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WHY WE DO IT

WHY WE DO IT

WHY WE DO IT

WHY WE DO IT

Guiding Values

All we do in Guiding, is underpinned by our Guiding values. There is a specific Vision and Mission that we set out to achieve at every meeting and activity and our volunteers lead with our vision and mission in mind.

Every member of the Irish Girl Guides has a sense of ownership in, and feels proud to belong to, a modern, growing and inclusive organisation that empowers and gives confidence to girls and young women through a fun, educational programme.

The Mission of the Irish Girl Guides is to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

Becoming a member of the Irish Girl Guides involves stating the Promise publicly. This can be done at a Unit meeting or at an event. There are various ceremonies for Units to use when girls are making their Promise for the first time and it is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to experience Guiding at first hand. For adults, it is equally important to make this Promise in a significant way.

The Promise and Law underpin our work. Our Leaders are expected to set a high standard and act as positive role models for the girls in the way they work together as a team, the way they wear our uniform and the pride they take in being members of the Irish Girl Guides.

I promise on my honour, to do my best

to do my duty to my God* and my country,

to help other people at all times

and to obey the Guide Law.

*The word “God” may be replaced by the word “faith” according to one’s spiritual beliefs.

Ladybirds, Brownies and Senior Branch members make a similar age-appropriate Promise.

The Guide Law that Guides, Senior Branch and Leaders promise to obey is as follows:

  1. A Guide is honest and reliable.
  2. A Guide is loyal.
  3. A Guide is useful and helps others.
  4. A Guide is a friend to all and a sister to every other Guide.
  5. A Guide is polite and considerate.
  6. A Guide cares for all living things and their environment.
  7. A Guide is responsible and respects authority.
  8. A Guide has courage and is cheerful in difficulties.
  9. A Guide makes good use of time, talents and materials.
  10. A Guide respects herself and others in all she thinks, says and does.

We believe that girls and boys need time in different settings to develop to their fullest potential. We strongly believe that girls need time in a girl-only setting with a programme facilitated by women who will act as role models and encourage them to challenge themselves and follow their dreams. Through participation in the Irish Girl Guides, girls experience leadership from a young age via our programme and structures. Girls take on various roles and use the skills and knowledge gained throughout their lives.

In society, tradition places certain expectations on girls and women. In Guiding, girls and women challenge those stereotypes and take on positions of leadership, using their talents and abilities to contribute to a more equitable world. This develops girls’ confidence, improves self-esteem and offers a unique opportunity to grow and develop as responsible citizens of the world.

The Irish Girl Guides believes in providing a single-sex environment that will help girls develop to their fullest potential. As an organisation we know it is also beneficial to girls and women to have supportive families and friends. Males are welcome to support the Irish Girl Guides in various roles such as Unit Helpers.