Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mexican Girl Guides visit GSSJC

GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek with Mexican
Girl Scouts Camila and Carolina.
Did you know GSSJC is a popular tourist spot this summer? Neither did we, but we sure are having fun meeting Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting Camila and Carolina, two Girl Guides from Veracruz, Mexico. The girls and their families are vacationing in Houston and wanted to see what Girl Scouting was like in the United States, so they stopped by the GSSJC offices. (And I don't know about you, but I adore their uniforms! The bright yellow shirts and dark navy skirts, plus Converse, are right up this Girl Scout's fashion alley!)

Camila and Coralina's visit inspired us to learn a little more about Girl Guiding in Mexico - here's four fun facts to share with your troop!

1. The first Girl Scout troop was established in Mexico on Sept. 25, 1930 by Evelyn Margaret Bourchier. The first meeting started with just 17 attendees and by the third meeting more than 40 girls were participating!

2. Mexico is home to Our Cabana, one of the four World Centers - and the World Center closet to our Council! Our Cabana is located just south of Mexico City.

3. Their Promise is very similar to our own. Here it is in Spanish and English:
Yo prometo por mi honor hacer cuanto de mí dependa para:
Cumplir con mi deber hacia Dios y México mi Patria,
Ayudar al prójimo, y Vivir la Ley Guía.

I promise on my honour that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God and Mexico, my country,
To help other people, and To live the Guide Law.
4. There are three levels of Girl Scouts in Mexico and each one has their own motto:
Girasol (Sunflower), ages 4-6: Siempre alegres (Always cheerful)
Hadita (Fairy), ages 6-9: Dar ayuda (Lend a hand)
Guia (Guide), ages 9-18: Bien preparada (Well prepared)