Girl Guides is sooooo much fun we wanted to show you what we did last year. Our activities included service items, camps and learning about world.
Every year we host the Australia Day Breakfast at the Guide Hall and at Neilson Park we raise the flag to celebrate Australia Day.
Thinking Day is an important day for guides around the world, because it the birthday of the Founders of Girl Guides and Scouts - Lord & Lady Baden-Powell. Each year we send postcards overseas to other girl guide units who send us postcards in return with news about their country.
In March we went to Lake Keepit for a Guide camp with Guides across North West NSW. We went canoeing, kayaking, camping and swimming. We had to learn to tie knots: overhand, reef, sheet bend, clove hitch which are all used when boating. We also learnt about safety on the water and some of us got Boating badges.
In our new uniforms, we marched in the Anzac Parade and laid two wreaths at the clock tower.
The fire brigade came to the Guide Hall to tell us about fire safety. They let us explore the Fire Truck. We all had a go at squirting the fire hose... It is powerful!
We learnt about greetings around the world and played several international games.
Lots of ladies came to the Guide Hall to teach us how to knit. We made squares and Bilby joined them all together to make blankets for Cooinda.
We went to the Dubbo zoo – We walked around the whole zoo. We enjoyed watching the otters, zebras and the elephants. We met lots of other Guides from around the Central West Region. We donate money every year for a chosen endangered species. This money goes towards the upkeep of their enclosures. This year we will be sponsoring the Tasmanian Devil.
We went camping at Burrabaroo Guide Campsite outside Tamworth. We were split into patrols with other Guides from across the North West of NSW. We slept in bell tents that we erected and look after. In our patrols we did camp cooking, washing up, taking care of our tent and bush hygiene. We made our own shower tent and learnt how to heat water using the sun. We learnt how to construct tent gadgets, kitchen gadgets and how to erect a flag pole.
JOTI – Jamboree of the internet was sooooo much fun! Each year, Guides and Scouts from all over the world interact using the internet. We talked to guides and scouts from places like Turkey, Barbados, Chile and Sweden. We learnt how to communicate using the internet in a secure site under the supervision of our leaders.
We had a multicultural day. Eve, a Rotary exchange student, came to speak to us about Thailand. She dressed in her traditional costume – she looked beautiful!
In December, we visited Cooinda and presented our knitted rugs to senior citizens who live there. We hoped that this winter they can wrap themselves up in our rugs to keep warm.
Some of us are going to Lake Keepit for Canoeing; to the State Jamboree in Canberra or to a Region Junior camp in Grenfell. We are looking forward to lots more fun, making new friends, learning new skills and experiences both indoors and outdoors with Guides in 2012.