Adventure awaits new members

SWAN Hill Girl Guides is currently looking for enthusiastic and eager new members to join its unit.

Aimed at girls aged seven and above, Girl Guides is an international association focused on teaching girls new skills and making life-long friends.

Members of Swan Hill Girl Guides are encouraging others to join the fun and enthusiastic group. The girls were dressed up at the last week's meeting for the Melbourne Cup. Picture: JADE BATE

Members of Swan Hill Girl Guides are encouraging others to join the fun and enthusiastic group. The girls were dressed up at the last week's meeting for the Melbourne Cup. Picture: JADE BATE

Swan Hill district manager and unit leader Leone Walbran said Guides was a great way for girls to learn new skills.

"The girls get the chance to meet new people, make friends, learn life skills and get out into the great outdoors," Ms Walbran said.

"There are a lot of skills that look great on resumes, especially in terms of learning leadership skills.

"But we always have fun no matter what we're doing."

The unit meet once a week, go on excursions and often attend camps.

"We went lawn bowling recently and just had a camp at Hilltop Resort," she said. 

"When we go camping, they have responsibilities such as putting up their own tents, cooking their own meals on a fire, organising and playing games, doing compass work and learning new skills.

"Leadership is a big focus of Guides and each girl always has her own role to play."

Ms Walbran said the unit often met with other groups around the region and state.

"In September we had our region catch-up day in Bendigo with the Scouts," she said.

"Ninety people came from all across our region which spans from Nyah to Echuca to Maryborough.

"It was a chance to meet people in our region, which is a very large area."

The Swan Hill unit currently has 14 members, but the number varies during netball season and other commitments.

One of the most popular activities Guides are involved in is badge collecting.

"Guides can earn three different types of badges, each with varying degrees of challenges and skills involved," Ms Walbran said.

"They can also earn the Junior Baden Powell Award, the Baden Powell Award and the Queen's Guide Award."

The unit also help out with a number of community events such as the Australia Day Breakfast, the Anzac Day Parade and the Swan Hill Farmers Market.

Swan Hill Girl Guides meet every Wednesday during the school term (4.30pm to 6pm for Juniors and 6.30pm to 8.30pm for Seniors).

They meet at the Swan Hill Guide Hall on the corner of High Street and Purtons Lane.

To read more about this story, grab a copy of Monday's Guardian (November 13).

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