Ascension : NEW STAMP ISSUE - Centenary of Girl Guiding
Submitted by The Islander (Ascension Island Government) 15.04.2010 (Article Archived on 29.04.2010)
Girl Guiding, now ten million members strong, celebrates its 100th anniversary in a year of worldwide events that began 4th September 2009.
NEW STAMP ISSUE
Centenary of Girl Guiding
Release Date: 10th April 2010
Girl Guiding, now ten million members strong, celebrates its 100th anniversary in a year of worldwide events that began 4th September 2009. This date is generally acknowledged as being one hundred years since the day girls first publicly expressed their desire to be part of the World Scout Movement.
Lieut-Gen. Baden-Powell (B-P) had used his fame as a hero of the Boer War 1889-1902, to promote his Boy Scout Scheme culminating in the first edition of Scouting for Boys in January 1908. Boys read the work avidly and immediately formed themselves into patrols without any adult intervention. There is much evidence that the sisters of these early Boy Scouts also wanted to take part in Scouting activities. In the May 16th 1908 edition of The Scout magazine B-P wrote that he had several letters from girls asking if they too could take part. He replied that of course girls could get as much fun and as much value out of Scouting as boys could and, referring to a recent Scout Competition on Wimbledon Common, stated that he had seen girls … who had proved themselves to be good Scouts in a very short time. He concluded ...as for pluck, women and girls can be just as brave as men, and have over and over again proved it in times of danger.
B-P confirmed that girls could be Scouts, in the July 25th edition of The Scout; …there are already many girl Scouts and successful ones too. Having received this ‘seal of approval’, girls formed themselves into ‘unofficial’ patrols’ and in their own approximation of Scout uniform followed the template for Scouting laid down in Scouting for Boys.
At the Crystal Palace Rally on September 4th 1909 when inspecting his Boy Scouts, B-P noticed a patrol of un-invited Girl Scouts in the crowd. The girls pleaded to be allowed to take part and they were permitted to join in the ‘March Past’. Veteran Girl Scout Sybil Cardine was later to write … from that moment, I knew we were in”.
Unfortunately B-P had not reckoned with the ‘conservatism’ of the middle classes and particularly the ever-strident voice of the Anti-Suffragist movement who were opposed to ‘mixed activities’ for young people. The Founder bowed to the inevitable and asked his sister, Agnes, to write a manual for a ‘girls only’ branch of the Movement, the Girl Guides, which started with the formation of an Executive Committee, led by Agnes from May 1910. B-P’s young wife, Olave, became Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides in October 1916 and Chief Guide from February 1918 until her death in June 1977.
Girl Guiding has grown to be the world’s major youth organisation specifically for girls, and is a completely independent sister movement to Scouting. The fact remains that like their brothers, girls did not wait for adults to tell them what they could do, but in one of the earliest demonstrations of ‘Girl Power’, simply made their own uniforms and joined in ‘the Great Game’.
Text by Colin Walker
Girl Guiding on Ascension
Brownies and Guides were introduced on Ascension Island in the 60’s and Rainbows in the 70’s. Then, with a population of over 3000, units were healthy in numbers. Currently, with the population around 1000, the units have reduced to 10 Guides, 9 Brownies and 13 Rainbows.
Girls are welcomed into the Guide Unit from the age of 10. To become a Girl Guide you are set a series of pre-promise challenges based on the 8 point programme that all Guide Associations follow:- Enjoyment of the outdoors, Keeping Fit, Thinking for Yourself, Exploring the Arts, Giving Service, Becoming a Homemaker, Keep the Guide Law and Getting to know People. Once this has been concluded the Enrolment will take place in which you recite the Promise and Law and become a Girl Guide.
The unit’s Leadership is Guide Guider Cheryl Anthony MBE, Asst. Guide Guider Kirsty Anthony and Unit Helper Andrena Duncan. Meeting every Friday in their own Guide Hut they undertake practical and manual work at alternate meetings, based on the 8 point pre-promise challenges.
The 1st Ascension Girl Guides has been extremely busy with fundraising since May 2009 to reach their target of £10,000.00 to allow 5 Guides and 2 Leaders to camp in Leeds with International Guides as a commemoration to their 100 years of Girlguiding.
They have performed in public shows to raise money for their Guides’ mini bus and International camp in 2002 and the forthcoming camp in 2010. They attend Church Parade once a month and takes an active role during the service e.g. collection and leading prayers. Their activities consist of abseiling, community services, synchronised swimming, walking, and Patrol Agility and much more………
Text by Cheryl Anthony, 1st Ascension Girlguiding Unit
The Guide Promise is;
I PROMISE THAT I WILL DO MY BEST
TO LOVE MY GOD
TO SERVE THE QUEEN AND MY COUNTRY
AND TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE
AND TO KEEP THE GUIDE LAW
The Guide Law is;
A GUIDE IS HONEST, RELIABLE AND CAN BE TRUSTED
A GUIDE IS HELPFUL AND USES HER TIME AND ABILITIES WISELY
A GUIDE FACES CHALLENGES AND LEARNS FROM HER EXPERIENCES
A GUIDE IS A GOOD FRIEND AND SISTER TO ALL GUIDES
A GUIDE IS POLITE AND CONSIDERATE
A GUIDE RESPECTS ALL LIVING THINGS AND TAKES CARE OF THE WORLD AROUND HER
The set of 4 values (40p, 50p, 90p & £1.25p) depicts members of the 1st Ascension Girlguiding Unit on duty.
The three £1 stamps within the souvenir sheet depict signed photographs of Olave, Agnes and Robert Baden-Powell. The border surround includes some of the earliest images of Girl Scouts.
Designer Andrew Robinson
Printer BDT International
Process Stochastic lithography
Stamp size 28.45 x 42.58mm
Sheet layout 20 (2 x 10)
Souvenir Sheet size 160 x 80mm
Perforation Gauge 14 per 2cm
Release date 10 April 2010
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd
We acknowledge with thanks the help and assistance of the 1st Ascension Girl Guiding Unit and Colin Walker, author of “The Dawn of the World Scout Movement”.
For further information, please contact John Smith,
Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Tel: (44) 1737 818181 Fax: (44) 1737 818199
These beautifully designed stamps and official first day cover will be on sale at the Post Office for a period of fifteen months provided stocks last. Overseas customers may view and purchase them by visiting out web site www.postoffice.gov.ac or enquires may be made to the Philatelic Bureau, Ascension Island Post Office, Georgetown, Ascension Island, ASCN 1ZZ or telephone + (247) 6260 Fax + (247) 6583