Girl Guide group needs leader
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.