A girl can join Rainbows at any time after her fifth birthday and most Rainbows move on shortly after their seventh birthday.

The Rainbows’ programme is called the Rainbow Jigsaw to reflect how the varied Rainbow activities link to create a larger balanced picture.

The Rainbow Jigsaw is balanced by these four programme areas: 

  • Rainbows Look.
  • Rainbows Learn.
  • Rainbows Laugh.
  • Rainbows Love.


A girl can join Brownies at any time after her seventh birthday and most Brownies move on shortly after their tenth birthday.

The programme is called the Brownie Adventure to reflect the excitement and fun it offers each Brownie and her Brownie Leaders.

The Brownie Adventure:

  • is flexible.
  • is fun for the girls and their Leaders.
  • helps each Brownie to develop.
  • allows each Brownie to take an active part in unit decision making.
  • challenges Brownies to think for themselves.
  • encourages instant rewards.
  • starts to develop each Brownie’s leadership skills.

The Brownie Adventure is balanced by these three programme areas:

  • You.
  • Community.
  • World.


A girl can join Guides at any time after her tenth birthday. Most Guides move on to Senior Section shortly after their fourteenth birthday.

The Guide programme has five broad zones to ensure that there are opportunities for the girls to acquire knowledge and understanding, to develop the personal and social skills needed to relate effectively to others, and to participate fully in community life.

The zones are:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Global awareness
  • Discovery
  • Skills and relationships
  • Celebrating diversity.

The Guide programme includes the following:

Unit activities: Theme evenings, outings, activities provided by the Guider.
Go For Its!: A series of resources which allow Patrols to plan, carry out and evaluate challenges on a variety of topics.
Interest badges: These encourage personal development and allow Guides to extend their interests. Many of the badges support Go For It! topics. Badges can be worked on by the individual Guides or as a Patrol/unit.
Challenge badges: Individual badges to reward teamwork, participation and sustained effort over a 12-month period.
Baden-Powell Challenge: The highest award available to Guides.
Residential experiences: All Guides should have an opportunity for a residential experience every year. These provide an extension to the programme and encourage personal development.

Senior Section

The Senior Section is the section of Girlguiding UK for young women aged 14 to 26. Young women can become members of the section any time on or after their 14th birthday, and this membership ends on their 26th birthday. 
Unlike other sections of Girlguiding UK, there are lots of ways to be a member of this section, including: 

  • Ranger (member of a Ranger group)
  • Young Leader (14- to 18-year-old Senior Section member who works with a Rainbow/Brownie/Guide unit)
  • Young Guider (18- to 26-year old Senior Section member who has completed the Adult Leadership Qualification)
  • Member of a Look Wider group (Senior Section members focusing on the Look Wider Scheme)
  • Member of a Senior Section unit participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
  • Lone Senior Section member
  • In4mer Peer educator
  • Guide member of SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation)
  • Female member of LINK (for under-26-year-olds, a more informal way to keep in touch with Girlguiding UK)
  • Appointment Holder (eg Commissioner or Adviser)
  • Member of the Trefoil Guild
  • British Youth Council delegation member
  • Junior Council member

It is possible that a member may belong to more than one group. For example, she could be a Ranger as well as a Young Leader, or a Leader and a member of a Look Wider Group.

Flexibility is the key with the Senior Section and they can choose to take part in the following: 

  1. Look Wider – the Look Wider programme covers eight key areas of interest, known as Octants. These include: Creativity, Fit for life, Community Action, Out of doors, International, Independent living, Personal values and Leadership.
  2. Queen’s Guide Award.
  3. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
  4. Young Leader Qualification (leadership skills for 14 years old and above).