Girl Guides are found in 6 wide spread districts in Townsville, and Charters Towers. We meet at different times and days. See the “Where Are We” page for times and places. Each unit is run differently, with different focuses, but following the principles of Girl Guides Australia. Contact the different districts to see what times best suit your daughter.
Welcome to “The Goers”, new Defence Families, and anyone else who has come across our PR in the last few weeks. Please explore the tabs above to find out more about Guiding, and where we meet in Townsville, and Charters Towers. Some common questions we are asked are answered below:
- Annual membership for Girl Guides is $160 for the first year, $135 there after. This is for insurance, among other things.
- Term fees work out to $40-$50/girl, depending on the unit and district. This is for the running costs of the weekly activities.
- Camps (approx. $55 for a weekend), canoeing and other adventurous activities are approx. $8, and from time to time there will be additional charge for extra special activities (ie weekend events, theatre visits etc)
- Uniform is fairly cost effective – $26 for the Shirt, bottoms can be navy blue school shorts from usual suppliers, sash, badge pin and badge books are an additional $30 but are not necessary straight away.
- So, for $320 a year, you get a weekly activity for your daughter, where she learns life skills, leadership, outdoor adventures, and just has fun!
- Guides in run wholly by volunteers, hence the costs are kept as low as possible. If you are interested in helping out as a leader or support person, please contact us below, or email Doree: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: 47515761 / 0402259497
2. Where and when do we meet? There are districts all over Townsville, meeting at a variety of times – it really depends on where you live, your other commitments, the age of your daughter(s) and the style of leadership the unit has. Please see the tab “where are we?” above.
3. What is Guides, what do we do? That is hard to summarize in a few words – for different ages it is different things. For the younger girls (5-10 years old) we camp, do some craft, cook, fun outdoors activities etc. This is a time for girls to start becoming independent – they have to take responsibility for themselves. For Girls aged 10-18, they are provided more opportunities to camp, different and more extensive outdoor activities (flying fox, low ropes, canoeing, rock climbing to name a few). They are also more involved in the planning and running of activities. This is when they develop even more leadership and life skills, working together in a team (patrol) to achieve success. They are also able to complete Duke of Edinburgh and other peak achievement awards, which are recognized outside of Guiding, and some can be counted on their final school certificates.
4. I’m 18 or older, what can I get out of Guiding? Guiding is a great opportunity for women to work together with women of like mind. Our tag of “Fun, Friendship and Adventure” still applies – Olaves is a special section for women aged18 to 30 who just want to be a Guide, without the responsibilities of being a leader – you don’t have to have been a Guide beforehand. Alternatively, or as well as being an Olave member, we encourage anyone interested in being a leader to contact us – “See More, Do More” is not just for the girls. While there is no pay for being a leader, there is also few costs – all trainings, membership etc is paid for by your District.
Special deal: come and try Guides for the first 3-4 weeks, before committing to membership and term fees.
The Posts on the right hand side will give you some idea of the activities run by units and the region. “Follow” us to be notified when updates happen.
Below is a summary from the Guides Queensland website, which outlines the basics of Girl Guides.
Who We Are
Who are Guides?
Membership of Girl Guides Queensland is open to girls from 5 to 17 years of age, and women 18 years and over. Each girl and adult member makes a promise which shows their commitment to the principles of Guiding and is her link with the 10 million other Guides world wide.
What do Guides do?
At Guides, girls and women have fantastic opportunities to develop new skills, try exciting activities, gain confidence to think and act for themselves, make new friends, acquire a greater respect for the environment and experience a sense of community. Guides also presents opportunities to attend state, national and international camps and events.
The Australian Guide Program (AGP) promotes life-skills and leadership, making friends and enjoying the outdoors. Everything that Guides do is related to the four elements of the AGP and activities are based on the seven fundamentals of Guiding.
Guiding for Girls
Girls and youth try a wide range of activities appropriate to their age and evaluate their program, which is facilitated by an accredited trained adult volunteer Leader. Girl Guides belong to a local Unit who meet regularly for Unit meetings.
Within the Unit each Guide belongs to a small group called a Patrol. Through their Patrol activities, Guides gain skills in communication, teamwork, decision making and leadership, which help prepare them for life. Guides also offers girls opportunities to participate in camps, special events, outings and day trips.
Guiding for Women
Girl Guides offers women members a variety of opportunities and levels of involvement.
The Olave Program is for 18-30 year olds.
Leadership roles for 18+ working directly with girls, young women or adults.
Trefoil Guildswho support the local community and the fellowship of Guiding.
Women of Substance mentoring program for professional women to share their skills.
Volunteering for women 18+ who are keen to be a part of Guiding.
Guiding offers it’s members opportunities to attend State, National and International camps, events and training.