Egypt, Arab Republic of
Gamiet Morshidat Gomhoriet Misr al Arabiah
Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1913
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 44300 (01/01/2006)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No
WAGGGS Region: Arab
Contact us: International Commissioner
5 Sad El Aali Street
Girl Guide Promise
On my honour I promise:
To do my duty to God, then my country,
To help people in all circumstances,
To obey the Guide Law.
I promise to do my best:
To perform my duty towards God and my dear country,
To help people every day, especially my family.
I love God ... I am polite and I help people, my family and my friends.
Girl Guide Law
1 A Guide’s honour is to be trusted.
2 A Guide is loyal.
3 A Guide’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
4 A Guide is a friend to all and a sister to every other Guide.
5 A Guide is courteous.
6 A Guide is a friend to animals.
7 A Guide obeys orders.
8 A Guide smiles when facing difficulties, and deals with all such difficulties with patience and perseverance.
9 A Guide is thrifty.
10 A Guide is pure in thought, in word and in deed.
She is obedient to her elders and must not yield to her whims.
- Girl Guide Motto - Be Prepared
- Brownie Motto - Helping People
- Ranger Motto - Public Service
- Rainbow Motto - Loving People
- Gawalat Ranger 16+
- Morshidat Guide 12-15
- Zahrat Brownie 6-11
- Baraem Rainbow 5-7
Development of the movement:
Guiding in Egypt began around 1918 and was introduced to schools in 1925 followed by the formation of the Egyptian Girl Guides Association in 1929. Since then Guiding has expanded into factories and community clubs.
Programmes are designed to meet the needs of Egyptian girls and to provide service to the country. The Ranger age group may choose between service projects and activities on land, sea or air.
The Association also works with disabled girls, with a view to extending Guiding activities to suit their special needs.
Relationship to society:
The Association takes part in hygiene, first aid, literacy and family planning campaigns. In addition, Rangers have worked as literacy teachers as part of a government literacy campaign, receiving high praise from the authorities.
Five vocational training centres have been set up where girls are taught traditional skills including knitting, weaving and embroidery. Some of these centres have received financial support from UNESCO.
Guides from developed areas help other members by preparing training material for leaders; making Brownie, Guide and Ranger uniforms; and supplying school clothing and school bags. Rural camps give Guides the opportunity to co-operate with local people and to participate in organizing welfare projects such as opening nurseries and caring for families in need.
Guide and Scout units attached to colleges and universities work in health caravans in villages around the country, bringing health education to rural localities as part of a national immunization campaign.
The Association is now working in co-operation with WAGGGS and UNFPA on the Health of Adolescent Refugees Project (HARP).
Communication and Co-operation
The Association encourages and assists members to participate in regional and world events, and receives and entertains Girl Guides/Girl Scouts from neighbouring countries. The Association’s health caravan programme is carried out with both physical and financial support from Guides in Austria.
The Egyptian Girl Guides Association has co-operated with UNESCO, UNICEF, CEDPA and WHO on various projects, and has also supported the United Nations’ International years.
Finally, members work with people with special needs in co-operation with the Faith and Hope Society, and the Cancer Institute.
Leadership training is given special priority by the Association, and Guides are encouraged to undertake responsibilities in planning and running camps. Seminars are organized at the Association’s headquarters for commissioners and leaders of each age group.
Outdoor and Environmental Activities
Camping plays a prominent part in training, and camps are frequently organized for leaders. Guides from neighbouring Arab countries often attend camps held in Egypt.