The Bahamas Girl Guides has begun its 100-year anniversary countdown, and Abaco will be a part of the historic occasion.
According to Elaine Martinborough, there are three Girl Guides chapters on Abaco that either meet at Abaco Central High School, Cooper’s Town or St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. The groups meet weekly with approximately 35 young girls between the ages of 7-16 years spread out among the three groups.
In commemoration of the centennial celebration, a special Centennial Challenge Badge has been created, and the challenge which began on Oct.1, is open to every Sunflower, Brownie, Guide and Ranger. Challenges are specific to each level, and are numerically listed in the Centennial Challenge Badge Programme Booklet.
Guides have the option of completing the challenges as a group, with another Guide or individually. There are 21 challenges in total, and the Guides are required to complete the first two, which are: 1) Do a good deed as a group to help someone in need in your community; and 2) Have a fundraiser to raise at least $100 to donate to the new Girl Guides Headquarters.
The participants will record each challenge, and have their team leader sign off on each completed challenge. A total of 100 points must be earned by the time the 10-month challenge ends on Aug.1, 2015.
Those who participate in the Challenge, can earn the limited edition badge which was created for the Centennial Celebration year. A Centennial Challenge Badge Awards Ceremony will be held in New Providence in September 2015, and girls who reside in family island districts will be presented with their badges at subsequent ceremonies.
The Bahamas Girl Guides expressed their excitement in celebrating “100 years of influencing lives” as they look forward to hundreds of girls earning and displaying their Centennial Challenge Badges.