Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses



1943 POR - Cultural Certificate

When a Ranger has gained the H.E.S. Armlet, or has worked at the basic training for at least a year, she may specialize and work for a Ranger Certificate.  A Certificate is given for each section when a test in any one subject has been passed.  The examinations of recognised outside societies should, where possible, be taken to qualify for Ranger Certificates.


Part I is compulsory, and the whole of Part II and one question of Part III, or the whole of Part III and one question of Part II.

Part I

Pass one of the following:

1) Illustrative Artist - Show three pieces of original, competent and tasteful work executed in any suitable medium, e.g. pen and ink, charcoal, "wash" drawing, lino-cut or wood-cut.

2) Painter - Show three pieces of well-executed and good painting (original) in either oil, water-colour or pastel.

3) Craftsman - Show three examples of any one major craft, such as lettering and illuminating, pottery, fabric printing, dress design, posters, jewellery, book-binding, weaving, cabinet-work, etc.

4) Modeller - Show three pieces of modelling, either in the round or bas-relief, or plaque or medallion.  These may be in clay, plasticine, was or other medium.

Part II

1) Give the history and special features of two schools of painting, e.g. Florentine, Venetian, Dutch, Eighteenth Century, English, etc., with an account of at least three painters belonging to each.

2) Show a knowledge of the work of two well-known living artists in drawing, painting or sculpture.

3) Bring to the test the reproduction of a picture by one of the artists mentioned in 1 or 2, framed in passe-partout by herself, or, show an album she has made holding not less than six pictures by these artists or sculptors.  Give reasons for her choice.

4) Know the history and describe the principal possessions of a local art gallery or of a famous public or private collection of art, or

Describe some local monument or piece of sculpture, both from the historical and art point of view, and state her opinion of it.  Make a drawing of it.

Part III

1) Understand and explain the following terms:

Apse, nave, column, capital, arch, tracery, buttress, corbal, gargoyle, mullion, elevation, gable, turret, string course, cornice, foundation, sewer, drain, vaults, span, keystone.

2) Describe the special features of any two periods of architecture, e.g. Greek, Renaissance, Gothic, etc.

3) Describe in detail and give her opinion of a building, such as a church, town hall, etc., in her neighbourhood, planned by a good artist during the last twenty years.  State the special characteristics of modern architecture; or describe the difference in style between a Tudor house and a Queen Anne house.

4) Describe and know the history of a famous building, if possible one in her neighbourhood.  Draw a part which she specially admires and give reasons for her choice.


Part I is compulsory, and either the whole of Part II or the whole of Part III.

Part I

1) Read (and if possible see or hear) a play of Shakespeare, a morality play (old or new), and six contrasted plays of her own choice.

Be prepared to discuss them all with the tester, and quote from memory from the first two.

2) Keep a record of plays, including radio plays, and films for six months (not necessarily consecutive) with brief notes as regards quality of story, production, acting and photography.

3) Bring two of the following properties made by herself: Crown, weapon, wings, cottage window, fireplace, cut-out tree.

Part II - Producer

1) Show a performance of a dramatic item lasting not less than fifteen minutes that she has produced herself.  This may be a scene from a long play, a one-act play, a mime, a puppet show, an operetta, or a series of acted ballads, spoken or sung.  The performers can be children or adults.  The tester can attend an entertainment or the production can be brought to the test.

2) Submit and be prepared to explain a scheme for producing a play of her own choice, to include:

a) lighting plot; b) rough sketches of costume and setting; c) a time-table of rehearsals; d) a note on publicity; e) a note on author's performing fee and the Government Entertainment Tax.

3) Improvise at the test a dramatic arrangement either spoken or mimed, suitable for camp-fire, or a story, ballad, or song, given by the tester.

Part III - Actor

1) Have played a part in a play and be prepared to quote from it and discuss it.

2) Act a monologue or duologue of her own choice (taking both parts) at the test.

3) Bring copies and be ready to read as directed from three of the plays in Clause 1 Part I.

4) Bring a friend and materials and demonstrate the dry make-up of a character part (old woman, country-girl, injured boy, etc.), at the request of the tester.


Part I (one section) and Part II must be taken.

Part I - National Dances


Perform in any place in the set:

1) The six dances (published in the English Country Dance, Graded Series, Vol.IV, by Cecil Sharp); Sage Leaf, Childgrove, Epping Forest, Old Mole, Hit and Miss, Newcastle.

2) Four other dances of her own choice (one of these may be a jig, reel, hornpipe or sword dance).


1) Perform as either No. 1 or No. 2 man or woman, the following figures in the Welsh Reel, in addition to those in the Guide Country Dance Badge Syllabus: Jigging, Leading Outside, Bridge, Swing Corners, Back to Back, Round the Room.

2) Perform as either or woman, the Rhif Wyth, or any one dance from the Llangadfan Dances, edited and arranged by Lois Black and W.S. Gwyn Williams

Music and instructions for the Welsh Reel (price 9d.) ad the Rhif Wyth (prince 8d.) are published by Stainer and Bell, 58 Berners Street, London, W.1.  Both dances are obtainable on one gramophone record.  The Llangadfan Dances are published by Hughes and Sons, Wrexham, Denbigh, price 2s. 6d.


1) Perform as either man or woman, in any place in the set:

Corn Riggs, Fight about the Fireside, The River Cree, The Red House, Glasgow Highlanders, Houghs of Cromdale, Greig's Pipes, Dalkeith's Strathspey.

2) Conduct a group of dancers through one of the first four dances on the list.  

These dances can be obtained in leaflet form (3d. per copy) from the Secretary, S.C.D.S.. Thornhill, Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

Northern Ireland

1) Hold the Guide Country Dance Badge or be prepared to dance any of the dances included in it.

2) Perform six of the following dances: High Cane Cap, Haymaker's Jig, Lannigan's Ball, Bonfire Dance, Harvest Time Jig, Rowenella, Piper's Dance, Eight Hand Reel.

3) Know the jig step, side step, and three reel steps.

Instructions for these dances can be obtained from Northern Ireland Headquarters, 50 Upper Arthur Street, Belfast.

Part II - Dances of Other Countries

Perform two dances from Series III of Scandinavian Dances or Series III of Folk Dances of Many Lands, both published by the Ling Association.

N.B. The tester should, where possible, be qualified and approved by a branch of the recognised Folk Dance Society of the country.

The dancer will be expected to perform the movements in good style, accurately, rhythmically and with due appreciation and enjoyment of the musical and individual character of the dance.


Any one Section may be taken for the certificate

1) Knitter

1) Make a dress, cardigan, jersey or pullover for an adult.

2) Make golf-stockings with fancy tops, or a garment introducing a fair-isle design.

3) Make an outfit for an infant, consisting of at least four garments excluding gloves and bootees.

4) Show ability to adapt printed directions to specified measurements.

2) Embroideress

1) Embroider a sampler showing twelve stitches which must include hem-stitching, square stitch, double running and cross-stitch.  These should be done by the counted thread, and the sampler should have mitred corners.

2) Show a knowledge of the history of such traditional work as double running, drawn fabric and quilting, and the characteristics of their designs.

3) Show two finished articles worked in the style of two traditional types of embroidery.  These articles must be made entirely by the Ranger, and should show that she understands how to adapt the designs to suit her purpose.  No bought hemstitching is allowed, and there must be a very high standard of neatness and finish.

3) Bookbinder

1) Know the history of the making of books, (Books and their History, Jack, 3s. 6d., is recommended).  Know the parts of a book, the standard sizes of printing paper, and the meaning of folio, quarto, octavo, frontispiece, index and glossary.

2) Show an old book repaired by herself.

3) Bind together loose copies of a magazine, music or exercise books.  (Outside cases may be bought ready made.)

4) Bind a book in half cloth and paper (patterned paper sides preferable made by the Ranger), or in half cloth and leather.

5) Make on e of the following of her own choice:

a) Whole leather binding.

b) Whole leather binding, all one design in blind.

c) An album, showing correct guarding, hollow back, covered with whole cloth.

6) Make a loose-leaf notebook, size about 8in x 10in. (no bought ones eligible), to contain notes on apparatus required in binding, and suitable materials (give samples), with brief notes as to where these can be obtained, etc.

7) Mount a picture, or a paper sheet survey map, to be mounted in sections, made to fold.

8) Show an example of blind tooling and lettering.

4) Leatherworker

1) Have a general knowledge of the chief processes of tanning.

2) Make notes on six types of skins, the methods of their making into leather, the countries form which they come, and the puposes for which each is suitable.

3) Show two pieces of work designed, constructed and executed by herself with simple appropriate decoration and thonging, selected from the following: shopping bag, fitted pochette, book-carrier, slip-on book-cover, bellows, book blotter, spectacle case, pair of loves, slippers.

4) Make a plaited dog-leash or plaited handles for a shopping-bag, and some leather fastener buttons and loops.

5) Toycraft

1) Make a toy of some soft material or wool, suitable for a baby.

2) Make an animal, bird or doll with moveable limbs.

3) Plan and model a bungalow and furniture, or ship, using wood or cardboard; or construct in wood a trolley or wheelbarrow (minimum size: 1 foot in length, excluding handles), suitable for a child of 4 to 7.

4) Make a wooden animal or set of animals, using a fretsaw, or make a toy mainly from scrap material (cotton-reels, matchboxes, pieces, etc.)

5) Make one other toy.

All toys must be of a saleable standard.


1) Keep a bibliography of all her reading during the time she is preparing for the certificate, and be prepared to discuss with the tester the value of the books and periodicals she has read.

2) Keep a book of quotations of her own choice rom her reading, and of references to passages which seem to her specially memorable.  She should be able to quote form this book.

3) Read from such anthologies as the Golden Treasury or the Oxford Book of English Verse, and the Golden Treasury of Longer Poems (Everyman Series), examples of the different types of English Poetry.

4) a) Study examples of story-telling, oratory and poetry in the Bible.

b) Read an essay each of Bacon, Addison and R.L. Stevenson, or any other great writers typical of the development of the essay form.

c) Read two nineteenth and two twentieth century novels of recognised greatness

5) Read a Shakesperian and a modern example of each of the three main types of drama, e.g. tragedy, comedy and history.

6) Choose for special study one of the following subjects:

Children's stories, myths and legends, biography, auto-biography, books of ravel, or

Choose a great period of literature and be able to give an account of three authors in it, or

Read some account of the growth and development of our language, such as The English Language by Logan Pearsall-Smith (Home University Library).


Part I is compulsory, and the whole of Part II or of Part III.

Part I

1) Keep a record for three months of the music she ahs heard to include symphonies, chamber music, and choral singing.  This may be music heard in church, in a concert hall or on the radio.

2) Know something of the life and work of two composers of different periods.

3) Recognise all the instruments of a symphony orchestra from pictures and know how they are usually arranged on a platform.

Part II - Instrumental or Vocal

1) Paly or sing "God Save the King."

2) Pass any recognized examination approved by the tester as suitable to her age and opportunities,   (If the instrument chosen is one for which there are no recognized examinations, or if or any reason the above is not possible, the tester may be asked to select two items to be played or sing from a list offered by the candidate.  This list should contain at least six contrasted pieces of music.)  Play a church service in the case of an organist.

Part III - Camp-fire Singing

1) Conduct a company or patrol she has trained to sing a folk-song, part-song, or round.  (A folk song may be defined as one of which the composer has not been traced.)

2) Be able to teach ten songs of her own choice out of the Camp Fire Songs (2d.), or any equivalent song book published by Imperial Headquarters.