Symbols of the movement

Many of the symbols of WAGGGS and the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement were introduced by Lord Robert Baden-Powell and have been updated throughout the years to ensure our relevance in today's world.

World TrefoilWAGGGS World Trefoil

The Trefoil, used on the World Badge, is the unifying symbol of WAGGGS with every part of the design having its meaning. The golden Trefoil on a bright blue background, for example, represents the sun shining over all the children of the world; the three leaves represent the three-fold Promise as originally laid-down by the Founder; the base of the stalk represents the flame of the love of humanity; the vein pointing upwards through the centre of the Trefoil is the compass needle pointing the way; and the two stars represent the Promise and Law.

World BadgeWAGGGS World Badge

The World Badge, which incorporates the Trefoil, was first adopted at the 11th World Conference in Evian, France, in 1946 and features the gold World Trefoil on a blue background.

World Association Badge

The World Association Badge was first adopted at the 7th World Conference in Bucze, Poland, in 1932. It is similar in design to the World Badge, and is worn by members of the World Board, its Committees, World Bureau staff, Guiders-in-Charge at the World Centres, Honorary Associates, and others, who carry out special duties for the World Association.

World FlagWAGGGS Flag

The golden Trefoil remains the focal point on a blue background. A white blaze in the lower, right-hand corner represents WAGGGS' commitment to peace. This is crowned by three golden blocks symbolising the three-fold Promise. It is used at the World Centres, the World Bureau, WAGGGS' gatherings and by all Member Organizations, often as a unit flag.

The Motto

The Motto, 'Be Prepared', shares the Founder's initials and is a practical reminder of the educational purposes of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.

Good Turn

The Good Turn symbolises the service given by all members of the Movement to the community. Younger girls think of ways they can do a good turn every day, while older girls develop this further into service projects at local, national and international levels.

The Left Handshake

The Founder suggested a Left Handshake to recognise other members of the Movement, and it is still used widely. When asked to explain the origin, Lord Baden-Powell related a legend told to him in West Africa: two hostile, neighbouring communities decided to try to live together in peace, and so they flung down their shields, which were carried on the left arm, and advanced, unprotected, to greet each other with their left hands extended in trust and friendship.

La Canción Mundial

La Canción Mundial se adoptó en la 13ª Conferencia Mundial en Oxford, Reino Unido, en 1950. La música fue adaptada con la aprobación del compositor finlandés, Jean Sibelius, de su Marcha, Opus 91b. Originalmente fue compuesta como la marcha de una de las compañías Scouts más antiguas de Finlandia. Fue publicada por primera vez con la letra en inglés por Gavin Ewart en 1952. La Canción Mundial destaca los principios y el espíritu del Movimiento. 

 Marchemos todas con decisión

En pos de nuestro ideal,

Y prometamos siempre servir

En un mundo fraternal.

Y que nuestras voces resuenen

Allende los montes y el mar

Para unir nuestra fe,  nuestro amor,

En un solo canto universal.


Bien alta la bandera levantad,

Y que libre al viento ondee,

Cual símbolo de nuestra lealtad

Y esperanzas que no mueren.

Y que nuestras manos se enlacen bien,

Formando amistosa cadena

Para unir nuestro amor, nuestra fe,

En el cumplimiento de nuestra ley

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