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|Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association|
|President||Dr. Shanthi Wilson|
|Chief Commissioner||Ms Sulari Jayawardena|
|Affiliation||World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts|
The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA, Lanka Baladhakshika Samajaya) (Sinhala:ශ්රී ලංකා බාළදක්ෂිකා සංගමය; Tamil: இலங்கைப் மகளீர் சாரணர்க் கழகம்) is the national Guiding organization of Sri Lanka. It serves 54,824 members (as of 2016). Founded in 1917, the girls-only organization became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1951.
Girl Guiding was first introduced to Sri Lanka by Ms. G.S.Green, for young girls of Girls' High School Kandy. The Guiding company was then named as 'Rosa Kekulu' meaning, 'rose buds'. In 1918, Sri Lankan Girl Guide Association joined hands with the London Association.
In the 1960s the image of Girl Guiding in Sri Lanka was changed to give it a local character. New Sri Lanka badges for all ranks in the three branches were introduced.
SLGGA is divided into four sections:
The Founder of the World Girl Guides Association suggested a Left Handshake to recognise other members of the Movement, and it is still used widely. When asked to explain the origin, Lord Baden-Powell related a legend told to him in West Africa: two hostile, neighboring communities decided to try to live together in peace, and so they flung down their shields, which were carried on the left arm, and advanced, unprotected, to greet each other with their left hands extended in trust and friendship. This was adapted in Sri Lankan Girl Guide movement.
To make the sign, raise the three middle fingers of the right hand, with the thumb holding the little finger down. The three fingers represent the three parts of the Girl Guide and Girl Scout promise and echo the core values of integrity, citizenship and spirituality. The hand is raised and held at the forehead as in a salute. This is practiced worldwide by girl guides.
To give a local face to the Association, in the decade of 1960s, three new Badges for the three ranks of the three branches were introduced. With the Sri Lankan Girl Guide Association's logo (an elephant in the centre of the 'Thripatha') in the center with dark blue background, the flag was designed. It is designed that when hoisted, the elephant is facing the flag pole. It was introduced in 1968.
I promise on my honor to do my best:
To do my duty, to my Religion and Country,
To help other people at all times, and
To live by the Guide Law.
An overseas branch of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association operates at the Sri Lankan School in Muscat, Oman.
In 2009, Girl Guides at the Sri Lankan School in Muscat had their camp in October canceled to prevent the spread of Swine flu. The Guides paper recycling project was also discontinued for the same reason.