Top Ten Skills for Modern Girls

Girls in Guiding have named the top skills that every modern girl should have under her belt. The new survey shows today’s girls prioritise independence, knowing how to take care of themselves and getting their voices heard. Over a thousand young members of Girlguiding UK – from seven to 25 – took part. *

16-to-25s: Named by 93%, money management comes first for debt-aware 16-25 year olds, followed by performing CPR** (85%), speaking confidently in public (84%) and practicing safe-sex (80%). A career-conscious two-thirds prioritise producing a first-rate CV and holding down a job, while at home, assembling flat-pack furniture was chosen by over half (55%.)

10-to-15: Snubbing snacks and fast-food, four out of five 10-to-15 year olds made cooking a healthy meal their first choice (79%), followed by leading a team (74%),pitching a tent (71%) and knowing how to stand up to boys (68%). A tech-savvy two thirds chose getting to grips with Word and Excel. Meanwhile, a switched on 67%, opted for changing a light-bulb with a similar proportion keen to master some high kicking self defence moves (65%).

7-to-10s: Four out of five street-wise 7-to-10 year olds put knowing your green cross code first (79%), followed closely by safe cyber-surfing (75%). And they showed their caring side with three quarters choosing looking after a pet and knowing basic first aid (74%). Counting to ten in another language came next (60%), with more energetic accomplishments – riding a bike (59%) and swimming 100 meters (58%) – not far behind.

Scottish Chief Commissioner, Liz Pitcairn, said: ‘As Scotland’s leading voluntary organisation for girls and young women we prioritise giving girls the skills, experiences and opportunities they need to reach for new aspirations and succeed in the modern world. But these goalposts don’t standstill. Which is why we constantly ask our members what they think, so that we can continue to be truly relevant to tomorrow’s young women.”

Girlguiding Scotland offers a huge range of exciting activities – badges and beyond – to help girls learn new skills. Modern badges include: Communicator, Computer, Cyclist, Healthy Lifestyles, Independent Living, Outdoor Pursuits, Party Planner, Personal Safety, Road Safety and World Traveller.

For more information contact Girlguiding Scotland on 0131 226 4511 or visit

The Top-Ten for 7-10s

1. Know your Green Cross Code

2. Surf the web safely

3. Care for a pet

4. Clean a cut or graze

5. Count to ten in a foreign language

6. Ride a bike

7. Swim 100 metres

8. Name your favourite book

9. Name the Prime Minister

10. Name 10 counties in Europe

The Top Ten for 10-15s

1. Cook a healthy meal

2. Lead a team

3. Pitch a tent

4. Stand up to boys

5. Master Microsoft Word

6. Change a light bulb

7. Know self-defence

8. Use a compass

9. Say hello in three languages

10. Take an expert photo

The Top Ten for 16-25s

1. Manage your money

2. Perform CPR

3. Speak confidently in public

4. Practise safe-sex

5. Produce a top CV

6. Keep down your carbon footprint

7. Hold down a job

8. Assemble flat-pack furniture

9. Cook a roast dinner

10. Plan a holiday with mates

Contact: Margaret Ann Merrick,
Phone: 0131 226 4511