Category Archives: WAGGGS

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is celebrated each year as Hispanic Heritage month, and there’s no better time than to talk a little bit about Our Cabaña in Cuernavaca, Mexico! WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) has four World Centres across the globe: Pax Lodge in London, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India, and Our Cabaña. There are over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 146 countries around the world and these centers offer the chance to experience the unique culture of different countries and their traditions, history and people.

Our Cabana in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Our Cabana in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Girl Guiding began in Mexico in 1930 and in 1948 a National Association, Guías de México, was formed with a program adapted to the customs of Mexico and the specific needs of Mexican girls. Our Cabaña was officially opened in July of 1957 and is now the largest of the four World Centres.

OurCabanaCabaña means “hide-away cabin in the woods, surrounded by nature.” While the city of Cuernavaca has grown to become a sprawling city of one million people, Our Cabaña is safely located in its leafy suburbs.

The Guías de México are divided into levels according to age, just like the Girl Scouts of the USA. The levels are Girasol (Sunflower) 4-6, Hadita (Fairy) 6-9, Guía (Guide) 9-13, Guía Intermedia (Intermediate) 13-15, and Guía Mayor (Ranger) 15-18.

Promise:I promise on my honor to do the best to comply with my duty to God and Mexico, my country, to be useful to others in all circumstances and live the guide law
 
Law:

  • A Guide is a friend of all and sister to all Guides.
  • A Guide is courteous.
  • A Guide is a friend of animals and plants in nature and sees God’s work. A Guide obeys orders.
  • A Guide faces difficulties with fortitude and optimism.
  • A Guide is economical.
  • A Guide is kept pure in thought, word and deed
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Happy 100th Birthday!

There have been over 50 million women in the United States who have been a Girl Scout, and there are anniversary celebrations happening all over the country today, March 12, 2012. On this date in 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low started the very first Girl Scout troop  in Savannah, Georgia. Today, 3.2 million girls are Girl Scouts in the United States, and are part of the 10 million girls who are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Juliette Low faced many obstacles, but she had a vision that this organization would help girls not only in her lifetime, but far into the future. The 1933 Girl Scout Handbook included a message from her, written on October 31, 1924.

Dear Girl Scouts:

I hope that we shall all remember the rules of this Girl Scouting game of ours. They are: to play fair, to play in your place, and to play for your side and not for yourself.

And as for the score, the best thing in a game is the fun and not the results, for:

“When the Great Recorder comes to write against your name, he writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.”

Girl Scouts, I salute you.

Your friend, Juliette Low

We would love to hear how you are celebrating this day (and Girl Scout Week!)

World Thinking Day 2012

Happy World Thinking Day! Today is the day when we celebrate girl scouting all over the world. From the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts website:

Today, WAGGGS wishes ‘happy World Thinking Day’ to all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts! Up to 10 million girls in 145 countries around the world are spending today reflecting on their international friendships, thinking about the environment, and raising money for the World Thinking Day Fund.

Two international patches from our collection

In 1992, the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council (one of our historic councils) reached out to the Republic of Georgia to bring Girl Scouting to that country. Many of our current Archives volunteers such as Sue Belden and Gigi Baroco were involved with this initiative.  We are proud to have been part of this effort to introduce more girls to scouting. You can read more about the Georgian Girl Scouts on the WAGGGS website.

2011 GSUSA National Convention

Joyce and Gigi in their souvenir Convention photograph

At GSUSA’s 2011 National Council Session and 52nd Convention in Houston, Texas, many adult Girl Scouts wore vintage uniforms to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary. Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s History/Archives committee members also participated in this fun activity. Gigi Baroco wore a Norfolk khaki uniform from the mid-1920s and Joyce Overcash-Dudley wore a Mariner uniform from the late 1950s.  Joyce made both replicas.  The convention’s theme was “Renewing the Promise: Girl Scouts in a New Century” and the Take Action Project continues to be “Forever Green.”  The opening ceremony was grand, with uniformed girls carrying the 145 colorful flags of the WAGGGS members, followed by girls wearing 1912 navy blue replica uniforms and carrying the green 100th anniversary flags.  More girls attended than ever before and the ten Women of Distinction inspired us all. The girls who attended the Girl Scout Leadership Institute had experiences that demonstrated that 2011 Girl Scouts do have courage, confidence and character.

During the convention, Kathy Cloninger was given a warm “goodbye” and Anna Maria Chavez was welcomed as the new CEO of GSUSA. There were fewer proposals to the Blue Book this time and many more break-out sessions and activities.  “Conversations of Consequence” covered topics such as, “Be a Leader, Not a Bully;” “Girl Scouts Explore the Female Factor” led by Susan Cartsonis, film Producer and President of Storefront Pictures; “Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion” led by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; “Nobody’s Perfect” led by actress Marlee Matlin; and many others.

Guest speakers and Center Stage performances included ABC’s Katie Couric, Robin Roberts and Cheryl Burton; Ingrid Saunders Jones, SVP of The Coca-Cola Company; combat pilot Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour; actress Monique Coleman, the Harlem Globetrotters which now has a female player; a Justine Magazine fashion show; singing by Yolanda Adams, Katie Armiger, Sara Bareilles, Emily Hearn, Mindless Behavior and others.

Hall of Exhibits. Photo courtesy of Meg Rickert, History/Archives Committee Member.

The Hall of Exhibits featured a Global Lounge with representatives from WAGGGS, the Girl Scout Superstore, eighty commercial vendors, twenty not-for-profit organizations offering programs and resources, a Storytelling Lounge, and Swap and Meet booths. Joyce and Gigi were amazed that they ran into so many Girl Scouts that they knew among the over 12,700  attendees.  On Saturday the attendees topped out at over 15,000 Girl Scouts. If you haven’t attended a Girl Scout convention, you should try to get to the next one.  It will be in Salt Lake City in 2014!

Happy Centenary WAGGGS!

A small exhibit on the WAGGGS pin at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Council Headquarters.

The Girl Scouts of the USA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and together we are 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts strong. From the WAGGGS website:

2011 is our second centenary year, and we are once again celebrating 100 years of changing lives on 10 April. Join 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world in commemorating this very special and historical occasion.

In 2010, our first centenary year, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts globally were united in celebrating with parties and activities on the theme of ‘Plant’. You can read all about the celebrations in our special centenary section.

This year, the theme is ‘Grow’, and we’re asking Member Organizations to grow their celebrations through community action.

There are lots of ways you can celebrate on 10 April:

  • Download the 2011 Centenary Activity Pack for lots of ideas on Grow-themed activities
  • Send an online centenary card (available soon on the WAGGGS website)
  • Apply for a mini-grant to support an environmental community project
  • Film or take photos of your centenary celebrations and send them to centenary@wagggsworld.org

A few of our international patches from the Archives collection on display.

Every day you get a chance to make history. One suggestion is to make a pledge  on how you will bring about positive change in your community – just like the young women did at the Young Women’s World Forums, the key centenary events. At the events, delegates wrote their pledges on t-shirts. Why not write your pledge on a t-shirt and send WAGGGS (and GSGATL) your photo? Or send a video message outlining your pledge? Send photos or videos to: centenary@wagggsworld.org and they’ll post them on the WAGGGS website. Please also send in the ways you are celebrating with your Greater Atlanta troops to bmesser@gsgatl.org so that we can document our area troops’ activities in this wonderful world-wide event!