GGS History Book Launch: Celebratory Activities at Camp Christine

Come celebrate the inspiring tales that define GGS’ commitment to girls and young women with the launch of our History Book, ‘Doing our Best: A History of the Girl Guides in Singapore 1914 to 2022.’ at Camp Christine!

All are welcome to a captivating afternoon and evening of enjoyable activities.

Were you a Girl Guide in the past? Bring along your children or grandchildren to share your memories and create new ones with the next generation of Girl Guides.

Curious about the kinds of activities Girl Guides does to develop and empower young girls to be future leaders and serve the wider community? Bring along your friends and family for a fun day out. 

Are you a Girl Guide and want to share what it’s all about with your friends, family and community? Bring them along to celebrate the History Book launch.

Here’s what you can expect:

💪BP Eco Challenge (Land) OR BP Eco Challenge (Water) Activity (4PM – 6PM)

The Baden Powell Eco Challenge is a land or water obstacle course in Camp Christine. It serves as a unifying platform for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, providing hands-on Guiding experience and learning opportunities for all. 

A special one-for-one deal is available exclusively for this event. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, with the activity fee payable to Girl Guides Singapore before the event starts. Applications will close once we reach maximum capacity. Participants must be at least 1 meter tall to join the activity.

The cost of the activity is as follows:

  1. $10.90* (inclusive of 9% GST) for BP Eco Challenge (Land)
  2. $21.80* (inclusive of 9% GST) for BP Eco Challenge (Water)

If it rains, experienced instructors will conduct a Wet Weather Programme instead. 

*One ticket entitles TWO participants to take the same Challenge.

🎉 Interactive Activities for All Ages (4PM onwards)

Enjoy a range of complimentary fringe activities suitable for all ages to relive your Guiding memories!
There would also be opportunities for memorable outdoor photos perfect for your social media feed.

🍪 Girl Guides Cookies 

Here’s your chance to grab a box of the popular Girl Guides Singapore Cookies! 

🔥 Girl Guides Campfire Spectacle (7pm)

Experience the joy and camaraderie of a traditional campfire at Camp Christine! Sing along to nostalgic camp songs, enjoy stories and a talent show by Girl Guides members. It’s the highlight of the evening!

🌟 Learn About Guiding
Learn about the Singapore and international Guiding Movement and how Guiding develops girls to their fullest potential at our Education Booths.

Sign up now! There is something for everyone so come join us at Camp Christine to share, relive and create beautiful memories with your friends and family!

📅Date: 30 March 2024, Saturday

📍Location: Camp Christine (71 Jalan Bahtera, Singapore 719922)

🕓Time: 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM

🚌 Free Shuttle Buses to and from Choa Chu Kang MRT will be provided at 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Parking is limited so we strongly encourage everyone to take the shuttle bus.

Pickup Point is located Beside Block 302.

Please register here

Questions: 

  1. Can I come halfway when the event is happening?
  • Yes you can! However, do note that shuttle bus service is only provided at 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Do adhere to these timings if you are coming as Camp Christine is not easily accessible. 

2. Will there be shuttle bus service provided back to Choa Chu Kang MRT?

  • Yes, shuttle bus service is provided to and from Choa Chu Kang MRT.
  • Return trips will be from 8.30pm onwards.

3. Is this event open to the public or only to members of GGS?

  • The event is open to all! So make sure to bring along your friends and family to come enjoy this delightful event.

4. Do I need to pay any entrance fee?

  • No, this event is entirely free! 

5. Can I register for my friends and family?

  • Yes, just indicate the number of guests you are bringing (including yourself) in the Signup form

If you have more questions, please email Ms Jasmine Cheong at jasmine@girlguides.org.sg. 

Thank you!

 

Sincerely, 

Ms Jocelyn Teo
Deputy Chief Commissioner & Membership Commissioner
Girl Guides Singapore

Happy World Thinking Day 2024!

Dear GGS Members,

Happy World Thinking Day! 

Every year on February 22nd, Girl Guides around the world come together to celebrate our Movement and reaffirm our commitment to our Guide Laws. Here is the link to our World Thinking Day Message 2024. Thank you to all the Brownies, Guides and YAs who came together to be part of this video.

Our Guide Promise, “I promise to do my best”, signifies our dedication to personal growth, leadership development, and serving both the Guiding community and beyond. This year’s theme, “Our World, Our Thriving Future”, prompts us to delve into critical global issues such as mental and physical well-being, as well as environmental sustainability. Let us continue to advocate for these causes and strive for positive change. 

Thank you to everyone for making World Thinking Day 2024 a resounding success! From the inspiring girl-led projects to the engaging competitions and wide game activities, it was heartwarming to see all the girls leaving with smiles, marking our largest in-person event since the pandemic.

At the Headquarters level, we remain committed to being a vital partner and resource for schools and young girls. Two Guides from Bukit Panjang Government High School led all our members in a mass mindfulness practice on February 17th, fostering holistic development. We will continue to collaborate with key stakeholders to enhance our interest badges and provide a safe and nurturing environment for all.

We each have our own stories of how Guiding has transcended personal development, empowering us to become active and compassionate citizens contributing positively to society. We are dedicated to providing our girls and young women with opportunities to become future-ready female leaders. We are committed to offering more international programs for our girls, fostering global connections and perspectives.

Finally, none of these ambitious plans would have come to fruition without the leadership, time, and dedication of our volunteers, staff, and the enthusiasm of our girls. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the leadership team of the National Council and Commissioners in the Executive Committee, as well as the dedicated staff of GGS, for spearheading efforts to ensure our programs remain relevant to our girls.

To all our Young Adults, Adult Leaders and members of the Trefoil Guild, your unwavering commitment to providing a safe space for our girls to develop is truly commendable. As we look ahead to the coming year, I look forward to witnessing more volunteers stepping forward and more girls participating in our programs, as we work together towards serving the community and advocating for our causes.

Do also take a moment this week to cherish the camaraderie with your fellow Guiding friends!

Once again, Happy World Thinking Day! WTD2024

Yours-in-Guiding, 

Mrs Koh-Teh Yi Wen
Chief Commissioner
Girl Guides Singapore

Reflections and Friendships Made in NDP 2023

I was very stressed by the thought of trying out for NDP. I felt that I had too many after-school activities, and I was worried that I couldn’t do the foot drills well as some moves were new to me, such as marching while holding an umbrella upright!

I was not confident that I could do it but the older Sister Guides in my school convinced me that it was an opportunity I should not miss. Speaking to them, I realised that they weren’t able to join last year due to COVID-19, and that made me feel like I had to go to NDP to represent the school and Girl Guides to make them proud.

We have been training for the past 9 weeks, and everyone in the contingent, especially the Young Adult Leaders, have been really understanding and patient with me. Reflecting back, I feel that NDP was a place where I learned to be serious and have fun at the same time. I have grown to feel comfortable with the contingent, and I feel very confident in overcoming the challenges ahead. NDP has been an enjoyable escape from the hustle and bustle of activities.

Other Girl Guides from other schools in the contingent have taught me so many new things and I have made friends with them without feeling awkward. I appreciate all the time I have spent with them as they have shaped me into a better person and motivated me to last through these last few weeks.

In the beginning, I didn’t really have any close friends in the contingent as I didn’t know anyone, and was a bit awkward with those other people around me. However, as time went by, I got closer to my juniors and made so many new friends along the way. I feel really happy that I have found a close friend in Sherryn, as she made me realise many things about myself, and also helped me to spot any mistakes in my foot drills. She has helped me to become more outgoing and to be more confident with her encouraging words.

NDP made me realise that Girl Guides as an organisation is one where all are really kind and loving towards all Guides. I feel really blessed to have such kind and understanding Young Adult Leaders.

I am very proud of Singapore for all the progress and achievements we have been blessed with and I wish Singapore a very prosperous year ahead. I would like to thank Changkat Changi Girl Guides for giving me this golden opportunity to participate in NDP 2023 as a Company Leader.

Karyn Amani
Changkat Changi Secondary School

My Unforgettable Journey at NDP 2023: A Time of Growth, Friendship, and Gratitude

When I first decided to participate in NDP 2023, I had mixed emotions. My perception of NDP was shaped by stories from my seniors who described it as a physically and mentally challenging experience. However, I also heard tales of camaraderie and the immense pride that came with being part of such a significant event. Despite some hesitation, I seized the opportunity, and signed up for it anyway.

Since joining NDP, the initial worries and uncertainties have faded away, replaced by a profound sense of fulfilment. Despite the sacrifices made during the June holiday, I have come to realise that the personal growth and the memories forged during this journey are truly worth every moment of effort and determination.

I learned the importance of patience, resilience, and optimism, as the training progressed. The challenges I faced only strengthened my resolve, pushing me to exceed my own limitations. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed and on the brink of giving up, but it was precisely during those times that I discovered my inner strength and determination to keep going. The journey has made me more confident in my abilities and has shown me the power of perseverance.

Alongside personal growth, I have had the privilege of forging deep friendships. Throughout the training sessions, I had the opportunity to interact with fellow participants from different schools. Together, we navigated through the joys and challenges of this shared experience. These newfound friendships have enriched my journey, fostering a sense of camaraderie and unity that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Participating in NDP has also reinforced my positive views of the Girl Guides organization. The values of teamwork, discipline, and dedication that Girl Guides instils in us were instrumental in my journey. The organisation has provided a supportive environment and a platform for personal growth, empowering young individuals like myself to make a difference.

As I reflect upon my journey, I am filled with gratitude for my family’s unwavering support throughout this endeavour. Their encouragement and belief in me kept me motivated during the most challenging of times. Their presence in the stands during the actual event will be a beacon of pride, reminding me of the significance of this momentous occasion.

One of my birthday wishes for Singapore is that it continues to foster unity, resilience, and progress. May we always strive towards a society that values diversity, empathy, and sustainability, ensuring a bright and promising future for all Singaporeans.

Among the countless memories created, one stands out as my “core memory” from NDP. I was deeply honoured to be elected by my NDP trainees to receive the Star Award, which acknowledges outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact during their respective training sessions, at our very first training session. It was a humbling experience to be recognized and appreciated for the effort I had put in, igniting a fire within me to continue working hard and to make a positive difference to those around me.

As the training sessions draw to a close, I am filled with relief, knowing that the momentous day is approaching. However, I am determined to treasure every remaining moment of this unforgettable journey. NDP 2023 has taught me unforgettable lessons, allowed me to forge everlasting friendships, and deepened my love and pride for Singapore.

I am immensely grateful for this opportunity, and I am eagerly looking forward to contributing my heartfelt dedication to making NDP 2023 a celebration of unity, resilience, and joy.

Putri Delisha Binte Abdullah
Loyang View Secondary School

Girl Guides Singapore Gala Dinner 2023

Girl Guides Singapore held its Gala Dinner at Voco Hotel on 26 August to honour its mentors and trailblazers who have paved the way forward, and to raise funds to continue empowering the development of girls and young women.

The spectacular evening featured introductions to Girl Guides Singapore’s key programmes, a unique reinterpretation of “The Little Mermaid” performed by our Brownies and Girl Guides, and an art auction featuring AI-generated art and a resin artwork by Tanjong Katong Secondary School.

One of the highlights of the Gala Dinner was the presentation of the Laurel Leaf Award to our Guest-of-Honour and Patron, President Halimah Yacob, for her distinguished service to the Movement since the beginning of her presidential term in 2017.

We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support, as we continue to reimagine the limitless potential of girls and young women.

 

 

Happy World Thinking Day 2023

Since 1917, Girl Guides Singapore has been empowering girls and women in Singapore to do amazing things. In 2023, GGS continues to lead and make a difference! On 18 February, GGS set yet another new record. More than 7500 GGS members – girls and leaders – stood together to take the Green Nation Pledge to help make Singapore a green, liveable and climate-resilient home. At GGS, our mission is clear: We prepare girls to handle anything that comes their way. We are committed to instilling life skills and values that equip girls to ‘Speak Out, Speak Up and Take Action’. 2023 is going to be another ground-breaking, adventure-filled year. Our 2023 theme – ‘Our World, Our Peaceful Future’ – encompasses our belief that every girl has a right to live in world with a sustainable future. More than that, we believe that every girl has the potential to be a change-maker – this means, every girl can be empowered with skills and knowledge to help create a sustainable future for herself, her community and our world. Our Brownies, Girl Guides and leaders are all set to take action to build a more peaceful and sustainable world. Come and join hands with GGS in 2023 – with your support, we can double our efforts and impact to create a brighter future for our world!

GGS Celebrates World Thinking Day 2023

At GGS’ World Thinking Day 2023 celebrations on 18 Feb, more than 7500 members took the Green Nation Pledge to help make Singapore a green, liveable and climate-resilient home. GGS also pledged as an organisation at Champion level to be sustainability ambassadors and advocates for green practices to build a sustainable future for our nation and our world.

Minister Grace Fu joined the event at Jurong Secondary School in support of GGS’ commitment to develop girl and women leaders, who will advocate for sustainability and greater environmental consciousness in the community.

GGS members also took part in the inaugural GGS Wide Game Plogathon – a digital scavenger hunt, creatively conceptualised by GGS’ Young Adults to kickstart its sustainability plans for 2023, challenging participants to complete a series of missions, while picking up and sorting litter.

Minister Desmond Lee officiated the WTD 2023 Formal Ceremony, where he presented Advocacy Mentorship Programme certificates to the River Valley High School Girl Guides. He recognised the positive impact of GGS’ efforts to support holistic development of girls and women as well as our advocacy for causes linked to the UN SDGs, which impact Singapore and the world.

GGS is rolling out many exciting Guiding life skills training programmes to empower girls who will lead initiatives for building sustainable, peaceful and safer communities. At GGS, we truly believe that every girl can ‘Speak Out, Speak Up and Take Action’ to build a brighter future for our world!

Calling all 17-25 year olds !

Young Adults Go Camping!

The Young Adults (YA) calendar is packed with activities round the year to develop young women to reach their fullest potential! Our recent YA Training Camp (YATC) at Camp Christine from 22-24 December 2022 was an amazing time of acquiring new skills, building stronger bonds and making new friends.

 
 
 

Learning to Lead

Having YAs participate in camp activities as patrols is a unique way for YAs to acquire a broad range of collaboration and leadership skills. They learnt to work together when carrying out their duties and also picked up good communications skills, like how to properly relay instructions as part of camp-craft safety. Developing these skills will benefit them in school, at home or at work, and also when they lead and interact with younger girls in GGS.

Accomplishing Challenges

The YAs explored the outdoors and tackled the BP Eco Challenge. They had fun braving the different land and water obstacles, whilst learning the importance of working together and encouraging each other as they completed the challenges.

 
 
 
 

Creating Lasting Memories

Over 3 days and 2 nights, the YAs worked harmoniously together to ensure their camp went well. In the process, they formed stronger bonds with each other and the wider YA and GGS community.

 
 
 

YA events, such as the YATC, are designed to equip and empower young women with skills, knowledge, and a network of supportive peers to go through adventures in life. Check out what Young Adults can offer you today!

 
 
 

GGS Cookie Gifting Project – Full Story

The GGS Cookie Gifting Project has been specially designed with the dual purpose of raising funds to support GGS’ mission of developing girls, as well as enabling us to give back to the community.

Generous donations towards our Limited-Edition Tropical Bird Chocolate Mint Cookies allowed us to gift the cookies to healthcare workers at SGH during Nurses Day on 20th July as a way of thanking them for their unwavering support and dedication.

GGS would like to extend our thanks to corporate donors who supported our corporate cookies sales and via Giving.sg in 2022.

GGS Corporate Cookies are available at $25 per tin. Orders of 60 tins and above enjoy free delivery to one location.

To find out how the GGS Cookie Gifting Project can extend your company’s CSR efforts, please email ggscookies@girlguides.org.sg.

GGS would like to thank our Corporate Donors : Collins Aerospace, F1 Auto Cars Pte Ltd, Far East Organisation, Ho Bee Land Limited & NTUC FairPrice.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GGS’ December Cookie Drive

Girl Guides Cookies came back to the forefront of GGS fundraising activities with public sales at selected NTUC outlets across Singapore. Over 3 weekends, Brownies, Guides from 18 schools, along with GGS staff, committee members and Young Adults, joined hands to sell more than 2000 tins of cookies. See our girls in action as they learnt new skills and stepped out in confidence for a good cause!

 


President for Girl Guides Singapore Dr Seetha Subbiah supported our sales effort at NTUC Clarke Quay Central. Ms Eunice Olsen , Founder and CEO Eunice Olsen Media, who was a Girl Guide before, popped by the booth to buy some cookies .

 

CHIJ Secondary School at Fairprice Finest Centrepoint
 
 
Nanchiau Primary School at FairPrice Finest Waterway Point
 
 
Sengkang secondary school girl guides all happy after selling out all cookies at Fairprice finest waterway Point
 
 
SCGS at Fairprice Finest Centrepoint
 
 
Whitley secondary school guides at Fairprice Xtra @AMK Hub
 
 
Beatty Secondary School at Fairprice Xtra @ AMK Hub