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Such a variety of things goes into Guiding.

Guiding provides a range such a variety of things to do that what the programs actually have included into them is as varied as the both the members, the families and the outside world have influences upon the choices of activities.

For instance when a group of Guides or Leaders are heading towards a badge or qualification there are always others who, once their interest is sparked will challenge themselves to widen their horizons as well.  Other who for their own reasons go along for the ride, and still others who ‘put up with it’ so that the more interesting (to them) stuff can be done.  This ‘get in there together’ is part of being a team member, supporting others and they in turn support you.

Because of copy write laws the syllabus of each badge, award etc can not publish.  However when there are a collective of people of different ages, skills level or a variety interests being satisfied in order for that person or group of people to achieve an overall objective then different things can pop up as challenges to different people.  In short with one overall objective there are many jobs to be done.  Each job has a variety people working at different levels to finish the ‘job’ and to collectively achieve the objective.  Along the way those who already know what needs to be done in one ‘job’ may either be showing someone else, or themselves doing another job and being shown by someone else.

Learning one skill can be utilised in may different ways.  We’ll pick on ‘food’.  There are a wide variety of tasks involved with ‘food’ where both the theory and practical emphasis changes depending on the outcome.

Alright.  Food and water is in themselves part of survival.  Over a extended period of time when a Guide learns about food she learns the safety measures with food ( cleanliness, personal hygiene, cooking, storage, carrying, presentation, carrying, washing up, putting away and even choosing the food types to suit the occasion, age range, religious and dietary requirements.}

Then there’s the deciding what to have, organising the menu, suiting the occasion to the menu and the activities, raising the money for, purchasing, storage, preparation, presentation, consumption of, removal, recycling.

The ‘Food’ theme may be used towards different size and complexity of activities. Starting with just having a cooking time in the Guide Program, discovering culinary items of interest and foods from other countries, becoming aware of the multicultural input back into this county, developing a culture with guiding itself, being aware of the Four World centers, being aware of the pioneering women in History, Guiding history, Guiding ways of the future, catering for a fundraiser, a dance, a BBQ, a cookout challenge, water activities, a penny hike, …. and so on,  These smaller activities will lead onto more comprehensive objectives. Which may include… an end of year Formal meal, an overnight stay, a camp, going away on State or International camps, helping with Patrol Service activities, being part of a World Wide service activity, [ Clean Up Australia, Kiribus Bus, East Timour, national and international disaster relief teams..] and the lists just go on.

Once the interest is sparked the future may have a direction. Wow.

No, ‘Food’ does not stop here.  There are other things to consider like the jobs connecting with the above linking words.  An obvious one is leadership for the activity. Leadership is learned, practiced and known about by watching and helping others with their leadership rolls.In essence Leadership boils down to encouraging others to willingly help get the job done, while collectively forefiling needs and desires.  On a three tier level these needs and desires are your own, their own, these who attend, those who obviously benefit.  Since everyone in these levels are ‘stake holders’ then an experienced adult Leader is capable of covering all these levels with the help of her team.

Now that how food may slot into the weekly or overall Program chosen by the Guides themselves.  However there are both tangible and intangible small stepping stones are available to the members that mark each Guides progress.

Most often the skills learning when doing one thing are brought back into the guiding Program at a greater depth of knowledge practice along with a wider variety of interests being sort to be done.    While in Guiding there are many ways of widening the interest range of the Guiding members.  in itself just the broodning and deepening of the interests, skills and knowledge basis of the members within Guides is a factor of why there are a variety of things that goes into, and come out from, Guiding.

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March 28, 2010 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, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Stepping stones, Survival methods, Traditions, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, World Guiding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Outcomes from the overnight stay [Food and Four World Centers]

  1. Governance practiced in situations where the Guides begin to understand their roles, how governance occurs, the implications of Governance
  2. Structuring the Guides in their own Patrols so that they are comfortable to allow Advocacy has occurred.
  3. What is a Patrol Activity is becoming clearer to the Guides.
  4. Leadership under different situations occurred.
  5. Recognition of each guides potential is being gained by the Guide herself, those Guides around her and the friends and family.
  6. Life skills are being recognised as needed, looked for and fulfilled to each Guides individual pace.
  7. Seeking out information skills has begun.
  8. Joining the library as members.
  9. Identity issues are still being worked on.
  10. Badges, and other rewards and recognitions for a job being attempted, roll being taken on , skill learned are appreciated.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Badges, Awards and more, Culinary Arts, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Governance, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Promise, Survival methods, Traditions, Uncategorized, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Activities of the overnight stay [food and Four World Centers]

The overnight stay has a full program which tentatively includes the following.
  • Free time
  • Wide Game
  • Promise and Law.
  • Promise ceremony
  • Rac Wac.
  • Tent skills.
  • Packing in a rush.
  • fire drill.
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • first aid
  • Shopping.
  • survival,
  • face the fear of
  • fossiking for information about The WAGGGS Four World Centers.
  • Traditions
  • Ceremony
  • Guides Own
  • Cleaning,
  • Service
  • Evaluation

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Badges, Awards and more, Culinary Arts, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Life skills gained, Promise, Survival methods, Traditions | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Objectives of Overnight stay [food and Four World Centers]

  • for each Guide involved with the pre-camp and the overnight experiences to get something personally special out of this overnight stay.
  • to provide a range of pre-camp training is part of, and an extension too, the general weekly Guide Program.
  • to encourage and strengthen team work and leadership potential factors within each of the Guide members.
  • to accumulate a mass of skills as part of a ‘whole package’  which will be in action during the overnight stay.
  • to widen to members understanding of the Promise and Law concept within the Australian Girl Guides Elements and Fundamentals.
  • to reintroduce traditions of the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District.
  • to have a safe and happy camp full of positive experiences and memories.
  • to solidity the knowledge that the Guides have gained by allowing opportunities to incorporate this knowledge and skills into action.to face and begin to overcome fears in a protected friendly environment.
  • no to be in debt because of the overnight stay experiences.
  • To offer as many Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides as possible these experiences.
  • to successfully use the evaluations as the basis of the next terms programing and overnight stay plans.
  • to be family inclusive where possible.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Activites, events and service, Advocacy, Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, Culinary Arts, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Governance, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, Promise, Stepping stones, Survival methods, Traditions, what do Guides Do?, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When a Girl Guide chooses to make her Promise

Girl Guides Australia recognises that each member is an individual in her own right.  This recognition understands the importance of not forcing people to be hypocritical of themselves in, nor judgement of others, the beliefs, actions, thoughts, faiths or self beliefs that each is surrounded by or brought up in. Since the organisation of Girl Guides recognises this belief it is up to the Girl Guide members to put this belief into practice.

A major way is not to impose the making of the Promise on every one of the girls who want to become Girl Guides.  Making and keeping a promise is an individual thing.  The concepts, belief systems and therefore the understanding and implementation of what and how that Guide carries the Promise and therefore the Guide Laws into and through her life is for ever changing.  Maturing as is her understanding of what the Promise means to her.

At this point let it be known that through out the Guide programs the Promise and Laws are there many different ways.  In poster form, discourse, evaluations, posters on the wall, songs, games to name a few.  While one guide is working on her pre-promise work or to reaffirm her Promise other Guides who have made it will naturally be helping her along. Certain behaviors [ either positive or negative behaviors] will be referred to the words of both the Promise and the Laws.

When the Guide is ready to make her Promise then certain things come into play.  There are three basic steps that are used in the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District.

  1. Pre-Promise work.
  2. Making / reaffirmation of the Promise.
  3. Then later collaborating with another Guide who is making /reaffirming her Promise.

How these are done is a joint effort of the Unit Leaders and Guides themselves. To the people who have either  made their Girl guide or similar Promise, or taken an outh, you may still remember that feeling of personal wonderment at what has then just taken place.  Guiding is old enough to have Great-Great- Grandmothers reaffirming their own Promise that they made when they were younger.  So the making of a Girl Guide Promise is not taken lightly.  Ceremonies and traditions are often included in this Promise making time.

Therefore the Girl Guide movement honours this personal achievement with two things.

  1. The ability to wear the Promise Badge.
  2. The Peak Achievements Awards within the Girl Guide movement are able to be worked upon now.

I congratulate any Guide who is prepared to shake her own boundaries, do the Pre-Promnise work, step forward to make her Promise and then take that promise out into her wider world, in turn helping other people along the way.  Mind you this will take time. Which is why making the Girl Guide is a promise that has no limitations, sets benchmarks, and creates/ opens the doors to many wonderful things in our world..

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Stepping stones, Traditions, what do Guides Do? | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Creating Training Aids

When you go to teach anything to anyone, yourself included, training aids are used. You may be so familiar with these ‘aids’ that you do not realise you are actually using them. So just to prompt your memory here is a list of possible aids that you have used.

Discussion,Evaluation, Time lines, mind maps, lists, art work, painting ,songs, creating /reading stories, artices, Word finds, the alphabet, computer programs, traditions, customs, unifrorms, other people, a chain of progressive knowledge, letter, radio or TV broadcasts, dvd, cd, activites, events, jobs, mentoring, parents, group action/ reactions …..

November 18, 2009 Posted by | energy release activities, events, OHS, Teaching, Traditions | Leave a comment

28th November 2010.

A decision was made by the guides to wear the scarves, which scarves, where to put them so they were all available as they walked in the door and what to do with them after after the meeting.

A second decision was made with regard to the Unit Flag. Yes they would like the Unit Flag there when they are at Guides. Where was ‘there’ to be though.

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Advocacy, Belonging, Flag-protocol, identity, Scarves, Self-Goverance, Traditions | Leave a comment

World Thinking Day

Feb 22 [ Every Year] 2010 is a Monday. So most linked in celebrations occur on the Sunday 21st, 2010.

Baw Baw’s celebration just happens to be a Burnett Park.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Burnett Park, Celebrations, Feb. 22nd, Links of Unity, thinking day, Traditions, World Thinking day | Leave a comment