Were you a Girl Guide? 6

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Over one million women in Australia have been a Girl Guide at some point in time! Do you remember being one?

Girl Guides Australia (GGA) provides a girls-only space and its mission is to enable girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting members of the community. Membership is open to all girls and young women from all cultures, faiths and traditions. Founded in 1910, the girls-only organisation has 30,000 members (as of 2010) including 18,000 youth members, aged 5 to 17.

For many years, the Guide Promise closely resembled that of Girlguiding UK:

I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God,
to serve the Queen and my country,
To help other people, and
To keep the Guide Law.

But in 2012, the promise removed the reference to God, instead replaced by “my beliefs”, and removed the reference to the Queen:

I promise that I will do my best
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs
To serve my community and Australia
to keep the Guide Law.

The original and long-standing Guide Law, as established in 1910 was:

A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.
A Guide is helpful.
A Guide is polite and considerate.
A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.
A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.
A Guide is obedient.
A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.
A Guide makes good use of her time.
A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people.
A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.

In 2010, Girl Guides Australia celebrated 100 years of Guiding across Australia. Let’s take a look back at Girl Guides….

A group of girls together – it was a great way to make friends!


via Wikipedia

Pitching a tent


via NT Scouts

With founder Olave Baden-Powell in 1965



Land Ranger uniform in the 50s


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Platypus Patrol emblem


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Girl Guide cookies!

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Badges were so fun to collect

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Knot practice!

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Some more badges and emblems

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Camping and getting together was always so fun

Tell us, what are your memories of being a Girl Guide?

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  1. My Guiding years were adventurous, happy times, and I had so much fun that as an adult, I became an assistant Guide Leader. My daughter was a Brownie, Guide and Ranger Guide, and is now currently a Guide Leader, with her five daughters have all been in the movement as well. I am now in a Baden-Powell Guild With my husband, and we continue to have great times.

  2. Yes I was a Gumnut Guide Leader in the early 1990’s. I became a leader in order for my daughters to join the Guide Movement. I did not like the promise with reference to God and the Queen but made the promise. I enjoyed that time but felt a lot of it was a little out of touch with the modern world.

  3. I was a Guide in the mid/late 1980’s and loved the activities and many of the things that I learnt there I have now passed onto my own children.

    The only reason that I left Guides was because of the bullying from certain girls that the leaders ignored.

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    • I am really sorry to hear you suffered from bullying it can be hard to stop as the more attention it is given sometimes the worse it gets for the victim as the bullies blame them for dobbing. I joined Guides at the age of 12 and enjoyed every minute even with some bulling it seemed to me on looking back it was the positive encouragement and badges that were so great

  4. I was a Brownie and a Guide in the UK.My daughter was a Brownie and switched to Scouts when she was 11-went on to achieve her Queen Scout,Baden Powell and WF Waters awards.She changed because Scouts did more ‘exciting’ things.Now both do more or less the same activities.I reached my First class badge and the badges taught me to look after myself.

  5. I was a Brownie from 1980 to 1983 and then a Guide from 1983 to 1985/6. After receiving my BP Award, I then joined Venturers and got my Queens Scout Award. I was the only one in Ballarat at the time to receive both!!! My favourite memory of guides was the camping. Especially the International Camp in Brisbane in January 1985….that was amazing. I have often looked back on my Guiding experiences and thanked my mum for giving me those experiences……oh and I was a Tookonie and in Wombat patrol!!!

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