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Girl and Leader Awards 2013
Our annual Awards were held in Riverton on 10 November 2013 with a Campfire Themed event. Thank you Aparima District for hosting our ceremony.
If you missed the presentation (or didn't see yourself on on the big screen) then you can view the Award Presentation.
Congratulations to all girls and Leaders who were presented with a badge, certificate, award etc.
Queen's Guide and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award
For those who were unable to be there to collect an award/s, your leader/DC has your award and will arrange to present it to you ASAP.
Otatara Guides help the SPCA
This year for Girl Guide Action Month the Otatara Guides followed on from last year and made felt catnip fish which are being donated again to the Southland SPCA, this time to sell as a fundraiser at their charity shop.
Each fish has been bagged with the girl’s name that crafted the fish, as well as the GirlGuiding logo and Otatara Guides on the label.
All Southern Brownies were invited to African Safari Camp packed full of adventure where we would fly with the Eagles and climb like the Monkeys.
Friday night they worked on the Big theme and on Saturday got to Climbing like Monkeys (abseiling & rock wall climb), Fly like Eagles (Flying Fox), Slide like Seals (speed slide), Walk the forest floor (Orienteering) and for something a little quieter make an animal puppet and put on a puppet show. Everyone was very tired and after a quick campfire it was bed. Sunday was pack up & clean up followed by a few running around games outside.
Attention Brownies: Do you have any camp photos, especially of flying fox, orienteering or puppet making? We have none! If you do get them to your leader to pass on.
Yeah We have photos of us on the flying fox and having fun on Friday night.
You can see us playing the noodle game on Sunday here.
And a big high five to all the leaders, parents and instructors who made the weekend a success. (Yes they got to have fun too!)
Guide Pride Day – Adventure Southland
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3 2 1! I raced down the runway, spread out my arms and took flight! ‘WOO HOO’ I flapped like a mad bird as I gradually climbed higher and higher! It was awesome! It was the most exciting feeling I had ever had! Never in my life had I flown before (except when we went in a huge plane to Aussie. But that doesn’t count)! I climbed higher while at the same time swinging in circles! It was like I was being sucked up into a tornado! Then suddenly I just stopped and floated there suspended in mid air! “Alright, now your gonna come back down ” Came the voice of instructor of the flying Weka! And ever so slowly I then began to descend from the position I had been stuck in. Down, down, down I came until I hovered only millimeters from the soaked stones. The instructor scrambled over then snatched up my legs and spun me around! ‘GO’ he yelled! I flew up into the air while rotating around and around. It felt like I was in a vortex! “Okay now bring her back down slowly” came his voice once again. I edged down towards the ground while still continuing to spin. CRUNCH! I hit the ground then spun around and fell! ARRGH! I felt sick! My first flight had been awesome! The instructor unclipped my harness and directed me back to the line where everyone else was pulling the line that gave us flight! That’s right I’m not a bird, just a tester for the new attraction, The Flying Weka!
By Samantha - Riversdale Guides
Jazz Souter former Fiordland Ranger, now Pippin Leader completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award with a tramping the Kepler Track. She was accompanied by Rangers and other Duke of Edinburgh participants.
Jazz with her friends ready for another day. She is on left with red pack.
This was last day of term one at Te Anau Brownies - Mud Patch
On Thursday we went to Brownies. We played line tag - it's like tag, but you have to stay on the lines. Then we played the chocolate game, when you have a plate of chocolate in the middle of a circle. You need to roll a dice, and if you roll a 6 you go into the middle and get dressed up. We had to get dressed in a scarf and hat! Then you cut up the chocolate with a knife and fork, and try to eat as much chocolate as you can before someone else rolls a 6. After all that we had FISH & CHIPS. Lots of people had doughnuts and chips, but some had a hot dog and chips and some had fish & chips. When we were finished our fish & chips my dad took photos of us - 2 single photos of each girl, and a few big group photos too. Then some girl’s parents arrived. We got into our Sixer groups. The Sixer was at the front, and the Seconder was at the back. We put ourselves into a horseshoe shape. Some girls were getting enrolled, and one got a sash. When they got enrolled, they got a badge. Once we were done we stayed in our horseshoe shape, and Leann gave us MORE BADGES! Then it was time to go home.
By Summer Harper, aged 8 for Challenge 9 badge
Grasmere Brownies, Invercargill
Windsor Guide unit went horse riding at Kaikura riding stables in Otatara.
Not to be out done the Windsor Tuesday Brownies did the Ridable Patch in Queens Park
The Kowhai District and Environment Southland have joined together in a three year project to establish a small vegetated area around the Waihopai Stream at the Dacre Community Centre. We will be going out every six months to plant and care for the plants for the next three years.
Our first visit was Sunday March 17 and we made this a family day. As well as planting 80 plants we had some wonderful educational activities. We finished with a BBQ just as it started to rain - but we laughed as the plants badly needed the water.
This year we decided to do things a little differently - we held a training weekend for girls and their leaders.
They learnt how to cook by turfing and using gas cookers
They also pitched tents, a cubicle and learnt other skills needed for the badges.
Nice job girls - lovely straight line of tents.
And why does it take so many people to put up a cubicle - it's brand new and doesn't come with proper instructions!
On a lovely sunny Southland summer's day Girls and Leaders gathered at Dolamore Park for some fun and activities.
What has Southland been up to in 2013?
Why not tell us what you have been doing in your unit so far this year?
I know you have been out camping, doing Community Service and generally having a lot of GirlGuiding Adventures - lets show everyone what we have been doing!
Forward any stories or photos on to your Leader, District Co-ordinator, Regional Co-ordinator or the Southern Zone Office so they can be published here.