Brazil

Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil

Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1919
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 10789 (31/12/2012)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: Yes

WAGGGS Region:

Hemisferio Occidental / Western Hemisphere

Contact us

Comisionada Internacional
Avenida Marechal Câmara 186 / 5° Andar
Castelo 20020-080
Rio De Janeiro
R.J.

Telephone: 00 552122409220
Fax: 00 552125323292
Email: internacional@bandeirantes.org.br
Website: www.bandeirantes.org.br

Promise:

Prometo esforçar-me sempre para:
Ser leal a Deus e à minha Pátria,
Ajudar o próximo em todas as ocasiões,
Obedecer ao Código Bandeirante.

I promise, that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people at all times,
To obey the Guide Law.

Law:

Ser Bandeirante...

1 E merecer confiança.

2 E ser leal e repeitar a verdade.

3 E servir o próximo em todas as ocasiões.

4 E valorizar a estima e a amizade.

5 E ser amável e cortês.

6 E ver Deus na criação e preservar a natureza.

7 E saber obedecer.

8 E enfrentar alegremente todas as dificuldades.

9 E usar os recursos com sabedoria.

10 E agir, pensar e ser coerente com os valores ético

A Bandeirante...

1 Is trustworthy.

2 Is loyal and respects truth.

3 Helps her/his neighbour on all occasions.

4 Esteems and cherishes friendship.

5 Is kind and courteous.

6 Sees God in creation and protects nature.

7 Knows how to obey.

8 Faces all difficulties cheerfully.

9 Uses resources wisely.

10 Acts, thinks, and is coherent with ethic values.

Motto:

Semper Parata*  Be Prepared

 *A Latin interpretation of Be Prepared.

Age groups:

Guia Ranger 15-18

Bandeirante 2 Guide 12-14

Bandeirante 1 Junior Guide 9-11

Ciranda Brownie 6-8

Development of the movement:

Guiding in Brazil began in Rio de Janeiro in 1919, following a letter from Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, to open the Movement. The Federação celebrates 13 August as Foundation Day, the date on which the first 11 Guides (Bandeirantes) made their Promise in 1919. In 1930, Brazil became the first South American country to become a member of WAGGGS.

Programme:

The Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil has developed an educational programme which is divided into four age groups corresponding to stages of development of children and teenagers. The programmes are reviewed and updated on a regular basis in order to keep pace with today’s world and to maintain children’s, teenagers’ and adults’ interest in the method and principles of the Movement.

The Programme covers six areas, namely: Guiding, knowledge and skills; participation in the community and service; culture and current events; sociability and friendship; health and the environment; citizenship. FBB is an organization for girls and young women but there are co-educational groups in all regions.

Our Mission

To help children and young people to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

Relationship to society:

Community development is an important part of our activities.

FBB has been awarded the Olave Award three times for its Community Development Projects. In 2001, the ‘Guides in Action: Citizenship is the Option’ project was recognised by WAGGGS for its work in helping under-privileged children improve their education. The Rangers from the Para Region, in the northern part of Brazil, meet with the children weekly to clarify any questions they may have from the school tasks and help them with educational exercises. The aim of this project is to teach the children not only the importance of attending school but also about individual study after school.

In 2000, the Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil started to develop the UNAIDS/WAGGGS ‘Listen…Learn…Live…Project’ on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The project focuses on the importance of disseminating clear and accurate information to educate about the prevention of such diseases and to avoid prejudice. The second stage of the project is the training of the Ranger Branch to give out information to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Reports indicate that almost 20,000 people have benefited for this project.

In 1999, FBB received the Feminin Youth Citizenship CEMINA Award, ‘Present of the Future’ for their work on the Children Alive Project. The project was one of 15 (out of 300) specially recognised by the Feminin Leadership Programme /InterAmerican Bank for Development for its innovation, creativity and success.

The Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil is known by the Brazilian people as one of the ten biggest Teams of Volunteers due to its work and devotion in the social sector. FBB is also recognised as one of the 50 best philanthropic institutions of the country.

Partnership with Associations, Organizations, NGOs and GOs

The Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil also takes part, whenever possible, in various campaigns with local NGOs and government organizations, particularly when it involves the environment, welfare and education. The Brazilian Guides also try to co-operate with other organizations and institutions.

The Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil also supports the United Nations International Years, and related projects are incorporated into their programme.

In 2001, FBB joined the Comitê Rio for the International Year of Volunteers and promoted many activities including the seminar ‘Volunteering and Law’, the first seminar on this subject ever held in Rio de Janeiro.

FBB also works with the FAO and UNESCO. FBB was twice awarded the Ceres Medal for its work on the FAO/WAGGGS Food & Nutrition Project: in 1997 with Recycle Food (Paranoa District) and in 2000 with Healthy Nutrition of Fundação Osorio District, Rio de Janeiro Region. In this latter project, the aim was to start with nutritional education in the home. Up to 2000 families benefited from this project, receiving information and non-perishable food.

FBB is starting to establish links with UNESCO and soon all regions in Brazil will be developing community projects involving UNESCO focused on the Peace Culture and Non-Violence.

Members of the Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil take part in national and international activities organized by Guide Associations and other non-Guide organizations, whenever possible. International education is an integral part of the programme.

Projects