Enrolment

The Ghana Girl Guides Association Eight Point Programme is based on: 

The three-fold promise

  • I promise that I will do my best
  • To do my duty to God
  • To serve my country and help other people and
  • To keep the Guide Law

The Guide law

  1. A Guide is loyal and can be trusted
  2. A Guide is helpful 
  3. A Guide is polite and considerate
  4. A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides
  5. A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things
  6. A Guide is obedient
  7. A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties
  8. A Guide makes good use of her time
  9. A Guide takes care of her possessions and those of others people 
  10. A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does. 

Tests

One thing you will have to do before you can become a Guide is to a set of tests listed below. This will introduce you to Guiding in general. 

1. Attending a guide meeting regularly for six consecutive weeks 

When you have make up your mind to be a Guide stick to it and you will discover in the six weeks that Guiding has a lot in store for you. This clause will also help you form a regular habit of attending meeting. 

2. Know the three fold promise, the guide law and motto 

The Promise and Law are the basis of all Guiding, and you must be able to explain what they mean to you. The three parts of the Promise:

(a) Duty to god:
Be thankful to God for your eyes, mouth, nose, hands and ears, and for everything that God has given you at home, school and church.

(b) To serve my country and help other people: 
Learn hard at school, observe all rules of your village or town and the state. Take care of everything that belongs to the state, in the village or town, at school and at home. Also take part in the nation’s service projects and be a help when the need arises.

(c) To keep the Guide law:
Keeping the Guide Law, as a matter of fact, helps you to keep the promise e.g. Law 1. "A Guide is loyal an can be trusted". You can be trusted not to tell a lie even to save your friend who is involved in a criminal case. And thus you will be serving your country and doing your duty to God. Try to live the Law by using them in your daily activities. The more you do these the easier it becomes to keep the Law.

The motto: 

Be prepared:  is to learn all the skills to enables you to be of and so deal with emergencies. it means being dependable calm so that others can rely on you. It means having the right attitude of minds towards other so that you put them first. 

3. Understand the meaning of good turn, the Guide salute and handshake

(a) In doing a Good Turn everything you develop the habit for giving service and the secret is to keep your eyes open and help without asking for a reward.

(b) The Guide salute:
In making the salute, hold the little finger down with the thumb and hold the three fingers up shoulder high, then bring the hand down smartly by side.

The three fingers remind you of your threefold promise you made at enrolment. Use the salute when in uniform and at ceremonies. It is a sign of respect fro the flag and a Guide way of greeting. Never salute in church.

(c) The left hand shake: 

It is the Guide and Scout way of shaking hands.
The left hand is used because it it the closest to the heart; to show the love we have for one another. 

4. Know how to wear the uniform

How to tie the scarf, either by tying a friendship knot at the end or by pulling the ends through a woggle. 

5. Know the composition of the national flag, the right way to fly it and the first verse of the national anthem 

The national flag 

  • Red: at the top for the blood of the heroes who fought for freedom 
  • Yellow: in the middle is for the richness of our fatherland
  • Green: at the bottom is for the fruitful farms in the country
  • The black star: in the middle of the Yellow is the lodestar of African freedom.

The National Anthem 

1. God bless our homeland Ghana,
And make our nation great and strong
Bold to defend forever
The cause of freedom and of Right
Fill our hearts with true humility
Makes us cherish fearless honesty,
And help us to resist oppressor’s rule
With all our will and might fro evermore. 

2. Hail to the name, O Ghana
To thee we make our solemn vow;
Steadfast to build together
A nation strong in Unity
With our gifts of mind and strength of arm,
Whether night or day, in midst or storm,
In every need whate’er the call may be,
To serve thee Ghana now and evermore.

3.Raise high the flag of Ghana
And one with Africa advance;
Black Star of hope and honour
To all who thirst of Liberty;
Where the banner of Ghana freely lies,
May the way to freedom truly lie,
Arise, arise, O sons of Ghanaland,
And under God march on for evermore. 

6. Know the origin of the Guide Movement 

An Englishman named Lord Robert Baden- Powell started the Scout Movement in 1907 and wrote a book called Scouting for Boys published in 1908. Girls read the book and also wanted to be Scouts, so Lord Baden-Powell started the Guide Movement for them in 1910 and asked his sister Agnes to be president. In 1912 he married Miss Olave St. Clair Soames. His wife became the Chief Guide of the World and spent all the time travelling from one country to another visiting Guides. 

People of other countries saw how useful and successful Scouting and Guiding were in England so they started the movement in their own countries. 

There are now millions of Guides in the World in 134 different countries. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are not exactly the same everywhere. Uniforms vary; the way the movement is organised varies; the things they do differ; but they all do things, for Guides are active, busy people. Yet all are recognisably members of the same family, because they all have the same ideas of what are important in life. These ideas are shown in the Promise, which all Guides and Girl Scouts make. 

The words vary a bit, but all Promises put service for God as first thing, and includes serving your own country and fellowmen and try to keep the Guide law. This means that if you know that she will be friendly, dependable, helpful and cheerful, or she would try to be. You can also be pretty sure she is active and sourceful; loves the outdoors; always ready to help someone and think things out for herself. 

7. Know the Guide links 

Thinking Day: 22nd February is the joint birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell. Guides all over the World think about each other with love and friendship. Everywhere Guides hold special meetings and every Guide contributes money that go into World Fund which is used to help Guides who need it.

Thinking Day symbol: This was introduced in 1975 to be used by all countries. It has the World Trefoil at its centre representing WAGGGS. The arrows pointing towards the Trefoil signify direction given to actions, showing how Guides all over the world can work together. The circular shape represents a World o Guiding.

The World Badge: This can be worn on your uniform or on your ordinary clothes. Every part of the badge has a meaning. The gold trefoil on the blue background symbolises the sun shining over all the children of the world; the three leaves represent the threefold promise, while the stalk is a heraldic flame signifying the love of mankind. The two stars stand for the Promise and the Law; the central vein represents a compass needle, pointing the way. Around the edge is the encircling ring of friendship symbolising the World Association is still growing.

The World Flag: This has the same features as the World Badge and can be carried or flown by any member of the Movement. You probably have it as your unit flag. The bottom right corner is white, symbolising peace, edged with three yellow squares to reinforce the threefold Promise.

The World Centres: Every Guide is a home owner! You have four Guide homes in different parts of the world. They are: Our chalet in Switzerland, Pax Lodge (Olave House) in London, Our Cabana in Mexico, Sangam in India.

The World Chief Guide: Lady Olave Baden-Powell, wife of the founder is the only person ever to have been World Chief Guide.

Other links: Are the Promise and Law, Motto, Handshake, Salute, Trefoil, Good Turn and World Song. 

9. Know about Guiding in Ghana

As early 1912, Guiding was introduced in to the country but died off. in 1921 Mrs. Elsie Ofuatey-Kodjoe, started Guiding again in Accra and this has spread throughout the country. 

In 1960 the Ghana Association became as Associate member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). 

In 1969 it became a full member of the World Association. It celebrated its 75 years Anniversary in 1996. It has a National Council with its President at the Headquarters in Accra. It has a Chief Commissioner and other commissioners serving on various National Committees. Also each Region has a Commissioner with District Commissioners in all Districts and Trainers whose job it is to recruit voluntary Adult Leaders to help carry out Guiding. It has a National activities are organised. It has a Headquarters housed in the Guide House in the Central business area of Accra. 

10.Units 


a. Huhuwa Guides 
4-7 Years old
b. Ananse Guides 
7-10 Years old
They are busy people who love making things, playing games, helping at home, acting and singing in packs, commute at all level and go out for picnics and treasure hunts.

Their Motto is: "Always Ready to Help" and their Law says that "An Ananse Guide is truthful, obedient and cheerful and thinks of others before herself"; so you see that they are purposeful and sincere members of the Guide family.

After the pre-enrolment test, the Ananse Guide works for Web badges i.e. green, yellow and blue.

c. Girl Guides
Girl Guides start at the age of 10 and work in Patrols of eight. They train in leadership and learn all the skills to use for service and adventure when they become Senior Guides at the age of 14 and above.

Girl Guide Tests: Known as the eight 8 Point Programme starts with a Pre-enrolment test. The tests after enrolment are The Wooden, Bronze, Silver and Golden Stool Tests.

d. Senior Guides 
The first group known as Ranger Guides. When you have left Guides you can join this group -5. They have a very adventurous programme. They have opportunities to give service in big ways for which they prepare themselves to render service to the community.

The second group is known as Cadets- You are trained to be leaders in the youth movement and in particular in our movement as Adult Leaders. They enjoy discussions and talks and have training course in many varied subjects and can work with the Rover Scouts. 

Their test work: Pre-enrolment, Red, Green and Gold nteteepa

 
When you have completed your Pre-enrolment Test and are ready to be enrolled, you then plan your Enrolment Ceremony with your leader and all the other Guides.

For an ex-Ananse Guide:
Your Adult leader says:

 As an Ananse Guide you have already promised to do your best, do your duty o God, serve your country and help other people.
Are willing to renew this and to promise to do your best to keep the Guide Law? 


Your response is:
 

Yes, I promise that i will do my best
to do my duty to God,
to serve my country and help other people
and to keep the Guide Law

For a girl who has not been an Ananse Guide:

Adult leader:  

Do you understand that as a Guide, you will be trusted to do your best, to do your duty to God, serve your country, help other people and to keep the Guide Law?

Your response is: 

Yes, I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God,
to serve my country and help other people
and to keep the Guide Law

In each case, the Adult leader says: 

I trust you to keep this Promise, and try to do at least one good turn every day


She pins on the enrolment badge and welcomes the girl as a Guide. If the girl was not an Ananse Guide, she is welcomed into the World Family of Guides. All other Commissioners and Leaders present, welcome the new Guide.