Important Our Cabaña

Our Cabaña is currently closed. Like all our World Centres, it was closed in March 2020 due to the global pandemic. The decision to close Our Cabaña was made by Guias de Mexico (GdM), which had been operating the World Centre since 2014 pursuant to formal agreements with WAGGGS.

In late 2021, a reopening plan was developed for the WAGGGS-operated World Centres (Kusafiri, Our Chalet, Pax Lodge and Sangam). At the end of 2021, the arrangement between WAGGGS and GdM was terminated at the request of GdM.

After nearly eight years’ operational management by GdM, which included two years of closure due to the pandemic, WAGGGS’ World Board recognised the need to carefully consider what the future of Our Cabaña should be for the benefit of the Movement, leaders, and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

Any obligations for bookings that were made during Guías de México’s period of operating the centre, from 31st January 2014 to 21st December 2021 (inclusive), remain the responsibility and liability of  Guías de México. Therefore, any questions you have regarding your booking should be sent to the President of Guías de Mexico, at the following email address presidenta@guiasdemexico.org.mx

Updates from Our Cabaña

Between February and May of this year, a sub-group of the World Board undertook an extensive consultation with a broad group of donors, Friends, Guiding and Scouting alumni and staff on Our Cabana. In parallel, they also undertook a review of the legal, financial and management information for the World Centre.

On the 21st of May 2022, the sub-group presented their findings to the World Board. After a robust and considered discussion, the World Board agreed on three options that would be taken forward for further analysis. The World Board will take time at the September World Board meeting to review and discuss the three options.

It is key that any decision made takes into consideration the long term viability of the centre, ensuring it is fully utilised by Member Organisations, and of benefit to the Movement. Full and costed business cases will now be developed, with input from the WAGGGS Senior Management Team, WAGGGS Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, the subgroup of the World Board, and support of external expertise, for the following three options:

We want to thank all those that have been involved in the consultations, for so kindly sharing their experiences of Our Cabana. This is an important decision for the Movement and one that we will not take lightly.

We thank you for your continued patience as we carry out the necessary exploration and due diligence of the options and make a final decision.

A further update will be shared in the World Board update after the September meeting and we will continue to share updates on our website.

Last Updated 26/05/2022

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