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Antigua and Barbuda Girl Guides Association

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The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda is the Guiding organization of Antigua and Barbuda. It serves 718 members (as of 2003). Founded in 1931, the girls-only organization became an associate member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1984 and a full member in 2002.

The Girl Guide Association of Antigua and Barbuda belongs to the Caribbean Link. At the introduction of the West Indies political federation, the Antigua association linked with other Caribbean associations. Although the West Indies Federation was undone, the Girl Guide Associations’ link remains.

  • I promise that I will do my best:
  • To do my duty to God,
  • To serve the Queen and my country and help other people, and  To keep the Guide Law.
  • Brownie Guide Promise
  • I promise I will do my best:
  • To do my duty to God,
  • To serve the Queen and my country and help other people, and
  • To keep the Brownie Guide Law.

Law:

  1. A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.
  2. A Guide is helpful.
  3. A Guide is polite and considerate.
  4. A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.
  5. A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.
  6. A Guide is obedient.
  7. A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.
  8. A Guide makes good use of her time.
  9. A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people.
  10. A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.

Brownie Guide Law

A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and Does a good turn every day.

Development of the movement:

In 1931 the first two Guide companies in Antigua were registered with The Guide Association (UK), a step that was rapidly followed by an expansion in the number of units. The Tweenie section was the last to be formed in the 1980s to satisfy the needs of the 3-6 years age group.

Two visits from the World Chief Guide, and contact with trainers from The Guide Association (UK) in the following years helped to boost the development of the Movement. In 1969 the first trainer from the islands officially qualified and this led to the development of residential trainings for Guide leaders.

In 1983 The Guide Association (UK) approved a deed of transfer making the Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda self-governing in all areas of work.

In 1998, a new era began, as the second Chief Commissioner since Associate Membership was installed. A new phase began in 2002 as the Association achieved Full Membership.

Programme:

Antigua and Barbuda uses the Caribbean Programme Framework implemented in 1998 and based on six developmental areas – emotional, social, spiritual, creative, character/moral and physical. The UK badge programme is also utilized.

Relationship to society:

Work is done with the elderly and delinquent youth. Contributions and assistance are given to children in hospitals and at institutions catering for those with special needs.

Training:

Antigua and Barbuda has nine certified trainers. Training is organized by a Training Committee and includes a pre-scheduled system based on WAGGGS accredited Training Scheme. Residential training is usually on weekends. There is participation in sub-regional/regional trainings.