Updated: Sep 4
Guiding Card Game, Pepys Series
First Published: 1958, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: "Produced in co-operation with the Girl Guides Association"
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
There are 44 cards, 10 sets of numbered cards "on various subjects every Guide needs to know to gain the First Class Badge" and 4 First Class Badge cards.
Guiding cards: Scene at our Cabana Mexico: opened 1957, War Service, Our Chalet, Switzerland: opened 1932, Nigerian Guides Practise Bandaging, Flood Salvage by Australian Guides, Travelling Commissioner of the World Association, New Zealand Guide and French Eclaireuse, Camp Kitchen.
Guiding cards: Camp Gadgets, Camp Fire, Colour Ceremonial: Canadian Guides in Camp, Matching Patterned Material Seams, Thrift: Making a Blanket, Darts, Tucks and Buttonholes Before Fitting, Needlework Equipment, Health: Food & Cleanliness, Cooking Preparations.
Guiding cards: Health: Exercise, Fresh Air, Rest, An Attractive Table Stimulates the Appetite, Nursing, Child Nurse, Sick Nurse, Child Nurse, Life-Line: Throwing a Rope, Life-Line, Backward Swing, The Four Positions of Breast Stroke.
Guiding cards: Life-Line; The Throw, Finding the North by Sun and Watch, Knowledge of Your Neighbourhood, Finding North by the Stars, Points of the Compass, Hike Cooking, Guides Exploring Fountains Abbey, Map Reading, Lighting the Hike Fire.
Guiding cards: Emergency Action: Carrying a patient, Emergency Action: Clothes on Fire, Emergency Action: Awaiting Rescue, Emergency Action: Road Accident & 4 First Class Badge cards.
The aim of the game of Guiding is be the first person to play a First Class Badge Card. I wondered what skills and knowledge were required for an aspiring Guide to be awarded a real First Class Badge when the game was first produced. I found an incredibly detailed website, "Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses" if you follow this link and scroll down to the 1957 requirements you will find a full list of the 15 tests a candidate needed to pass.
Some tests sound stressful and difficult, both to undertake and to organise. For one test a group of children between 3 and 5 are required, for another a bed bound patient is desirable and having ready access to a person with a wound that needed dressing seems to have been an advantage.
The game seems to have made a good job of representing, celebrating and encouraging the pursuit of the First Class Badge by players in the late 1950s. To find out more about "Girlguiding" today visit https://www.girlguiding.org.uk .
Game & Version Details
Guiding - Card Back
Guiding - Rules Front
Guiding - Rules Back
Round the World
Guiding - Box Back
Guiding - Box Top
Guiding - Box Side Left
Guiding - Box Base
Guiding - Box Side Right
Guiding - Box Back With Flap