Number of Girl Guides in 2012
On my honor, I promise to serve god and my country, to help people at all the times, and to live by the Girl Guide Law.
Lithuanian Guide Law
The Girl Guide:
- Tells the truth and keeps her word
- Is faithful to god and her homeland
- Is useful and helpful to others
- Friend to others and a sister to every Girl Guide / Girl Scout
- Is courteous and modest
- Protects the nature
- Respects the parents and authority
- Is cheerful, self-controlled and optimistic
- Is thrifty
- Is pure in thought, word and deed.
Development of the Movement
Guiding was first introduced to Lithuania in 1926 and was banned during the Soviet rule. Immediately after Lithuania declared independence in 1990, Guiding was restarted with the help from Lithuania Girl Guides in exile. The Lithuanians in exile had formed Scouting and Girl Scouting as a vehicle to pass on the language, history and culture of their country. They followed the programme from the time before 1940 but lived without contact from other guides in the host country. They were reunited with their fellow country men and women when they came back to Lithuania.
Lithuania was among the first countries in Eastern Europe where WAGGGS and WOSM worked together to re-establish Guiding and Scouting. The idea was to form a SAGNO, bringing all the four Associations together. The formation of a SAGNO was not realised; instead WOSM created an Association admitting both males and females. A group of female leaders that did not join the Scouts formed a female-only organisation, Lietuvos Skauciu Seserija-Lietuvos (LSS). The Europe Region maintained contacts with LSS, providing support through visits and training events.
The Lietuvos Skauciu Seserija-Lietuvos (LSS) is open to all girls and young women in the country without any distinction. There are groups in many regions of the country and most of the groups have all age branches. Only in the very small villages, children can not be divided into age categories. There is a good balance of numbers between girls and young women and leaders and the membership is still growing. As in many European societies, Lithuania has fewer children, but up to now, this fact has not affected the growth of LSS. The Association has 1400 members.