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The Guide Promise in Action

Ever wonder what happened when?  Can we see the outcomes?  Which factors influenced the outcomes as we understand them? Social awareness factors, financial, educational and technological advances.  Can these same factors help regroup and strengthen the changes that occurred?

This copy of an article from : The Promise in Action  GiA  August 1996  p 16/7 may help you understand the significant changes that happened during the early to mid 1990’s.

“LAST month we looked at the four elements of PHYSICAL,” PRACTICAL, PEOPLE and SELF and how they are used to ensure a balanced program as guides undertake a variety of activities along the guiding path. It was pointed out that these are not designed to be four ‘points’ like the eight points, but rather elements to be included in every activity.

Some units may wish to concentrate on a particular activity such as boating, entertainment or sport either as a special interest unit or perhaps for one term only. So how will a unit of guides, concentrating only on one interest, maintain a balanced program and include the activities which make guiding special?

Let’s take a unit that chooses to concentrate on ‘entertainment’ either permanently or for a term. Through the various planning processes and activities within the unit starting from “What will we do?” to a final concert at the end of the year, the unit’s members will have developed their SELF in a variety of PRACTICAL, PEOPLE and PHYSICAL activities such as:

•      working in a team

•      writing and editing a script

conflict resolution—sorting out what roles they will play painting background scenery exercise program for the dancers —’everyone has to do it!’ rehearsing   at   camp   or   an overnight stay, including cooking, eating, singing

•     learning lighting and audio

•      publicity, promotion, ticket selling

•      talking with elderly citizens while

‘on tour’ to the local nursing home.

Take another example of a unit concentrating on boating. The range of activities may include:

making a fibreglass canoe, taking part in day or overnight expeditions, helping to organise a district or region water activities day, working as a team in a rowboat exercise  and  healthy eating program for fitness first     aid     and emergency training,  map reading,  camping skills, mending boats, rope work such as splicing.

Even when the Program is, say netball oriented, the girls will need to elect a leader of their team or teams. Follow the rules of the game, work together as a team, trust each  other,  turn  up fo.-practice,      show      a ”    ___ commitment to the team, develop a team spirit, practise together, develop their own traditions, ceremonies, even perhaps a mascot. They will also learn to interact with other girls and other adults. We envisage such a unit would undertake additional activities possibly related to their sport but activities which extend them such as camps or overnight stays, singing, health type activities such as a fitness program, talks on healthy eating, fund raising, as well as the opportunity to join in other guiding activities at district and state level. There are endless opportunities with a little bit of lateral thinking and a flexible leader and district team which enable it to happen.

Some of these groups may not learn a great deal about Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, but they will learn the skills of lifesocialising, negotiating, fair play, making life long friendships and having fun. Along the way they will pick up that something that makes guides so special and become more than the local netball team; they are Guides who choose to enjoy netball, or boats or horses, cooking, entertaining or whatever.

This is the philosophy of the Australian Guide Programit’s not what you do but how you do itwe are building citizens of the future, girls with integritya !.ense of fair play, group responsibility ^nd leadership. The Promise in action.

Check out GiA where Australian Guide Program questions were tackled:

•   Flexible Districts, October 1995

•   Girl Ownership, November 1995.

•   The Great Outdoors, February 1996.

Shared leadership Steering from the Rear, March 1996.

Obtaining ideas from girls New Ways, April 1996.

Decision making Big Decisions, May 1996.

•  Totally Australian, June 1996.

Overview of the background of the development of the Australian Guide Program and suggestions as to how to start implementing a shift to greater emphasis on the working of the patrol system throughout 6-18 year age span A Guide for Leaders, centre spread, July 1996.

can do anything, July 1996.

Jan Forrest Australian Program Adviser ”

GiA August 1996

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