Girl Guides Association of Zambia
Number of Girl Guides in 2018
I promise that I will do my best: To serve God, To serve my country and other people, and To keep the Guide Law.
Zambia Guide Law
- A Guide is to be trusted
- A Guide is loyal
- A Guide is helpful
- A Guide is a friend to all and a sister to all Guides
- A Guide considers other people
- A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things
- A Guide is obedient
- A Guide is cheerful and brave, even in difficulties
- A Guide is thrifty
- A Guide controls herself in all she thinks, says and does
I promise that I will do my best: To serve God, To serve my country and other people, and To keep the Lechwe Guide Law.
- A Lechwe is truthful, obedient and cheerful
- A Lechwe thinks of others before herself
Development of the Movement
Guiding began in Zambia in 1924 when the first Guide company was registered in Livingstone, the capital of what was then Northern Rhodesia. In the same year a Ranger unit was opened, and two years later the first Brownie pack was set up.
In 1930 the Wayfarers, an organization for African girls working along similar lines to the Guide Association, was started and by 1936 it was known as the Wayfarer Guides and Sunbeams. After a referendum in 1948, the Wayfarers joined the Guides to make one Movement for all the girls in Zambia. In 1952 all girls under 11 years became known as
Brownies and the Association was unified under one Commissioner.
When Zambia became an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1964, the Girl Guides Association of Zambia, previously a Branch Association of the Guide Association (United Kingdom) became self-governing in all areas of work. In 1966 the first Zambian Chief Commissioner was appointed and the newly built headquarters were opened in Lusaka.
In 1974 the name Brownie was changed to Lechwe Guide, the lechwe being a species of brown antelope found only in Zambia.