Irish Girl Guides
Council of Irish Guiding Associations (CIGA)
Number of Girl Guides in 2012
An Gealltanas Geallaim faoi bhrí m’onóra, chomh fada agus is féidir liom, mo dhualgas dom Dhia* agus don tír a dhéanamh, teacht i gcabhair ar dhaoine eile i gcónaí, agus bheith umhal do dhlí na mBantreoraithe.
Geallaim mo dhícheall a dhéanamh mo dhualgas dom Dhia* agus do mo thír a chomh-Líonadh, cabhrú le mo theaghlach féin gach lá, agus bheith umhal do dhlí no Suaircíní.
Development of the Movement
In July 1993, at the 28th World Conference in Denmark, the Council of Irish Guiding Associations was ratified as a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and was recognized as continuing the full membership gained by the Irish Girl Guides in 1932. The Council consists of the Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland, on behalf of their members resident in the Republic of Ireland.
The aims and objectives of CIGA are:
- to enable membership of WAGGGS to be held by the Irish Girl Guides and the Catholic Guides of Ireland on behalf of their members resident in the Republic of Ireland;
- to promote and further the objectives of the World Association as expressed in Article 111 of the constitution and by-laws of WAGGGS;
- to encourage strong dialogue and close co-operation amongst the family of Guiding in the whole of Ireland; to work towards a single Movement;
- to find a way for all members of the Catholic Guides of Ireland to become full members of WAGGGS as soon as possible. Until this is accomplished, all members of CGI can participate in international activities emanating from member organizations of WAGGGS or advertised as open to all by WAGGGS, but only members of CIGA can represent CIGA at a World Conference or other WAGGGS events organized on behalf of the World Board or one of its sub-committees.
The logo represents the interlinking of the two Guiding Associations and the sharing and co-operation that is taking place.
CIGA organizes activities for its members at the various branch levels, so that the girls and their leaders can meet and work together. Work is ongoing regarding common regulations and badge syllabi. A number of joint CIGA delegations have represented Ireland at WAGGGS events, particularly Juliette Low seminars. In 1999, CIGA hosted the 30th World Conference in Dublin. Both Associations worked together to organize this event.