Girl Guid­ing cel­e­brat­ing its 110 years

Bush Telegraph - - HEALTH & WELL BEING - By STEVE CARLE´

Tararua Girl Guid­ing move­ment cel­e­brated the for­ma­tion of New Zealand Girl Guid­ing 110 years ago as part of a na­tion-wide cel­e­bra­tion in Pahiatua on Sun­day Septem­ber 16.

There was a theme of 110, which meant there were ac­tiv­i­ties such as mak­ing 110 daisy chains, 110 bub­bles, car­ry­ing 110 eggs in an egg and spoon race. There was a pass the par­cel event with each layer un­wrapped hav­ing a piece of his­tory read out loud fol­lowed by shar­ing a birth­day cake. The cel­e­bra­tion in­volved 36 pip­pins (5-6 years old,) brown­ies (7-9.5 years old,) girl guides (9.5-12.5 years old,) and rangers (12.5-17) in the Tararua District from Dan­nevirke, Woodville and Pahiatua. They raised money from a gold coin trail which was do­nated to Pukaha Mount Bruce. This was part of the theme be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal projects. The girls had a scav­enger com­pe­ti­tion and had to look for clues in trees about birds.

Lead­ers Awards were pre­sented — Nicky Prince of Pahiatua for Te Ara (the path which is given to a leader who has met all the re­quire­ments of their po­si­tion and demon­strated com­mit­ment to build­ing their skills. Al­lie Dunn of Dan­nevirke for Arataki — to guide and lead — which is given to a leader who has pro­vided ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship which in­cludes tak­ing on ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and/or con­sis­tently pro­vid­ing qual­ity lead­er­ship over an ex­tended pe­riod of time.

Any­one want­ing to join can do it on­line through Girl Guid­ing NZ or email Nanette Daven­port at m.n.daven­

“There is room for more girls to join and we need an­other guide leader,” says for­mer leader Carol Pound who was as­sist­ing on the day.

“Girls learn skills for out­door cook­ing and camp­ing while the younger girls do craft ac­tiv­i­ties. There are games and trips away from town. Rangers can go to ten pin bowl­ing in Palmer­ston North, to the Splash Cen­tre in Hast­ings and will be go­ing to the Aquar­ium in Napier next term.

“They go on camps and sleep­overs. It’s more about tech­nol­ogy th­ese days rather than how your uni­form looks. We do com­mu­nity work such as help­ing out at the Rid­ing for the Dis­abled. Rangers help the Pahiatua Lions Club at Hal­loween.

“There are lots of chances to learn lead­er­ship, while con­fi­dence can be gained with ac­tiv­i­ties such as the high rope course and Rangers can learn ad­vo­cacy skills. Over­all it helps de­velop a ca­ma­raderie be­tween the girls. In small com­mu­ni­ties ev­ery­one gets in­volved be­cause ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one. Woodville, Dan­nevirke and Pahiatua can work to­gether. Older girls can go to jam­borees through­out the world or join the na­tional jam­borees which are held ev­ery four years, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the North and South Is­lands. Guid­ing fills a niche in be­tween sport and bal­let,” said Mrs Pound.

His­tory: the Girl Guid­ing move­ment was started by Lieu­tenant Colonel David Coss­grove, (1852 — 1920) who served in the Boer War with Baden-Pow­ell. Coss­grove was a head­mas­ter in Christchurch and was quick to see the ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of Baden-Pow­ell’s ideas in New Zealand; he was the first to start or­gan­is­ing the Scout Move­ment in New Zealand. Coss­grove had four daugh­ters, and his youngest, Muriel, liv­ing in a coun­try where women had al­ready had the vote for 15 years, soon asked for a girl’s equiv­a­lent to Scouts.

In 1908 — a year be­fore girls in Bri­tain made the same re­quest — Coss­grove or­gan­ised the Peace Scouts for girls, which led to the foun­da­tion of Girl Guid­ing in New Zealand.

MAK­ING 110 pa­per­chains to cel­e­brate 110 years of Girl Guid­ing in Pahiatua’s town squares.

AL­LIE Dunn Leader of Dan­nevirke Guide Club re­ceiv­ing her Arataki Award from Nanette Daven­port lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor Team 6 Tararua.

CAKE cut­ting with a girl from each town: Pahiatua, Dan­nevirke and Woodville.

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