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10. Know the Brownie Guide handshake




All World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) members share the same Left handshake and you should use this when meeting other Guides and Scouts.

With ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 146 countries across the world, WAGGGS is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.

The Founder, Lord Baden Powell, suggested a Left Handshake to recognise other members of the Movement, and it is still used widely.

When asked to explain the origin, Baden Powell related a legend told to him in West Africa: two hostile, neighbouring tribal groups decided to try to live together in peace, and so they flung down their shields, which were carried on the left arm and advanced, unprotected, to greet each other with their left hands extended in trust and friendship.


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