The Branch Associations are guiding associations in the UK
What are the UK Overseas Territories?
are a number of small islands and countries that have chosen to
keep their political links with the United Kingdom. Each
Territory has its own Government and Her Majesty the Queen is
represented by a Governor, who acts as Head of State.
To find out more about the UK Overseas Territories, take a look
at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Where are the Branch Associations?
Girlguiding has nine Branch Associations in the following UK
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- St Helena and dependencies
- Turks and Caicos Islands.
Is guiding different in the Branch Associations?
The girls follow a similar programme to girls in the
UK, use the same publications and often wear guiding clothing.
Branch Associations receive UK support with programme materials and
training but are encouraged to develop their own activities
Why were the Branch Associations formed?
When guiding started in the Overseas Territories, most Leaders
relied on Commonwealth Headquarters in London to provide
information and instructions. This did not always work because of
differences in climate, geography, number of members and so on.
Branch Associations were formed to take these differences into
account. In the late 1940s there were more than 50 Branch
Associations all over the world but this number has since been
reduced to nine.
How are the Branch Associations run?
The UK Chief Guide is also Chief Guide for the Branch
Associations. Each Association has its own President and Council,
and an Executive that deals with day-to-day issues. A Commissioner
organises guiding in the country and is linked to Commonwealth
The Chief Commissioners of the independent
Commonwealth Guide Associations meet for a conference
every three years, and the Branch Association Commissioners can
join this event. A training event for Branch Commissioners is
usually held immediately before the Commonwealth Conference.
Branch Associations in the Caribbean area are members of the
Caribbean Link of Guiding. These Associations share resources and
expertise, and have a residential event for Trainers every three
Find out more
You can find out more information about
the Branch Associations by visiting their website or by
contacting Membership Support
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