In a survey of more than 1,000 girls in the Girl Guides (the UK equivalent of the Girl Scouts), it emerged that they would like to get sessions on how to practice safe sex to ready themselves for the 21st century.
They also want instruction on how to manage debts and reduce the size of their carbon footprint as they prepare to enter the adult world.
A spokeswoman said that the movement would act on the findings and make sure that the appeal for more information on sex and money was met.
In the poll, senior Guides, who are aged over 16, said that managing money was the most important skill to master as they contemplated leaving the family home. “Practising safe sex” was placed fourth, with “assembling flat-pack furniture” eighth. Younger Guides, aged from 10 to 15, valued more traditional skills. Top of their list was “cooking a healthy meal” and “pitching a tent”, although “standing up to boys” came fourth.