Girl Guide group needs leader

Manawatu Standard - - NEWS - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

There is more to Girl Guides then sell­ing bis­cuits and one of Palmer­ston North’s groups needs a lit­tle help.

Awa­puni Girl Guides is search­ing for an­other leader for their ranger unit after two re­tire­ments ear­lier this year.

Lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor Lisa Buck­ley said ev­ery group needed two lead­ers to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently and the rangers group, for girls aged 12-17, was down to one.

This meant they had to share their meet­ings with one of the younger groups so the re­spon­si­bil­ity of mon­i­tor­ing the girls could be shared, but it hin­dered what ac­tiv­i­ties they could or­gan­ise.

Mem­bers of the rangers group were quick to point out the ben­e­fits of guides and said they just needed an­other leader so they could be more in­de­pen­dent.

Han­nah Ward, 16, said she had made lots of friends join­ing guides. ‘‘We go on cool camps. ‘‘It’s nice to have some­where to go to make friends.’’

She said they had planned most of their up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties them­selves and just needed some­one there to su­per­vise.

Nisha Khan, 15, joined the group in the past two years and said get­ting the Girl Guides ad­vo­cacy cer­tifi­cates was great.

‘‘For one of mine I did knit­ting and I knit­ted for neonates.’’

But with­out an ex­tra leader, they were re­stricted in what they could do.

‘‘We can’t re­ally go many places with­out an­other leader,’’ she said.

Nisha said they would make sure it was fun for who­ever stepped up to the role.

Buck­ley said she and the other lead­ers were dou­bling up two groups a night to try to keep them all op­er­at­ing.

An­other leader for the rangers would make it eas­ier.

‘‘They’re re­ally lovely girls, they are re­ally fun to be around.’’

She said all the role re­quired was an­other per­son to come along to the meet­ings one evening a week, as well as help­ing with any other ac­tiv­i­ties the group might or­gan­ise. ‘‘That’s all you re­ally have to do.’’ Buck­ley said the ul­ti­mate goal for a lot of the girls was to be­come a Queen’s Guide.

‘‘After all the time in rangers they [reach] their Queen’s Guide, which is quite a pres­ti­gious award,’’ Buck­ley said.

The rangers’ group had a good rep­u­ta­tion for reach­ing that level, with 25 girls reach­ing Queen’s Guide in the past 15 years.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a leader for the rangers can email awa­puni­girl­

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