The dream of a World Centre in the Western Hemisphere began in 1946 during a training session in Cuba. Six years later, after the approval from the Eastern Hemisphere and World Committees, the building started.

Many options for the location of the World Centre were considered such as Cuba, Panama and the United States, however Cuernavaca, the capital of the State of Morelos in Mexico was chosen. Our Cabaña opened in July 1957.

The iconic Chief's blue door was generously donated by Lady Baden-Powell and has greeted over 70,000 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world. Today it marks the beginning of their wonderful adventure.

  • Lady Olave Baden Powell
  • Piramide xochicalco Mexico
  • La puerta de la Jefa

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 Logo

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.

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