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Girl Guides set to drop God and Queen from its oath

by Julie Henry, Telegraph

In one of the most controversial shake ups in its 102 year history, the organisation has launched a consultation that could lead to significant changes to the promise Guides are expected to take when they join.

It would be the first major reform for the Guides, which boasts more than half a million members, to be initiated under Julie Bentley, its new chief executive.

The former head of The Family Planning Association who took over in November ruffled feathers when she described the Guides as “the ultimate feminist organisation”.

In a statement, the organisation said: "The Promise is guiding's beating heart – it is the core expression of values and the common standard that brings everyone in guiding together.

"Over the past few years we have heard from more and more girls and leaders who struggle with the wording, particularly in interpreting what it really means to girls today.

"Girlguiding UK is committed to retaining a Promise that is in line with its original principles, but we know it is crucial that girls and young women understand and believe in the words they say."

Currently, Guides promise to do their best, love “my God”, serve “the Queen and country” and keep the Guide law.

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