The Olave Award for Outstanding Service to Community 2012-2014

The Olave Award is “an international Award to honour the memory of the World Chief Guide, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell and to keep alive her belief in the spirit of service”. It is awarded by WAGGGS to groups of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have created positive change in their community. 

The education of girls and young women is central to everything Girl Guides and Girl Scouts do. WAGGGS believes that all girls and young women have the right to learn what they need to fulfil their potential, and that learning takes place at all stages of life and in many different ways.olaveawardWC2011

To celebrate the contribution that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world make to the education of girls and young women, the 2014 Olave Award will recognise projects that have contributed to:

  • MDG 2 (Millennium Development Goal* 2): Achieve Universal Primary Education (using education to open doors for all girls and boys).  


  • have used education as a way of bringing change to the community. For example, a project that aims to enable more girls to be able to go to school would be eligible, as would a project that uses non-formal education to enable young women to protect themselves from diseases.

In particular, WAGGGS is looking for:

Innovation: where Girl Guides/Girl Scouts have found new and creative ways to bring change

Impact: where Girl Guides/Girl Scouts have made a considerable difference to their community.

Projects can be long or short term, of any size, and focus on any community group. They should be focussed on bringing change within the Member Organisations’ home country.

Each Member Organisation can select up to three projects to submit for consideration. Please do not submit projects that have been submitted before.olaveaward2011

Award winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will be announced at the WAGGGS World Conference in Hong Kong, July 2014. We received a record number of 20 entries in 2009-2011 and 9 of these received the Olave Award. We encourage all MOs to recognize the hard work that their members are doing in this area and submit a project for this prestigious award.

Further information and nomination forms are available in the attached documents on the right.

Nomination formas are available here.

The deadline for nominations is 30 November 2013.


Olave Award 2009 - 2011

The Olave Award is given to local Girl Guide or Girl Scout groups in recognition of outstanding community service projects, to honour the memory of the World Chief Guide, Olave Baden-Powell and to keep her belief in the spirit of service alive.

For the 2009 – 2011 Triennium the Olave Award was linked to the Global Action Theme (GAT), focusing on projects that addressed one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

At the 34th World Conference in Edinburgh, ten groups from nine Member Organizations were presented with the Olave Award and eleven groups from nine Member Organizations with a certificate of recognition, demonstrating the dedication of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to working on the GAT and making the world a better place.

The Olave Award winners for 2009 – 2011 are:

  1. Unite Kisenso from Les Guides de la République Démocratique du Congo
  2. 1st Olds Girl Guides from Girl Guides of Canada- Guides du Canada
  3. Eltham Echidna Ranger Guides from Girl GuidesAustralia
  4. Peace Messengers,OsakaCouncil  from Girl Scouts ofJapan
  5. Distrito Centro and Distrito Alebarán from Guías de México, A.C.
  6. Junior ‘Gumamela’ Troop No. 494 of South Cotabato Girl Scout Council from Girl Scouts of thePhilippines
  7. Girl Scouts- Dakota Horizons, Southwest District, Troop 72603 from Girl Scouts of the USA
  8. 3rd Nunthorpe Guides from Girlguiding UK
  9. Jeunes en Marche from the Association Des Guides Du Liban

A Certificate of Recognition was awarded to:

  1. The Solar Cooker Trainers from LesothoGirl Guides Association
  2. Rivers State Branch from the Nigerian Girl Guides Association
  3. Alyssa Junior Guides Troup from Scouts Tunisiens
  4. Le Comité Jeune from the Association Nationale des Guides de Guinée
  5. Third Ciceron Guide Company from the Girl Guide Association of Saint Lucia
  6. Development of Youth Efficiency to Strengthen the Community from the Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) Association of Thailand
  7. 1st Pitt Meadow Rangers, Lougheed Area, BC Council from Girl Guides of Canada- Guides du Canada
  8. Let’s Talk Charity Language Group from the KuwaitGirl Guides Association
  9. Fazilah Binti Muda (Pahang Branch), District of Kuala Lipis (Pahang Branch) and the Special Girl Guides of Bukit Harapin from Persatuan Pandu Puteri, Malaysia

For more information on the winning projects, download a summary of the project reports here

33rd World Conference Olave Award Winners 2006-2008

  • Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association Project ‘From the darkness into light’
  • Persatuan Pandu Puteri, Malaysia - Project ‘Recycling for Unity’
  • Girl Scouts of the Philippines Project ‘Regional Impact project on environment’:
  • Association Des Guides Du Liban Project ‘Installation of five libraries in the South of Lebanon’

32nd World Conference Olave Award Winners 2002-2005

  • Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil
  • The Mauritius Girl Guides Association
  • Girlguiding UK
  • The Girl Guides Association of Thailand


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thisuri - 21 August 2012 - 6.03PM (GMT)

Wow;its amazing my guide company won it in 2008.

Niveditha Ksheerasagar - 20 December 2010 - 6.23PM (GMT)

I applause Sri Lanka Girl Guide Association's project from "Darkness to Light". Very inspiring. Also the project undertaken by Association Des Guides Du Liban is simply amazing. We Girl Guides here are grateful to you sisters for guiding us to reach out to our community.

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