Guides - Kōhine Whakamahiri
Who are Guides?
- Girls who are 9½ to Year 9 (12 / 13 years old) developing leadership skills as they become more independent in making decisions. Guide activities are more challenging to reflect the growing levels of confidence in this age group.
- Being a Guide is about challenging girls to achieve personal goals while having fun in a safe and supportive environment.
What do Guides do?
- Guides is fun because there are so many activities to do together with your Guide friends and Leaders or challenges you can do in your own time.
- If you haven’t been a Pippin or Brownie, that’s okay – you can join Guides and catch up fast and won’t miss out on the opportunity to make your Promise and receive the special silver Promise Badge which shows you are a member of a world-wide organisation for girls and young women.
- Guides have fun in smaller groups called Patrols and are led by Patrol Leaders and their assistants. Patrol time is a lot of fun when all the girls in the patrol plan what they would like to do as a patrol and at Guides. They can even do special Patrol Patches.
If you are keen to achieve, you will begin to plan how and when you will do the badges and certificates along the way to the highest awards Senior Guide and best of all the Guides Aotearoa Award which is a very special badge and certificate.
- Just like other Guides and Girl Scouts around the world, the Guide motto is Be Prepared and Guides in New Zealand know to be prepared for new adventure! Guides are also prepared to help others and enjoy community action – everything from cleaning a river bank to entertaining the elderly!
- During your time at Guides you may be lucky enough to go to a New Zealand jamboree or even an international event!
- Girls will never be bored at Guides. Some of the most exciting and interesting things to do at Guides include:
- Outdoor adventures
- Learning leadership skills
- Earning badges, patches and certificates
- Community action projects
- Jamborees on the air and on the internet
- Cultural awareness activities.
What do Guides wear?
Guides have a whole range of uniform items to wear including a great light blue and navy T shirt just for Guides. These can be purchased online through the Guide E-Shop.
Guides – for those who live in isolated areas
Girls who because of distance can’t go to units in their area are still able to do our programmes. These girls can join our Aotearoa Region. The activities are the same but adapted to use other forms of communication, email, mail, internet, etc. Girls in the Aotearoa region are encouraged to join in other activities with girls in their area when they can.
“I had three terrific leaders who were full of enthusiasm and who encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and reach my full potential. While in Guides, my highlights were definitely camping and completing my Guides Aotearoa Award.”
“I’ve learnt so many new things.I liked selling Guide biscuits and they are yummy.”
Annabel, Halswell, Christchurch
“We have all learnt so much from Guides and never want to leave! All the Guides in the unit get on so well and all look out for each other (as if they are our l’il sisters!”
“I went on a regional camp at Cracroft where I met heaps of new people and went in the apparently haunted house.”
Bridget, Prebbleton, Christchurch
“I like camps the best, Guide trips and earning badges.”
Cloudia, Guide, Whangarei
When girls are 13 or at the end of Year 8 they progress to, Rangers.