Fiji

Fiji Girl Guides Association

Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1924
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 2081 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No

WAGGGS Region:

Asia Pacific

Contact us

Chief Commissioner
Malcolm St, 17
P.O. Box 222
SUVA

Telephone: 00 6793300980
Fax: 00 6793300980
Email: girlguidefiji@connect.com.fj

Promise:

Girl 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 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.

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 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.

Motto:

Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared

Brownie Guide Motto - Lend a Hand

Age groups:

Young Leaders 23-30

Ranger 17-22

Guide 11-16

Brownie Guide 7-10

Development of the movement:

The first Guide company was started in Levuka in 1924 by a Methodist missionary. In 1926 this group of Guides participated in a parade in Suva in honour of a royal visit, and as a result of this public appearance, the first Toorak Company was formed in Suva. By 1928 more companies and a Brownie pack had been established in Suva, and all companies had been registered with the Guide Association (UK). In September 1930 the Girl Guides Association of Fiji was formed.

In 1942 the activities of the growing organization were suspended when Fiji became a military base and schools were used for military purposes. At the end of the Second World War, Guiding was re-established.

Over the years, trainers and other experienced personnel from the Guide Association (UK) have visited Fiji to assist the Association in the development of its programme, and the implementation of its training strategy.

In 1980 the Guide Association (UK) signed a Deed of Transfer giving the Fiji Girl Guides Association self-government in all areas of work.

Programme:

The programme used in Fiji was prepared by the South Pacific Guide Conference for particular use in the Pacific Islands. Members with special needs are integrated into ordinary units whenever possible.  In 1998, at the workshop in Nadi, Fiji, Leaders and Trainers of the South Pacific prepared the new Pacific Islands Girls Programme for the three sections.  These new programmes are now used in the Islands.

Relationship to society:

Many Guides work in hospitals caring for patients. All age groups participate in community service projects during the annual Guide and Scout Week when specific projects are carried out. Members also collect firewood and clear gardens for the elderly.

Rangers are involved in a variety of income-generating projects, including sewing and vegetable gardening. In urban areas, some units learn office skills such as typing, book-keeping and office-management.

Communication and Co-operation

Fiji is a member of the Caribbean Link set up for the purpose of consultation and mutual aid between Guide Associations in Commonwealth countries and Caribbean Islands. Members participate in international events.

The Association is recognized by the Government through the Education Department, the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Women. The Guides are an important part of community life, and are often invited to participate in national days and other events.

Every month a 15-minute radio programme on Guiding is broadcast in Fijian, Hindi and English and the Association publicizes its activities through its periodical, Fiji Newsletter.

The Fiji Girl Guides Association combines with the Fiji Scout Association each year to hold a Guide and Scout Week. The Association also works with organizations such as the YWCA, the Red Cross and the St. John Ambulance Association, and is a member of the Fiji National Council of Women.

Fiji Girl Guides Association is now embarked on a membership drive through its training and communities programmes and is endeavouring to recruit members who left the Association during the 2000/2001 upheavals.

Training:

A Training Adviser, who heads a training team of 12, has the responsibility for implementing the training programme and supervising all training sessions held in the country. Local and national training events are arranged at regular intervals.

 Fiji has now 28 certificated trainers holding the Pacific Bronze Badge.  Five hold the Pacific Silver Badge.

Outdoor and Environmental Activities

Residential courses are to be introduced at a Training Centre and campsite near Suva. The interest that Guides in Fiji take in their environment is demonstrated by their efforts to clear public parks and footpaths and to plant trees.

Projects