What do Girl Guides do?
Most Girl Guides meet in a Local Hall or Community Centre, once a week during the school term for 1-2 hours, depending on the ages of the girls in the Unit. Units are structured so girls are with their own age group.
Girl Guides plan their activities with help from their Leaders when they need it and according to their experience and ability, so their activities vary from week to week. Girl Guides can do anything – from helping to run community events to learning new skills which could include surfing, juggling and how to save a life! Girl Guides may also choose to work for Challenge badges and peak achievement awards in many skill and interest areas - for example, computers, crafts, camping and other outdoor and adventurous activities.
Guides discover, decide, plan, participate and develop their program to suit their Unit with the guidance of an adult Leader. Guiding activities vary from week to week and ensure a positive Guiding motto that 'Guides can do anything".
Guides offer you a 2 week trial which enables you to participate in all activities and really experience Guiding before making the decision to join.
Guides also have opportunities to participate in activities outside the Unit meeting such as camps, special events, outings and day trips. For girls who are unable to attend to regular meetings Lone Guides offers an alternative Guiding opportunity. If you would like to know more about joining or volunteering with Girl Guides complete an online enquiry form or phone (08) 9479 9800.
Australian Guide Program
The Australian Guide Program (AGP) helps girls to learn life-skills and leadership while having fun, making friends and enjoying the outdoors. Everything that Girl Guides do is related to the four elements of the AGP and activities are based on the seven fundamentals of Guiding.
Elements of the Australian Guide Program
Self - Being a Guide is all about challenging yourself.
- People - Making friends, sharing, caring and understanding others.
- Practical - Learning some skills that will help you through life.
- Physical - Being active, healthy and strong.
Badges and Awards
- Guides can earn awards within a Unit program, Unit outings and through their own personal accomplishments.
- These awards can include Unit and Region recognition as well as badges and certificates for: completing challenges, gaining new skills, fundraising, participation in activities and introducing a friend to Guiding.
- Some awards allow girls to set their own personal challenges, others require certain skill levels to be achieved and some awards are designed to be only achieved within a certain time and/or by a certain age group.
- Guides may choose to work for Challenge Badges and Achievement Awards in many areas. For example: computers, arts, drama, community and the outdoors. World and National Achievement Awards include - the Junior BP and BP Awards and the Queen’s Guide Award.
For more information about the Badge and Award Girl Guide recognition system, visit Girl Guides Australia website.