About the regions

Donate online 1The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is composed of five regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere.

Through its regional structure, WAGGGS’ supports Member Organizations to develop their programmes and leadership initiatives, to implement advocacy programmes and work on advocacy campaigns, and to offer membership benefits to a diverse group of girls and young women.

Africa Region

The Africa Region is composed of 500,000 girls in 31 countries. It offers girls and young women opportunities for leadership and personal development and non-formal education that they may not otherwise receive. Girls and young women in Africa work on projects focused around literacy, peace-building, nutrition, HIV and AIDS prevention, the prevention of violence against women and children and women’s rights.

Arab Region

Encompassing North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf Region, the region consists of more than 160,000 girls in 14 countries. In the Arab Region some cultural traditions make it difficult for many women to develop their full potential. How sensitive is this? Within their national Girl Guide/Girl Scout Association, girls and young women can develop life skills, improve self-esteem and develop leadership and decision-making skills which they can use within their associations, their communities and their everyday lives.

Asia Pacific Region

More than 2.5 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are part of the region in 25 countries. The Region organizes a range of activities for different groups all offering fun and friendship as well as opportunities for personal development and education. Training of young leaders is a priority for the region and international courses and workshops enable young participants to develop their leadership qualities.

Europe Region

The Europe region comprises 66 Girl Guide and Girl Scout associations, with 1.2 million members in 39 countries. It supports the development of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting in Europe, co-ordinating workshops to share best practice and promoting networking opportunities for partnerships. It is a strong advocate on issues important to girls and young women, influencing key European institutions such as the European Union.

Western Hemisphere Region

From Canada to Argentina via the Caribbean, the Western Hemisphere Region has over three million members across 36 countries. It aims to provide young women with the opportunity to develop their leadership and advocacy skills through participating in international events, seminars and workshops. It represents the views of young women of the region at the Latin American Youth Forum (FLAJ), a policy-making body focusing on youth issues and MOs work together on twinning projects.

How they work

Once every three years, delegates from Member Organization in each region come together at the Regional Conferences to discuss important issues concerning the development of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting in the region. These events provide opportunities for training and sharing concerns, experiences and human resources.

The Regional Conferences also elect a Committee of six members to put its decisions into action. Each member serves for three years and can be re-elected for a second three-year term. The Committee should include at least one young woman under the age of thirty at the time of the election and shall elect from its members a Chairman, who will be a voting member of the World Board.

The Committee works closely with a permanent staff member based at WAGGGS’ World Bureau in London. The Regional director for Europe is based in the Europe Office, Brussels.

Each region also has staff working in the region, who support the Member Organizations with training, country visits and event management.

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e m - 14 May 2014 - 8.11PM (GMT)

What is the name of Our Cabana’s pet cat?

Eibhlin h-s - 3 May 2014 - 12.50AM (GMT)

OMG so looking ford to coming to Czech Republic in September I cool to think that there are other girl Guide/Scouts in all of the countries that I am going to out of them all I chose Czech Republic YAY!!!!!!!!!!

Ada. Achi - 16 November 2013 - 11.24PM (GMT)

My name is Ada Achi from Nigeria. WAGGGS sites have really helped me to know more about guiding in other countries of the world. Guiding puts a little spark of light (leadership skills) which grows bigger and brighter as the little girl grows into a responsible citizen of the world. In my community, we are taking action and making a difference with our Community Education Empowerment project(CEEP). It is fun and we love it.

Adah Mbah - 20 June 2013 - 9.11PM (GMT)

I’m from Bamenda the North West Region of Cameroon. My troops and I are doing our best in this part of the world. The Cameroon Association of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting introduced since 1943 has been an active organ of development and inspiration in the lives of millions of girls and women in Cameroon. The key of a new beginning of the Association was launched by the Minister’s Representative of the ministry of Youth Affairs who encouraged the Association and promised to work in partnership with the Association to improve on the welfare of the youths since the youths make up 60% of the population of Cameroon.

Celeste Borg - 8 March 2013 - 12.33AM (GMT)

I'm a Girl Scout from Colorado, USA. It's really cool to see so many different countries that have Girl Scouts or a variation of it. I had no idea it went beyond the US and Canada. My troop and I are looking into a final trip as a troop before we all go off to college, and this site gave me so many ideas of where to go! :)

Alice Holloway - 4 March 2013 - 1.52PM (GMT)

My family has 3 generations of scouting: myself, my daughter and my granddaughter. I was a Girl Scout in my country, Philippines; my daughter grew up in the US and was a Brownie, Junior and a Cadette; now, my granddaughter, from Daisy to a Brownie. This website is great to learn more from other GS&GG around the world.

Avtar Singh (Punjab) India - 9 August 2012 - 11.07AM (GMT)

i am Scout Guide Master doing extra duty towards School students. scout & Guide enjoy due learning by doing, by camping,by Trecking, by handicraft etc. Our state Head Quarter is at Tara Devi near SHIMLA (a cold place in forest)capital of Himachal Pardesh . Childern enjoy there very well

Eve Carroll - 9 August 2012 - 4.10AM (GMT)

Hi everyone, I'm a Ranger from NZ - I can't believe I have only just found out about this page. It's great to have a way to connect with Rangers and Guides from different countries! If only everyone knew about this.

Mikel - 29 July 2012 - 4.03PM (GMT)

In Spain the guide movement was born in 1909 more or less and it was in Donosti and it was an answer against the scout movement that did not admit girls.
The groups in scout are called:

Plumitas (5-6 years)
Alitas (7-11 years) more or less
Guías (12-14 years)
Pioneros (14-16,17 years)
Guías mayores (17-19 years)

It also have catholic or secular movements. I'm in a secular movement. Secular movements are less than catholic. As far as I am concerned, in the Basque country are 6 secular movements, but there are more or less 60 catholic movements.

chami - 10 May 2012 - 11.05AM (GMT)

hey im also girl guide And I am also loving this movement lotss :)

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