II-258179 | Girl Guides, Miss Edgar's School, Montreal, QC, 1924

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Girl Guides, Miss Edgar's School, Montreal, QC, 1924
Wm. Notman & Son
1924, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin silver process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  female (19035) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Keys to History

The Girl Guide movement was founded upon the same principles as those of the Boy Scouts: almost militaristic attitudes and discipline, an emphasis on order, the use of games and leisure activities to instil respect for authority and create socially well-adapted youths, and participating in outdoor activities. The specific goals of the Girl Guides were somewhat different, however; the educational and recreational activities of the girls were intended to foster participation and friendship, rather than competitiveness. This was in keeping with the perceived destiny of young women - their future roles as wives and mothers.

  • What

    The Girl Guide movement was founded in England in 1909 by the same person who founded the Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941).

  • Where

    The first Girl Guide troupe in Canada was formed in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1910.

  • When

    During this era, the ideology of Scouting was more appealing to boys than to girls.

  • Who

    These young girls, so proud of their Girl Guide uniforms, were no doubt the daughters of the Montreal elite. However, the Girl Guides, like the Boy Scouts, attracted children of all social classes.