Posts Tagged With: Girl Guides

Beginnings

In 1907 the Boy Scout movement was born. This new concept was created by a man known as Lord Robert Baden-Powell, affectionately known as BP to the millions who are involved in the Guiding and Scouting movements. Scouting was created based on military training, however had a much more fun and exciting delivery, allowing boys to learn survival, tracking and camping skills in a safe environment.

Because of all the fun the boys were having, the girls wanted to join in. On the 4th September 1909 was the first Boy Scout Rally, organised by BP, at the Crystal Palace. This was to be a historic event, not only for Boy Scouts, but as BP found out, many generations of girls as well. At the end of the rally were a number of girls dressed in Scouting uniform, and calling themselves “Girl Scouts”. After the rally BP spoke to them, and they asked him to let them be Scouts to.

BP decided it was necessary to offer the girls similar opportunities as he’d offered the boys, and set about with his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell, creating a program that began in 1910 known as Girl Guides, running parallel with the Boy Scouts. Girl Guiding (and Boy Scouting) spread across the world, with troops and units being created in countries everywhere.

The centenary of Guiding is lasting for three years as Guiding was first introduced in 1910 in England, and Girl scouting in the USA (one of the largest Girl Guiding and Scouting movements worldwide) wasn’t introduced until 1912.

 And there you have it, our very beginnings. Where the Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding movement began. All it took was some young women to stand up for what they wanted and believed in…

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7 months on…

And I’m only writing my second post.  Not for lack of trying of course. But due to time, both with work, and with Girl Guides.

Since February my personal Guiding adventure has been a whirlwind of excitement, having done so many more things since attending the Girls Celebrate 2009 camp.

I have in fact started attending a second unit, as a Helper/Leader, in addition to the Lone Guiding Unit I help run. (More about Lone Guiding later).  I’ve also been assigned the Training Coordinator role for my region, which takes up *a bit* of time but not as much as one would initially expect.

I also had the fantastic opportunity to attend the High Adventure Lead Your Way challenge week, at Our Chalet in Switzerland.  An amazing experience, that I will be writing about for this blog over the next few weeks, I’d much like to get some background about Guiding and Scouting up before I do this though, so readers have a good feel for what the Association is all about, and why this was a fantastic experience, besides the opportunity to see another country.

And so I will leave you for now, and if you would like to here more about my Swiss adventure, you’d better stay tuned.

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It’s the Centenary Year

So it’s the Centenary Year for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  The celebrations started in Queensland, in September 2009, with the event Girl’s Celebrate.  The official Centenary Event occurred in Victoria, in January.  ACE, a week-long event was home to 2500 girls and Leaders, and what a home I hear it was!

The celebrations, in true Australian Guiding style, will finish in 2013, at FanTAStic, of course, the celebrations and fun won’t stop there, and we’ll begin working towards an even bigger 200 years!

As a young Leader I often get asked the question, “Oh, Girl Guides, does that still exist?” followed by a statement about once being a Brownie Guide.  These statements were far more abundant in the days when there was what seemed to be a lull, in the membership of girls, or it seemed that way in my hometown.  As time moved on, so did the trends, and the cyclic trends are true even in Guiding.  Membership is increasing, and so is media coverage, and I’m hearing the dreaded question less and less.  I am still being told that we’re just like Scouts however.  This is just not true. 

And so the reasoning behind my Blog has come about.  As a young Leader I want to acknowledge our history, traditions, founders and Movement as a whole.  I also want to give everyone a glimpse of exactly what a young Leader experiences in her journey as a young Leader, Olave, mentor or all three.

Feel free to kick along for the ride, like most girls, leaders, family and friends, it could be an experience you’ll never forget.

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