secretary of the T&T Girl Guides Association, Doreen
Sampson puts a Girl Guide pin on Angela Nesbitt at the headquarters
on Rust Street, St Clair, on February 22. Photos: Karla
TO be a Girl Guide is simple: all you have to do is just
want to become one.
makes a big difference in wanting to become a Guide for
reasons other than your mother wanting you to be in the
Girl Guides because she recognised how much it helped her
develop as an individual, said Doreen Sampson, administrative
secretary of the T&T Girl Guides Association.
Sampson, who has been involved in the association since
1972, said that being in the Girl Guides helps in the overall
development of a child.
children who we have stumbled upon have low self-esteem
problems and have difficulty in opening up, Sampson
said during an interview at the Grace Anderson Girl Guides
Association headquarters, Rust Street, St Clair, on February
Celebrating World Thinking Day
Sampson said that after joining the Girl Guides, normally
at about age six at primary school, the child was groomed
and learned many social and interactive skills.
Some of these skills include proper speaking and etiquette.
association is very instrumental in assisting young children
to become more open-minded, strong and positive thinkers,
February 22 marked the anniversary of World Thinking Day.
The day was celebrated in tribute to Scouting and Guiding
founders Lord Robert and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, who together
inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young
people around the world.
This years theme is Discover your potential
by taking the lead, growing in friendship and speaking out.
Sampson said the idea for World Thinking Day came in 1926
at the fourth international Girl Guides/ Scouts conference
held in the USA. The name arose because it was a day on
which the members could think of each other.
Serving not boring
a Scout, Brownie or Girl Guide could never be boring,
you want to serve your country and deliver, there are so
many activities that you could be a part of and have fun
bored is totally out of the question.
She added that travelling the world was among some of the
other opportunities Girl Guides were offered.
One such person is Angela Nesbitt. Nesbitt, who has been
a Girl Guide since age eight, said her experiences have
been overwhelming. She has never regretted being a part
of the membership.
Now 29, Nesbitt who started as a student at Tranquillity
Government Primary School holds the position of district
commissioner for East Port-of-Spain.
A Guides promise
Sampson said being a Guide benefits a child in many ways.
it helps them through the activities they do and spiritually,
by the promise they make when they take the vow to serve.
The Guides promise teaches them to promise to
do my best
to serve my country and to help other people.
first thing you learn is to adhere to the promise and to
make your life and the life of others around you different
by your actions, she said.
promise is not really about going to church, but by doing
your duty to God.
Where sponsorship was concerned, Sampson believed that more
could be done.
receive no sponsorship whatsoever, she said.
every former Girl Guide could contribute at least $100 to
the cause, it could really go a long way, she stressed.
Day celebrations in T&T
Saturday, the local chapter of the association will host
World Thinking Day at the Jean Pierre Complex. It will commence
with a parade starting at 9.30 am on Western Main Road,
St James, ending at the complex.
Patron Her Excellency Jean Ramjohn-Richards will declare
the celebrations open. Among the activities expected to
take place at the event are workshops, aerobics and presentations
of cultural items such as monologues, calypso and dance.
in becoming a Girl Guide? Contact the Girl Guides headquarters
at 8 Rust Street, St Clair, or call Doreen Sampson at 628-7966
for further information.