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World Centers

World Centers offer Girl Scouts and Girl Guides comfortable, safe places to stay for short periods or longer term, including during seminars, training sessions, or international events. Members and their families are encouraged to visit the centers and connect with visitors from other countries.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has World Centers in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, India, and Africa.

Our Cabana
World Centers: Our Cabaña in Mexico

Our Cabaña, located 47 miles from Mexico City, is a beautiful retreat in historic Cuernavaca. Our Cabaña is the largest World Center. It can accommodate up to 90 guests and offers girl and adult members of WAGGGS and GSUSA five-, eight-, and nine-night sessions, including Girl Friendship sessions and Adult Adventure programs, throughout the year.

Our Chalet
World Centers: Our Chalet in Switzerland

Our Chalet, located in the picturesque Swiss Alps, was the very first World Center to be built. Explore the network of trails and footpaths that lead to snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear waters, alpine forests, and wildflower meadows. Our Chalet offers high-adventure activities, leadership seminars, and much more.

Pax Lodge
World Centers: Pax Lodge in England

Pax Lodge
, located in Hampstead Village, is just 20 minutes by train from the center of London. It’s an ideal base for exploring the city's rich history and culture, offering a vibrant selection of cultural programs for youth and adults as well as leadership seminars and day activities.

World Centers: Sangam in India

 situated along the banks of the Mula River in Pune, India, is a few hours from Mumbai. Sangam, which means “coming together” in Sanskrit, engages girls in events from June to March, emphasizing cultural sharing, issues that impact girls, and the rich cultural heritage of India.

World Centers: Kusafiri in Africa

Kusafiri World Centre
 provides a World Center experience via existing facilities in Africa. The “centre” has no fixed site; rather, location varies by event, bringing international experiences to girls and young women in different countries throughout Africa.

Before You Go

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are expected to wear their official uniforms when visiting the World Centers.


The informal atmosphere 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.


Gifts and Donations 
Contact the center before your visit to find out what’s needed to maintain operations, or donate to the World Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that supports the World Centers.


Contact the World Centers directly to inquire about accommodations, programs, and events.