THE Girl Guide movement came under fire from traditionalists yesterday (19 June 2013) after it controversially dropped God from the vows its members must make.
The pledge to “love my God” is to be replaced with the phrase “to be true to myself” and to “develop my beliefs”.
And “to serve the country” will become a promise to serve the “community” from September. But Guides will still honour the Queen.
The traditional pledges, with minor variations, have been recited by all Guides and the younger Brownies – those aged seven to 10 – since the organisation was founded in 1909 under Agnes Baden-Powell, sister of Robert, the creator of the Scout movement. But now Guiding’s new politically-correct modernising leadership has deemed that the old versions of the Promise are “confusing”.