History Facts of Guiding in Trinidad and Tobago

 

1914 - 1994

1914               

The first company of Girl Guides started in Port of Spain on June 8, 1914.  This  first meeting was held at St. Ann’s Church Hall in Oxford Street.

 

The first uniform was a Khaki blouse with long sleeves, a navy blue serge skirt of almost maxi length.  Khaki hats, white haversack, black shoes and stockings made it complete.

 

1915                  

Rosebuds appeared and soon came to be called Brownies

 

1920            

Ranger and Cadet Companies formed.  Three guide companies started in San Fernando.

 

 ‘ Taps ’  was brought to Great Britain from the USA.

 

 

 

 

1924               

Three Guiders represented us at the first World Camp which was held in the grounds of Foxlease

 

 

 

                                                   

                                                 in England.

 

 

1926                    

Second Guide Company started in Tobago.

 

1927                    

The World Magazine THE COUNCIL FIRE was started.

 

1928                    

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts was instituted.

 

1930                    

In January Lord and Lady Baden Powell spent two days in Trinidad.  The Chief Guide laid the

foundation stone of Guide Headquarters.  In September the Guide Headquarters, fondly called

“the Hut’' was opened.

 

The World Flag was designed by a Norwegian Guider.

 

1932                   

The Thinking Day Fund was started.

 

The World Committee adopted their special Air Force blue uniform.

 

1933                   

2nd Port of Spain camped in Tobago for the first time.

 

1934               

First Brownie Revels held

                  

Port of Spain Committee formed

                  

Guiders from Grenada camped at Headquarters

 

The uniform was a dark dress with four pockets, black shoes and stocking and a large straw hat.

 

1936               

Two companies held the first overseas camps for Guiders from this country as both 2nd Port of Spain and 19th Port of Spain went to camp in Grenada.

 

1939               

The Silver Jubilee of Guiding celebrated with a week of festivities which included Thanksgiving Services, Rallies, Sports Meeting, Cinema shows and a small intercolonial camp – two representatives from eight of the other West Indian Islands.

 

1940               

Special war efforts by members of the association.

 

1944               

First training team organized at training session to deal with tents.  The training team organized a three week residential training for Guiders called CARIBIA.

 

1946               

The Chief Guide, Lady Baden Powell visited Trinidad

 

1948               

Empire Rangers week celebrated with a rally in San Fernando.  A party of Padvinsters from Curacao camped at Headquarters.

 

The World Badge was introduced and can be worn by all Guides and Guiders.

 

1955               

The Chief Guide visited Trinidad

 

                   Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, President of the British Guides visited Trinidad.

 

Uniforms changed to short sleeved bright blue overall and a beret, instead of a hat.  Socks replaced stockings

 

1957               

First big contingent of 16 Guides and Rangers and 6 Guiders went to the World Camp in England, while more Guides went to the one in Canada.  These camps were held to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the Founder, Lord Baden Powell.

 

1962               

Independence Celebrations, many Guides participated in the events held

 

                   Year of Independence – Margaret Bynoe was appointed 2nd Trinidad born Chief Commissioner

 

1963               

Trinidad and Tobago was accepted as an Associate Member of the World Association of Girl Guides and girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at the World Conference, in Denmark.

 

                   National Levy introduced then to pay expenses of World and Caribbean Link.

 

1964               

Celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Guiding in Trinidad and Tobago. Lady Baden Powell was present.

 

1965               

Constitution of the Trinidad and Tobago Girl Guide Association adopted by the Council.

 

1969               

July 8, 1969 Trinidad and Tobago Girl Guides Association accepted as a full member of WAGGGS.

 

1970               

First Tobago born Chief Commissioner appointed – Ms M E Cordner

 

1974               

“The Hut” that is Headquarters moved to 117 Henry Street, Port of Spain.

 

1976               

Diamond Jubilee – International Camp in Tobago – 1st presentation of the Lady Hochoy and Phyllis Anderson Awards were made to 1st Point-a-Pierre Guide Company and 1st Arouca Guide companies respectively.

 

1978               

The Association was awarded the Medal of Merit Gold for Youth Development

 

1980               

Girl Guide Headquarters moved to corner Alberto and Warren Streets, Woodbrook.

 

 

 

 

 

See also:       HISTORY FACTS | MORE HISTORY FACTS |GUIDING AT ST. HILARY'S | 1st. ST. MARY'S BROWNIE PACK