National Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts of Armenia
|ՀՀ Աղջիկ սկաուտների — գայդերի "ԱՍՏՂԻԿ" ազգային միություն|
National Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts of Armenia 'ASTGIK'
|Affiliation||World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts|
The National Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts of Armenia (ASTGIK, meaning "little star"; ՀՀ Աղջիկ սկաուտների — գայդերի "ԱՍՏՂԻԿ" ազգային միություն) is the national Guiding association of Armenia. Guiding came to Armenia in 1988, the association was founded in 1996 and became an associate member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 2002. The girls-only organization has 1,002 members (as of 2002).
The first Guide patrols in Armenia were founded in 1988 as part of a coeducational Scouting organization. In 1996, the girls left this organization and founded ASTGIK, a girls-only association. First contact with WAGGGS was established in 1997, and in 1999, the association received the status WAGGGS Certificate of Country Working Towards Membership. Meanwhile, ASTGIK was authorized by the Armenian Ministry of Justice in December 1998. In 2002, the association became an associate member of WAGGGS.
The aim of the association is "to support the development of the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social potential of girls and young women as individuals and as responsible citizens of their country in (an) always changing world."
ASTGIK has formulated nine main focuses of its program:
- Scouting Family
- The society in which I live
- Learn yourself
- Healthy mode of life
- World of art
- World around us
- Enlarge your world outlook
- Look at nature.
The association works in three age sections:
- Artswikner - ages 6 to 10
- Arenushner - ages 11 to 15
- Parmanuhiner - ages 16 to 20
- http://www.girlguides.ca/default.asp?id=299 accessed on May 25, 2006
- http://www.aegee.org/cst/caucasus/partners.htm#armenia accessed on May 25, 2006