The visit was brief, but for 75 Caribbean Girls Guides delegates visiting the Cayman Islands, it was a culturally sweet experience.
The group visited on Thursday, 26 April aboard Carnival Liberty after travelling from Mexico and Belize on a one-week Caribbean Link Cruise Conference under the theme “Caribbean Guides Changing lives”.
The conference is held every three years to maintain bonds with the Caribbean, discuss future plans, overlook previous work and give reports on Girls Guides island accomplishments and challenges. This was the first time the trip was conducted by a cruise ship.
In Grand Cayman, delegates toured Pedro St, James, met with Cayman Girls Guides leaders and participants and visited the Governor’s House to have lunch with Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor’s wife, Marie Beatrice Taylor. After a short welcome and complimentary gift bag presentations, delegates were invited to the Pedro theatre to view a film with real-life effects highlighting the nation’s “Birthplace of Democracy” and the history of the castle.
On the outside, Girl Guides from East End, Red Bay, North Side and Prospect Primary School showcased work and activities the group was involved with in the Cayman Islands.
East End Guides had delegates happy with a musical performance titled “I Don’t Want to Marry No Drunken Man” and the Red Bay Instrumental team brought out the tranquillity and peace of the Cayman Islands with a gospel duo. North Side Guides performing choir and Prospect Guides dancing the Maypole dance were just as impressive. Local guiding units featured displays of thatching, peppermint candy and heavy cake tasting, old-time music and performance from local Rainbow and Brownie units.
Before leaving, delegates sampled local treats.
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.