Two Sundays ago I attended a Thanksgiving Service on behalf of the Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda. It was their 85th Anniversary under the theme GROW.
As a member of the 1st Antigua Girl Guides Unit, the first company to be established in Antigua we are also celebrating 85 years. Attending the service brought back many memories of my years as a girl guide, along with seeing other old members.
The service started with the entrance of the Color Parties; a color party consists of a group of girls who raise/lower the flags (colors) – thus it was simply a presentation of the different guide units and national flag. We usually did this every 3rd Sunday in church while dressed in full uniform along with a march around the block (in which the girls did after the ceremony).
There were prayers, singing, dancing tributes, remarks and a history of guiding as well as presentations showing appreciation for leaders’ service over the years. The remarks particularly stood out to me because it reminded me of all the good times from guiding. Not only was it all fun and games within this organization, but as the president of the association says “it gives young people a platform for learning skills, discipline and character building.”
I’ve been a member of this organization since high school (8/9 years), and it was here that I learnt about service as well as family through friendship. This service served as a reminder as how much guiding aligned with my purpose and the fact that I missed it greatly. Of course, I’ve outgrown the “guide” unit but there are other units for older women to display their service to the community. My next mission is definitely to try to rejoin this organization in someway possible (hopefully I don’t procrastinate too much).
For those of you who are completely clueless to Girl Guides here’s a little insight:
WAGGGS – World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts
Mission: To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world
Girl Guiding is a form of non-formal education which teaches life skills, leadership, decision-making, action and activity in the community through different methods. As a form of reward we earn badges through the completion of tasks. There are currently 10 million Girl Guides in 146 countries around the world! This organization accepts girls from the age of 3 as Tweenies (name in Antigua), or age 5 as Brownies, 10 as Girl Guides and 16 as Rangers. After that there are young leaders and leaders.
Above is the world flag which showcases a white blaze (commitment to peace), three gold blocks (the promise) and in the top left the Trefoil emblem.
The meaning of the Trefoil Emblem:
The three leaves represents the three duties of the promise (duty to God and country, helping people and obeying the Guide Laws); the two 5 point stars represent the promise and the law; the vein is a compass needle which shows the right way; the base has a flame for the love and humanity; lastly the colors blue and gold represents the sun shining over all the children in the world.
Have you ever been a part of the Girl Guides association?
What about other service organizations?