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Millicent Girl Guides looking for more leaders

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Source: Millicent Girl Guides

Millicent Girl Guides are looking for new leaders next year to make sure that the Guide movement continues in Millicent. Training is readily available and experienced leaders are there for support. Anyone who has ever thought of volunteering with girls, Guides is a great way to build your own skills and confidence and get out and about in the community and beyond. Guiding is about empowering young girls and women and broadening their horizons for a better world; it includes camping, outdoors, handcrafts, cooking.

Girl Guides is a safe, fun place for girls to try new things, make great friends, develop new skills and gain confidence. Girl Guides, the largest worldwide voluntary organisation for girls and young women, has been developing leadership skills to and building confidence in Australian girls for just over a century. The organisation operates in each state, and more than one million Australian women have been or are still Girl Guides. Guiding exists in 145 countries with an international membership of more than ten million with close to 30,000 members in Australia.

Girl Guides has been running in South Australia for about 101 years and Millicent Shooting Starz Girls Guides has been operating for the last 70 years. Millicent Shooting Starz currently has 23 girls in their Guide Unit and they meet Wednesday nights 6pm to 8pm at the Scout Hall in Stark Street.

Guides at Millicent Shooting Starz are formed into 3 age groups. Ages 7 to 10 are known as Moondust, 10 to 13 year old are called Starlights and the 14 + group are known as Comets.

On Wednesday night the 25th August the Millicent Shooting Starz Guides received some well-deserved recognition for the hard work they put into being a Girl Guide. The Starlight and the Moondust groups were presented with their Emergency Badge. This Achieve Challenge Badge demonstrates that the Guides have reached a set level of skill in a chosen area. To earn the Emergency Badge they had to demonstrate first aid treatment such as stopping bleeding, small cuts or grazes, burns and snakebites; which was done in a First Aid Night. The Guides also had to know how to contact adult assistance and emergency help on 000; discuss ways to prevent accidents, make a personal first aid kit along with a list of emergency phone numbers.

The Starlights achieved their Emergency Trefoil 2 Badge which shows an intermediate skill in first aid.

The Guides also received their Rope and Food Badges.  To gain their Rope Badge the girls spent an evening at the Millicent SES learning to tie knots and they had a cooking night during term 3 to earn their Food Badge.

Girl Guides are also well known for the Girl Guide biscuits fundraisers and the girls who sold Girl Guide biscuits were also recognised for their efforts.

 Some special awards were presented for their achievements as a Girl Guide.

 Girl Guides Australia has three achievement Awards for Guides to work towards and gain a great sense of achievement. These are the Junior BP Award, BP Award and Queen’s Guide Award.

 Each award focuses on the 6 key areas of the Australian Girl Guiding Program – Promise and Law, Outdoors, Patrol System, Service, Guiding Traditions and World Guiding. Guides working towards their Junior BP badge must complete 2 challenges from each of these areas. Junior BP Awards were presented to Caitlyn Altschwager, Darcy Allen, Hope Devlin and Kelly Linton.

There are 3 challenges from each area to complete the BP Award.  Once a Guide has completed 9 activities they are presented with a Silver Endeavour Badge as an acknowledgement of being half way through this major award.

BP Awards were obtained by Bethany Bennett and Heidi Rogers. Silver Endeavour Badges by Kelly Linton, Emily Joiner and Peyton Bennett.

Ten year membership star was awarded to Kate Patten and eight year membership star was awarded to Kathleen Woods. Both Guides are working toward their Queen’s Guide Award which is the peak achievement in Guides and the challenges must be completed before the girl’s 18th birthday.

 On the night they also sent off what they called the “Shoe Box of Love/ Operation Christmas Child”. This is a project  of Samaritan Purse that brings good news and great joy to children  in need through a simple shoe box filled with gifts .Each Guide had made their own personal box, which contained something to love, something for school, something to wear, something to play with something for personal care and something special.

 Liz Groom has been involved in organising this program in Millicent and she collected the boxes and will arrange delivery to Samaritan’s Purse for delivery.  Liz also received a special thankyou for her involvement with the First Aid Night – teaching the girls first aid treatment and life saving skills for their Emergency Badge.

For further information about joining Guides or becoming a Guide Leader please visit http://www.girlguidessa.org.au.



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