Girlguiding in Harlow


Rainbows are the youngest section of the Girl guiding organization for girls aged between 5 and 7.  They learn by doing – they get their hands dirty, do sports, arts and crafts and play games. Being a rainbow is all about having the space to try new things.  Through taking part in a range of different activities with girls their own age, Rainbows develop self-confidence and make lots of new friends.


Brownies are aged between 7 to 10.  They enjoy activities, challenges, fun and friendship.  Activities include fitness, arts, international etc.  Sleepovers, camps and holidays.  Every time they meet up, groups of Brownies learn new skills and take on challenges as they work out what they want to do in the future.

There are opportunities for personal development and they work towards badges.


For girls aged 10 to 14 – Guides challenge themselves and make a difference in their community.

In Guides, you’ll get out there and do something really different.

You’ll create your own campaigns, learn and share new skills and fly down the occasional zip wire.  You’ll explore new places – guides go on camps, holidays and trips, enjoy exciting events like their star-studded concert the BIG GIG and their music festival, Wellies and Wristbands.


Rangers is a new section for girls aged 14 – 18 and will replace the Senior Section from the start of the academic year 2019/20.

Rangers will wear a brand new uniform, meet up regularly, have fun doing activities together and be recognized for their achievements with badges and awards.

Young women in Rangers will follow a programme of interest badges, skills builders and awards and take part in amazing challenges, travel the world and develop skills across six themes.

Whether your daughter wants to join Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers you will need to register her interest on the website here.

How Registration Works

  1. Register your daughter on their website – You’ll be asked for your contact details and a few key pieces of information about your daughter.
  2. Choose the best unit for you – They will use your details to suggest several local units Then it’s up to you to select the most convenient one.  You can choose up to three location preferences.
  3. They get in touch – someone from your chosen unit will contact you, usually within three weeks. They can explain to you about meetings times, what’s planned for the term and if there’s a waiting list.
  4. Try guiding out! – If spaces are available, the unit will arrange a trial meeting for your daughter to attend. This gives you and her an idea of what guiding is all about.

Register here now

Air-cadets in Harlow

Air Training Corps (2317 Harlow Squadron)

Meet: Monday and Friday evenings
Venue: Bush Fair ATC Hut, Tilwicks Road Bush Fair, Harlow, CM18 6NQ

Equality is a central part of the Air Cadets’ ethic. The cadet experience is open to everyone, so whatever your nationality, background or ability, whether you’re male or female, if you’re in year 8 or above you can join us.

The maximum age for entry is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 13th and 18th birthday.

If you are interested in joining please fill in the form on our website here

Sea-Cadets Harlow

Harlow Sea Cadets Essex

Parade Night:  Tues and Thu 7.3- – 9.30pm
Details:  We have junior cadets, senior cadets, and Marine cadets.  We are Harlow Sea Cadets and part of the UK’s largest maritime youth charity.  Cadets go to sea, learn to sail and do adventure training, all on a nautical theme, plus get extra skills to give you a head start in life.
Contact:  Tel. 01279 416115
Venue:  Bush Fair Playbarn, Off Tilegate Road, Bush Fair, Harlow CM18 6LU

Army-Cadets in Harlow

Army Cadets

Meet:  Tuesday evenings from 7 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue:  The Cadet Centre, Old Road, Old Harlow CM17 OHD
Details:  Boys and girls aged 12 to 18 (aged 12 by 1 September at the start of year 8 in school or equivalent in Scotland and Northern Ireland).

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has nearly 40,000 cadets in more than 1,600 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best clubs around.  When it comes to fun, friendship, action and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.

Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling.  There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at country, regional and national level.

Find out more about what you could do as a cadet, plus check out some of the videos and complete our simple online form to join.


Scouts in Harlow


Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding.  They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.  Research shows it really works. A 2018 report says Scouts are 17% more likely to show leadership skills and work well in teams.  They’re a third more likely to support their communities too.

There are 450,000 young people in Scouting, spread across five sections:

Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and the Scout Network.  Each section has its own balanced programme of activities, badges and awards.

Beavers (6-8 years)

Beaver Scouts are the youngest members. They usually meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.

They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers.

Cubs (8-10 ½ years)

Cubs are split into small groups called sixes.   They take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging.  A meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors.  They also get to go on Camps and holidays.

Scouts (10 ½ – 14 years)

Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a patrol leader.  Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping.  Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp.

Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.

Explorer Scouts (14 – 18 years)

Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders.  The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.

There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.

Scout Network (18 – 25 Years)

Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement.  Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organize themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.

Example activities include abseiling, camping, circus skills, climbing, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering and watersports.

Want to join Scouting?

Visit the website here and enter your postcode in the search bar to the right of the page and you will be shown where Scouting is happening in your local area.