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

There are many things unknown

Today I received an email asking that this site be looked at.  Knowing that Guiding is not a political or religious organisation I have included the site so that you may make up your own minds.

Remembering that we are born without prejudice and with an inquiring mind.  Social borders and closed minds are introduced to each of us as we learn what makes us feel safe and be safe. To keep safe impenetrable walls are erected.  Fear is the removal of that safe feeling.

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is a World Wide Organisation that aims at bringing out and developing the best within people..  Dealing with and affecting  many peoples lives in different cultural bands. Guiding has no cultural, faith, religious, class, financial, knowledge restrictions imposed. There is the essence of the original Promise and Law as set down by our founder . With this in mind there is a story of “Five little Girls…”

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | Advocacy, development, Life skills gained, other People, Superior Being, tolerance, Uncategorized, World Guiding | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reading about the influence of Girl Guide movement

Once upon a time in a far off land lived five little girls. One girl was a Moslem, another was Buddhist, the third was Jewish, the fourth a Christian and the fifth was a Hindu. The girls were friends but they had to meet in secret because their fami­lies distrusted people who had cus­toms different from their own. Their families did not really understand that the girls liked each other and wanted to be friends.

One day news came about an elderly man in a far off country who had started something called Girl Guides, and now a unit was starting in their area. The five girls were very excited because they were able to join Brownie Guides together. They, like guides all over the world today, had different religions and beliefs but were able to meet together in friendship because all Guides existed happily together. -Their families were happy to see the girls together in Guiding because it was a good thing.

As the years passed the girls grew up and were young women when war came to their land. They were very afraid because people with dif­ferent beliefs were fighting with each other. Our five Guides were very troubled until one of them said “We are different but we are the same. We are sister Guides and we always help one another in times of need.”

And so, our five young women and their families promoted peace in their land and grew to understand and accept each others customs.

The five young girls in this story now have children of their own. Their children play together happily today, all because the Girl Guides came to their land a long time ago.

The white corner on our World Flag shows our commitment to world peace.

GiA P 22  October 1994

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Advocacy, Girl-Power, Girls, Governance, Guiding-Traditions, identity, Lord Baden- Powell, responsibilities, World Guide Flag | , , | 3 Comments

Recreating the District

Guiding in Hazelwood, then in Churchill, has been here for over fifty years.  Eighteen years ago there was: one Gumnut Unit, five Brownie Guide Units, two Girl Guide Units, and one Ranger Guide Unit. In Leaders there were two qualified Leader per Unit, and at least one Unit helper per Unit.  Of yes and One District Leader.

The Gumnut Unit had eight to twelve Guides, The Brownie Guide had twenty to twenty-four Guides, the Girl  Guides had thirty-six and twenty-five Guides, and the Ranger Guides had up to ten Guides.  A total of ninety odd Guides.

External community and Government changes challenged many non-profit organisations.  Large pay outs for people to leave their jobs. People left the areas within the Latrobe Valley. TAB machines effectively crept into gaming rooms. Business’s began then gradually sunk into nothingness. The education systems started to change.  As teenagers grew up they moved away with or without their families.

Nearly fifteen years ago Guiding itself had changes. The most visual was a uniform.  The badges changed too. Methodology of management brought about changes as well.  Things happen slowly in the Latrobe Valley.  Change usually bring about fear of the unknown.  Other organisations were changing as well.

Some organisations had major federal or local government backing.  Youth programs through the Latrobe City Council, the Youth Development Programs based at High Schools and Colleges were basically free of change.

What were perceived as weakness’ were taken advantage of. the numbers within different organisations changed dramatically.  Some gaining and others weakening in numbers and skill basis. Thus leaving a changing core group of people who were dealing with generation gaps as well as frustrations, no money and prejudice.  All organisation who operate and have survived these conditions I take my hat off too.  They are survivors.  Survival means doing what is necessary. Utilizing the life skills and education of the people both immediately involved, the families and those on the periphery [stakeholders]

Nearly fifteen years later this District elected a new District Leader. The core feeling being what had been was no longer going to be.  Things had to change and change they were going to.  But how? So we started of from what we knew we were able to do and looked at what needed to be done. The Leaders kept showing all inclusive Leadership skills to all ages of Guides. Patrols were created. Programs were created.  How ever, with the energy drain from the community effecting Guiding community it was like pushing something unpleasant uphill.

Many questions were asked from various stake holder fields.  A needs analysis was completed. Typically gaping holes occurred. A management plan was formulated.

The main focal points that were not making sense were:

  • The operation of a Support Group when a District Team method was both better and available.
  • Not having a Senior Guide Unit operating within the Olave Program.
  • Changing the focal point from obtaining Youth Members and having the expectations that the current Leaders would cope.
  • Having a small Adult base the Guides were limited and felt that they were unable to ‘do’ anything.

Those left in this District realised that Guiding as it used to be did not meet the populations needs any longer.  Early change chances had been denied, so what was could not longer exist and the ‘was’ was no longer in existence.  Times had definitely changed and progress needed to be in a forward push.  Times would change yet again. The old structures had to be either knocked down or altered, strengthen and changed around. Foundations had shifted,  re-shackled or even demolished.

A small group of people could not possibly do it all.  Delegation was going to occur.  Revitalisation and regrowth was desperately needed. So with the words of our Founder  ‘from acorns oaks do grow”  – BP Change was going to happen.  Change did and is still happening.

Most importantly Guiding in this District was not going to go under.  the realisation that this Districts Guiding offered an opportunity to many people to extend themselves, may be even to just survive through another meal. Poverty of mind went along side poverty of spirit.   Soon there would be once again intolerance and unrest within the external community infiltrating the Guiding Community. This poverty of the mind was not going to win. After all one of Guiding major focuses is in regard to the “Eradication of Poverty” and the “saying No to the abuse of Women”.  So many things are on our own back doors that the Leaders involved felt they could not just walk away.

With your help, input and understanding the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District will grow again.  The knowledge management cycles are being understood and acted upon by even the youngest Guide member. In fact those within the Hazelwood and Churchill District Guides are already seeing this happen, as not only are the Units organising activities as a whole, the patrols are gradually getting the hang of patrol activities, the District team has increased the activities as well. These changers are now being reflected through the District Leaders meetings.

The Girl’s Rock Conference, happening in January, is a terrific way for members of the District Team to go and become informed on what, where and how the Guiding direction is moving.

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Activities, Adult members, Australian Guide Program, Community Development, Event-management, families, Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District, Knowledge Basis, Knowledge management, Lifeskills, management, Objectives, organisaing, Youth Section | 1 Comment

Darling overnight stay.

What an event.  The Guides have learned so much about themselves, their tolerances, other people, leadership and most of all what lack of sleep does to one!

I’ve even seen the  Guides working together and sharing their experiances with regard to what badges they have nearly completed.  Working together trying to finish another badge.

While preparing for the overnight stay and during the overnight stay the Guides became aware of the Patrol system.  How the Patrol System functions and what it means to be an active participant and a member of a Patrol. This has been accomplished mainly through out the previous terms activities in the Unit meetings. Some of the Guiding Traditions and skills were also incorporated in the weekly programs.  This overnight stay had a fair amount of just craft activities.  Since it was a State initiative then what the State wanted incorporated was included.  Craft activities were only a means for the Guides to practice their advocacy and governance skills.  Again this was Patrol building participations

The overnight stay itself represented several challenges to management. The first being reminding parents of their financial commitments with regard to paying membership and registration  to Melbourne Guide Center.

Next term I expect to see a list of badges that each girl has completed and is yet to be presented.  Along with the evidence that they have completed them of course.

Evidence… presentations of collections, photos, discussions, talks and so forth.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Arrange, Art, Badges, Awards and more, body, Camp and overnight stays, campfire, Candles, choc, Colors, consider, cook, Create, Develop, evaluation, Explore, Faith Awareness, Food, foods we like, friends, friendship, girl, goals, goodturn, Governance, Hazelwood South Hall, Home, Homes, Lead, Lend-a-hand, manners, Membership, Multi-tasking, participate, Patrol, Patrol System, Placemats, Promise and Law, Self, table setting, Take part in, Traditions of Guiding | | Leave a comment

Heads Held High

Disabilities are many where people are concerned. How people react to their disabilities as well as how other people react and inter-react with those who have disabilities will change as knowledge and experience change both in our community, our daily situations and ourselves.

Guiding has many opportunities for both those with or without disabilities.  Learning about and exploring different aspects of disabilities helps all of us in our daily lives.  To this end always has been Service Badges that the members of guiding can work towards.  Enjoy finding out more about what and how these various badges have worked over the decades.  gain a wider knowledge of what other badges have entailed and what different generations of girl guides  have done towards earning these Service orientated badges.  Where possible follow ons have been hyper-linked for your interests.  Having a glimpes of what and where a simple service assistance has taken various Guides may help you better understand the Service components of being a Girl Guide in the Hazelwood and Churchill District Girl Guides.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, action, Action Plan, Activites, events and service, Activities, Advocacy, Advocate, Arrange, Australian Guide Program, Austrralia Day 2009, Badges, Badges, Awards and more, Belonging, Best, Book, Brainstorming, Care, Care for, celebrate, Challenge, Challenges, Citizenship, clean, Clean Up Australia, Collect, Computer, Computers, consider, decission-making, Develop, Discover, Discuss, discussions, Ears, Earth Hour, Elements of Guiding Program, Empowerment, encouragement, environmental action, Explore, Face Painting, Feb. 22nd, Find out, First Aid, First Aider, Four World Centers, Fun Run, Fun Walk, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Generations, Glendonald Park, goodturn, Governance, Guardianship, Hazelwood Honor Board, Hazelwood Honor Roll, investigate, Jump rope for heart, Laws, Leadership, Leadership-Skills, Learn, Ledership, Life skills gained, Lifeskills, mindmap, Multicultural, Olave Baden-Powell Award, other People, Our Canana, Our Chalete, Our-World, Outdoors [and the environment], ownership, parade, Patrol System, People, Physical, planning, Play Ground, Poverty, Power-of-One, Practical, Procedure, programing, Programs, Promise and Law, Promise-and-Law, QG, Recycling, Self, Service, Service, Service, short term, Special Badges, Step by step working plan, Stepping stones, Take part in, team work, The Australian Identity, time, timeline, tolerance, Understand, WAGGGS, Water | , , | Leave a comment

Global Action Theme is known as GAT

Global Action that has been ”Changing the World’ has been happening through out Girl Guide and Girl Scout programs for over 100 years. Action themes may have occurred on a World Wide basis involving the Regions of Guiding working together through our World Association of Girl guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) right down to just an individual question,action or activity sparking off a patrol activity that may lead to an International activity.  Global Action keeps occurring on a multitude of levels within Guiding.

As the members get older sometimes they move away from Guiding as their career develops or interests evolve, or they may stay within the movement, but the essence of having experienced the GAT is there. Typically Leaders bring into Guide program what they themselves enjoyed as a Youth member as well as what their interests and life skills are now.

The essence of service is still service. Over the years many form of service have been built on.  Different badges have been provided. The Guides have worked towards these with different service awareness and methods utilized.

So how is the GAT so successful? Simple really.  WAGGGS influences to have a voice and to listen.  Then to speak out, look at root causes and do projects.  While this occurs the Guides are learning.  And the life skills and interest circles are quietly going around still into the next generations.

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What is an apple basic

Sometime people are so familiar with things that they do not know one is the other.  That is a chicken lays an egg, which a shop then sells. That egg white comes from the inside of the egg!  Or in this case an apple may be made into apple juice and apple pulp then used in two different recipes.

So the Guides were shown that if they peel several apples, core them, chop them up into pieces (sizes as evenly as possible) then cook these pieces aver a heat sauce with a little water you actually end up with a mixture from which the stained juice is apple juice and the remaining stuff in the strainer is the apple puree.

Cool and use as soon as possible.

But what do you use it for. So over time they have been shown the following: Apple juice, Apple Puree, Salad dressing, Apple pancakes.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | action, Carry Out, cook, Create, Culinary, Demonstrate, Equipment, Experience, Explore, Food, foods we like, healthy eating, investigate, knowledge, Lead, Learn, Learned-Skill, make, Make and Use, organise, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Take part in, Theme, training | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Salad dressing

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tsp whole grain mustard

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vinegar ( was recomeneded to have balasamic vinegar but we used what was on hand.)

1 tsp box honey (some one was allegic to honey so out came the brown sugar)

60 ml unsweetened apple juice.

1 tsbp extra virgin oil

Everything went into a whisk and was combined.  Mix was chilled and used on salads.  Makes only about 100mls per mix.  Therefore is an easy recipe for the Guides to learn and pass on.  A great way of using several steps to complete a multi level learning task.

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Ada lovelace

For finding out information on women in Science and technology  for the link.  Have a go and inform us what you want to do with the day.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Badges, Badges, Awards and more, Believe, Brainstorming, Calendar, celebrate, Computer, Computers, decission-making, Develop, education, electricity, Elements of Guiding Program, Empowerment, encouragement, Event, Exchange, Experience, Explore, Find-out-about, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Governance, Health, healthy life style, identity, Leadership, March, Memorial, Nature, Network, organise, other People, people, Pioneers, Poverty, Power-On, Practical, pride, Recylcle, rescue, Research, Respect, response, responsibilities, Science-and-Technology, self, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Self-presentation, Survival, Survival methods, System, time management, training, volunteer, Weather Conditions, weather patterns, Write | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

They arrived with a…

 

C.F.A Come on down to Guides.

 

When planning 2009 Tuesday program the girls decided to invite the CFA people to Guides. Little knowing that every one here would be so affected by the near by fires over the last two weeks.

 

Here are some of the pictures of the CFA ladies who came to our Girl Guide meeting today. And we did not scare them off…. so they are coming back too.

 

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