Published Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Girl guides have been operating UK-wide for over 100 years. (© Getty)
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK which is run with the help of 100,000 volunteers, it aims to build girls' confidence and raise their aspirations through activities and teamwork.
The group, which is over 100 years old, has announced following an in-depth consultation process that the wording of their Promise is to be updated "to make guiding truly open to all girls and women, and to create a space where those of all faiths and none can find a home".
In the new Promise, which will take effect from 1 September, the words 'to be true to myself and develop my beliefs' will replace 'to love my God'.
A reference to the monarch is retained however; the phrase 'to serve the Queen and my community' will replace 'to serve the Queen and my country'.
The change came after views of 44,000 people including girls, adults, members and non members.
It is hoped the move, which they say will still emphasise spiritual development, will open up the organisation to more potential members.
"We hope the new wording will help us reach out to girls and women who might not have considered guiding before, so that even more girls can benefit from everything guiding can offer," says Chief Guide Gill Slocombe.
Apart from a simpler Promise for Rainbows - girls aged five to seven and four to seven in Northern Ireland - Girlguiding will not be providing alternative versions.
Ms Slocombe added: "Guiding believes in having one Promise, which is a clear statement of our core values that all our members can commit to."
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