Structure

Girlguiding UK is the UK's largest organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members. It is divided into smaller areas for easier communication and administration, and to support local guiding effectively.

Districts and Divisons

Units may be grouped into Districts led by a District Team, Districts are usually then grouped into Divisions led by a Division Team. Most Districts and Divisions are led by District and Division Commissioners. Our interactive map will help you to locate the Division that you are living in.

Counties and Regions

Divisions (or Districts where there are no Divisions) are grouped into Counties led by a County Team. Guiding Counties do not necessarily correspond to local government boundaries, but are created to meet the strategic needs of guiding in a given area loosely linked to geographic boundaries. County Teams are led by a County Commissioner.

Our County is called Kent East

Counties are supported in Regions according to their geographic location.

Our region is called Girlguiding London and South East England (LaSER)

Commonwealth Head Quarters

The main office for the administration of Girlguiding UK in the United Kingdom is called Commonwealth Headquarters (CHQ) and is situated in London. The professional staff and volunteers at CHQ support the Countries and Regions, the Counties, Divisions, Districts and units, and administer Girlguiding UK on their behalf.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Girlguiding UK is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The World Association was founded in 1928 as the umbrella organisation for guiding and girl scouting associations around the world. WAGGGS is the largest organisation in the world providing non-formal education to girls and young women and has links with many other organisations, including the United Nations. It works to directly influence issues relevant to girls and young women, such as empowerment, life skills, leadership and the fight against HIV and AIDS. All ten million WAGGGS members in 144 countries share the same traditions and aims despite ethnic, cultural, religious and economic differences.