Guiding girls towards a confident future

2016-11-22 06:00
Some of the members of the 1st Hillcrest Scout and Guides group. Photo: supplied

Some of the members of the 1st Hillcrest Scout and Guides group. Photo: supplied

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THE Girl Guide Movement started in England in 1909 when a group of girls attended the Boy Scout Crystal Palace Rally, wanting to be Boy Scouts.

Lord Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement decided there should be a movement for girls and this was the beginning of Girl Guides.

Groups of Girl Guides soon started in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and in 1910 the first Girl Guide Companies started in South Africa. There are over 140 member countries world wide

The 1st Hillcrest Brownie Pack started in 1960 and the Guide Company in 1961. They meet at the Guide and Scout Hall in Shortlands Avenue.

Brownies caters for girls from seven to 10 years, Guides for girls from 10 to 14 and Ranger Guides is for girls from 14 to 18 years. There is also a section for the littlies, Teddies from five to seven years.

The different programmes aim at empowering girls and women to reach their full potential. The programme covers topics such as leadership, community service, the environment and outdoor activities, e.g. camping, swimming and hiking, guide knowledge, first aid, pioneering and craft.

Details of meeting times and costs for Hillcrest units may be obtained from Barbara Mercer 083 544 3762 or Anthea Rawlins 072 204 4151 or from 1st Hillcrest Scout and Guides Face Book Page.

For other areas, contact the regional office at 031 708 4280.

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