Gibraltar post issued a set of stamps featuring Girl guides. Girl guides or Girl Scouts is a parallel movement to Scouting. It evolved from the Scouting movement in the early years of the 20th century.
Girls were attracted to Scouting since its inception in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, a famous army general, tried out his ideas for training boys at a camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 and the following year published them in a book, ‘Scouting for Boys’. The book was an instant success and boys throughout the UK enthusiastically took up Scouting. As a result, Baden-Powell soon found himself organising the Boy Scout Movement.
The movement took off in diverse ways in different parts of the world. In the United Kingdom a small group of courageous girls stepped forward at the 1909 Boy Scouts Rally in Crystal Palace Park and asked Robert Baden-Powell, for ‘something for the girls’.
In an age when skirts were ankle length and young ladies never ran, the idea of girls being involved in camping, hiking and similar activities received a mixed response. Angry critics denounced ‘girl scouting’ as a ‘mischievous new development’, a ‘foolish and pernicious movement’ and an ‘idiotic sport’.
Title: Girlguiding Centenary – Gibraltar
Date of Issue: 20 October 2010
Denominations: 10p, 42p, 44p, £2