(Age 14 – 25)

There is a huge range of ways to be a part of Girlguiding as a member of The Senior Section.

You could become a Peer Educator and empower other young women to bust the body myth and have confidence in themselves. Or pass on what you’ve learned through guiding to younger girls by becoming a Young Leader or Leader.

You could also work towards a prestigious achievement like the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Chief Guide’s Challenge or the Queen’s Guide Award – a fantastic way to challenge yourself, help others and boost your CV.

Or speak out for other girls and young women as one of Girlguiding Scotland’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

And there’s always the opportunity to take part in great events like Girlguiding Scotland’s Tartan Gig for Guides and members of The Senior Section, or feed your travel bug by heading off on international trips and camp.

Members of the Senior Section meet in small groups or choose to stay in touch in other ways. They can take part in the Look Wider personal development programme, based around eight octants:

  • Community action: This is about making a difference to yourself and others, from litter picking in your local park to volunteering at a homeless shelter.
  • Creativity: Whether its learning about social media, making films or trying your hand at knitting.
  • Fit for life: This octant encourages you to think about the things you need for a healthy mind, body and soul, from managing stress to eating well.
  • Independent living: Learning the life skills you need to strike out on your own are a key part of guiding. Try your hand at car maintenance, upcycle some furniture or even become a life coach!
  • International: Learning about world cultures could mean joining a Girlguiding Scotland trip as far afield as Ghana or Cambodia – or staying at home and learning a new language.
  • Leadership: Open doors by developing your leadership skills – from planning a great day out for a local guiding Unit to getting qualified as a Young Leader, Leader or Trainer.
  • Out of doors: The great outdoors is ready and waiting – and this octant will help you explore it by choosing activities from bagging a Munro to growing your own.
  • Personal values: Find out more about your and others’ values by researching your family tree, starting a blog or campaigning on an issue you care about.

In 2016, The Senior Section are celebrating their 100th birthday with ‘The Senior Section Spectacular.’ This is a year long celebration filled with events and activities planned and decided by The Senior Section. Some activities include a trip to Cologne in Germany; the Tea Party Challenge Badge; Walk, Run, Fun; and lots of camping!

The Senior Section promise is:

I promise that I’ll do my best,
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people,
And to keep the Guide Law.


Ayrshire North have 10 Senior Section units which are based throughout our county:


If you have any questions specifically about The Senior Section, please contact our Senior Section Adviser – Betty Wilson at

   Catriona Gilmour receives QGA 2015 Eilidh - Senior Section SS at AGM 2015