Girl guides celebrate honour 100 years

Gathered in the courtyard of the
Red Bay Primary School last week, Red Bay Brownies hoisted the Cayman flag,
saluted and renewed the Brownie Promise in celebration of Girl Guides’ 100th

In honour of their involvement in
the association, the girls then released a number of balloons in the sky.

“The Girl Guides have been a source
of positive reinforcement for young girls growing up in the Cayman Islands. It
acts as a confidence builder and a special place for younger girls to hang with
their girlfriends in the company of others,” said leader Dawn Largie.

In Cayman, the Girls Guide movement
has grown in popularity, and the organisation now has various groups
established throughout the island.

Miss Largie, organiser of the Red
Bay Brownies activity day, said she was involved with the Brownies in Jamaica
as a leader and Girls Guider, which helped to mould her and motivated her to
continue to be involved with the group here in Cayman.

Miss Largie, who guides the vibrant
Brownie pack along with Judith Hyre, said being a part of the 100-year
celebration is an event that will be remembered for a long time.

One excited participant was
ten-year-old Shamelia McPherson, the Leprechaun patrol leader, who said she is
involved in taking register and dues and participating in a lot of activities
like singing and games.

Pixies patrol leader, Kalie
Broderick, 10, said she liked the responsibility of helping others.

Brownie Letoya Marshall said, “I
get to experience new things and meet new friends.”

Nakiiyah Sairsing said being with
the troop for two years “has helped me to be kinder to people and my friends.”

Quick to tell what her patrol group
were involved wit,h Aleah Copland said: “I get to participate in art workshops.
Last year we went to the Pines retirement home,” she said, displaying a number
of brownie badges she had acquired for cooking, art, music, book reading and
gardening. “I also lend a hand by picking up garbage around the school so that
it helps keep the environment clean, and show respect and love for my elders
and friends.”

The Girl Guides is well known
throughout the world for their fellowship and leadership training.

It was founded by Robert Baden-Powell
along with his sister Agnes who became the first president of the Girl Guides
in May 1910.

In 1912 Robert Baden-Powell married
Olave Soames. She soon became involved in the scouting movement and called the
members Girl Guides rather than girl scouts after becoming leader of the

In Cayman youngsters move up the
rank from Rainbow to Brownies to Girl Guides.

Rainbow girls can join from the
time they are five years old.

Once a girl makes her Brownie
Promise, she works toward a number of badges. As a pack or individually,
Brownies are encouraged to complete various interest tasks for the badges,
including such areas as cooking, gardening and reading.

The Brownies annually attend the
renewal of promise, where their group gets the chance to meet other Brownies.

A girl can join a Girls Guide Unit
when she is ten years old (she does not need to have been a Brownie). The Guide
Unit includes a number of programmes such as healthy lifestyles, awareness, discovery,
skills and relationships.

The girls record
their progress and are encouraged to work in patrols to active certain goals.

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Red Bay School’s Brownie Troop leader hands out balloons to be released in celebra-tion of Girl Guides 100 anniversary.
Photo: Jewel levy

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