WHAT IS GIRL GUIDES?
So what is it all about?
>Girl Guides provide a non-formal education program that is a dynamic, flexible and
values-based training in life skills, decision-making and leadership. It is run
by trained volunteer Leaders committed to Helping girls and young women grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.
>Girl Guides Australia is comprised of seven member organisations, one in each of the
six States and the Northern Territory. Girls 5-18 years and women from 18 years join Guides in their local community and become members of their State organisation. Each organisation offers girls the opportunity to enjoy Guiding through the Australian Guide Program. The Australian Adult Leadership Program provides the framework to equip all Leaders
with the skills relevant to their role in Guiding. The Australian Guide Program and the Australian Adult Leadership Program are reviewed regularly to ensure Guiding remains relevant to Australia’s women of
>The program has an integrated approach through teamwork, commitment to the
Promise and Law, exploring the outdoors, service in the community, learning by doing and progressive self-development. Girls says.... they start planning their program of activities and challenges with their Leader from an early age.
method of training is to educate from within rather than to instruct
from without; to offer games and activities which, while being
attractive to the girl, will seriously educate her morally, mentally and
physically." Girl Guiding by Lord Baden-Powell (1918).
Australia is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl
Scouts (WAGGGS). There are over ten million members in 144 countries
taking part in non-formal education programs that provide a flexible and
values-based training in life skills, decision-making and leadership.
The program is adapted by each member country to fit the culture and
diversity of their youth members.
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts offers opportunities
for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to participate in programs and projects
at an international level. Guides from all member countries are able to
come together at the four World Centres and at events run by member
countries, the UN or other Non-Governmental Organisations on behalf of
the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Australia celebrated the Centenary of Guiding in 2010. Guiding has
been active in every Australian State and Territory for over 85 years.
Guides Australia was a founding member of the World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts in 1928. Over a million Australian women have
been or are still Guides.