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It’s community action month at the moment and we have been busy making snazzy heart-shaped cushions and cards for breast cancer patients. The cushions are shaped to help support the area that has been operated on.
But at Point Chevalier Guides we try and make community action month last most of the year. We have a roster that gives all the girls a turn at helping out up at Selwyn Village, our local rest home and retirement village. Four girls go and help on Sunday mornings and afternoons.
Some of the things we do include; taking the residents to church in the morning, serving snacks and drinks, playing games, doing crafts or even just talking and walking, and sometimes our more musical Guides play a tune on the piano or sing a song.
The visits are enjoyed by both the girls and the elderly and at our Guide meetings after the weekend visits, the girls are bursting with all sorts of interesting stories about what they got to do and who they got to meet and the wonderfully funny stories bout Selwyn Village.
Sometimes when our unit has been working on skits or role plays or performances, we arrange a date for us to perform them at the village, which is really fun for everyone. We also go at Christmas time to sing Christmas carols, which is really great because everyone joins in and just has a good time. It’s a very happy place. The staff who work there are very kind and fun.
Point Chevalier Guides really does have a special relationship with Selwyn Village and a lot of the girls have developed special bonds with a few particular residents. Most of us want to go more than just our rostered times. It’s a wonderful place to be and a wonderful thing to see the smiles and laughs coming from both the young and the not so young simply because they are in each other’s company.
By Ruby Esther (14)
Point Chevalier Guides, Auckland, Upper North Zone
Camp, Day 1
We scamper around the room hoping to find the right puzzle piece for our camp Motu Moana sixes. I discover a hidden piece on the window sill. I rush over hoping for it to be the right one. BINGO! I’ve found it. Now the last to do is match the piece with five other girls. Every time I find a girl with the right piece, I count down one number from five. 5...4...3...2...1! Finally! We are given our ID cards. Our six is named Kaa snakes. Our ID cards are a venomous green, my favourite colour. As Nikki declares that it is time to go to bed, we all yawn. She was right.
Camp, Day 2
I stretch my arms and check the time. 7.00am! Breakfast starts at 7.30am! I am really late so I better hurry. I drag my clothes on and race to grab my ID card. Don’t want to forget that! I sprint across the hall and haul my ditty bag. My utensils clatter together, causing a bang. Just. In. Time. Phew! I’m one of the first girls there! Aren’t I lucky or what? After eating breakfast, (spaghetti on toast) we settled down and listened to Nikki to hear how the first round robin will work. We are starting off with making butter. YAY! Soon when we are ready, we start shaking the jar. After we are crazily dizzy, we are told we need to continue quickly and go to the next activity. After the next two round robins, we head down to the forest and enjoy, the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping waterslide. How fun! We wait in line for a quick shower. The day is ending. We head down to the forest and sing some campfire songs. My favourite was “My aunt greet”. We enjoy a hot cocoa, including marshmallows and a cookie. We all fall asleep fast because of the big day that has just pasted.
Camp, Day 3 (last day)
I sleepily wake up and start packing immediately. I can’t wait for our Guides Own. We (our six) have chosen to create a puppet show out of our elephants that we have made. As we walk to chapel, we start to prepare. We are up first – Eeek! I am nervous. We perform our puppet show. We did really good and I am very proud of myself. Unfortunately this is the end of camp Motu Moana. It has been a great experience and I have enjoyed it.
By Kelly McGregor, Waimana Brownies
On March 6, St Luke’s Pippins met at Coyle Park, Point Chevalier, where they had fun on the playground equipment and then went for a walk along the beach for the Heartland Challenge.
St Luke’s Pippin Leader
Our girls from Glendowie Brownies and Kinsale Guides, Eastern Bays District, wanted to start a competition for the girls in their unit by having a guessing game to “Guess the Fantastic Girl Guide”.
“We thought it was a brilliant idea,” says Leigh Butler.
Glendowie Brownie Leader