¡Muchachas Guias, presente!
Panama's branch of the international girl scout movement calls itself the Muchachas Guias, and these photos were recently taken at its facilities on Calle 76 in the Panama City corregimiento of Bethania.
The Muchachas Guias have troops around the country, including analogues of USA's Girl Scouts and Brownies, although here the younger branch dresses in green rather than brown. Coordination comes from the Asociacion de Muchachas Guias de Panama office in Perejil and the organization counts as its principal tangible asset a campground near Penonome.
Next February's annual Muchachas Guias camp-out near Penonome will be a special international affair, with groups from 10 other countries planning to attend. However, it, like other scouting activities here, is being organized on a shoestring budget because the crisis in Panama's economy affects the Muchachas Guias too.
There are a number of things that you might do to support the Muchachas Guias. Donations of money, materials and labor are what keep the organization going and more of these could be used. A recent corporate contribution from Industrias Cattan helped the group replace the broken sign at its national office, and though the building recently received roof repairs and a paint job, it could use much more extensive renovations, especially electrical and plumbing work. Though the organization does its word processing on old hand-me-down computers, a more modern system with programs and instruction that would allow it to go online would greatly enhance the scouts' publicity work. Most of all, the Muchachas Guias need dedicated women to volunteer their time and skills by working with the girls.
The Muchachas Guias will also rent their campground to other groups, especially to scouts from northerly latitudes where the cold winters coincide with our sunny dry season. There is also office space for rent at the group's headquarters in Perejil, which also has a large downstairs area that can be rented for dances or meetings.
Send your contributions to:
Asociacion de Muchachas Guias de Panama
Apartado 7676, Zona 9
Panama, Republic of Panama
Mail your inquiries about renting the campground, office space or dance hall to the same address, or contact the Muchachas Guias by phone at (507) 225-2653 or fax at (507) 225-0591.
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