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

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   

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

Governance makes camp planning fun

Camping is fun.

Often when the proposal of going to camp comes up the newer in experience Guides groan.  What ever their age, or experience, most people have been to camps where they have little in put, they are kept out of much of the planning. However the preordained activities are great, they have a ball, the relatives or school mates all try to outdo each other.  But from these experiences what have they learned? What skills have they worked towards and gained? Are the rewards what the person really was striving for?  or was the experience ” …just like any another activity!….Boring!!!”

Right from the first suggestion of a camp Guides of all ages in the Hazelwood and Churchill Units have much in put – after all it’s their camp.  Therefore the  Guides are shown how to organise a plan of action, decide on their theme, the menus, activities and the pre-camp activities are included into the normal program. Some of the things that are on the to learn or add practice list are standard requirement that the Leaders have a need to know the Guides understand how to do and when to use. These activities  may consist of focusing on different types of cooking rules, learning how to clean inside things, choosing a sleeping bag to purchase or borrow, erect and strike tents, care for the tents, bush walk, tie knots for commando and skills training activities, make tracking activities, read maps, make bed rolls secure, camp gadgets, camp site planning, camp program, flag pole, Campfire, Guides Own, entrance, cooking facilities, water gathering methods…..

Often the decisions are influenced by those with greater camping skills.  Experienced leaders mentoring the newer Guides, Parents, helpers and Leaders.

Governance is very much the Guides method of management choice.  Each camp then has very have made very clear goals and Guides lines to be planned around.  Depending on the experience and age of the Guides going on camp the steps taken are worked out in a way which is both a challenge and achievable. How the Guides will go about getting help as they work towards gaining what they have set out to do is different ,but the same , on each camp.  Some may use the experience for the Look Wide Badges, others towards their Peak Achievement Awards.  There are other things that they may work towards as well.

If the theme is an international camp they may include that years Jota / Joti as either a pre or post activity.  The camp may have a morse code night activity or two. Or there may be a State or Region sleep over.

On the “Other People” camp each Guide chose a country to look into. The Units Patrols were asked to choose a Guide Region.  [Western Hemisphere, Asia Pacific, European, African, Arab Nations, Russian, the Americana’s]  Some looked at their heritage for a county, others chose a country from school subjects. Patrols then put their interest forward as to which country they would work with.

The Patrols then chose the menus from various recipes supplied, activities and games from different countries represented, the decorations were posters that the Guides created about ‘their’ country.

Other camps the focus may be on outside camping under canvas.  Is the camp site to be in a controlled bush setting [ with toilets provided? or as an expedition?  What shelter and equipment do they need to learn and experience before they go on camp.  Whose transporting everything?

When organising of the camp whose doing what job? How many patrols? Where is the money to pay for the camp coming from? Is it Unit restricted? Age restricted ? Open to all.?  What about the Big jamborees?  The Region Camps?

The biggest hurdle the Guides face is a panic attack.  Will they look stupid?  Do they know anything?  Initially a panic attach on exactly what do they have to learn.  When they realise they have done so much each time they have come to Guides that are cross credited as training the Guides are initially “surprised”.  Then excited and smiling.  fear of the unknown starts to be removed.  New Challenges step to the front. That is why, from the start, Guide camps are learning stepping-stones and challenges made into fun.

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December 10, 2009 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, Culinary Arts, District team, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Governance, Hazelwood and Churchill, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Region Guiding, Stepping stones, Survival methods, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Promise Ceremonies are Different too

The Promise Ceremony may be different for every Guide who makes her Promise.

Making your ‘own’ Promise  is different from the iniatial listening to others make their Promise.  When you choose for it to actually be your turn the time is special.  There after every time you renew, or someone renews or makes their Promise your memory may transport you back to when and where you initially made yours.  Even years later your memory will flash this on your mind.

So the Promise Ceremony is a special time. The creative setting made, the people invited, as well as those who stand up their with you are specially remembered too.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | family, 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.

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

A little about ceremonies?

Throughout the world Ceremonies and ceremonial form part of every heritiage. Guiding is world wide.  As such the Ceremonies practiced in Australia is similar to these through out the world. As a nation Australia is making her way to being multi-cultural whilst developing an Australian Culture, it’s own Ceremonies and Traditions that are able to be shared and celebrated by all.  

Special occasions and a combined heritage are marked by the Nationally recognised Ceremonies.Australia Day, the Opening of Parliament House and Anzac Day are among ceremonies carried out each year by individual Guide Units or the comming together of many Guiding people.  Right down to the Guides within a Patrol celebrating the Promise Ceremony of a new Guide.. 


All the cereminies are important.  Having a regognised methodology as to how things are run, commands called, and actions expected or taken makes the running of such an easier job.  When a Guide moves on within her Guiding, from one age range to another, more depth to the commpands is given and expected in return.

December 7, 2009 Posted by | Celebrations, parde, Promise, Service, Traditions | Leave a comment

Recieving that first badge.

When Youth members receive their first Sash it is important to them.  Then when they receive the first badges there is a positive wow factor.  Everyone present feels like they too are getting their first badges all over again.

In November  2009 two members received their sashes.  Also the badges that had been achieved to that date.  Besides the Patrol Badge some were special badges, while others were Explore and Challenge badges.

These badges were awarded today:
Patrol Badge: Koala

Special Badges: 100 years of Guiding badge.
     
Explore: Friendship, Guiding, Outdoors, Science and Technology, The Arts, Guiding. There are skill more to come by the end of the year.

Challenge: Food.

These youth members are so close to finishing other badges that they will be surprised early next year when they realise how close they were to receiving them.

For now though the challenge is to have these ones sewn on before we return next year[ January 20th 2010]. Now they are learning how to sew them on. Then they have finished the challenges towards their Create Hands Badge!!  I am sure that they will share and commiserate with learning to  hand sew with other people. Glad the badges are safety pinned in place.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Challenge, Food, Friendship, guiding, Hands, Koala, Outdoors, Patrol, Promise, sash, Science-and-Technology, special | Leave a comment

Activities, events and service.

Girl Guides are always involved in something.  A lot of the time there is much preparation and little to show for it.  The thing is unless you have a clear vision and a known goal, the stepping-stones that are the break down of the strategies used may not be apparent.  Often one learning activity is a stepping stone from another learning activity.  Thus said there is always different levels of ability and interest within the Girl Guides involved.  Some Girl Guides may have obtained visible markers (badges) others are working towards these.  Some may nearly be finished one  (or more) of one badge type.  Where as others may be using those same experiences towards there badges.  it’s up to each Guide personally to choose where the challenge and the experience may be heading in her life.
Girl Guides are always doing something.  As parents, careers or the public we just may not be aware of it…..  Yet!  Yes the Guides are always thinking up something.
The Hazelwood and Churchill District team are there to support these activities through people power,  fundraising and amongst other things friendship.

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, Challenge the World, Culinary Arts, District team, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Governance, Hazelwood and Churchill, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Region Guiding, Stepping stones, Survival methods, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, World Guiding, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victorian Guiding events calender

We are currently waiting for 2010 events ,services, trainings and activities to be published

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, District team, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Governance, Hazelwood and Churchill, Leadership, Life skills gained, Region Guiding, Stepping stones, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, World Guiding, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment