Since 1993 CGI (on behalf of it's members resident in the Republic of Ireland) has been a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) through the Council of Irish Guiding Associations. The World Association is an educational organisation based on spiritual values, and open to all girls and young women, without distinction of creed, race, nationality or any other circumstance. National Organisations belonging to WAGGGS must adhere to the Fundamental Principles of the original Promise and Law laid down by the Founder, Lord Baden- Powell, although they may adapt the wording.
WAGGGS mission statement is "to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world".
The objective ofWAGGGS is
(a to promote, throughout the world, unity of purpose and common understanding based on the Fundamental Principles
(b to further the aim of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement, which is to provide girls and young women with opportunities for self training in the development of
character, responsible citizenship and service in their own and world communities
(c) to encourage friendship amongst girls and young women of all nations within countries and world wide.
TheWorld Conference is the policy-making body of WAGGGS. It determines the policy and standards of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting throughout the world, and approves National Organisations as Associate and Full Members of
WAGGGS. It elects theWorld Board, which acts on its behalf between meetings.
• TheWorld Conference meets every three years in a different area of the world.
• The Conference is composed of not more than two delegates from each Member Organisation.
• The delegates may be supported by appointed observers from their organisations, the number of observers being in proportion to the size of the organisation.
• Visitors and guests may be invited to attend sessions of the Conference as observers at the discretion of theWorld Board, and in cooperation with the hosting Member Organisation.
TheWorld Board - previously known asWorld Committee - is composed of 12 elected members and acts on behalf of the World Conference between its meetings.Members do not represent their own National Organisation or Regions, but consider the interests of the Movement as a whole.
WAGGGS has fourWorld Centres which welcome Girl Guides/Girl Scouts from around the world. Each offers very different activities which reflect the characteristics of the countries in which they are located. The Centres offer special opportunities for international friendship and education and the chance to learn about WAGGGS. All members ofWAGGGS are welcome to stay at the World Centre - assuming they satisfy the age requirements - either to attend an event, or just for a few days to experience the international dimension of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting.
• Our Chalet is set amongst the Alpine peaks in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.
• Our Cabana is in Mexico.
• Sangam is in Pune, India.
• Pax Lodge is an international gathering place for WAGGGS in Hampstead, North London.
World Thinking Day
World Thinking Day is observed on 22nd February each year, the joint birthdays of theWorld Chief Guide, Olave Baden- Powell and Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell. OnWorld Thinking Day, Girl Guides/Girl Scouts around the world remember each other and theWorld Movement. Members of WAGGGS give as much as they can to the World Thinking Day Fund to support the development of Guiding in less well developed countries.