - Left sleeve midway between shoulder seam and elbow or immediately below shoulder knot

First Class Badge - Replaces Second Class Badge

Queen's Guide Badge - Replaces First Class Badge

Little House Emblem - Top of right sleeve (Proficiency badges not removed)

Woodcraft Emblem - Right shoulder immediately above sleeve seam (Proficiency badges not removed)

All-Round Cords - Doubled round right shoulder, the ends under right pocket flap

Proficiency Badges (except those given below) and Thrift Badge - Right sleeve in pairs starting either above cuff and going up, or below the shoulder and going down

First Aid; Child Nurse; Emergency Helper; Sick Nurse - Left sleeve below Second Class

Wolf Cub Instructor's Badge - Above left cuff

Union Jack or World Flag Emblem - Right pocket.  White edge turned in.

Note: The tie is folded like a narrow-fold bandage to measure 2 1/4 in. - 2 1/2 in. across.  It is knotted and the ends are tied in a reef knot under the back of the collar.

1969 POR - The Guide Uniform 


General Appearance

1) Hair should be worn in a neat and suitable style.  

Umbrellas (if carried) should be navy blue or black

No jewellery is worn in uniform, with the exception of wedding, engagement or signet rings.

Uniform and mufti must not be mixed.


The Guide Uniform

Overblouse official pattern - Guide blue

Skirt official pattern - Navy blue

Belt (optional) official pattern - Brown Leather

Scarf official pattern - Company colour

Cap official pattern - Navy blue

Emblem - According to Patrol

Title Tape - According to Company registration

Country's or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Promise Badge - Gilt

Tie-Ring (Woggle) official pattern - Guide Blue

Cap Badge - Embroidered trefoil

Coat, Blazer, Cardigan, or Jersey (if any) - Navy blue

Windcheater or Anorak (if any) - Navy or Guide blue

Stockings - Neutral

Socks - White or fawn

Shoes - Brown or black leather of a suitable pattern

Hair Ribbon (if any) - Navy blue or black

Slide (if any) - Brown

Note: Where alternatives are given the Company should aim at a uniform appearance.

2) In Summer (optional)

Dress official pattern - Guide blue, short sleeves, no tie

3) For Informal Occasions

Dress

or

Skirt, Shorts, Jeans, or Slacks - Navy blue

with

Shirt official pattern - Guide blue, cellular

or

Clothing suitable for the activity.

The holder of a Patrol camp Permit may wear a green lanyard in camp.

1973 POR - The Guide Uniform


General Appearance

Hair should be worn in a neat and suitable style.

Umbrellas (if carried) shold be navy blue or black.

No jewellery is worn in uniform, with the exception of wedding, engagement or signet rings.

Uniform and mufti must not be mixed.

The Guide Uniform

1) Overblouse official pattern - Guide blue

Skirt official pattern - Navy blue

Belt (optional) official pattern - Brown

Tie Official pattern - Company colour

Cap official pattern - Navy blue

Emblem - According to Patrol

Title Tape - According to Company

Country or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Promise Badge - Gilt

Cap Badge - Embroidered trefoil

Coat, Blazer, Cardigan, or Jersey (if worn) - Nvy blue

Windcheater or Anorak (if worn) - Navy blue

Stockings - Neutral

Socks - White or fawn

Shoes - Brown, black or navy blue, of a suitable pattern

Hair Ribbon (if worn) - Navy blue or black

Slide (if worn) - Brown

Note: Where alternatives are given the Company should aim at a uniform appearance.

2) In Sumer (optional)

Dress official pattern - Guide blue, short sleeves, no tie

3) For an Appropriate Activity or Occasion

Dress

or

Skirt, Shorts, Jeans, or Slacks - Navy blue

with

Shirt official pattern - Guide blue

Track Suit - Royal blue

or

Clothing suitable for the activity.

The holder of a Patrol Camp Permit may wear a green lanyard in camp.

1977 POR - The Guide Uniform


General Appearance

Hair should be worn in a neat and suitable style.

Umbrellas (if carried) should be navy blue or black

No jewellery is worn in uniform, with the exception of wedding, engagement or signet rings and plain gold or silver ear studs or sleepers.

Uniform and plain clothes must not be mixed.

The Promise Badge is worn with all uniform whether formal or informal and may be worn out of uniform.

The Guide Uniform

1) Uniform

Overblouse official pattern - Guide blue

Skirt official pattern - Navy blue

Belt (optional) - official pattern - brown

Tie official pattern - Company colour

Cap official pattern - Navy blue

Emblem - According to Patrol

Title Tape - According to Company registration

Country or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Promise Badge - Gilt

Cap Badge - Embroidered trefoil

Cardigan or Jersey or polo necked underjersey (if worn - Navy blue

Coat, Blazer, Windcheater or Anorak (if worn) - Navy blue

Stockings - Neural

Socks - White or navy blue

Shoes - Brown, black or navy blue, of a suitable pattern.

Hair Ribbon (if worn) - Navy blue or black

Hair Slide (if worn) - Brown

Note: Where alternatives are given the Company should aim at a uniform appearance.

2) Alternative Uniform as Appropriate to the occasion

Dress official pattern - Guide blue, short sleeves, no tie

Skirt, Shorts, Jeans, or Slacks - Navy blue

with

Shirt official pattern overblouse 0r T-Shirt - Guide blue

Track Suit - Royal blue

3) Clothing as Required by a Specialised Activity

The holder of a Patrol Camp Permit may wear a green lanyard in camp.

1982 POR Amendments - The Guide Uniform


General Appearance

Hair should be worn in a neat and suitable style.

Umbrellas (if carried) should be navy blue or black

No jewellery is worn in uniform, with the exception of wedding, engagement or signet rings and plain gold or silver ear studs or sleepers.

Uniform and plain clothes must not be mixed.

The Promise Badge is worn with all uniform whether formal or informal and may be worn out of uniform.

The Guide Uniform

1) Uniform

Blouse official pattern (worn inside the skirt) - Guide blue

Neckerchief official pattern - Company colour

Woggle official pattern - Brown leather or cord

Skirt official pattern - Navy blue

Belt (optional) official pattern - brown

Belt pouch (optional, worn on the left) official pattern - Navy blue

Cap official pattern - Navy blue

Emblem - According to Patrol

Title Tape - According to Company registration

Country or County Badge - Silk or cloth

Promise Badge - Gilt

Cap Badge - Embroidered trefoil

Cardigan or Jersey or polo necked under-jersey (if worn - Navy blue

Coat, Blazer, Windcheater or Anorak (if worn) - Navy blue

Tights or Stockings - Neural

Socks - White or navy blue

Shoes or School Sandals - Brown, black or navy blue, of a suitable pattern.

Hair Ribbon (if worn) - Navy blue or black

Hair Slide (if worn) - Brown

Note: Where alternatives are given the Company should aim at a uniform appearance.

2) Alternative Uniform as Appropriate to the occasion

Dress official pattern - Guide blue, short sleeves, no tie

Skirt, Shorts, Jeans, or Slacks - Navy blue

with

Shirt official pattern blouse or T-Shirt - Guide blue

Track Suit - Royal blue

3) Clothing as Required by a Specialised Activity

The holder of a Patrol Camp Permit may wear a green lanyard in camp.

1990 Guide Uniform


1990 saw a move from formal blouses and skirts to a more informal, relaxed uniform style with mix-and-match options.


Sweatshirt or hoodie or jumper - Guide blue

T-shirt or polo shirt - Guide blue

or

Shirt - denim blue

Joggers or culottes - Navy blue

Sash - Navy blue with gilt pin

Belt (optional) official pattern - brown leather

Cap - Guide blue

Necker - Unit colour

Woggle - Brown leather

2000 Guide Uniform


Guide uniform now became more flexible still, with a range of tops which could be worn with the trousers, shorts or skirt of the Guide's choice.  The options were:

T-shirt - Guide blue

Polo shirt - Guide blue

Rugby shirt - Navy with dark navy collar

Gilet - Dark navy

Sweatshirt - Dark navy with red-trimmed collar

Baseball cap - Guide blue

2014 Guide Uniform


Mix and match range of:

Mid-blue hoodie with red pockets and trim

Mid-blue long sleeve top with red trim round-neck collar and cuffs

Mid-blue short-sleeve polo top top with red collar and cuffs

Mid-blue patterned skirt

Mid-blue zip-front sleeveless dress with patterned hem

To be worn with own choice of trousers/skirt/shorts.