Canadian Girls in Training

Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) was established in 1915 by the YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSN and the major Protestant denominations to promote the Christian education of girls aged 12 to 17.

Canadian Girls in Training

Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) was established in 1915 by the YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSN and the major Protestant denominations to promote the Christian education of girls aged 12 to 17. Based on the small group whose members planned activities under the leadership of adult women, the program reflected the influence on Canadian PROTESTANTISM of progressive education, historical criticism of the Bible, the SOCIAL GOSPEL, and Canadian NATIONALISM. CGIT provided leadership training for many young women. In 1933 there were 40 000 members in 1100 communities.

Membership declined after WWII, but the organization continued to flourish in numerous congregations. After 1947 the movement was under the direction of the Dept of Christian Education, CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES. In 1976 the organization became an independent ecumenical body and is now supported by Canadian Baptist Ministries, The Presbyterian Church in Canada and the UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA. The program continues to place a strong emphasis on participation of the girls and leaders in planning programs and in congregational activities. CGIT provides experience in leadership development skills that are important for today's society. Membership in 1999 was approximately 2000.


Further Reading

  • Margaret Prang, "'The Girl God Would Have Me Be': The Canadian Girls in Training, 1915-39,"Canadian Historical Review, LXVI, 2 (1985).