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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

All *I* Did was String Beads and Sing Songs


In World War I, the Girl Guides (English and Canadian equivalent to Girl Scouts) acted as couriers for secret messages from the British counter-intelligence agency. Professional messengers were needed in the war office at the time, so they decided to use the Boy Scouts. It didn’t work out. Their replacements, the girls, were mostly ranging from fourteen to eighteen in age and were paid eight shillings a week plus food. Like other agents they were sworn to secrecy, but no one suspected them.

(Above: The Girl Guides' motto: be prepared.)

10 comments:

Hazel said...

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!! LUCKIES!!!! I WANNA BE A SPY!!!!!!! (but I'm way too emotional and I spazz out too much)

Invisible Turtle said...

I can see myself slinking through the halls of a museum with a water gun, singing the Pink Panther tune to myself.

What I wan to know is: Was Kirsten thinking about the Girl Guides when she made Kiki a Girl Scout or was it unintentional?

Nellie said...

Girl Guide is not a fancy English way to say Girl Scout! The Girl Guides are basically the Canadian and English equivalent! I am insulted and will never read your blog again!

Don't worry, I'm not really insulted.

And I WILL keep reading. (You can worry about that.)

Invisible Turtle said...

Sorry. I'll fix it, I promise!

ZG/black rider said...

SWEET!!!!! Black Rider and Zodiac girls here; wondering if I can put you on my blog list? LOVE THE SITE!!!!

Random Irregular said...

In Australia, GS are Girl Guides.

The trustworthy ones are at it again...

liltomboyblue11;) said...

i have actually heard about this! awesome! also, in the Daring book for girls there is an awesome section on female spies. i recomend the book. it's good.

:)Nellie:) said...

My mother was a Girl Guide when she was a kid growing up in Canada. But
I doubt she's ever slunk through a museum with a water gun. :'(
(:Happy days...the sun is shining...but not where I am...:)
Why am I in such a good mood?

Invisible Turtle said...

Actually, I got this from the Daring Book for Girls. Small world.

nellie said...

The Daring Book for Girls? I saw that it a bookstore once and flipped around in it with Hazel and that book is so awesome!!
And my brother has The Dangerous Book for Boys.