Girl Guides in Bolivia

by Girl Scout Leader
(Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

Our Girl Scout troop (of 9-11 year olds) will be representing Bolivia at our World Thinking Day next month. Do you have any photos of Girl Guides in uniform? Any suggestions for small items we could make to give out to represent Bolivia? Any small foods to hand out to about 150-200 people cheaply? Thanks in advance!

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Apr 05, 2016
Girl Guides/Girl Scouts
by: Catherine

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are the same organization... just different countries call them different names. The WAGGS is the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. I don't know which boliva has either.. trying to find it for a brownie badge (here in Canada... where we are girl guides :) )

Sep 13, 2015
Scouts vs Guides
by: Julie

Bolivia has girl scouts. Not sure about girl guides, though. Two different organizations.

Feb 25, 2015
by: Anonymous

I'm very confused does Bolivia have girl scouts or girl guides?

Dec 19, 2014
by: paulette huggins

i am also looking for Bolivia photos etc for my Lones newsletter (I am Australia, Queensland's Lone International Consultant).

Feb 23, 2011
carved gourds
by: Anonymous

Depending on your girls' ages, you could have them make some carved gourds. They could carve them with any kind of "Andean"-ish type design. Gourd art is very popular in the Andean countries. View the Andes shop for ideas (click on "folk art" then on "gourd art") or just roam around the site for all kinds of great craft ideas!

Also pottery (pottery barn + paint = easy project), recycled paper masks (you could use paper maché), or applique art (easy to emulate using colored felt and glue).


Feb 18, 2011
green mango
by: alexus

do not green mango

Feb 16, 2011
be careful with starfruit
by: Bella

You're welcome Erin, sorry I don't have any photos. Be careful with carambola (starfruit). You might want to put a little sign next to it that people with renal problems can't eat it.

Feb 16, 2011
Pics of GG in Bolivia
by: Erin

Looks like we are all looking for the same thing - pictures of the Scouts in Bolivia. We have our Thinking Day Fri. night so I don't have a lot of time to search. We are making empanada's and having star fruit for our dishes. Glad to see I'm not the only one having trouble with pics.

Thanks for all your help Bella!


Feb 11, 2011
Two more craft ideas
by: Bella

1. ALASITAS is going on right now in La Paz. Alasitas is the Festival of Abundance. People make prayers or offerings to the Ekkekko, the god of abundance. They buy a little statue of him and then they go to the Alasitas fair where EVERYTHING is sold in miniature. Anything you want the Ekkekko to concede to you during the coming year you buy in miniature and you pin it to his poncho.

(Then they stick a cigarrette in his mouth and light it but you can skip that part).

At Alasitas you can buy cars, houses, tools, clothing, toys, every kind of food, college degrees, pots and pans, passports, visas, money, books, jewelry, suitcases, tractors, EVERYTHING in miniature - all hand made to pin onto the Ekkekko's poncho.

You could have your girls make all kinds of little miniature things using paper, cardstock, colors, paints, etc. - the easiest would be little grocery items - at Alasitas you can find teeny tiny boxes of cereal, canned goods, etc. You could make little fruits out of clay. They could fashion tiny clothing (out of construction paper or cloth) - and then you dress up a male doll with a poncho and a hat and you pin it all on him.

They also sell real food to eat at Alasitas - especially delicious baked goods - and it's ALL MINIATURE - coconut macaroons are popular as are dried fruits and nuts (such as dried mango strips, dried apples, dried bananas - all of which can be purchased at stores or at

2. Take a look at our page on Bolivian games. It might not be so hard to make an "enchoque" game - either carved or out of a stick, paper cup, rubber ball and string. The idea is to run the string through the ball and through the cup (which is glued to a stick). You flip the ball into the air and try to catch it in the cup. At your fair, you could have people try to get the ball into the cup (it's not as easy as it seems). Another variation is a ball with a hole in it - the cup is gone and you have to try to flip the ball into the air and have it land on the stick (the stick has to fit into the hole). It's hard!

Feb 11, 2011
Bolivian craft ideas
by: Bella

Hi everybody! Bella here. Bolivia has awesome crafts and artisans. Unfortunately, many of the crafts involve either weaving, pottery, woodcarving or leather goods. However, maybe you could do something like this for something really unique:

1. Have you seen photos of the monoliths at Tiahuanaco (also spelled Tiwanaku). Maybe you could have some of your girls try to make replicas - either of the temples, the monolyths or the gate of the Sun. All you'd really need is some earthy toned clay in colors like gray and brown. (home page) (videos with tons of photos) (photo of one temple and the gate of the sun) (great close-up of a monolith)

2. One of Bolivia's top tourist destinations is Uyuni where visitors flock by the thousands to see the largest salt desert in the world. There are some cool hotels there - all made completely out of salt bricks. Inside the hotels, everything is made of salt - the beds, tables and chairs, and even the decorations - like some cool llama statues. Maybe you could have you groups build a salt hotel with salt furniture (using sugar cubes and glue).

See photos of the salt hotels and the town here:

Uyuni is in the department of Potosí, Bolivia (see video)

3. Bolivia is generally thought to be an Andean country. The reality is that only 28% or so of the country is Andean. The rest is valleys and tropical lowlands. Although most people think most Bolivians are Aymara or Quechua, Bolivia actually has 36 native cultures. Why not try to make some of their native headdresses - mostly feathers and strips of leather.

See descriptions of the 36 cultures of Bolivia here:

See photos of some of their costumes and masks here:
(after the photos of the park)

4. Carnaval is coming up in March. In Eastern Bolivia Carnaval is very similar to the Carnaval in Brazil - lots of beautiful sequined and feathery costumes. In Oruro Carnaval is very indigenous and the Carnaval of Oruro has actually been declared Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. How about having your girls make some of the masks or costumes - or parts of them? The Devil Dancers of the Diablada dance are the most popular.

You can see photos of Santa Cruz (Eastern Bolivia) Carnaval costumes here (also contains an explanation of why Carnaval is celebrated:

Read more about the Carnaval de Oruro here:

This is our Oruro Home Page:

and here: (click on "fotografias")

Feb 11, 2011
Guide Scouts in Bolivia
by: Girl Scout Leader

We're also representing Bolivia for World Thinking Day. From what I've been able to tell there are several scouting organizations in Bolivia but the one that's a member of WAGGS (the World Assoc. of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) (like US Girl Scouts) is Asociación De Guías Scouts De Bolivia which only has a few hundred members according to the waggs web site:

We're making fried yucca chips as part of our display because they're cheap, can feed a lot of people, are different from what most Americans girls have eaten, and we can make them ahead of time.

Happy World Thinking Day!

Feb 11, 2011
Thinking Day
by: Paula

Hi Carla, We found loads of recipes on the Bolivia Bella website. We're thinking of trying Cunape (cheese bread balls), Fried Manioc Chips, Arroz con Leche, and Cocadas. We don't celebrate until later in March due to scheduling issues in our service unit so we have lots of time to try these out. Let me know what you try and how they came out!
Also found some good photos from the links Bella posted.
We wanted to do a craft and haven't found too much that's doable and then somewhere I read that the God's Eye originated in either Bolivia or the Andes so we're doing that. And maybe some panflutes.
Thanks, Paula

Feb 11, 2011
Brownie leader in missouri
by: Carla

We are also doing Bolivia. Thanks for all the sharing of info.
I was wondering if you would mind sharing what food you are going to make? I was wanting to do somekind of food for our display. Thanks

Feb 02, 2011
Asociación de Guias Scouts de Bolivia
by: Bella

Hi Paula and Marla. This is the Scouts de Bolivia website.

They are also on Facebook here:

and on Twitter here

This is their email address:

This "Background" page states they have over 10,000 members in all 9 Bolivian departments (states).

Since they were founded in 1911 in Bolivia, they are celebrating their Centennial this year. This is their photo gallery:

You might also want to contact the American Cooperative School in La Paz, Bolivia. I was a Girl Scout in 5th grade there. They might still have a GS chapter through the school - at least I think it was through the school - that's where we always met..

Here's the ACS school website

Hope you find this helpful?

Greetings from BoliviaBella to Tennessee, Indianapolis and Korea!


Feb 02, 2011
Brownie Troop looking for info.
by: Marla Ferguson

Looks like we're all looking for the same things. I was hoping for some pictures as well. Here's a site that our Girl Scouts here in Korea (we are military) are using:

I think there's some good information. Please share if y'all come up with anything else. Thanks!

Jan 30, 2011
Girl Guides in Bolivia
by: Paula

We are a Brownie troop in Indianapolis and, like you, are trying to find more information on girl guides in Bolivia with no luck. We've e-mailed the address on the WAGGGS website and it came back unknown. We've e-mailed WAGGGS and have received no reply.
Have you learned heard from anyone yet? If so, would you be so kind as to share?
We have found some foods we're going to try.

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