Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Girl Guides Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1914
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 1456 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
Po Box 1596
Telephone: 00 17844572878
Girl Guide Promise
I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
To serve the Queen and my country,
To help other people, and
To keep the Guide Law.
Brownie Guide Promise
I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
To serve the Queen and my country
and help other people, and
To keep the Brownie Guide Law.
Girl Guide Law
1 A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.
2 A Guide is helpful.
3 A Guide is polite and considerate.
4 A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.
5 A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.
6 A Guide is obedient.
7 A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.
8 A Guide makes good use of her time.
9 A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people.
10 A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.
Brownie Guide Law
A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day.
Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared
Brownie Guide Motto - Lend a Hand
Guide 10 -16
Brownie Guide 7-11
Development of the movement:
Guiding was first introduced in Saint Vincent in 1914 by a Methodist Minister from England and Guide companies were established in Georgetown and neighbouring South Rivers. Unfortunately the Movement became dormant in the area after the First World War but was restarted again in 1927 in the capital, Kingstown, the new company being registered at Commonwealth Headquarters (UK) in 1928.
Guiding spread to other towns and later to villages; the first Brownie and Ranger units were started in 1931. By 1934 the Movement had spread to the Grenadines island of Bequia. The Association welcomed the World Chief Guide Lady Baden-Powell to St Vincent on two occasions – in 1951 and again in 1964.
In 1983 the Guide Association (UK) signed a deed of transfer giving the Girl Guides Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines self-government in all areas of work
The current programme for Guides and Brownies, which was developed by members from nine Caribbean countries and facilitated by the Western Hemisphere Field Executive Trainer, was introduced in 1997. This programme has so far been found to be relevant and interesting. It offers the girls fun and assists in their total development, which is so important in a changing world.
In addition the Association is part of a pilot programme for Rangers which was developed in the same way.
Relationship to society:
Members of the Association are encouraged to undertake service projects. Guides help at child care centres and at a school for children who are specially challenged. They visit and help the elderly and the housebound, entertain the underprivileged, assist other organizations at fundraising and other events, serve at national functions, and regularly give service in a children’s ward of the main hospital.
The Association maintains a place as part of the National Disaster Preparedness Committee and sits on three sub-committees – Emergency Shelter, Search and Rescue, and Voluntary Services. Guides take active part in disaster preparedness seminars and simulation exercises.
Communication and Co-operation
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines continues to be represented at many international events in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and the United States of America. The Association also welcomes many members of the Movement from other countries who regularly come to camp.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a founding member of the Caribbean Link, set up for the purpose of training and mutual aid among Guide Associations of the Caribbean. It also maintains close ties with the Hampshire West (UK) Girl Guides Association, and regularly attends their international camps.
The Association has always been an integral part of the community and continues to improve relationships in this respect. The Association receives support from both church and state as well as the local media.
The Association’s contribution to the development of girls and young women in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is invaluable and the Association continues to strive to maintain its position as a top organization for girls
The training team, under the leadership of the Training Adviser, is responsible for training all leaders and training is conducted regularly at national and district levels. This team works in close conjunction with the Caribbean Link trainers and the Western Hemisphere Field Executive Trainer. Association trainers regularly attend conferences and training events organized by the Caribbean Link Training Committee and the Western Hemisphere Committee. The Western Hemisphere Field Executive Trainer continues to give valuable assistance to the local Association in relation to training of commissioners and members of Council.
Outdoor and Environmental Activities
The Association continues to be invited to participate in many environmental projects organized at the national level. These include cleaning of beach front areas, rivers and their environs, church premises and school grounds. However, members of the Ranger units are currently involved in a major environmental education project aimed at improving the environment in designated areas.
*Information compiled in 1999