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Guides du Bénin
Country Benin
Founded 1960
Membership 1,533

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The Guides du Bénin (Girl Guides of Benin) is the national Guiding organization of the Benin. Guiding in Benin started in 1954, the association was founded in 1960 and became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 1963. The girls-only association has 1,533 members (as of 2003). It is affiliated to Scoutisme Béninois, the national member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

History

The first Guide patrols in then Dahomey developed in Porto-Novo in 1954. Two years later, the first Guide camp was held and the mouvement spred to Cotonou. When the association was official founded in 1960, all three sections were introduced. In 1963, the Guides du Bénin became an associate member of WAGGGS. In the following years, membership numbers stagnated - so it wasn't until 2005, that the association was granted full membership in WAGGGS.

Program

Sections

The association is divided into three sections, according to the age of the mebers:

  • Jeanettes (Brownies) - ages 8 to 11
  • Guides (Girl Guides) - ages 11 to 16
  • Guides âinées (Ranger Guides) - ages 16 and older

Promise, law and motto

The Guide promise of the Guides du Bénin has the following wording:

Sur mon honneur je m'engage à servir Dieu et mon pays en toute circumstances, à aider mon prochain et à observer la loi des guides.
On my honour, I undertake to serve God and my country in all circumstances, to help other and to keep the Guide Law.

The Guide law of the Guides du Bénin:

  1. La Guide n'a qu'une parole.
    A Guide keeps her word.
  2. LA Guide est loyale.
    A Guide is loyal.
  3. La Guiede est utile à ses Parents, ses camarades et son pays.
    A Guide is useful to her parents, friends and country.
  4. La Guide est l'amie de tous.
    A Guide is a friend to all.
  5. La Guides est coutoise est sait obéir.
    A Guide is courteous and knows how to obey.
  6. La Guide découvre la nature et al protège.
    A Guide learns about Nature and protects it.
  7. La Guide est toujours de bonne humeur.
    A Guide is always good-tempered.
  8. La Guide ets économe et travailleuse.
    A Guide is thrifty and hardworking.
  9. La Guide est propre dans ses pensées, ses paroles et ses actes.
    A Guide is pure in her thoughts, her words and her deeds.
  10. La Guide est civiquement consciente et sert les interêts du peuple béninois.
    A Guide is a responsible citizen and acts for the good of the people of Benin.

The Guide motto is "Toujours prêt!" (Always prepared).

See also

References

  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, World Bureau (1997), Trefoil Round the World. Eleventh Edition 1997. ISBN 0-900827-75-0
Members of the Africa Region of WAGGGS

Full members: Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Central African Republic | Côte d'Ivoire | The Gambia | Ghana | Kenya | Lesotho | Liberia | Madagascar | Mauritius | Namibia | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Tanzania | Togo | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe
Associate members: Burundi | Cameroon | Chad | Republic of the Congo | Guinea | Malawi | Swaziland
Countries working towards WAGGGS: Democratic Republic of Congo | Niger