The Guide Promise

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All members of Girlguiding share a commitment to a common standard, and that commitment is demonstrated by the Promise we all make.  The Promise is updated occasionally so that it remains relevant to today’s girls.

The 12th version of the Promise was created after a consultation with 44,000 members, non-members, and interested organisations, and took effect on 1 September 2013.  The Promise is:

I Promise that I will 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 (Brownie) Guide Law.

Rainbows, the youngest among us, have a special Promise of their own:

I Promise that I will do my best:
To think about my beliefs,
And to be kind and helpful.

Reactions to the New Promise

The announcement of the new Promise, on 18 June 2013, provoked a flurry of commentary.  This ranged from the horrified to the delighted, with just about every emotion in the middle.  Below are a selection of the best blog posts I’ve found considering the issue.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out my own post on the issue.

This one includes a selection of tweets on the subject. http://owlsandtoadstools.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/massive-news-new-girlguiding-promise.html

Why “be true to yourself” doesn’t mean you can stay lazy or shy.
http://smiley-net.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/i-promise.html

Hooray for a Promise that lets girls speak their own truth.
http://www.mookychick.co.uk/feminism-politics/feminism/girlguiding-and-the-new-promise.php

A full line-by-line analysis of the Promise and why it’s good. http://learningfromsophie.com/2013/06/19/the-new-guide-promise/

The new wording brings “internal peace” to this blogger. http://speakoutreachoutcampout.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/promises-promises.html

Three posts from Stuff and Nonsense; on Beliefs, Tradition, and Real World Reactions.
http://backtoeight.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/my-beliefs-my-god-my-promise.html
http://backtoeight.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/100-years-of-tradition.html
http://backtoeight.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/promise-for-all-real-world-reactions.html

Christian Today quotes Ann Widdecombe as saying that it is an “appalling decision”. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/girlguiding.uk.removes.god.from.
promise/32913.htm

The Promise isn’t an island. http://heathermaystanley.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/i-promise/

Saddened by vitriol but happy with the new wording. http://www.trueblueguider.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/promise-perspectives.html

And from the “reputable” news sources

I’ve included “reputable” in quotes because of the large number of errors made.  Pictures of Scouts in an article about Guides, references to “Lord and Lady Powell” and so on make you wonder how much of the rest of what they’re telling us is right!

The Telegraph: Aside from the fact the girl in the picture is saluting with the wrong hand, a fair and balanced article.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10128251/Guides-drop-God-and-country-but-keep-the-Queen.html

The Independent: Guides was never about religion.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-girl-guides-have-nothing-to-do-with-religion-and-they-never-have-done-8665048.html

The Independent: Reactions from different organisations.  (Note the old uniform!)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/i-promise-to-be-true-to-myself-and-develop-my-beliefs-girl-guides-drop-religious-reference-but-pledge-to-self-and-the-queen-8664110.html

ITV: Unable to tell the difference between Guides and Scouts.
http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-06-19/girl-guides-drop-god-vow-from-promise/

Politics.co.uk: A wonderfully British Promise.
http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2013/06/19/the-new-girl-guide-promise-is-wonderfully-british

BBC: A balanced view.  The comments are worth a read.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22959997

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