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Astounding Agnes, The First Girl Guide-bookcover

By: Catherine Gritz

Astounding Agnes, The First Girl Guide

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Meet Agnes Baden-Powell, the clever girl who grew up to be the talented and energetic first president of the Girl Guides! Learn about her family, early life, skills and talents in this book, for children aged six and up.

Agnes was an unconventional Victorian woman who loved sports and nature. She promoted outdoor education and activities for girls and young women long before it was fashionable. Agnes worked tirelessly to establish Girl Guiding and grow the organisation. She penned numerous articles and traveled extensively to convince people about the benefits of joining.

Sadly, Agnes did not receive much recognition during her lifetime. She was later sidelined and excluded from leadership positions. A campaign to see her receive more recognition for her achievements and to celebrate her legacy is gaining support. Hopefully this book will create more awareness of this astounding woman’s contributions to the Girl Guiding movement, which continues to inspire and empower girls and young women today.

“I think it’s great! It will be a delightful, inspirational children’s book! Agnes was the most remarkable woman and it’s so good that her talents and achievements are being given due recognition. I wish Catherine Gritz every success with it.” From Gill Clay, Agnes’s great-niece.

Originally from the US, Catherine lived in Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore prior to moving to London. A member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association, Catherine leads tours for several companies including her own @obscuretourslondon. Her specialty is tours of London locations with links to Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting history. She volunteers with USA Girl Scouts Overseas and the Friends of Pax Lodge (UK) and is a member of the Agnes Baden-Powell Guild. Catherine and her husband Oliver have three grown children.

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