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Everyone Belongs. Promise & Law Review Webinar 2012. Welcome. Jane Harris. How to participate. Acknowledgement of country.

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Jane Harris


Acknowledgement of country

We would like to show our respect and acknowledge the Traditional custodians of the lands, of elders past and present, on which this meeting is being held this evening.

who are the members of the promise law working party
Who are the members of the Promise & Law working Party?

Belinda Allen – Committee Chair, Director Girl Guides Australia, State Commissioner

Prue Carpenter - Girl Guides Australia Volunteer Services Manager, District Leader, past State Commissioner

Kathy Neehouse - National Trainer, Region Leader, Teacher of World Religions

Jenny Coulston - retired National and State Trainer, Region Program Adviser

Jane Harris - under 30 years, Girl Guides Australia’s representative to Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, Leader of Youth

Nellie Mair - under 30 years, WAGGGS delegate COP 15, State Program Committee for 5 years








purpose of the review
Purpose of the Review

To ensure the content and presentation of the Australian Guide Promise and Law is in keeping with the values that are important to girls and women in the second century of Guiding.

To be an inclusive organisation of all girls and young women who make up the diverse Australian community

exploring the fundamental principles of guiding
Exploring the fundamental principles of Guiding

The purpose of the webinar is to report back to you the findings of the Promise and Law Review.

You will be the first to comment on the proposed new Australian Guide Promise and Law


The Review Findings

Belinda Allen

concerns from this review
Concerns from this review
  • Use of the word ‘God’ in multicultural Australia, the inclusion of Queen, use of words such as ‘obedient’, ‘duty’ and ‘loyal’
  • Young girls not understanding the concepts involved in the Promise and Law
  • Lack of understanding of the essences of Promise laid down by WAGGGS in 1972
  • Lack of understanding of WAGGGS history and B-P’s philosophy
  • Concerning language and attitudes from some members
youth members
Youth Members
  • Is the Promise and Law relevant to you?
    • Yes 73 %
    • No 17 %
    • Yes with changes 10 %
  • Does the present wording need to be updated?
    • Yes – 59 %
    • No – 30 %
    • Maybe - 1 %
    • Not answered – 10 %
  • Approx age range of Youth respondents
    • 5-14 years 92 %
    • 14-17 years 8 %
law key themes
Law – Key Themes
‘The essence of Duty to God is the acknowledgement of the necessity for a search for a faith in God, in a supreme being, and the acknowledgement of a Force higher than man, of the highest o principles.’

(21st World Conference 1972)


‘The essence of Duty to Country is the acceptance of the concept of responsibility to the communities in which we live’.

(21st World Conference 1972)


‘The essence of Service is the acceptance of the practice of helpfulness to others’.

(21st World Conference 1972)


‘The Essence of the Law is: Duty to others and to the brotherhood of man; self discipline; respect for all living things.

(21st World Conference 1972)

‘Today ‘respect for all living things’ includes all that concerns human life, such as environmental problems, drug abuse and sexual responsibility’

(A Challenging Movement 1997 WAGGGS Publication)


The Promise

I promise that I will do my best

to be true to myself, and develop my beliefs

I will serve my community and Australia

and live by the Guide Law

  • As a Guide I will strive to:
    • Respect myself and others
    • Be considerate, honest and trustworthy
    • Be friendly to others
    • Make choices for a better world
    • Use my time and abilities wisely
    • Be thoughtful and optimistic
    • Live with courage and strength
thank you
Thank you!

Please take time to fill out the feedback survey. You will be directed there now and it can also be found on the GGA Website from tomorrow.