Members of British Girlguiding Overseas have the same collection of uniform options available as UK members. It is up to each member to choose from the range available. Members wear uniform according to their section or role and to suit the activity or occasion. Uniform is available from Girlguiding Trading Services and British Girlguiding Overseas polo shirts and hoodies are available from the Shop.

If for any reason it is not possible to wear official uniform items, please contact the BGO Chief Commissioner, as prior approval is required for adapting or changing any uniform.

The Galleon badge

All British Girlguiding Overseas members wear a galleon badge. This was originally designed around 1926 by member from France, who won the design competition. Originally the metal galleon badges, as worn by leaders, were hand painted with the name of the host country displayed on a scroll. As BGIFC grew, this was no longer possible and galleon badges became mass produced. There is also a cloth badge for the girls. Early examples with the names of Switzerland and Belgium are now in the HQ archive. You can buy the current badges from BGO in our online Shop.


The wearing of international neckerchiefs is the same as in the UK. Members do not wear them for unit meetings or at district, division or county events. Members who go on international visits or to an international camp may wear one, even if the event is organised by the national association of the country where she lives.

Union Flag Emblem

Members of Girlguiding who have travelled abroad to represent Girlguiding or British Girlguiding Overseas at an international camp or event may wear the Union Flag emblem on their uniform after they return to the UK or to British Girlguiding Overseas. This does not include travelling between the UK and a British Girlguiding Overseas area or from one BGO area to another.