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Monday, 14 February 2011

I Promise...

This evening, I'm being enrolled into the Girl Guiding movement for the third (and presumably final) time. I've already been enrolled as a seven-year-old Brownie and as an eleven-year-old Guide. This time I get to make the same promise again, as an adult.

If you've been paying attention, you might know that I've been helping out with Brownies for a couple of years, so I'm not quite sure why it's taken me this long.

For anyone who doesn't know it, here's the official wording of the promise (from Girlguiding UK)

I promise that I will do my best:
To love my God,
To serve the Queen and my country,
To help other people
To keep the Guide Law.

The 'Law' referenced in the last line is quite long in its own right:

1. A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted.
2. A Guide is helpful and uses her time and abilities wisely.
3. A Guide faces challenge and learns from her experiences.
4. A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides.
5. A Guide is polite and considerate.
6. A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her.

I know some of my readers are involved in similar movements in other countries - if your promise is different, I'd love you to post it in the comments.



Rachel said...

Oh, I remember my Brownie and Guide Promises..!

My father became a Freeman of the City of London at about the same time, and there was something remarkably similar, if slightly more archaic in language, that he had to do. We were all highly entertained!

Jen said...

The Girl Scout oath was similar. We didn't promise to serve the queen, since we don't have one. I think we promised to serve God and our country.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Never was a joiner so missed out on Brownies and Guides. I think it's a great thing to do, though.

JadeLD said...

Enjoy your enrollment, it seems to mean more when you're an adult and you have more appreciation for what the words mean rather than just worrying if you can remember them!

Jules Woolford said...

Ah, happy memories. I was a latecomer. A Ranger Guide and then cub leader. A very happy re-enrollment to you Rachel!

becky said...

Rachel, you are an amazing and busy girl!!! Proud of you, my friend!

Ginny said...

What a very worthwile thing to do!!! When I was a child, I was a Campfire Girl. I don't even think they exist anymore, they were like the Girl Scouts. I decided on them instead of the Girl Scouts because my best friend was one, and they had vests, and every time you accomplished a goal, you got to sew a bead on it!

liliannattel said...

Girl Guides rock! One of my friends was a GG and Pathfinder leader for years. She is onto other things now, but I enrolled one of my d's in GG this year and she is very happy with it.

reid24hrs said...

Snap! My daughter made her first Guide promise today too.

Jeanne said...

On my honor, I promise to do my best to honor God and my country.....

I think.

(Give me a break. It's been nearly 50 years.)

Do you ever SLEEP???

Stephanie V said...

Well done! I had to look up the Canadian Promise & Law - it's changed since I was active in Guiding - and noted it was the same in spirit but quite different in words. Here's the link:

The girls are fortunate to have a role model like you.

The Blonde Duck said...

I was a Brownie when I was little!

Elizabeth Braun said...

The promise seems to have changed now. It used to say 'to do my duty to God'. Still, as that was never a really big part of guiding as I remember it, it's probably more appropriate as it is now.=) Also, one's true duty to God would conflict quite a lot with what most see as part of loving their country.

Much has changed...

Alice Braga said...

The laws are lovely. Principles we can all live by.

Congratulations on another milestone!

carma said...

this is great that you are involved with the Brownies.

I'm a former brownie/girl scout

cornflakegirl74 said...

The Girl Scout oath is definitely very similar. So random, at work earlier we were talking about being in the girl scouts.

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