Padvindstersvereniging van de Nederlandse Antillen
Number of girl guides in 2017
I will earnestly try: 1. To do my duty to God and my country 2. To help all people where possible 3. To obey the Guide Law
- A Girl Guide is honest
- A Girl Guide is loyal
- A Girl Guide is willing to help
- A Girl Guide is a friend to all and a sister to all Guides
- A Girl Guide is courteous and attentive
- A Girl Guide cares for plants and animals
- A Girl Guide is obedient
- A Girl Guide accepts disappointments with cheerfulness
- A Girl Guide is thrifty
- A Girl Guide is pure in thought, in word and in deed
I will try: 1. To be a true Brownie 2. To help all people where possible, and also at home
Brownie Guide Law
- A Brownie is honest
- A Brownie is obedient
- A Brownie is friendly
- A Brownie is kind to plants and animals
I promise to be a true Elvita and to love nature.
Development of the Movement
The first Guide company in the Netherlands Antilles was opened in Curaçao in May 1930 by one of the Component Associations of The Netherlands, Het Nederlandse Padvindsters Gilde. Soon afterwards the Association became the Nederlandse Padvindstergilde Curaçao, and in the following years Guiding continued to grow with assistance in programme and training developments from Het Nederlandse Padvindsters Gilde. In 1967 Het Nederlandse Padvindsters Gilde requested WAGGGS and the Western Hemisphere Committee to work directly with the Nederlandse Padvindstergilde Curaçao in order to forge links with National Organizations in the same geographical area. In 1972 the Nederlandse Padvindstergilde Curaçao became an independent Association.
The name of the Association was changed to the Padvindstersvereniging van de Nederlandse Antillen in 1977. Guiding has spread to all areas of the island of Curaçao and to all sectors of the community. Following the objective to increase membership, the Association started in May 1993 with girls in the 4-6 years age group. They are called ”Elvita“, which name honours Mrs Norma Elisabeth-Galaraga who was the first Guide who made her Promise after Guiding was introduced on the island. The Elvita programme consists of songs, games, stories and crafts especially for this age group. In 1995, the Association expanded to the island of Bonaire, starting with the Pre-Brownie and Brownie sections.
In 2014, during the 35th WAGGGS World Conference in Hong Kong the association changed name to Asosiashon di Guia PNA.