Shoqata e Guidave dhe Scoutëve në Shqipëri
1993-1994 : Some young Albanians discover the wonder of a camp fire whilst watching Italian guides and scouts who have come camping in Albania as part of a major AGESCI project "Volo d'Aquila". They have never seen such a thing. Singing, dancing, laughing, having fun was not encouraged under dictatorship.
1995 : several young Albanians and three priests who had formerly been Italian and French scouts ask WAGGGS to support the creation of a new Association. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, WAGGGS has set up a system of "link countries"; through which a Guide Association from the West supports one from the East. It is GCB and AGESCI (from Italy) who are asked by WAGGGS to support Albania. The partnership commences!
A training camp finally takes place in the last week of December, again at Bizë. 3 GCB members take part and get to know 30 Albanian participants.
1998 : 5 groups are now in existence in Durrës, Gjinar, Kucova, Lushnja and Tirana. Together, they prepare their constitution and the Association is founded on 20 July 1998 at Gjinar (near El Basan) in the presence of representatives of WAGGGS, GCB and AGESCI.
A General Assembly (KP) and an Executive Committee (KD) lead the Association. Two months earlier, Ornela Kacani and Altin Shabani have represented their Association at the European Guide Conference in Luxembourg. Of course Ornela and Altin then continued on to Belgium and benefited from observing some GCB training and visiting GCB headquarters, amongst other things.
1999 : The crisis erupts in Kosovo and thousands of refugees spill over into Albania. Once again the country is shaken and the Association mobilises, concentrating all its energies on helping the refugees. Despite these events, 9 groups have a summer camp. The Association now numbers 300 members.
2000-2001 are years of consolidation. The Association needs to catch its breath, to test out its operation, to enlarge its representative facilities.
2001-2002 : New groups are to be formed, and the Association now numbers 350 members.
The challenges for ShGSSh in the years to come: