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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

The Pioneer camp

By the time the Guides had finished practising the knots that they wanted to learn how to tie a great many had been left to learn at a later date.

The fact that the Guide were also organising a Pioneer camp should have warned the leaders what might have been forming in the Guides minds. You got it they were going to put their knots into practice and make an obsticale course while at camp. So a great deal of time was put aside learning the knots, whipping, splicing and other rope work involved in making gadgets, equipment and used in safety measures.

The Leaders paper work was up to date.The menu and rules had been created by the guides.  A Guides own organised, a campfire prepared, a night hike [complete with spooky animal noises and torches].  Camp duties and camp Patrols were up on the notice board. Along with the fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures.

As the pioneer camp drew nearer the equipment had to be sorted, the tents organised, along with the cooking equipment, Camp and Unit flags made. The World Guide Flag was packed to be taken as well. The program had been sorted out, transport arranged and food was purchased.  The camp site at Burnett Park was checked and where the camp would actually take place was arranged.  All was set.

There were a few surprises going to take place though.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Build, Calculate, Care for, Check-out, clean, consider, Demonstrate, Develop, Discover, Discuss, Evacuation, Find out, First Aid, Food, friendship, girl, Hands, Investigate, knots, Nature, Plan and Lead, Practice, Prepare, Rope, Take part in, tent, Uncategorized, Unit Flags, World Flag | Leave a comment

Olave Baden-Powell Game

The Girls choose a place in the meeting area.   Each Guide is given a word and an action that they will complete on hearing that word.  The Article following is read out with the chosen actions and noises are made.

Note in a flexiable aged meeting time the older guides can buddy with with the Younger Guides.  For a great effect try to alter the partners so that one time they are scattered other times playing the game they are partnered together.

OLAVE : The Clipping of Gernaniums on the Palace Roof top.  Sound: Clip, Clip clip

ROBERT : riding a horse   Sound Clip clop, clip clop.

Lady Baden-Powell : A Guide Salute (pointing verticle)

Lord Baden-Powell : A Scout Salute. (pointing towards the head)

Girl Guide or Girl Scout and WAGGGS : In the air draw the Trefoil Symbol

Movement : Flag flying Sound : gentle wind rustling the flying World Flag into action.

World:  Everyone try and place their left hand together in the center of a circle formation.

OLAVE BADEN-POWELL

A Great Lady — Our Great Inspiration

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) grew up from its infancy under the care, commitment and tireless leadership of Olave, Lady Baden-Powell. Few organisations as large have been so united in their respect and love for their leader — but then few have been lucky enough to have a leader like ‘Lady B.-P.’, as she was affectionately called.

A Sheltered life

Robert Baden-Powell married Olave St Clair Soames in 1912.

Robert had an active and successful army career, and had travelled exten­sively.

Olave, at 23, had led what she later described as a happy, shel­tered but completely useless life. It was the beginning of a career in which Olave would become known as the world’s most travelled woman.

The couple made their home at Pax Hill, Hampshire, England. The house soon became a meeting place for members and supporters of the two Movements founded by Lord Baden-Powell.

At Pax Hill, even while raising a family, Lady Baden-Powell took a keen interest in her husband’s work and accompanied him on many visits. After the birth of their third child in 1917 Olave became officially involved with the Girl Guides. Olaves involvement began in England, but with the Movement spreading at a tremen­dous rate across the world, she was soon to become an international figure, inspiring enthusiasm and affection wherever she went.

Husband and wife team

After forming the International Council in 1919, Lady Baden-Powell’s life became packed with activity, travelling and speaking to members all over the world. Lord Baden-Powell was of course doing exactly the same with the Scout Movement, and this famous hus­band and wife team worked together during the period which Olave later recalled as a very memor­able one … ‘the late ’20s and the early ’30s really saw us reach the peak of work together as husband and wife in the service of our brother and sister Movements.’

World Chief Guide

In 1930, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts unanimously voted Lady Baden-Powell World Chief Guide. Olave continued to devote her seemingly endless energy to promoting the interests of girls all round the world, even though sadly in 1941 Olave lost her husband.

Rare honours for a rare lady

In a gruelling schedule which most would have found physically impossible to sustain, Lady Baden-Powell visited 111 countries in all — many on several occasions — and flew over half a million miles. olave made hundreds of thousands of platform appearances and she broadcast or appeared on tele­vision in every country she visited.

Wherever she went, Lady Baden-Powell was given a reception which testified to the respect and affec­tion in which she was held. Olave was made a Dame Grand Cross by her own country. Olave was given the freedom of cities the world over, and rare honours were bestowed on her by heads of state. These honors include such glittering awards as the Orders of The Sun of Peru, The White Rose of Finland, The Ducal Crown of Oaks of Luxembourg, The Silver Phoenix of Greece, The Sacred Treasure of Japan and The Silver Lion of Kenya. Her last inter­national award came from the United Nations (FAO), which gave her the Ceres medal in recognition of the world-wide services carried out by the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement under her leadership.

The will to cherish an ideal

Travel had to cease when in 1970 she was found to be suffering dia­betes. Although she then had to fol­low a strict regime, Olave never ceased to inspire and strengthen WAGGGS. People came to her now. from all countries, old friends, strangers, of all ages and nationalities. Letters poured in” each day — and each one was answered with an encouraging reply.

Olave, Lady Baden-Powell died in 1977 at 88 years of age, but the memory of her life and personality continues to inspire the millions of hearts and minds which make up the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement. The following words, written shortly after her death, best convey the lasting gift she brought us: Her great and lasting achieve­ment was to give to the young people with whom she came into contact the will to cherish an ideal and the courage and determination to seek to fulfil it.

Every girl guide and girl scout
seeking the true meaning of the
threefold Promise needs to look no
further than Olave Baden-Powell.
In every sense she kept her Promise.


Altered slightly from Guiding in Australia, December 1988                  3

April 22, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, Find-out-about, Lord Baden- Powell, Lord Baden-Powell, play, WAGGGS, World Flag | , , | 2 Comments

What is a Patrol Activity

Patrol activities help the Guides further develop within their peer group.  In order to actually ‘do’ an activity their must be several things happening at once.

Firstly their must be registered members of Guides participating.  Friends may attend sometimes.  (Up to three times then they must be a member to do any more visits to Guides programs and / or Patrol Activity visits – inclusive. The activity must be interesting, challenging and fun.  Something to be talked about and shared.

Having something special occurring keeps the friends interested in what you are doing.This way the friends will want to join in on the planning too.

Patrol activities are overseen by adults.

Patrol activities are not always held at Guides. These adventures can be to all sorts of interesting place, events, activities and services. Sometimes Patrol Activities can be something that is a small part of something else happening.  Like doing the food shopping before a come or cook out. Supporting a friend with a sport endevour, Going to the pictures together.  Going shopping anyway even hiking in the bush.

So you can see that to achieve a Patrol activity

  • Management of any activity is a learned art.  
  • Management of people has many different variables.
  •  Time management is a different senaro altogether. 

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Flag-Protocole, Fun, management, Membership, Patrol, people, time | Leave a comment

10 Nov 2009 letter from State Commissioner

   

Dear Person  

   

As 2009 draws to a close, we look forward with anticipation to 2010, our Centenary year. We are thrilled that the Prime Minister of Australia, has declared 2010 to be the Year of the Girl Guide. This is superb recognition of the contribution that Girl Guides has made to society in Australia over the past century.   

We were delighted to learn that Australia Post will be producing three stamps and that the Royal Australian Mint will produce a circulating coin to mark this momentous occasion.   

There are many events planned for all of our members to take part in during 2010. A list of these dates can be found on the news page of our website.   

We begin 2010 with the party of the century at the Australian Centenary Event (ACE) in January. Girl Guides Victoria is delighted to be hosting this international camp and welcoming over 2,400 members from around Australia and the world to our state. We look forward to meeting you at the camp.   

On 22 February girls globally will celebrate Thinking Day with the theme “girls worldwide say together we can end extreme hunger and poverty”. We look forward to seeing more Units than ever participating in Clean Up Australia Day in March and National Tree Planting Day in August. Our girls have told us that the environment is an issue of importance and this is a way for girts to make a real contribution in this area.   

There will be a number of large state events held for all members to celebrate our Centenary. 100 Downunder will be a fantastic day where girls can experience the Arts in many different ways. A State Sleepover for all girls will be held in August or September where girls from across the state can come together to party. We are looking forward to the very special event on 10 October 2010 at 10am, where all members are invited to Government House to renew their Promise along with all members around Australia at the same time.   

Enclosed you will find your special edition 2010 Girl Guides Victoria diary with the official Centenary logo embossed on the cover to commemorate this exceptional event and to thank everyone who is involved in Guiding.  

The Assistant State Commissioners and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and fantastic year in 2010.   

    

 

   

Noel I a Kershaw State Commissioner   

    

 

   

VICTORIA   

Girl Guides Victoria   

ABN 59 533 729 847   

PO Box 827 129 York Street South Melbourne VIC 3205 http://www.guidesvic.org.au   

 

   

 

  

 

(03) 8606 3500 f (03) 9699 6277 1- guides@guidesvic.org.au   

December 12, 2009 Posted by | camp, centenary, clean, environment, events, Flag, mar, Poverty, Promise, sleepover, stamps, Theme, Thinking, tree | Leave a comment

STAND EASY

STAND EASY:

Command – Unit, stand EASY

The feet remain in the same position as stand-at-ease, but the hands and body may be moved. This position is used when a group are in position and waiting for the arrival of a VIP as in a guard of honour. To bring the group to attention, give the command: Unit, atten-SHUN. On the word ‘unit’ the group will come to the stand-at-ease position and on the final order come smartly to attention.

Practiced using the Ceremonial made Easy pamphlet.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Feet, Flag, Marching, parade | Leave a comment

STAND AT EASE

STAND AT EASE: Command – Unit, stand at EASE

The left foot is moved about 30cm from the right, weight is placed evenly on both feet; hands are held behind the back and the right hand clasped in the left. This is a more relaxed position and can be maintained for a longer time.

Practiced from Ceremonial Made Easy pamphlet

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Commands, Feet, Flag, Marching, parade | Leave a comment

ATTENTION:

ATTENTION:
Command – Unit (or camp,
patrol etc), atten-SHUN

This position should not be maintained too long. The body is held erect, head and eyes facing front, hands by the side, fingers lightly clenched at the rear of the skirt or slack seam, knees and feet together.

From Ceremonial made easy pamphlet.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Commands, Feet, Flag, Marching, parade | Leave a comment

Giving orders

If the leader moves smartly and well, her example will be followed.  The leader is the pivotal point of any ‘command center’.  What people see and hear is how they too will react.

Leadership includes the’ giving’ and ‘following through’ of orders.Respect and fair treatment of all creates an uneven footing for the leader.  The leaders is no longer one of the ‘boys’. The leadership job requires a pivot for all to access and speak through.  Therefore when in a Parade or ceremonial situation if orders are given smartly – they will be carried out smartly.  This is really important when dealing with many people in a crowded area.  In order to get the commands over to others the leader should have practiced using her voice so that when calling commands it is done clearly and therefore well.   Before the actual commands are given the voice box should have had a ‘warm’ up practice session.

During the commands the accent is always to be on the end of the word eg ‘Atten-SHUN’ or on the last word in the command, ‘Quick MARCH’. Girls should be taught that they do not move until the whole command has been given.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Colour, Commands, Flag, Marching, parade, voice | Leave a comment

The Value of Ceremonies

Ceremonies give a sense of belonging and of achievement. Be the traditional or ceremonies that the Guides have created and carried out themselves.

In order to create a ceremony the Guides first witness and learn about different ceremonies.  The Promise, Flag Protacol involving unfurling of the Flag, Flag Flying, protecting the Flag,  receiving awards are a few repeatitive ceremonies that are carried out within Guiding.

Sometimes different symbols and familiar items are among the things there when the ceremonies begin.  Things like pictures, songs, toys, teddies, seats, buildings, trees.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Belonging, Flag, Promise | Leave a comment

The Value of Ceremonies

Ceremonies give a sense of belonging and of achievement. Be the traditional or ceremonies that the Guides have created and carried out themselves.

In order to create a ceremony the Guides first witness and learn about different ceremonies.  The Promise, Flag Protacol involving unfurling of the Flag, Flag Flying, protecting the Flag,  Receiving awards are a few repeatitive ceremonies that are carried out within Guiding.

part of the biggest set of memories are where, when and how special ceremonies are made.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Belonging, Flag, Promise | Leave a comment