Compagnie des Guides
The Guides branch is at the core centre of the Girl Guide methods. They are the oldest in the Movement, with the largest membership. The Guides are aged between 13 and 17. The Guides unit or troop is called La Compagnie.
Progression is one of the components of the Guides program. Progressive training is a time to learn new techniques, new skills and abilities. This is one of the ways to stimulate the young girl and keep her moving. We distinguish between collective progression and individual progression.
Collective progress is marked by the passage from one stage to another, starting with the promise, while individual progress is materialized through the acquisition of badges and specialty patents.
For personal progress, the Compagnie offers members with three stages (Learning, Acquisition, Service) which are each sanctioned by a badge bearing an insignia (silver feather, bronze and gold feather).
Here is a snapshot of their program content:
- Maintain good physical condition
- Prepare a balanced diet
- Recognize body changes
- Understand the dangers of consuming alcohol and drugs
- Adopt healthy hygiene management
- Provide first aid
- Prevention of various diseases
- Gather and identify sources of information on a given subject
- Identify the main elements of a problem from different points of view
- Share the highlights of an event or story with others
- Make hypotheses and draw conclusions from the facts observed around you
- Identify the different situations that cause the different emotions (negative or positive)
- Explain how emotions can be useful, managed or controlled
- Speak while respecting the opinions of others
- Collect and share information on sexual reproductive health
- Deepen knowledge of the word of God
- Live one’s spiritual principles while respecting those of others.
- Search for a spiritual reality in the exploration of nature
- Perceive divine greatness through personal or collective experiences.
- Discover the interdependence between individuals and communities
- Understand and explain the principles of the rights of the child, of women …
- Show solidarity with vulnerable people
- Discover and explain the basic needs of the population
- Make community development decisions with others
- Combat gender stereotypes
- Maintain good relationships with people of different origins and cultures.
- Live according to the positive values of the Rwandans
- Peacefully resolve conflicts between friends and comrades
- Gather information to make a better choice in educational guidance
- Gather the resources necessary to make and implement personal decisions
- Plan and evaluate your day, your year…
- Accept positively the criticisms and learn from mistakes.
The Guides’ slogan is “être toujours prête » which means “be prepared”. Their uniform is composed of a white shirt , and brown skirt and and a green and white scarf.
Membership fee 600 Frw transfered in one’s unit (200 Frw), District (200 Frw) and central level (200 Frw).