Jamaica

The Girl Guides Association of Jamaica

Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1915
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 5903 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No

WAGGGS Region:

Western Hemisphere

Contact us

International Commissioner
2a Waterloo Road
KINGSTON 10

Telephone: +1 8769266277/6507
Fax: 00 18769208933
Email: girlguides@cwjamaica.com

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 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 own possessions and those of other people.

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

Brownie Law

A Brownie thinks of others before herself, and does a good turn every day.

Motto:

Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared

Brownie Motto - Lend a Hand

Age groups:

Senior Branch 14-20

Guide 11-16

Brownie 7-11

Development of the movement:

In 1915, Jamaica’s first Guide company was formed in Spanish Town, Saint Catherine. In 1916, the first camp was held and three years later a Ranger

unit was started. In 1967, the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica was registered as a non-profit company limited by guarantee.

In 2000, the Association celebrated 85 years of continuous Guiding. Throughout its history the Association has held a series of local, regional and international activities. A consistent supporter of the World Association, Jamaica has regularly encouraged its members to contribute to the Thinking Day Fund and triennial projects.

Programme:

The programme focuses on the eight points of giving service, keeping fit, enjoying the outdoors, family life education, nutrition, exploring the arts, thinking for yourself and decision making.

Relationship to society:

Rangers, Guides and Brownies participate in community projects. They contribute to anti-litter campaigns, organize activities for people with disabilities, and give service to the elderly and the sick in hospitals and in children’s homes. Rangers and Guides have also been involved in child health projects including immunization campaigns, and in peer counselling projects.  The Association is in the process of launching a ‘Hang-Out’ centre where the girls and young women from the community can have access to peer and professional counselling, learn new skills and participate in exciting activities.

Communication and Co-operation

As a member of the Caribbean Link, set up for the purpose of consultation and mutual aid among Commonwealth Guide Associations in the countries and islands of the Caribbean, Jamaica co-operates extensively with neighbouring countries and shares its training knowledge with other National Organizations.

The Guide and Scout Associations hold joint bi-monthly luncheons for leaders of both Associations.

Training:

Members of the training team give training on a regular basis at national headquarters, and throughout the island. Weekend training events for special groups are also held, and there is a residential training course for trainers held once a year in the summer. The Association’s Training Scheme gained WAGGGS’ accreditation in July 1996.

Outdoor and Environmental Activities

Camping continues to be an important part of the programme. In 2000, a national camp with the theme ‘Our Earth, Save it’ helped to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Guiding in Jamaica.

The Association participates in an ongoing recycling project, and has continued to focus on environmental issues particularly rubbish clearing and providing rubbish bins for schools and communities.

Projects