The Girl Guides Association of Grenada
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1925
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 1518 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
PO Box 626
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.
Girl Guide Law
A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.
A Guide is helpful.
A Guide is polite and considerate.
A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.
A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.
A Guide is obedient.
A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.
A Guide makes good use of her time.
A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other
Development of the movement:
The first Guide company in Grenada was set up at the Church of England High School in 1925. Other Guide companies were soon formed, and the first Brownie packs were introduced in 1927 and the first Ranger company in 1928. In 1936 the government gave the Association a piece of land as the site for its headquarters.
Guiding had started well in Grenada but political problems in the following years slowed down the development of the Movement. Until 1983 Grenada was a Branch Association of the Guide Association (UK), but that year the United Kingdom granted Grenada self-government in all areas of work.
In 1985 the Association held its first international camp, attended by neighbouring Caribbean Associations. During the next few years trainers and advisers from WAGGGS and the United Kingdom visited Grenada to help the Association to develop its programme and a firm structure. Guiding is now active in most parishes, with the majority of units attached to schools and a few to churches and communities.
In 1989 the first Rainbow unit was started in a small village called Binchgrove in the largest parish, St. Andrew.
There are four sections within the Girl Guides Association of Grenada: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. The programme is based on an eight-point system incorporating physical fitness, the mind, outdoors enjoyment, homecraft skills, service to others, human relations, creativity and character.
Relationship to society:
The Association is involved in various service projects and intends to extend its involvement in community development. It is working on a drug prevention project and is involved in the distribution of information on AIDS.
Service projects include the collection of clothing, feeding bottles and other necessities for the children’s ward at a local hospital. Guides also recently assisted at a special Olympics for children with disabilities.
Communication and Co-operation
Grenada belongs to the Caribbean Link set up for the purpose of mutual aid and consultation among Guide Associations in the Commonwealth countries and islands of the Caribbean. The Association enjoys the respect and support of Government agencies as well as private sector companies and religious bodies. Guides participate in many national events and celebrations. The police and fire services help with training, and many activities are organized jointly with the Scouts. Grenada has set up a public relations sub-committee to promote Guiding activities to the general public
The Association has a training, camping and badge sub-committee, composed of two certified trainers and four prospective trainers which is responsible for preparing the annual training programme. Training sessions on special topics are held every month. Members of the training team visit companies and packs regularly to ensure that leaders are working effectively.
Outdoor and Environmental Activities
Camping is much enjoyed by members of the Association and both company and Patrol Leaders’ camps take place regularly. In 1989 the Association participated in an environmental project, River Source, in conjunction with the Scout Association in Grenada. A fruit tree-planting project was also completed, in the grounds of an old people’s home.
* Information compiled in 1997
- Girl Guides Week Celebration - Fun Day
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