Due to the growth of guiding in Wauchope, the group needs more leaders.
Kelly Steele of Wauchope Girl Guides says that if leader numbers can’t be maintained, it can lead to reduced numbers of girls being able to join because of leader/child ratios or possible closure of units.
“As an adult member of Girl Guides Australia you can strengthen your skills, enhance the skills of girls and young women and benefit the community. Unit leaders provide effective leadership of the unit in order to deliver a high quality Australian Guide Program to girls and young women in a safe environment,” said Kelly.
“Before the end of last year we had 41 Girls over our three units, ages ranging from 5 to 18. We started back the second week of school and we had seven new girls come along to try out guides.”
Kelly says their mission is to empower girls and young women to become confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. They also gain leadership skills and form long-time friendships.
She added that guiding is a place where girls and young women can challenge themselves, put their ideas into action, take part in an amazing range of activities, and gain the skills to confidently navigate their world. All in a safe and supportive environment that welcomes every girl.
You don’t need any skills or experience to become a guide leader. The group offers mentoring while potential leaders work with the girls and other leaders, and the cost of training and travel is covered. Potential leaders need to be over 18.
Wauchope Girl Guides meet every Wednesday afternoon at the Rotary Hall in Oxley Lane for 90 minutes to two hours, and have activities outside these times which aren’t compulsory but are great opportunities for fun, friendship, adventure and a chance to broaden your skills.
Over a million Australian women are or have been guides and the movement has 10 million members worldwide in 150 countries.
The motto ‘Be Prepared’ means guides are ready to cope with anything that might come their way. For more information, go to Wauchope Girl Guides on Facebook.