leslie's guiding traditions

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In the early years, the warrant did not require any training or testing - as the 1912 handbook indicated, the Local Committee nominated someone they considered suitable, to be the Guide Captain.  They then sent off to headquarters for the warrant, and on it's arrival, they presented it.

By the 1918 there were a few more requirements: "To be a Captain in the movement a lady must be nominated by the Local Association and must have done three months' probation in command of a Company.  She must satisfy the Commissioner that she has a thorough grasp of the general principles of the Movement and the rules, and must have personal standing and character such as will insure a good moral influence over the girls.  She must be not less than 21 years of age and must be able to obtain the use of some clubroom for the Guide Meeting.  She is enrolled and makes the Promise as one of the sisterhood.  Before she can receive her warrant she must be a second class Guide and have three efficiency badges.  A Lieutenant has to have the same qualifications but may be under 21, though as a rule over 18."

In 1921 the requirements, according to POR, were:

"a) Must be nominated by the Local Association.

b) Must have trained a Company for at least three months before receiving a Warrant.

c) Must satisfy the Commissioner (who may require a written paper) that she:-

Has a thorough grasp of the general principles as laid down in 'Girl Guiding' and in this book of Rules, and that she will abide by them; also that she has a full appreciation of the higher aims underlying the scheme of training.

d) Must have personal standing and character, such as will ensure a good moral influence over the girls, and sufficient steadfastness of purpose to carry out the work with energy and perseverance.

e) Must not be less than 21 years of age.

f) Must be able to obtain the use of some sort of Club Room for the Guide Meetings.

g) Must be a 2nd Class Guide or Senior Guide and should have gained at least three Proficiency Badges, or equivalent qualifications.

h) A Captain should have a competent Lieutenant, capable of administering the Company in her absence.

Every Guider should be enrolled, if possible, by the Commissioner in the presence of the Company.

The above qualifications apply equally to the Lieutenant, who, as a rule, should be not less than 18 years of age."

By 1924 POR, there were different requirements for each section:

"Brownie Guiders.

A Brown Owl.

1) Must be nominated by the Local Association, and enrolled as a Guide.

2) Must have trained a Pack for at least three months before receiving a warrant.

3) Must satisfy the Commissioner (who may require a written paper) that she -

Has a thorough graps of the general principles as laid down in 'Girl Guiding' and in the Book of Rules, and that she will abide by them; also that she has a full appreciation of the higher aims underlying the scheme of training.

4) Must have personal standing and character such as will ensure a good moral influence ober girls, and sufficient steadfastness of purpose to carry out the work with energy and perseverance.

5) Must not be less than 21 years of age.

6) Must be able to obtain the use of some sort of club room for the Brownie Meetings.

7) Satisfy the Commissioner that she has a love of young children, and an understanding of the child-mind.

8) Be able to teach two Brownie Proficiency Badge Tests.

9) Tell a fairy tale to children of Brownie age, so as to hold their attention for at least 10 minutes.

10) Have a thorough knowledge of the Brownie and Wolf Cub Handbooks by Sir Robert Baden-Powell.

The rank of Brown Owl is equivalent to that of Captain, but where a pack is run in conjunction with a Guide Company, the Brown Owl is subordinate to the Captain."

"If required, a Tawny Owl may be warranted as Assistant to the Brown Owl.  Qualifications as for Brown Owl, with the exception of Clause 5.  A Tawny Owl should not be less than 18 years of age."


"Captain

a) Must be nominated by the Local Association.

b) Must have trained a Company for at least three months before receiving a Warrant.

c) Must satisfy the Commissioner (who may require a written paper) that she:

Has a thorough grasp of the general principles as laid down in 'Girl Guiding' and in this book of Rules, and that she will abide by them; also that she has a full appreciation of the higher aims underlying the scheme of training.

d) Must have personal standing and character, such as will ensure a good moral influence over girls, and sufficient steadfastness of purpose to carry out the work with energy and perseverance.

e) Must not be less than 21 years of age.

f) Must be able to obtain the use of some sort of Club Room for the Guide Meetings.

g) Must be a 2nd Class Guide or Ranger, and be able to teach three subjects suitable for Guides.

h) A Captain should have a competent Lieutenant, capable of administering the Company in her absence.

Every Guider should be enrolled, if possible, by the Commissioner in the presence of the Company.

The above qualifications apply equally to the Lieutenant who, as a rule, should be not less than 18 years of age."


"Qualifications for Ranger Guiders

As for ordinary Guiders, with the following additional clauses for Captains:-

a) Should be over 25 years of age.

b) Should have at least one year's successful experience as a Guide Captain, or in some other form of social work, or in teaching.

c) Must pass the Ranger Test.

N.B. Where the Commissioner is absolutely satisfied, from personal knowledge, that the proposed Ranger Captain possesses the necessary character and authority for dealing with older girls, she may waive clause a) or b), but Commissioners are urged to keep up the highest possible standard for Ranger Guiders."

1938 POR stated:

"A Brown Owl

1) Must be nominate by the Executive Committee of the Local Association, or by the Commissioner acting on their behalf.

2) Must have trained a pack for at least three months before receiving a Warrant.

3) Must satisfy the Commissioner (who may require a written paper) that she:

Has a thorough grasp of the general principles as laid down in Girl Guiding and in the Book of Rules, and that she will abide by them; also that she has a full appreciation of the higher aims underlying the scheme of training.

4) Must have personal standing and character such as will ensure a good moral influence over girls, and sufficient steadfastness of purpose to carry out the work with energy and perseverance.

5) Should usually be not less than 21 years of age.

6) Must be able to obtain the use of some sort of club room for the Brownie meetings.

7) Satisfy the Commissioner that she has a love of young children, and an understanding of the child-mind.

8) Hold the Guide Second Class badge, for which Owls must have a knowledge of semaphore, which may be substituted for Morse.

9) Tell a story to children of Brownie age, so as to hold their attention for at least 10 minutes.

10) Have a thorough knowledge of the Brownie and Wolf Cub handbooks by Lord Baden-Powell.

11) After being enrolled and warranted, she may enrol her own  Brownies and pass them through the Recruit and Second Class tests.

Tawny Owl - Qualifications as for Brown Owl, with the exception of Clause 5.  A Tawny Owl should usually not be less than 18 years of age."


"Captain

a) Must be nominated by the Executive Committee of the Local Association, or by the Commissioner acting on their behalf.

b) Must have trained a company for at least three months before receiving a Warrant for at least three months before receiving a Warrant and have kept, or have been responsible for satisfactory company accounts.

c) Must satisfy the Commissioner (who may require a written paper) that she:

Has a thorough grasp of the general principles as laid down in Scouting for Boys and Girl Guiding, and in this Book of Rules, and that she will abide by them; also that she has a full appreciation of the higher aims underlying the scheme of training.

d) Must have personal standing and character , such as will ensure a good moral influence over girls, and sufficient steadfastness of purpose to carryout with work with energy and perseverance.

e) Should usually be not less than 21 years of age.

f) Must be able to obtain the use of some sort of club room for the Guide meetings.

g) Must be a 2nd Class Guide, and be able to each three subjects suitable for Guides.

Sea Guide Captains should pass the Able Sea Guide Test instead of the Guide 2nd Class Test.

h) A Captain should have a competent Lieutenant, capable of administering the company in her absence.

Every Guider should be enrolled, if possible, by the Commissioner in the presence of the company.

The above qualifications apply equally to the Lieutenant, who, as a rule, should usually be not less than 18 years of age."


"Ranger Captains

As for Guide Captains, but omitting knowledge of Morse code, with the following additions for Ranger Captains:

a) Should usually be over 25 years of age.

b) Should pass the Ranger Test.

c) Should be enrolled as a Ranger, Sea Ranger, or Cadet Ranger.

A Sea Ranger Captain should pass the Able Sea Ranger Test in stead of the Guide 2nd Class Test.

Where the Commissioner is absolutely satisfied, from personal knowledge, that the proposed Ranger Guider possesses the necessary character and authority for dealing with older girls she may waive clause a), but Commissioners are urged to keep up the highest possible standard for Ranger Guiders.

Lieutenants

The above qualifications apply equally to Lieutenants, who, as a rule, should be not less than 21 years of age.

Cadet Ranger Guiders

A Cadet Ranger Guider should have a varied experience in Guide work and should, if possible, be in close touch with a Division or District as Commissioner, Secretary, Camp Adviser or Captain, so that she can make the training of the Cadets as practical and up-to-date as possible."