The Dream of a World Centre in the Western Hemisphere was conceived in 1946 during a training session in Cuba. The formal planning started six years later once the Eastern Hemisphere Committee and World Committee had given their approval.
On Febuary 22, 1956 the dedication for Our Cabaña with the presence of Lady Baden-Powell was celebrated. It was on that day, that Lady Baden-Powell donated the iconic blue door that greets every Girl Guide and Girl Scout to Our Cabaña (The Chief’s Door) and welcomes them to the start of a wonderful adventure. Behind this door lies a place with beautiful gardens where friendships start and strengthen. Our Cabaña was officially open in July 1957. Since then we have received more than 70,000 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world.
The first participants attended a “Juliette Low” Event. It was during this event that the Our Cabaña song was written, using the melody of a Mexican traditional birthday song: Las Mañanitas.
As time went by, more and more things were added to Our Cabaña: new dormitories; a conference room; a pool; a campfire circle; camping areas; volleyball and tennis courts, and even ramps to facilitate access to everyone. Right now Our Cabaña is designed to hold up to 108 guests, which makes it the biggest World Centre.
Our World Centre Managers
Ángeles Cardeña, México, 1958-1960
María Laura Aviña, México, 1960-1986
Beatriz González, México, 1986-1989
Harriet Edmond, Canadá, 1989-1994
Sally Robinson, Reino Unido, 1993-1997
Judi Gardiner, Canadá, 1997-2001
Beatriz González, México, 2001-2008
Magdalena Rubio, México, 2008-2014
Esmeralda González, México, 2014
María José Proaño, Ecuador, 2014-2018
Susana Mendoza Lavín, México, 2018-2020
Our Cabaña adopted the Cuernavaca City symbol as part of its logo. The tree represents the worldwide movement with more than 10 Million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The roots are a symbol of friendship, which starts at Our Cabaña and grows deep. The trunk shows the strength and continual growth of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement. The three branches represent each part of the Guiding Promise. The drop of water has two meanings: It is an Aztec symbol of life and a pre-Hispanic symbol of communication. Our Cabaña logo is symbol of our communication with both the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement, and the community of Cuernavaca.