Number of Girl Guides in 2017
I promise that I will do my best: To do my duty to my God and my country, To help other people, and To keep the Guide Law.
South Africa Guide Law
- A Guide is to be trusted
- A Guide is loyal
- A Guide is helpful
- A Guide is friendly
- A Guide is polite and considerate
- A Guide cares for the earth and living things
- A Guide is obedient
- A Guide is brave and cheerful
- A Guide is thrifty
- A Guide respects herself and others
I promise that I will do my best: To do my duty to my God and my country, To help other people, and To keep the Brownie Law.
- A Brownie is truthful, obedient and cheerful
- A Brownie thinks of others before herself
My challenge as a Ranger is to: Render service by taking the Promise out into the wider world and by being aware of my responsibilities as a young adult.
I promise to care and share.
Development of the Movement
The first Guide Company in South Africa was the Hospital Hill Company, Johannesburg, which was formed by Miss Dorothy Rogers in 1910. Soon after this companies were started in Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, King Williams Town and Cape Town.
By 1920 Guiding had spread all over South Africa and the national body was formed, known as the Girl Guides Association of South Africa. The equipment department was opened in Cape Town and the Lone and Extension Branches were started.
In 1924 the South African Girl Guide Magazine was first published. Although it ceased publication during the 1939-1945 War, it is still produced today and is entitled SA Guider.
The Girl Guides Association of South Africa, which included members in Basutoland (now Lesotho), Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and Swaziland, was a Founder Member of WAGGGS. These areas remained part of the Girl Guides Association of South Africa until 1961, but are now members of WAGGGS in their own right. Upon the independence of Namibia in 1991, another region separated to become the Girl Guides Association of Namibia.
Guiding in South Africa strives to keep abreast with modern trends by continually updating the programme and the uniform, for both girls and adults.