Girl Scouts of Jamaica
||This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (February 2014)|
|Girl Scouts of Jamaica|
|Founded||August 5, 2008
Launched October 5, 2008
|Founder||Mrs Lavinia McClure|
|Affiliation||Order of World Scouts|
Girl Scouts of Jamaica (G.S.J.) is a Christian faith based Scouting organization for girls in Jamaica founded on August 5, 2008. The girls-only organization is a member of the Order of World Scouts.
Membership is voluntary and open to all girls and young women regardless of creed, race, nationality or any other circumstance, provided that the member is willing and committed to uphold the promise and the law of the movement. Leaders must uphold the promise, law and constitution.
The Girl Scouts of Jamaica were established in August 2008, out of concerns about administration and the changing of the programme of the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica. The Girl Scouts of Jamaica desire was to have a democratic structure and to embrace the traditions of the eight point programme and camp craft. They joined the Order of World Scouts, with whom they shared ideals and vision, right after their October 2008 launch promise ceremony.
On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
To serve my country and help other people,
And to obey the Scout Law
A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is helpful.
A Scout is a friend to all.
A Scout is courteous.
A Scout respects the environment.
A Scout obeys orders.
A Scout is cheerful under all difficulties.
A Scout is thrifty.
A Scout is pure in thought, word and deed.
- The Promise Pin
The traditional fleur-de-lis is presented in Jamaican national colours. The fleur-de-lis is significant in two ways. In ancient Christian culture it was used to represent the Holy Trinity. In scouting it signifies the three-fold promise: "Duty to God", "Service to Man", "Obedience to the Law".
- Peenie Wallies; 4 to 8 years, kindergarten to grade 3
- Doctorbirds; 7 to 12 years, grades 3 to 6
- Junior Scouts; 10 to 16 years, grades 7 to 10
- Senior Scouts; 14 to 19 years, grades 10 to 13
- Assistant Leaders; 16+ years
- Leaders; 18+ years
The eight point programme offers a variety of activities for the girls to do in a variety of areas of interest. The eight points are similar at all levels, but the presentation changes to be suited to the age groups.
|Peenie Wallies:||Doctorbirds||Girl Scouts||Adults|
|are knowing and growing||Let's be Aware||Looking Ahead||Intelligence|
|enjoy listening and moving||Let's get Physical||Physical Fitness||Fitness and Health|
|make a promise||Let's do it Right||Obeying the Law||Morals and Values|
|enjoy making things||Let's Create||Creativity||Creative Expression|
|enjoy playing together||Let's Love||Relationships||Social Skills|
|are ready to help||Let's Serve||Service||Service|
|enjoy helping at home||Let's do Homecraft||Homecraft Skills||Homecraft and Hospitality|
|enjoy exploring and discovering||Let's enjoy our Environment||The Environment and You||Environment|
Each girl does challenges in each of the eight points and receives a progress award after completing an approved set of challenges.
National Service Project
The Girl Scouts of Jamaica have selected the Special Olympics Jamaica as their National Service Project for the period 2008-2012. Scouts at all age levels participate in fund-raising, while senior and junior scouts also help by volunteering at sporting events which are held all across the island.
- September 1 - Start of the Girl Scout year, coinciding with the school year start
- October 5 - Founders' Day, Anniversary of the first promise ceremony
- November - World Scouting Month, coinciding with National Youth Month
- November 11 - Anniversary of the founding of the Order of World Scouts (1911)
- December - Service Month
- January - Leaders' Planning Month
- January, last Saturday - Annual Leaders' Conference
- May - Girl Scouting Month, coinciding with National Child Month
- May 24 - Anniversary of the founding of the British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts (1909)
- August 5 - Anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of Jamaica
- August 31 - End of the Girl Scout year, coinciding with the school year end
- Go Jamaica Newsletter #121
- Learn more about the Girl Scouts of Ja, Children's Own, A Gleaner Publication, December 1–5, 2008
- GSJ - Peenie Wallies
- GSJ - Doctorbirds
- GSJ - Girl Scouts
- GSJ - Adults
- 'Guiding Through Time', Girlguiding Scotland
- Ashfield District Council: The Brownie Guides
- Order of World Scouts G.S.J.
- All Scouting Associations in Every Country
- The Girl Scouts of Jamaica - World Scouting Month
- Girl Scouts of Jamaica Home