Trinidad and Tobago

The Girl Guides Association of Trinidad and Tobago

Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1914
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 2886 (31/12/2012)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No

WAGGGS Region:

Western Hemisphere / Hemisferio Occidental

Contact us

Chief Commissioner
8 Rust Street
St.Clair
PORT OF SPAIN

Telephone: 00 18686287966
Fax: 00 18686282614
Email: girlguidestnt@mail.tt
Website: www.girlguidestt.org

Promise:

Girl Guide Promise

I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
To serve my country and help other people, and
To keep the Guide Law.

Brownie Promise

I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
To serve my country and to help other people, and
To keep the Brownie Law.

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 is careful of her own belongings and respects those of others.

10 A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.

 

Motto:

Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared

Brownie Motto - Lend a Hand

Age groups:

Young Leader 18-25

Ranger 15-18

Senior Guide 12-15

Junior Guide 9-12

Brownie Guide 6-9

Development of the movement:

Guiding in Trinidad and Tobago began in 1914, and the Association became a registered Branch Association of the Guide Association (UK). In 1930, the foundation stone of the Girl Guide headquarters was laid by the Founder and World Chief Guide.

Programme:

Trinidad and Tobago, with the other members of the Caribbean Link of Guiding, has introduced a Caribbean programme suited to the needs of Caribbean girls.

Relationship to society:

The organization is forging links at the highest level, with government ministries and other agencies working with communities. Joint projects are carried out in co-operation with the Ministry of Community Development, Sport and Youth Affairs.

Much emphasis is placed on service as an important segment of the programme for girls at all levels. Activities include ushering at church services and public functions; escorting children with special needs on outings; cleaning and maintaining homes for the aged; helping the elderly with their chores; assisting with fundraising ventures; and visiting and helping patients in hospitals and institutions.

Communication and Co-operation

The Association’s programme emphasizes international education, and members attend events abroad when possible. International friendships are maintained through pen-friend schemes and participation in international camps. Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the Caribbean Link, set up for the purpose of consultation and mutual aid among Guide Associations in the Commonwealth countries and islands of the Caribbean.

Training:

The training programme is organized into three categories: regional training events, which are monitored by regional training committees, training sessions for Guide leaders, and training for trainers and potential trainers. A two-year Young Leaders training programme is an ongoing event.

Outdoor and Environmental Activities

The Association organizes camps and hikes for Guides, local Association members and leaders, as well as pack holidays and nature walks for Brownies at both unit and national levels. Guides have been involved in tree-planting activities and in helping to make parks and public buildings more attractive. A Backyard Bird Watching Programme has been introduced.

Projects