Next week, 75 guides will descend on the Cayman Islands during their cruise around the Caribbean.
The guides are representing Guide Packs and are taking part in a Caribbean Link Cruise Conference on board the cruise ship Carnival Liberty. They will arrive by cruise ship in Grand Cayman on Thursday, 26 April.
The local guide group in Grand Cayman will host the visitors while they’re on land and plan to introduce them to the local guide family here, as well as showcase some of the local culture and have them to lunch with Marie Beatrice Taylor, wife of Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor.
The Caribbean Link of Guiding, which started in 1958, is a consortium of Girl Guide Associations from the Caribbean region, including independent countries and British Overseas Territories, which are branch associations of Girlguiding UK.
Those taking part in the conference hail from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
When the Federation of British Territories in the Caribbean came into being in 1958, the Girl Guide Associations in the territories got together to form an organisation to link the associations. At the time, the Girl Guide Associations were all branch associations of the Girl Guide Association in the United Kingdom.
When the political West Indian Federation broke up, the Guiding Link was not destroyed and at a Commissioners’ Conference held in Dominica, in 1962, it was decided to rename it to the Caribbean Link of Guiding.
The Caribbean Link Cruise Conference is being held from 21-28 April, visiting the western Caribbean, including two member jurisdictions of the group – Belize and the Cayman Islands.
Representing the Cayman Islands will be Joy Frater (island commissioner), Allison Taylor (Brownie adviser), Rev. Mary Graham (training adviser) and Hyacinth Miller (Previous Rainbow adviser).
The group will arrive in the Cayman Islands on Thursday at 10am and stay until 6pm, with plans organised by Girlguiding Cayman Islands to host the group from 11am to 4pm.
The local guides plan to take the visitors to Pedro St. James, where they will experience a media show and be given a tour of the house on the national historic site. There will also be entertainment organised by the local guiding units that will feature displays of thatching, peppermint candy and heavy cake tasting, old-time music, maypole dance and songs by the local Rainbow and Brownie units.