Long Island schools prepare for expansion of girl guides association
The Bahamas Girl Guides Association will begin its year-long celebration of its centenary on Saturday, October 18, with a mass rally in the Upper Gardens of Government House. Throughout the year, the association will not only celebrate its contribution to the development of girls and young women for over 100 years, but will seek to expand guiding, especially to the Family Islands.
The Long Island schools under the leadership of District Superintendent Lillian Culmer–Miller are encouraging the principals of all schools without brownie packs and guide companies to find teachers and parents who are willing to be trained as leaders. Motivated by the activities of the existing packs at Mangrove Bush and Lower Deadman’s Cay Primary Schools, some 11 teachers and three parents volunteered to attend a week-end orientation training session which was held on October 3 and 4 in the resource center at Gray’s, Long Island.
Elma Garraway and Julia Burnside, senior trainers of the association, traveled to Long Island to conduct the training. In addition to covering the prescribed content of the course, leaders and prospective leaders were given the opportunity to plan and conduct meetings, learn about the activities at the four scouting “world centers” and experience “fun” in the “game of guiding”. Undoubtedly, they went away with all the information and resources required to begin new groups at their schools and in their communities. They were challenged to have their brownies and guides complete challenges and be enrolled by early January, 2015.
The association wishes to thank the Templeton Religion Trust for its support of the membership expansion project, the superintendent, principals, teachers who participated, especially Judith Rigby, and Olivia Turnquest for her kind accommodation and hospitality.
School, church and community leaders in New Providence and across the Family Islands are invited to contact the Bahamas Girl Guides Association headquarters at phone no. 322-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information related to beginning a sunflower, brownie, guide or ranger group.