The Gambia Girl Guides Association was formed in 1923. The
movement was kept going by local women and the spouses of
British Civil Servants who ran various units and packs in
the built up areas of the country. However, by 1943 the movement
became in active due to insufficient adult guidance.
The movement was re-activated in 1946 when Rosamond Fowlls
returned from her UK studies and was made the first Chief
Guide Commissioner of The Gambia. She established groups around
the country in various villages and towns from Banjul to the
Up River Regions.
In 1966 the GGGA became a full member of the World Association
of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) based in London.
The thousands of GGGA's members are mostly concentrated in
schools due to the fact that many of the Girl Guide leaders
are working in the teaching profession.
Activities & Training:
The schedule of activities fro the various stages of guiding
are grounded on the 8 Point Programme which is enshrined in
the Guide Law and 3 Promises i.e. keeping the Guide Law; duty
to God or to your religion and duty to your country.
The handbooks for the different levels have been altered to
fit in with the Gambian way of life while keeping the fundamental
principles and basics.
National Development Participations:
The Gambia Girl Guides Association takes part in many development
schemes and activities at both the local and national levels.
Often it initiates and funds local development projects.
In 1988 the headquarters founded the Skills Training Centre
to tutor young women basic literacy and numeracy.
This training centre was established in 1988 with a view to
training non-literates and semi-literates in functional numeracy
and literacy. It also teaches handicraft, tailoring, cookery,
batik making and tie-dye and restaurant / hotel management
all with a view to either seeking employment or starting their