A new era in Girl
'Rally 2011' will be held to celebrate the spirit of guiding :
Girl Guiding is one of the best forms of non-formal education a girl
can receive while schooling. Knowing the value of the movement, many
parents encourage their daughters to be a part of the Girl Guides
Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) was inaugurated in Sri
Lanka in 1917. Since then the movement has been empowering girls and
young women to face the many challenges of life, for over 90 years. Now
the Association has more than 30,000 members in all the nine provinces
of the country.
SLGGA is divided into three main categories according to the ages of the
members: Little Friends aged 7-11 years, Guides aged 11-16 years and
Senior Guides aged 16-23 years.
The Girl Guides Association is hoping to start a completely new era
of guiding in Sri Lanka from this year and "April will be a significant
month for all the members of the SLGGA and for those who are interested
in joining the Movement in the future. An extravagant event called The
'Rally 2011', will be organised by the Movement, to launch the new
uniforms, new programmes and a new image for the association," says
Director Communications, Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association, Dilmini
The last time they had an image change was in 1960s. To give a local
touch to the image an elephant was included.
New Sri Lanka badges for all the ranks in the three branches were
also introduced in that year. Almost 50 years later , there will be
another major change in the system. "We need to show the world that our
Movement is changing with the world," she added.
Rally 2011 will celebrate the spirit of guiding. The members from all
over the country will meet their fellow guides at the Galle Face Green
in April at this much awaited Guiding event. Stay tuned with the Junior
Observer for more information about this rally.
History of Girl Guiding
Lord Robert Baden-Powell popularly known as BP founded the Girl Guide
and Boy Scout. He first worked with boys in South Africa during the Boer
War. He had set up his headquarters in Mafeking, but soon this came
under siege. Then, BP recruited a few boys as messengers during this
difficult time. They divided themselves into groups or rather patrols
and each of these patrol had a leader, known as a patrol leader. Since
that scheme was a success, on his way to England BP decided that the
boys in England, should also be taught similar skills such as camping,
teamwork, and leadership, pioneering, stalking and orienteering to
prepare them when they were older.Through his book "Scouting for Boys,"
he explained how he wants to popularise scouting among boys. The book
was soon a hit among boys all over England, and they started forming
their own scout companies.
In 1909, the first scout jamboree was held in London. Seeing some of
the girls who attended this rally, BP realized the need for forming
something similar for the girls as well. As a result, the Girl Guide
Movement was inaugurated in 1910 in the UK. BP's sister Agnes Baden
Powell was the first president of the Girl Guides movement.
Girl Guiding was first introduced in Sri Lanka in 1917, by Mrs. Jenny
Greene and Miss. Jenny Calverley. The first Guide Company was started at
the Girls' High School, Kandy with the support of its principal at that
time, Miss. Sansom. At the end of that particular year, the guiding oath
was altered, so that the non-Christians too can join the movement In
1918, the Ceylon Branch of the Girl Guides Association was formed and
Mrs. R. W. Byrde was appointed as Sri Lanka's first Chief Commissioner.