Our Cabaña

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Our Cabaña
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Owner World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts [1]
Location Cuernavaca, Morelos [1]
Country Mexico [1]
FoundedJuly 1957 [2]
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Our Cabaña is an international Girl Guide centre of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) located in Cuernavaca, Mexico, [1] It opened in July 1957 as a Baden-Powell centennial memorial. The centre can house over 100 guests.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts International organization for Guiding and Girl Scouting

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is a global association supporting the female-oriented and female-only Guiding and Scouting organizations in 150 countries. It was established in 1928 in Parád, Hungary, and has its headquarters in London, England. It is the counterpart of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). WAGGGS is organized into five regions and operates five international Guiding centers. It holds full member status in the European Youth Forum (YFJ), which operates within the Council of Europe and European Union areas and works closely with these bodies.

Cuernavaca City and Municipality in Morelos, Mexico

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. The city is located around a 90 min drive south of Mexico City using the Federal Highway 95D.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the tenth most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.


It is one of five World Centres of WAGGGS; the others being Our Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India, Pax Lodge in England and Kusafiri in Africa. Each centre is staffed by people from around the world, giving them an international feeling, but each also draws from the local culture. Our Cabaña has been visited by over 70,000 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world since it opened.

Our Chalet

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Switzerland federal republic in Central Europe

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Sangam World Centre is one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Located on the banks of the Mula River in Pune.


The concept of a Western Hemisphere Region world centre began in 1946 at a training session in Havana, Cuba, where participants discussed the idea of having a world centre in the Western Hemisphere as a counterpart to Our Chalet in Switzerland. The idea was later formalized and proposed to WAGGGS. Six years later, in 1952, the World Committee approved the idea of a new world centre in the Western Hemisphere region and a search for a location was conducted. A warm, sunny climate as well as accessibility by land, sea and air were considered a priority and locations such as Panama, Cuba, and Arizona, United States were considered before the current site in Mexico was chosen. WAGGGS formally announced the location in 1954 at a world conference held in the Netherlands. 5 acres of land were purchased at 25000 dollars with the help of Girl Scouts of the USA through their Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. The remaining funds needed to construct the centre's buildings were raised by Clementine Tangeman, who solicited donations from corporations and benefactors as well as encouraging Girl Guides and Scouts worldwide to collect and donate the remaining money needed. Our Cabaña was dedicated on February 22, 1956 by Lady Olave Baden-Powell and later officially opened on July 24, 1957. [3]

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Havana Capital city of Cuba

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The first event held was a Juliette Low Seminar, at which participants wrote the Our Cabaña song to the tune of the traditional Mexican birthday song Las Mañanitas. [2]

Las Mañanitas is a traditional Mexican birthday song sung in Mexico and other Latin American countries at birthday parties, usually early in the morning to awaken the birthday person, also before eating cake, and especially as part of the custom of serenading women. In Mexico, Las Mañanitas is sung to men and women of all ages. In some countries, such as Colombia, the song is only sung to girls, especially on their 15th birthdays. Perhaps the most famous rendition of "Las Mañanitas" is that sung by Pedro Infante to "Chachita" in the movie Nosotros los pobres.

The property was later expanded in 1969 to include the Geranios and Colorines dorms and the Mixcoacalli meeting and event space. A swimming pool, campfire circle, camping areas, volleyball and tennis courts and accessibility ramps were added in later additions. [2] [3]

Symbols and mascots

Our Cabana's mascot is a lizard named Iggy. He was born in 2015. Previously, the mascot was a donkey, named Amigo.

The logo resembles that of the city of Cuernavaca, but has been given meaning specific to the Girl Guiding and Scouting movement. The central part of the logo is a three branch tree representing as a whole the worldwide movement of Guiding and Scouting, comprising more than 10 million members in WAGGGS member organizations. Each tree branch represents one part of the original three fold Guide promise. The red roots underneath the tree symbolize the solid foundation and continual life of WAGGGS and its members. The blue drop emerging from the side of the tree possess two meanings, communication between Our Cabaña and the local community and between Girl Guides and Scouts Worldwide as well as being an Aztec symbol of life used to demonstrate that life is flowing in the Girl Guiding and Scouting movement. [4]

Facilities and accommodations

The centre is made up of two main buildings:

set amidst a 5-acre (20,000 m2) tropical garden.

Eight large dorm rooms and several double guest rooms can house 90 visitors. Each dorm room is named after a flower found on the grounds, such as "Tulipanes" (tulips), "Rosas" (roses), etc. Today, it can accommodate over 100 participants, making it the largest of the five world centres.

The centre also has a swimming pool, tennis court, fire circle, and a craft house. [5]

The centre also organizes trips to elsewhere in Mexico for visiting Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

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  2. 1 2 3 "A Dream Coming True", Retrieved on 11 August 2017
  3. 1 2 "History of Our Cabaña", 11 April 2017, retrieved 11 August 2017
  4. "Logo meaning", 11 April 2017, Retrieved on 4 August 2017
  5. "Location and Facilities", Retrieved on 3 August 2017

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