IGG Abbreviation Guide
We’ve built up quite a list of abbreviations over the years. If you’re new to the Girl Guides and want to learn more about how we work, you can browse a full summary below.
We’ve built up quite a list of abbreviations over the years. If you’re new to the Girl Guides and want to learn more about how we work, you can browse a full summary below.
AC = Area Commissioner
APL = Assistant Patrol Leader
ATOC = Adult Training and Outdoors Committee
B-P = Lord Baden Powell
C1 = IGG Camp and Holiday Form
C4 = IGG International Travel Form
CEO = Chief Executive Officer
CGI = Catholic Guides of Ireland
CIGA = Council of Irish Guiding Associations
CO = Camp Officer
DC = District Commissioner
IGG = Irish Girl Guides
IA = Indoor Advisor
ISGF = International Scout and Guide Fellowship
ITGNC = Irish Trefoil Guild National Council
JC = Junior Campcraft
JIL = Junior Indoor Licence
MO = Medical Officer
MEDI = Membership, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
NO = National Office
NPT = National Programme and Training Committee
NWCI = National Women’s Council of Ireland
NYCI = National Youth Council of Ireland
OA = Outdoor Advisor
OGM = Online Guide Manager
PL = Patrol Leader
PLC = Patrol Leaders’ Council
PR = Public Relations
QM = Quarter Master
RC = Regional Commissioner
RCM = Regional Committee Member
RDO = Regional Development Officer
SB = Senior Branch
SC = Senior Campcraft
SIL = Senior Indoor Licence
TG = Trefoil Guild
UCP = Unit Contact Person
WAGGGS = World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
WOSM = World Organisation of Scout Movements
Accident Report Forms – are available from DC/NO or can be downloaded from the IGG website
Assistant Patrol Leader – The Guide who is personally chosen by the PL to help her and stand in for her when she is absent
Adalia – a name used for a Ladybird Leader.
Adult Health Form – form required for all adults on overnight events to complete
Adventures – the 6 areas of the Journey programme
Area – division of one of the seven administrative regions that IGG is divided into
Badge Tab – a piece of navy material worn by Leaders to hold pin badges.
Belong Badges – Promise pin, World Trefoil pin, IGG membership pin, Brownie emblems, Guide Patrol badges, Region badges, Unit name tabs, Guide Patrol Leader/ APL, Brownie Sixer /Seconders pins
Branch Day/Weekend – National training event for Leaders at which each Leader receives Branch specific training.
Branches – the different age group categories within the Irish Girl Guides.
Bronze Star – the name given to the Local Level Award Pathway and Specialised Pins of the Senior Branch Journey Programme
Brown Owl – a name used for a Brownie Guide Leader.
Brownies – a member of IGG aged from 7 – 10 years.
Brownie Revels – a fun event when Packs join together for a day or afternoon
Brownie Ring – The ring formation used for opening and closing ceremonies and formal occasions
Camp – holidays under canvas
Campfire – Singing songs ideally out-of-doors around a campfire in the evening
Camp Officer – (CO) the leader in charge of a camp
Cape – The Ladybird’s superhero powers are reflected on the rainbow-coloured superhero cape. The development of this cape is illustrated on the three different Ladybird Journey Badges
Census – an annual census of members of the Irish Girl Guides is taken on 31 January every year. Payment of National Membership fee is required at the same time
Ceremonies – are used by all Branches. The most frequent being opening, closing and Promise ceremonies
CIGA (Council of Irish Guiding Associations) – which is made up of the Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland (on behalf of their members resident in the Republic of Ireland). IGG is a member of WAGGGS through CIGA.
Change Adventure – this is one of the 6 Adventures in the Journey Programme
Chief Commissioner’s Award – a challenging cross-country expedition for Senior Branch teams lasting up to 5 days, which is held every other year
Choice Challenges – the “pick and choose” section of each Journey Programme. These can be found on OGM and the Leader Journey Planner
Coccinella – a name used for a Ladybird Leader.
Colour Party – the group of 2 or 3 people responsible for carrying, raising and lowering the flag.
Colours – flags.
Commissioner – a warranted Leader with a specific responsibility e.g. District, Area, International.
Community Challenge – this is one of the 6 Adventures in the Journey Programme. In Brownies and Guides this Adventure is called Teamwork Adventure
Company – a name often used for a Guide Unit.
Compulsory Challenges – the core parts of each Journey Programme
Cookout – an event where meals are cooked out-of-doors
Data Protection – IGG’s Data Protection Policy explains each Leader’s obligations as outlined in Irish legislation when dealing with personal data
Detect – the name given to the first year of the Brownie Journey Programme
Detectives – This is the concept behind the Brownie Journey Programme. The Brownies are Detectives who collect gadgets to show that they have achieved each year of the programme
Discover – the name given to the first year of the Ladybird Journey Programme
Distribution Centre – place where uniforms, badges and resources may be purchased.
Drill – a ceremony of marching for Guides.
District – a sub-division of a Guiding Area which is made up of a number of local Units
District Commissioner – DC is elected by the adult members of the District and is responsible for supporting all Leaders in the District
Diva Badge – can be earned by a Senior Branch member by completing all Ladybird or 20 Brownie or 20 Guide Interest Badges
Enrolment and the Promise Ceremony – when a member states their Promise publicly for the first time
Event Pack – the necessary forms for running an overnight event and useful charts and checklists.
Executive Committee – the national committee responsible for managing the Irish Girl Guides.
Explore – the name given to the third year of the Brownie Journey Programme
Explorers – this is the concept behind the Guide Journey Programme. The Guides are Explorers who collect treasures to mark their accomplishments for each year of the programme
Fly – the name given to the third year of the Ladybird Journey Programme
Gadgets – as a Brownie completes each part of the three years in her Branch programme she is a detective collecting gadgets along the way
Gaisce – the President’s Award is a prestigious Irish Award earned by young people between the age of 15 and 25 by participating in several activities for a certain period. There are three award levels -bronze, silver and gold
Garden– the shape the Ladybirds stand in for ceremonies.
Global Awareness Adventure – this is one of the 6 Adventures in the Journey Programme
Golden Sun – the name given to the National Level Award Pathway and Specialised Pins Pathway of the Senior Branch Journey Programme
Grow – the name given to the second year of the Ladybird Journey Programme
Good Turn – helping someone without being asked or paid.
Guides – a member of IGG aged 10 – 14
Guide Bag – a blue or pink bag available in DC onto which Guides may sew their badges
Guiding Adventures – this is one of the 6 adventures in the Journey Programme
Guide Sign – a symbol of Guiding throughout the world.
Guides Own – an act of worship or reflection planned and presented by the Guides themselves, or with their leaders
Horseshoe – the shape the Guides stand in for ceremonies.
Hike – a planned walk/trek out-of-doors, usually with a purpose or goal
IGG Online Handbook – outlines the rules and regulations of the organisation and can be found in the Leaders’ section of the IGG website
Indoor Licence – Qualification held by Leader in charge of an indoor holiday
Indoor Licence Advisor – an experienced Indoor Licence Holder or CO who has fulfilled the criteria and is willing to share her knowledge on indoor activities.
Innovator – the name given to the third year of the Guide Journey Programme
Interest Badges –are the badges that complement the core Journey Programme. These badges are earned from Ladybirds to Senior Branch and show that a girl has developed a skill, knowledge and /or interest in a particular area
Insurance – all members of the Irish Girl Guides are insured while engaged in Guiding activities.
Investigate – the name given to the second year of the Brownie Journey Programme
Journey Badge – marks the completion of a stage in the Journey Programme. Each stage has its own Journey Badge
Journey Planner – each Branch has its own Journey Planner for Leaders’ resource. The Journey Planner provides a suggested activity to go with each Core /Choice Challenge in the Journey Programme. Journey Planner is available in hard copy, on a memory stick from DCs or on OGM
Journey Programme – name of the overall Programme of the Irish Girl Guides
Kit List – a list of the clothing, equipment, etc. needed for an event.
Ladybird Day Out – an annual day out for Ladybird Guides.
Ladybirds – a member of IGG aged 5 – 7 years.
Law – one of the fundamental principles of Guiding, a simple code that its members live by
Leader – a warranted adult member of the Irish Girl Guides who works with a Unit
Leaders’ Expenses – out of pocket expenses related to the running of and development of programmes for a Unit
Leadership Team – the voluntary Leaders responsible for the running of a local IGG Unit
Leader Travel Guide – takes you through the details of the Journey Programme for your girls
Lifeskills Adventure – this is one of the 6 adventures in the Journey Programme
Logo – the IGG emblem
Lone members – this refers to members of Trefoil Guild who do not have a Guild nearby and are affiliated nationally
Membership Fee –. Annual membership fee paid by all members at the same time as the census, which contributes towards the running costs of the organisation and resources for Leaders
Membership Costs – include Subscription (subs) to cover the running cost of a Unit,
Medical Officer – (MO) the leader in charge of health and safety at an event
National Awards – the highest awards that can be earned by a member
National Guide Award – highest award of the Journey Programme in Guides
National Office – the headquarters of IGG, situated in Dublin
National Office Staff – staff members in the National office who are responsible for the overall administration of the organisation and provide the necessary resources and support to all the volunteer Leaders
National Standing Committees – national committees with specific areas of responsibility, e.g. Brownie Branch Committee, Adult Training and Outdoors Committee.
Neckerchief – a triangular scarf worn around the neck
National Conference – event held for Commissioners and Leaders throughout the country to provide information and discussion.
National Outcomes – there are 15 National Outcomes in the Journey Programme broken down into measurable steps to mark progression in each Branch. In the Journey Programme the girls gains specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values which will help her achieve the outcomes
Online Guide Manager – (OGM) IGG’s Membership System which helps to reduce administration of all the Unit Records. It also has a number of programme resources that can help you put together great programmes. All members of the Unit Leadership team may have access to the system
Outdoor Advisor – an experienced CO who has fulfilled the criteria and is willing to share her knowledge on outdoor and indoor activities
Outdoor Adventure – this is one of the 6 Adventures in the Journey Programme
Overall Award Pathway – in the Senior Branch Journey Programme there are three pathways, the first being the Overall Awards which have three levels marked by the Bronze Star, Silver Moon and Golden Sun Awards
Pack – a name often used for a Brownie Guide Unit.
Pack Holiday – an event for Brownie Guides involving at least one overnight away from home.
Participation Badges – marks participation in a theme-based activity, special occasion or event such as a Regional event, Giving Girls Confidence or Fun badges
Passport – a small booklet for Brownies outlining their Journey Programme
Pathfinder – the name given to the first year of the Guide Journey Programme
Pathway – after a Senior Branch member has completed her first year of the programme she can choose between three different Pathways: Overall Award Pathway; Specialised Area Pins Pathway and /or Interest Badge Pathway. Senior Branch members can move between pathways as they choose
Patrol – a group of six to eight Guides who work under the leadership of one of their peers, the Patrol Leader
Patrol Leader – (PL) the leader of a group of six to eight Guides elected to the position by the girls
Patrol Leaders’ Council – (PLC) a meeting of the Unit Leaders and Patrol Leaders, at which they participate equally in discussion and planning
Personal Skill – is one of the components necessary to achieve the Gaisce Award and is part of the Senior Branch Journey Programme
Personal Registration Forms– these forms must be completed annually by parents for each girl in the Unit. Details should then be recorded on OGM
Physical Recreation – is one of the components necessary to achieve the Gaisce Award and is part of the Senior Branch Journey Programme
Powers – as a Ladybird completes each part of the three years in her Journey Programme she gains her superhero powers and the cape on her Journey Badge grows
Pow-Wow –- The Pack sits in the Brownie Ring for exchange of ideas and information and to make plans
Programme – the totality of non-formal educational activities and experiences provided for members.
Programme and Training Committee – the national committee responsible for coordinating the development and delivery of all aspects of the Guiding programme.
Promise – the three-part commitment that girls and adults make when they are enrolled as members of IGG
Promise Ceremony – when a member makes her Promise and is presented with the appropriate Branch Promise badge.
Quartermaster (QM) – the Leader in charge of catering at an event
Rainbow – a name used for a Ladybird Leader.
Records – Unit records (names and contact details/Patrols or Sixes/individual badge records etc.) accounts package and an accident record book must be kept for each Unit. Use OGM to reduce the amount of paperwork needed.
Regional Conference – Held annually, usually in the autumn, to give information and training to Leaders and Commissioners in a Region
Regional Committee Member – a member of the Regional Committee and a representative of that Region on a National Standing Committee.
Regional Development Officer – is a paid member of staff who plays an important role in the on-going support of all Leaders in the Region
Regional Level Award Pathway – Senior Branch overall award – see Silver Moon
Regional Teams – a group of Leaders in a Region with a designated particular focus e.g. Regional Guide Team, Regional Outdoor Team.
Registration Nights – open evenings held for interested girls/parents to join
Residential Qualifications – additional qualifications for warranted Leaders interested in taking youth members away overnight
Resource Centres – a support facility in some Areas/Regions
Safeguarding and Child Protection – outlines clear procedures for matters related to the protection of children and adults
Safety Guidelines – a booklet containing important information on insurance, safety and activities which helps maintain the high standard of care we provide for our members
Sash – a band of material worn by youth members onto which they sew their badges.
Screening and Garda Vetting – a legal obligation on all adults who work with children
Seconder – in Brownies the assistant in the Six is called the Seconder
Senior Branch Member – a member of IGG aged 14 years to 30 years. Members of Senior Branch can remain in the Branch until their 30th birthday. They can complete their own programme and act as a Leader in a Unit from the age of 18
Senior Brancher – the informal term for a Senior Branch member
Senior Branch Programme – can be undertaken by any member of IGG who is aged from 14 to 30 years. The Journey Programme can be done in Units or individually
Service Awards – (known as Long Service Awards) recognise the length of time someone has volunteered with the organisation as an adult member
Silver Moon – the name given to the Regional Level Award Pathway and Specialised Area Pins Pathway of the Senior Branch Journey Programme
Silence Sign – is the international recognised Guiding sign used by Leaders who want the Unit or gathering to fall silent
Six – a group of six to eight Brownies who work under the leadership of one of their peers, the Sixer
Sixer – the leader of a group of six to eight Brownies
Six Corner – Position in the room where the Six assembles
Skills Qualifications – this qualification is designed for a warranted Leader who has an aptitude for the following specific area of the programme – music, crafts, campfire and is willing to share her skills with other Leaders in her Area/Region
Snowy Owl – a name used for a Brownie Guide Leader.
Special Focus Badges –are the badges that have been, or will be, produced by WAGGGS or IGG to enable the girls to focus on a specific theme which a Unit can opt to complete. Syllabi for these badges are available on OGM.
Specialised Area Pins – in the Senior Branch Journey Programme there are three levels of Specialised Area Pins – Bronze, Silver and Gold. There are a total of 6 Adventures in each level i.e. a total of 6×3 =18 Pins
STARR – Support and Training for Active Recruitment and Retention booklet provides ideas to help each of us spread the word about Guiding to more girls and women
Subscriptions – the contribution to the running of the Unit, paid weekly, monthly or annually depending on the Unit.
Superheroes – this is the concept behind the Ladybird Journey Programme. The Ladybirds are superheroes who gain powers as they progress through each year of the programme
Tawny Owl – a name used for a Brownie Guide Leader.
Teamwork Adventure – this is one of the 6 Adventures in the Journey Programme. In Senior Branch this Adventure is called Community Involvement Adventure
Term of Office – the length of time a member can hold a particular position. (DC, Regional teams, national standing committees)
The Welly!!! – the magazine for Senior Branch members of IGG.
Ticket – Ladybirds have a Ticket outlining their Ladybird Journey
Trail Blazer– the name given to the fourth year of the Guide Journey Programme.
Trainer – an experienced Leader who has fulfilled the criteria and is willing to share her knowledge with other Leaders at formal and informal training events
Training and Leadership Development – is a vital part of Guiding where Leaders attend training sessions, gain confidence, to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to run a Unit and understand the Guiding ethos
Travel Folder – Guides have a Travel Folder for recording their Journey. It also outlines the Journey Programme and Interest Badges for them to choose from
Travel Guide – is the publication for all Leaders. It outlines the Journey Programmes for Ladybirds/Brownies/Guides/Senior Branch members so Leaders can understand and appreciate the whole journey the girl can travel on whilst a member of IGG
Travel Journal – Senior Branch folder outlining the various Pathways Senior Branch members can take in their Journey Programme
Treasures – as a Guide completes each part of the four years in her Branch Journey Programme, she is an explorer collecting treasures to mark her accomplishments
Trefoil – a three-part emblem, representing the three parts of the Promise.
Trefoil Guild – is a group within IGG for women who cannot make the weekly commitment but still have skills to offer and enjoy meeting up to share ideas and do activities.
Trefoil House – the building shared by National Office and the Dublin Distribution Centre.
Trefoil News – the official Leaders’ magazine of the Irish Girl Guides.
Uniform – worn by members of IGG and differentiated according to the age group – Ladybird, Brownie, Guide, Senior Branch or adult Leaders
Unit – a local group of youth members with Leaders, who meet on a weekly basis, registered by the local Commissioner at National Office.
Unit Size – for safety reasons there are limits on the number of girls allowed in a Unit. These and ratios of adults to girls are outlined in the Safety Guidelines booklet
Unit Attendance Records – this can be done on OGM or in paper format and should include girls, Leaders/Unit Helpers/visitors. Attendance records should be kept for all activities including weekly meeting/ holidays/outings.
Unit Account Package – a record of all money received and all expenditure must be kept by the Unit. The Accounts Package can be downloaded from OGM and includes guidelines
Unit Helper – an interested adult who does not wish to or cannot (e.g. a father), become a warranted Leader and helps out occasionally when additional help is needed. This includes someone who is on a parents’ rota and includes both male and females
Unit Contact Person (UCP) – the Leader who acts as the communication liaison person for a local Unit
Unit Leader – a member of the local Unit Leadership team
Unit Leadership Team – the group of Leaders responsible for the running of the local Unit
Voyager – the name given to the second year of the Guide Journey Programme
Ventact – a joint Guiding and Scouting Association adventure weekend held each year in September
WAGGGS – abbreviation for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a global organisation reaching 10 million girls and young women in 146 countries over five regions – Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, Western Hemisphere and the Arab Region
Waiting Lists – lists of people wanting to join IGG and can be maintained on OGM
Warrant – is a licence to be a recognised adult Leader in IGG . To hold a warrant, you must be an enrolled member of IGG
Warrant Pins – May be worn by all warranted Leaders and are Branch specific
Woggle – a leather woven band worn around the neckerchief
World Thinking Day – The joint birthday of the Founder and Lady Baden-Powell on 22 February, when members around the world think of each other
World Thinking Day Fund Voluntary donations from all members to international Guiding