The Girl Guides unit was first established on the island on October 26, 1928, and currently has about 2000 members. There are six Girl Guides companies in Rarotonga and one each on the outer islands.
Tatari Mitchell, the chief guider of the St Joseph company, which is hosting this year’s anniversary, said the four-day celebration to mark the occasion started yesterday.
Last night the members from Girl Guides companies in Rarotonga held camps at various centres around the island.
This morning at 7.30am, they were supposed to march to Takamoa ground at the Takamoa Theological College from the Cook Islands National Arts and Theatre (CINAT) Hall.
At the Takamoa ground, the girl guides will hold a devotion before planting trees to commemorate the 90th anniversary.
“We will be paying tribute to the girl guides before us who started the Girl Guides Association Cook Islands,” Mitchell said.
Tomorrow, the girl guides will be attending church parade held simultaneously at the Cathedral Catholic Church and the Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church, starting at 10am.
“On Monday night, there will be an island night birthday party held at Nukutere College ground starting at 5pm. This will be the main event. We will have traditional items from each girl guides company, speeches as well as honouring the past members,” Mitchell said.
“We are inviting all the current and former girl guides to this event to be a part of our 90th birthday celebration. There will be lots of entertainment and food during the evening.”
Over the years, the Girl Guides Association Cook Islands has played vital role in educating its members life skills such as embroidery, knitting, sewing, cooking, music, instrument-making, camping, fun and games, learning new songs, gadget work, knotting, semaphore and Morse code.
The members also learn how to pitch tents, make a fire, cook outdoors, construct outdoor shelters and a variety of survival techniques, as well as taking part in outdoor activities and sports and planning programmes.