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The four world centers, Our Cabaña in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Our Chalet in Adelboden, Switzerland; Pax Lodge in London, England; and Sangam in Pune, India, are owned and operated by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Staffed by volunteers and paid international staff, the centers offer Girl Scouts and Girl Guides a comfortable, inexpensive, and safe place for short stays or long-term accommodations, seminars, trainings and international events. Members of Girls Scouts of the USA and their families are encouraged to visit the centers, meet girls from other countries and build lasting friendships.
Our Cabaña, located 47 miles from Mexico City, is a beautiful retreat located in historic Cuernavaca. Our Cabaña is the largest of the four world centers, can accommodate up to 90 guests, and offers 5, 8 and 9 night sessions throughout the year to girl and adult members of WAGGGS and GSUSA, including Girl Friendship sessions and Adult Adventure programs.
Our Chalet, was the first world center built by WAGGGS. Located in the picturesque Swiss Alps, Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and their families can explore the network of trails and footpaths that lead to snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear waters, alpine forests and wild flower meadows. Our Chalet offers a wide array of programs from high adventure activities such as skiing or hiking to leadership seminars.
Pax Lodge, located in Hampstead Village, 20 minutes by subway from the center of London, is an ideal base for exploring the city's rich history, tradition and culture. This world center offers a vibrant selection of cultural programs for youth and adults as well as leadership seminars and day activities.
Sangam, situated along the banks of the Mula River in Pune, India, is a few hours from Mumbai (Bombay). Sangam, which means 'coming together' in Sanskrit, brings Girl Scouts and Girl Guides together from around the globe. Events, scheduled from June to March, emphasize cultural sharing, common Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding links and the rich cultural heritage of India.
Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are expected to wear their official Girl Scout uniforms or camp uniforms when visiting the world centers.
The informal atmosphere of the world centers encourages interaction among visitors who are expected to contribute to the daily operation of the facility. As space in these facilities is limited, visitors are asked to bring only essential items.
Contact the center before your visit to find out what is needed to maintain operations, or contact the World Foundation, a private non-profit organization that supports the world centers.
Contact the world centers directly to inquire about accommodations, programs or events.
World Center Volunteers
Have you ever dreamed of living abroad, immersing yourself in a foreign language or establishing a global network of friends and contacts? Find out how on our World Center Volunteers page.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (800) 223-0624 or (212) 852-5045.