Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1912 Handbook - Interpreter


A Guide must be able to carry out a simple conversation, write a simple letter on subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper, in Esperanto or any other language that is not that of her own country.

1918 POR - Interpreter Badge


A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English, must write a simple letter on a subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper, in either Esperanto or any language that is not that of her own country.

1919 POR - Interpreter Badge


A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English, must write a simple letter on a subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper, in either Esperanto or any language that is not that of her own country.

1920 (March) Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them 1st edition - Interpreter Badge

A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English; must write a simple letter, on a subject given by the examiner; read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper in either Esperanto or any language not that of her own country.

1921 POR - Interpreter


A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English, must write a simple letter on a subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper, in either Esperanto or any language that is not that of her own country.

1924 POR - Interpreter Badge


A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English, must write a simple letter on a subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper, in either Esperanto or any language that is not that of her own country.

1925 Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them 8th edition - Interpreter Badge

A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English; must write a simple letter, on a subject given by the examiner; read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper in either Esperanto or any language not that of her own country.
1927 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 10th edition - Interpreter's Badge

A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English; must write a simple letter, on a subject given by the examiner; read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper in either Esperanto or any language not that of her own country.
1929 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges 12th edition - Interpreter

A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as an interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English; must write a simple letter, on a subject given by the examiner; read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper in either Esperanto or any language not that of her own country.


1930 POR - Interpreter Badge


A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English, must write a simple letter on a subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper in either Esperanto or any language that is not that of her own country.

1931 POR - Interpreter Badge


A Guide must show such knowledge of a language as will enable her to act as interpreter to a foreigner knowing no English, must write a simple letter on a subject given by examiner, read and translate a passage from a book or newspaper in either Esperanto or any language that is not that of her own country.

1932 POR - Interpreter Badge


Know how to speak, read and write, either English, French, German, Esperanto or Spanish, in addition to her own language; be able to take a stranger from the country selected round her town, explain its history, help with shopping (know the shops selling objects characteristic of her own country); know the approximate relative value of the coinage; know about trains, boats, buses, aeroplanes, in her own country, hotels where its language is spoken, people who speak that language and who could give hospitality.

Know the uniform and badges of the World Guide and Girl Scout movements and be able to recognize the flags of the countries which have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts. 

1933 Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 15th Edition - Interpreter Badge

Know how to speak, read and write, either English, French, German, Esperanto or Spanish, in addition to her own language; be able to take a stranger from the country selected round her town, explain its history, help with shopping (know the shops selling objects characteristics of her own country); know the approximate relative value of the coinage; know about trains, boats, aeroplanes, in her own country; know the consulate and legation of her chosen country, hotels where its language is spoken, people who speak that language and who could give hospitality.
Know the uniform and badges of the World Guide and Girl Scout Movements and be able to recognize the flags of the countries which have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts.

1935 POR - Interpreter Badge


Know how to speak, read and write a foreign language, in addition to her own language; be able to take a stranger from the country selected round her town, explain its history, help with shopping (Know the shops selling objects characteristic of her own country); know the approximate relative value of the coinage; know about trains, boats, buses, aeroplanes, in her own country; know the consulate of her chosen country.

Know the uniform and badges of the world Guide and Girl Scout Movements and be able to recognize the flags of the countries which have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts.

1938 POR - Interpreter Badge


Know how to speak, read and write a foreign language, in addition to her own language; be able to take a stranger from the country selected round her town, explain its history, help with shopping (Know the shops selling objects characteristic of her own country); know the approximate relative value of the coinage; know about trains, boats, buses, aeroplanes, in her own country; know the consulate of her chosen country.

Know the uniform and badges of the world Guide and Girl Scout Movements and be able to recognize the flags of the countries which have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts.

1939 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Speak, read and write a foreign language, in addition to her own language; take a stranger from the country selected round her town, explain its history, help with shopping (know the shops selling objects characteristic of her own country); know the approximate relative value of the coinage; know about trains, boats, buses, aeroplanes, in her own country; know the consulate of her chosen country.

2) Know the uniform and badges of the world Guide and Girl Scout Movements and be able to recognize the flags of the countries which have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts.

1943 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Be able to speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping expedition and be able to interpret her needs, knowing the goods which are characteristic of her own country, and he relative value of the coinage.

3) Be able to describe the history of her own town or village in the language she has studied, and know where her visitor's nearest Consulate is situated.

4) Know in broad outline the existing train, boat, bus and plane services in her own country.

5) Know the uniform and badges of the Guide and Girl Scout Movements in countries affiliated to the World Association, and recognise the flags of these countries.

1947 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Be able to speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping expedition and be able to interpret her needs, knowing the goods which are characteristic of her own country, and the relative value of the coinage.

3) Be able to describe the history of her own town or village in the language she has studied, and know where her visitor's nearest Consulate is situated.

4) Know in broad outline the existing train, boat, bus and plane services in her own country.

5) Know the uniform and badges of the Guide and Girl Scout Movements in countries affiliated to the World Association, and recognize the flags of these countries.

1950 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Be able to speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping expedition and be able to interpret her needs, knowing the goods which are characteristic of her own country, and the relative value of the coinage.

3) Be able to describe the history of her own town or village in the language she has studied, and know where her visitor's nearest Consulate is situated.

4) Know in broad outline the existing train, boat, bus and plane services in her own country.

5) Know the uniform and badges of the Guide and Girl Scout Movements in countries affiliated to the World Association, and recognize the flags of these countries.

1953 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Be able to speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping expedition and be able to interpret her needs, knowing the goods which are characteristic of her own country, and the relative value of the coinage.

3) Be able to describe the history of her own town or village in the language she has studied, and know where her visitor's nearest Consulate is situated.

4) Know in broad outline the existing train, boat, bus and plane services in her own country.

5) Know the uniform and badges of the Girl Guide and Girl Scouts Associations in member countries of the World Association, and recognise their national flags.

1957 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping or marketing expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative value of the coinage.

3) Conduct a foreign visitor on a sightseeing expedition in the candidate's own locality.

4) Help a foreign visitor to plan a journey by coach, rail, sea or plane; know where detailed information may be obtained.

5) Know in which country/countries the language of her choice is the native tongue; recognise the national flag(s) and the uniform(s) and badge(s) of the Guide Association)s).

Note: The tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1960 POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping or marketing expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative value of the coinage.

3) Conduct a foreign visitor on a sightseeing expedition in the candidate's own locality.

4) Help a foreign visitor to plan a journey by coach, rail, sea or plane; know where detailed information may be obtained.

5) Know in which country/countries the language of her choice is the native tongue; recognise the national flag(s) and the uniform(s) and badge(s) of the Guide Association(s).

Note: The tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1961 (July) POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Speak, read and write one language in addition to her own.

2) Take a foreign visitor on a shopping or marketing expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative value of the coinage.

3) Conduct a foreign visitor on a sightseeing expedition in the candidate's own locality.

4) Help a foreign visitor to plan a journey by coach, rail, sea or plane; know where detailed information may be obtained.

5) Know in which country/countries the language of her choice is the native tongue; recognise the national flag(s) and the uniform(s) and badge(s) of the Guide Association(s).

Note: The tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1963 (July) POR Amendments - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write and converse in one language other than her own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor on arrival in this country.

3) a) Help a visitor from abroad on a shopping expedition, intrerpret her needs and know the relative values of the two currencies.

b) Take a visitor form abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in her own locality.

4) Help a visitor from abroad to plan a journey.. Know where all necessary information can be obtained.

5) Know in which country/countries the language of their choice is the native tongue, and where they are members of the World Association; know the uniform(s), badges of the Guide Association(s) of the country/counties and the National Flag(s).

Note: The tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1964 (March) POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write and converse in one language other than her own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor on arrival in this country.

3) a) Help a visitor from abroad on a shopping expedition, intrerpret her needs and know the relative values of the two currencies.

b) Take a visitor form abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in her own locality.

4) Help a visitor from abroad to plan a journey.. Know where all necessary information can be obtained.

5) Know in which country/countries the language of their choice is the native tongue, and where they are members of the World Association; know the uniform(s), badges of the Guide Association(s) of the country/counties and the National Flag(s).

Note: The tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1965 (July) POR - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write and converse in one language other than her own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor on arrival in this country.

3) a) Help a visitor from abroad on a shopping expedition, intrerpret her needs and know the relative values of the two currencies.

b) Take a visitor form abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in her own locality.

4) Help a visitor from abroad to plan a journey.. Know where all necessary information can be obtained.

5) Know in which country/countries the language of their choice is the native tongue, and where they are members of the World Association; know the uniform(s), badges of the Guide Association(s) of the country/counties and the National Flag(s).

Note: The tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1968 Guide Handbook - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write and converse in one language other than your own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor on arrival in your country.

3) a) Help a visitor from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative values of the two currencies.

or

b) Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.

4) Help a visitor from abroad to plan a journey in this country.  Know where all necessary information can be obtained.

Note: Your tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1973 Guide Handbook - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write and converse in one language other than your own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor on arrival in your country.

3) a) Help a visitor from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative values of the two currencies.

or

b) Take a visitor from abroad to plan a journey in this country.  Know where all necessary information can be obtained.

Note: Your tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1974 Edition Hints on Guide Badges - Interpreter Badge

1) Read, write, and converse in one language other than your own, and use a phrase-book intelligently.
2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor on arrival in your country.
3) a) Help a visitor from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative values of the two currencies.
or
b) Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.
4) Help a visitor from abroad to plan a journey in this country.  Know where all necessary information can be obtained.

1978 Guide Handbook - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write, and converse in one language other than your own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor.

3) a) Hep a person from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative values of the two currencies.

or

b) Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.

4) a) Help someone from abroad to plan a journey in this country or know where to obtain the necessary information.

b) Know how to help someone from abroad

i) To call an emergency service.

ii) With a visit to the doctor.

iii) To obtain advice from the Department of Social Security.

iv) To complete a form.

Note: Your tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1983 Guide Badge Book - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write, and converse in one language other than your own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor.

3) a) Help a person from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative values of the two currencies.

or

b) Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.

4) a) Help someone from abroad to plan a journey in this country or know where to obtain the necessary information.

b) Know how to help someone whose mother tongue is the language chosen by you for clause 1:

i) To visit a dcotor or dentist.

ii) To complete a form.

iii) To obtain information at the council offices, police or railway station, or a bank (giving directions and conversing in his or her language).

Your tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1986 Guide Badge Book - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write, and converse in one language other than your own and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor.

3) a) Help a person from abroad on a shopping expedition interpret her needs and know the relative values of the two currencies.  or

b) Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.

4) a) Help someone from abroad to plan a journey in this country or know where to obtain the necessary information.

b) Know how to help someone whose mother tongue is the language chosen by you for clause 1:

i) To visit a doctor or dentist;

ii) To complete a form;

iii) To obtain information at the council offices, police or railway station, or a bank (giving directions and conversing in his or her language).

Your tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1989 Guide Badge Book - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write, and converse in one language other than your own, and use a phrase book intelligently.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor.

3) a) Help a person from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpret her needs, and know the relative values of the two currencies.

or

b) Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.

4) a) Help someone from abroad to plan a journey in this country or know where to obtain the necessary information.

b) Know how to help someone whose mother tongue is the language chosen by you for clause 1:

i) To visit a dcotor or dentist.

ii) To complete a form.

iii) To obtain information at the council offices, police or railway station, or a bank (giving directions and conversing in his or her language).

Your tester may impersonate the foreign visitor if necessary.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Interpreter Badge


1) Read, write and converse in one language other than your own.

2) Answer questions that would probably be asked by a foreign visitor.

3) Either

Help a person from abroad on a shopping expedition, interpreting his/her needs.  Know the relative values of the two currencies.

or

Take a visitor from abroad on a sight-seeing expedition in your own locality.

4) Help someone from abroad to plan a journey in this country

or

Know where to obtain the necessary information to plan a journey.

5) Talk to a foreign visitor in her own language.  Give her the necessary directions and help her to:

a) visit a doctor or dentist

b) complete a form

c) obtain information at the council offices, bank, police, or railway station.

If necessary, the tester may impersonate the foreign visitor.

1995 - Interpreter becomes a Staged Badge.

2005 Guide Badge File - Interpreter Badge

Choose a country that has a language you do not know, then do all these clauses.
1) Learn to say something in that language about two of the following:
* your life and family
* your hopes for the future
* your hobbies
* Guiding in the UK.
2) In your chosen language, help someone to get around your city or town by teaching them useful phrases for shopping, travel (by train or bus), changing money or traveler's cheques and sightseeing.  This person may be a Guide, a Young Leader, a Leader or an adult approved by your Leader.
3) Research and talk about the country's capital, leader, location, currency, weather and other areas of interest.
4) Find out about places where you can get help in an emergency in your chosen country, eg if you have lost your money, ,if someone needs to get home fast or if someone is ill.
5) Watch a TV programme or read an article about an issue currently affecting  country where your chosen language is spoken.  Talk to your Patrol about it and find out their views on it.
6) Find out about a famous person or a popular festival from a country where your chosen language is spoken.
2014 (September) Guide Badges Download - Interpreter Badge

Choose a country that has a language you do not know, then do all these clauses.
1) Learn to say something in that language about two of the following:
* your life and family
* your hopes for the future
* your hobbies
* guiding in the UK
2) In your chosen language, help someone to get around your city or town by teaching them useful phrases for shopping, travel (by train or bus), changing money or traveler's cheques, and sightseeing.  This person may be a Guide, a Young Leader, or an adult approved by your Leader.
3) Research and talk about the country's capital, leader, location, currency, weather and other areas of interest.
4) Find out about places where you can get help in an emergency in your chosen country, eg if you have lost your money, if someone needs to get home fast or if someone is ill.
5) Watch a TV programme or read an article about an issue currently affecting a country where your chosen language is spoken.  Talk to your Patrol about it and find out their views on it.
6) Find out about a famous person or a popular festival from a country where your chosen language is spoken.

2019 (July) Badge Finder - Interpreter


Choose a country that has a language you do not know, then do all these clauses.


1. Learn to say something in that language about two of the following:
• your life and family
• your hopes for the future
• your hobbies
• guiding in the UK

2. In your chosen language, help someone to get around your city or town by teaching them useful phrases for shopping, travel (by train or bus), changing money or traveller's cheques and sightseeing. This person may be a Guide, a young leader, a leader or an adult approved by your leader.

3. Research and talk about the country's capital, leader, location, currency, weather and other areas of interest.

4. Find out about places where you can get help in an emergency in your chosen country, eg if you have lost your money, if someone needs to get home fast or if someone is ill.

5. Watch a TV programme or read an article about an issue currently affecting a country where your chosen language is spoken. Talk to your Patrol about it and find out their views on it.

6. Find out about a famous person or a popular festival from a country where your chosen language is spoken.

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