The Jordanian Association For Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1938
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 9080 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
P O Box 961589
Girl Guide Promise
I promise on my honour:
To fulfil my duty towards God, my country and the King,
To help people, and
To keep the Guide Law.
I promise to do my best:
To do my duty to God, my country and the King,
To obey the Brownie’s Law, and
To carry out a good deed every day.
1 The Guide’s honour is to be trusted. (Honourable)
2 The Guide is faithful to God, to her country, to her parents and to her superiors and subordinates. (Faithful)
3 The Guide is useful and helps others. (Useful)
4 The Guide is a friend to all, and a sister of other Guides. (Friendly)
5 The Guide is a girl of a good character. (Ethical)
6 The Guide is kind to animals. (Kind)
7 The Guide obeys her parents, the head of the Patrol Division, and the Leader of the group. (Obedient)
8 The Guide faces hardship patiently smiling. (Smiling)
9 The Guide is not extravagant. (Saving)
10 The Guide should be clean, have a clean mind and thoughts. (Clean)
Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared
Brownie Motto - Do My Best
Girl Guide 11-17
Development of the movement:
Guiding in Jordan began in 1938, although it was only in 1953 that the first Guide group was officially recognized. Girls in schools were then encouraged to become Guides, and courses were held for teachers wishing to become leaders.
In 1954 the first Brownie pack was started, and by 1955 membership had increased to about 2,000. In 1962 the Girl Guide Association of Jordan was set up and Her Majesty the late Queen Zein Al Sharaf appointed as its first Honorary President. The following year His Majesty the late King Hussein issued a decree placing the Association under royal patronage.
In 1975 the first conference of Scout and Guide leaders was held at Ajlun, the national campsite, where it was decided that the Girl Guide Association of Jordan would merge with the Boy Scouts Association. In 1976 the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Jordan was formed.
In 1985 the second conference of Scout and Guide leaders was held in Amman.
In 1988 Princess Basma Bint Talal became the President of the Jordanian Association of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Jordan. The 32nd World Conference was held in Jordan in 2005.
Great emphasis is placed on the Promise and Law. In 1967 a national camp was held where girls and leaders met to discuss the adaptation of the programme to the needs of the Jordanian girl. Ten divisions were set up and each one was responsible for implementing its own programme and carrying out training.
Relationship to society:
Guides in towns and villages throughout Jordan play their part in national service and community development projects. Guides regularly visit hospitals, orphanages and homes for the disabled and the elderly, entertaining the residents and distributing gifts. The Association organizes lectures on hygiene and sanitation and responds to appeals for blood donors.
Communication and Co-operation
The Association takes part in important national and international ceremonies and also publicizes its activities through exhibitions.
Many Guides and leaders are trained in community service, life saving and fire fighting, by officers from the Jordanian Civil Defence Department.
Guiding as a whole receives the full support of those concerned with youth education and community development.
The importance of training is stressed at all levels. Summer training camps, short-term training and refresher courses are held throughout the year according to the needs of the districts.
Outdoor and Environmental Activities
Camping is a popular activity among members of the Association in Jordan, and the national campsites, at Ajlun, Dbeen, Aqaba, Karama and North Shuna, are widely used by members.
Guides are involved in environmental initiatives, including tree planting to combat soil erosion and the tidying up of the countryside.
Leaders and Guides participate in local, national and international camps as well as camps in neighbouring Arab countries.