Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting around the world

The international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement, headed by WAGGGS, involves 10 million girls and young women in 145 countries.

Focus countries

Learning about international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting is an important part of World Thinking Day. Each year, WAGGGS selects focus countries for girls to learn about.

You can find out all about this year’s focus countries in the World Thinking Day activity pack.

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Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting began in the UK in 1910, spreading rapidly worldwide in 1911 and 1912. It has now reached many more countries.

The Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting world is organized into five Regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere. Each country’s Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting activities are managed by a national Member Organization.

Some countries – such as France, Israel, Lebanon, Madagascar and Sweden – have more than one Member Organization. In these countries, the Member Organization are all part of a unified Federation for that country.

There are many differences between countries – for example, some are girls-only and some also have boys as members. Visit the Our World section of the WAGGGS website for more information on each Member Organization or see this year’s World Thinking Day activity pack for profiles of this year’s focus countries.

You can also view our collection of international uniform pictures and add a picture of your own uniform.

Information on pen pals

Pen pals

International friendship is an important part of being a Girl Guide or Girl Scout – but it is important to always be safe when contacting people you don’t know.

For this reason, WAGGGS is not able to help you find international pen pals through this website.

Instead, we ask you to contact the Member Organization of your choice and contact them directly to see if they can match you up with a Girl Guiding or Girl Scouting group in their country. This way, you can avoid putting yourself or your girls at risk.

Visit the WAGGGS website for a directory of all Member Organizations and their contact details.

You can also download the Surf Smart badge curriculum for more tips on staying safe online.