Guid­ing hand for youths

Girl Guides seek­ing new re­cruits

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - JA­COB CAR­SON Re­porter ja­cob.car­son@gympi­etimes.com.au

THOSE look­ing for a chance to learn new skills, meet new peo­ple and chal­lenge them­selves would do well to look up the Gympie District Guides.

New va­can­cies in 2018 mean the hunt is on for new sign-ups, es­pe­cially for girls aged be­tween 14-17.

“For that age group, we’re look­ing for about half-a-dozen girls to sign up,” Guides Leader Leonora Cox said.

“We tend to keep the groups on the smaller side – that way the girls get to know one an­other, and work to­gether a lot eas­ier.”

Boast­ing one of the most ac­tive Guides chap­ters in Queens­land, par­tic­i­pants get the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties and learn new skills.

“Yes we do the tra­di­tional thing with ty­ing knots but it’s a lot more than that,” Ms Cox said.

“There’s camp­ing, ca­noe­ing, ab­seil­ing and a lot of events within the com­mu­nity as well.”

The crux of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is the de­vel­op­ment of per­sonal skills as well, that will of­ten be of great ben­e­fit to guides later in life.

“You can see the change it has on them, from when they first start,” Ms Cox con­tin­ued.

“Par­tic­u­larly at that age, build­ing that self-con­fi­dence and self-be­lief is so im­por­tant.

“We have a lot of different girls from a lot of different back­grounds. It’s a place for them to just be them­selves and get along with one an­other.”

This year marks a ma­jor event in Syd­ney, with the an­nual jam­boree see­ing Guides from across the world meet up for a week of fun and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“They do ev­ery­thing big­ger down there – so the fundrais­ing for the trip has al­ready be­gun,” Ms Cox said.

To sign up or to find out more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ms Cox on 0425 850 360.

There are also va­can­cies for leader po­si­tions for any age group. For more in­for­ma­tion call 0407 030 611.

PHOTO: JA­COB CAR­SON

SELF-CON­FI­DENCE: Girl Guides Paige Jack­son and Ge­or­gia McGar­rigle are part of one of the most ac­tive chap­ters in Gympie.

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