How can I become a member?

WAGGGS supports Member Organizations to meet the criteria for Membership and to ensure that Member Organizations offer their current and potential members appropriate opportunities and experiences. These criteria reflect the requirement to deliver quality Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting and meet standards established by WAGGGS in all six areas of the work of the Organization (Educational Programme, Training, Membership, Finance, Relationship to Society, and Structure and Management).

WAGGGS will support the development of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting in countries where presently it does not exist in order to offer more girls and young women the opportunities to be Girl Guides/Girl Scouts as part of a World Organization. Decisions to work in a new country are based on the assessment of potential for Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting in the country, using a checklist of factors. Procedures to be followed are set out in the document ‘Supporting Material for the implementation of WAGGGS’ Membership Policy’.

Potential member countries

These are countries where WAGGGS is working with the country in order to establish/re-establish Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting.

Once a country fulfils the factors laid down in WB 3271 Appendix 2, ‘Checklist of factors for working in new countries’, the respective Region will work with it to develop a Girl Guide/Girl Scout organization. WAGGGS will work with the country for a maximum of six years. During that time a commitment to Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting must be expressed through formation of a National Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting organization and development of a plan to prepare for application for Associate Membership in WAGGGS.

Completion of this stage is recognized by presentation of the Certificate of Working Towards Membership in WAGGGS.

Application for Associate Membership

The decision for a country to apply for Associate Membership is made by the Regional Committee in consultation with the respective country. The Regional Committee supports the country and monitors its growth and development. Once satisfied, the Region will recommend that the Organization be considered for Associate Membership. At the same time there is the consultation with the Strategies for Growth Committee which administers the process of application for Membership. The Organization must meet all the requirements as laid out in WAGGGS Constitution.

Countries applying for Associate Membership can be accepted into Membership by a vote of the World Board during the triennium which is then ratified by the Full Members at a World Conference. WAGGGS will work with National Organizations for the attainment of Associate Membership for a maximum of six years following receipt of the Certificate of Working Towards Membership in WAGGGS.

Application for Full Membership

The maximum period that a country can stay as an Associate Member is nine years. The judgment as to the readiness of an Associate Member to move into Full Membership is taken by the Regional Committee in consultation with the respective country. As in the process for application into Associate Membership, the Regional Committee consults with Strategies for Growth Committee which administers the process of application for Full Membership. Applications for Full Membership are presented to the Full Members at a World Conference for a vote.

Both Associate and Full Member Organizations of WAGGGS enjoy specific benefits and they also have to fulfil certain responsibilities specified in WAGGGS Constitution.

For more information about membership, please download WAGGSG Membership Policy.

Suspension and Cancellation

The process of suspension and cancellation of Membership outlines that in situations of serious decline, WAGGGS will send a warning letter to the Member Organization indicating the need to take serious action toward improvement. If the Member Organization indicates a desire to improve, WAGGGS will provide some assistance. The Region and the Organization will work together on an implementation plan to develop the required quality and membership levels. If the Organization works toward improvement and improves to a level that satisfies the qualifications of Membership, it will retain its Membership.

If the Member Organization does not reply to the warning letter from WAGGGS, a suspension of Membership will be recommended to the World Board by the Regional Committee. If there is no further action by the Member Organization, the World Board will recommend the cancellation of their Membership to the World Conference. A decision to cancel Membership in WAGGGS is the responsibility of the World Conference.