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

SWOT General for:Camping or overnight stays

Strengths

  • Years of experience of us
  • Trainings
  • Interests
  • Ability of adults
  • Knowing Guidelines (updates included)
  • Network.
  • Helpers and District Team assistance
  • Complementary learning
  • Leasers know know what’s in the training book
  • Qualifications : Guiding, First aid, food safety, After school coaching program.

Weakness

Lack of girls

Lack of other experienced leaders

  • Time to train other leaders
  • Lack of parental involvement
  • Parents lack of what’s expected of them (assistance, police check, working with Children)
  • Transport.
  • Finances
  • Dietary requirements
  • Opportunities
  • Public relations.
  • Support through ‘Networking’
  • Advertising-Word of mouth, posters, being seen out and about.
  • Increase of skills levels.
  • Recognition levels.

Threats

  • Seasonal illnesses and asthma.
  • Environment danger
  • Boredom and temper tantrums.
  • Other organisations.
  • Non-communication of what they want
  • Objectives and actions for all the District Outdoor activities
  • Increase mental stimulation
  • Encourage practical activities that fulfil the need for achievement and recognition.
  • Badge work, peer acceptance at school and guides,
  1. Achievement of badges
  • Expanding tunnel vision and sharing information.
  • Presentation night.
    • Charts and displays
    • badges
  1. Acceptance of change.
  2. Keeping the programs interesting
  • Back up systems
  • integrated learning and sharing
  1. Increase numbers in guide units.
  • Being seen participating in community activities / service.
  • Girl/ leader/ parent participation.
  • Public Relations being positive.
  • Advertising
    • In Newspaper with region.
    • Posters
    • Word of mouth
    • Radio

5. Training of leaders.

  • Active participation
  • Support network
  • Encourage trainee leaders to bring there personalties into guiding.

6. Encourage outdoor activities

  • follow up and included prelim training during program
  • Open to District these events
  • Included Gipps Guides and parents to participate.
  • Participate in Region and State activities

7. Record of events.

  • Photo evidence.
  • Journals

8. Finances

9. Transport

  • Car Shuffle

10. Adequate clothing for event.

11.Food preparation.

  • Food safety
  • Making sure that everyone to be fed and watered in group.

12. Job descriptions given.

13. Communication links to be function able.

14.       Occupational Health and Safety

Outcomes

  1. Increase mental stimulation
    1. Having calendar of all events from Unit to State.
    2. Girls in meetings programming their own calendar around their interests and known events, service and activities.
  • Encourage practical activities that fulfil the need for achievement and recognition.
    • Walk around Churchill planned and carried out.
      • Assisted by Unit Helper, Gipps Guides, trainee leader and Parents.
    1. Badge work, peer acceptance at school and guides.
  • 1 x bronze endeavour aimed for and achieved.
  • New girls realized that there were people there that they knew therefore – not so frightening being included.
    • Expanding tunnel vision and sharing information.
    • Having the Gipps Guides and parents involved on day builds up the self worth, service times and sharing of knowledge of all participants.
  1. Achievement of badges
  1. Qualifications and life skills knowledge is shared and passed on.
  • Remember that all active participants need food and drink. Especially when directly cooking and not getting fed.
  • Presentation night.
  1. Charts and displays.
    1. i.      Older ones used as training aids.
    2. ii.      Recognition of past peoples efforts in the creation of these charts.
    3. badges
    4. Back up systems
    5. Integrated learning and sharing
  1. Acceptance of change / transformation process .
  2. Keeping the programs interesting
  1. Increase numbers in Guide units.
  • Being seen participating in community activities / service.
  • Girl/ leader/ parent participation.
  • Public Relations being positive.
  • Advertising
  1. In Newspaper with region.
    1. i.      Churchill News will have an article on the Walk around Churchill- 19th Feb 2008.
    2. Posters.
      1. i.      Guides had posters up in schools and hall. They felt good.
      2. Word of mouth
        1. i.      Parent has asked to have updated A4 posters that have our Guides photos included so that the prep parents have something updated to send their girls to.  There is a conscious note by prep parents there is nothing advertised for preps to attend after school.
        2. ii.      2 x (10 yr olds) girls attended before Walk around Churchill activity.  One Girl on the day (7 year old).

5. Training of leaders.

  • Active participation
    • Walk around Churchill (preparation to evaluation, then next years one) organised by current trainee leaders,  unit helpers, Gipps Guides and Guides.
  • Support network
  • Encourage trainee leaders to bring there personalties into guiding.

6. Encourage outdoor activities

  • follow up and included prelim training during program
  • Open to District these events.
    • All levels participated.
    • Included Gipps Guides and parents to participate.
    • Participate in Region and State activities

7. Record of events.

  • Photo evidence.
    • Used Camera.
    • To be added to what the ‘Gipps Guides do’ CD.
    • Stored on Computers in hall and office.
    • Part of the history of activities re youth badges.
    • Journals

8. Finances

  • The expectation of ‘Free’.,
  • Donation from Business.
    • A selection of changeable protides letters for donations to be kept and used.
    • Copy of receipts kept in camp folder.

9. Transport

  • Car Shuffle
    • Licensed driver for car shuffle so that all cars arrived at departing time.
    • Parents who have access to a drivable car that they use regularly for their family actives need to realise that car pooling (by assumption) does not work. They need to get to activity by themselves.  Parents to read and note what’s on the Activity form.

10. Adequate clothing for event.

  • Hats and footwear still a concern.

11. Food preparation.

  • Food safety
    • Purchased just before the event and kept cool until used.
    • Food preparation certificates held by cooks.
    • Making sure that everyone to be fed and watered in group.
      • Note taken that all adults who participate are the first ones to be fed. Suggestion is that food for cooks and active adult participants is kept separately covered and warmed until participant is ready to consume in their rest period.
      • Have adequate fuel for stand by
      • Menu planned by Guides.
      • Overeager food orientated participants/adults are to be fielded away from the table holding/ cooking preparation areas.  Unless given a recognised job with a job description. This may be games coordinator rubbish removalist, Occ Health and Safety person etc.

12. Job descriptions

  • Adult assistances and parents not knowing where there assistance and skills boundaries lie. Job taken by one person then they are moved on by another.

13. Communication links to be function able.

14. Occupational health and safety.

  • Evaluation of Outdoor activities and events
  • Camping or overnight stays
  • Report s
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April 7, 2010 Posted by | Action Plan, camp /overnightstays, Emergemcy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.

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

about this Girl Guide District

About this Girl Guide District

Hazelwood and Churchill first started when one girl wanted to be a Guide. transport was problematic.  So she started out as a “lone” Girl Guide.  Soon others joined her.  They met at the Hazelwood South Hall.  As Churchill begain to spring up Churchill Units were added.  Initially meeting in Churchill Itself.  The district was called Hazelwood.

Over the last 17 years many changes have occured.  The ‘new’ way allowed for fllexable units to be formed.  These work well for the smaller numbers of Guides attending.

The Hazelwood District Girl Guide Leader moved on.  Years went by until a new District leader could take her place.  Coinciding is the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District – as it is currently.  The District currently is composed of the District Leaders team (everyone 18 years and over [male or female], the leaders, the Gipps Guides ( 18 to 30 year old Guides) and of course the Youth members.  One meeting is on Tuesday 4.30 to 6pm, the other is just forming and meets on Wednesday 7 to 8.30pm.

Service being a big part of what this district is about. So there are always service projects going on. Out door activities are an essential part of all Guiding learning.  recognising, and working on challenges, learning stepping stones is important too.  So too are the recognitions that are part of these challenges.

Guiding is quietly regaining its identity today.  In recognition of the verbal encouragement one Guide makes to bring her friends along Guides National have a reward system.  Once the New girl has registered she then recieves an Ice Cream Badge.  Her Guide friend receives another Ice cream scoop.  You will see these worn on thespecial badges area of a sash.  Front bottom area.

Welcome to Guiding today.

October 22, 2009 Posted by | Australian Guide Program, Badges, Awards and more, District team, Elements of Guiding Program, Fundamentals of Guiding Program, Gipps Guides, Hazelwood and Churchill, Leadership, Life skills gained, Programs, what do Guides Do?, Who and what are the Girl Guides, Youth Members | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment