Girl Guides celebrate 100 years
SINCE 1910 Girl Guides has been operating around the world and this year in Coffs Harbour they will be celebrating its centenary in style.
But locally it’s a double celebration with the Coffs troop celebrating 60 years.
“We’re all a part of this centenary and local history,” Guide leader Dianne Egan said.
Ms Egan has been part of the Guide movement for 33 years and still enjoys her time spent with the girls.
Officially, international celebrations kick off today – the 100th day of the 100th year – by ‘planting’ ideas. By next year, Girl Guides will be watching their ideas ‘grow’ so in 2012 they can ‘share’ them.
Girl Guides began in the United Kingdom alongside Lord Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts movement when his younger sister Agnes founded the group.
Guides spread to Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Norway and USA by 1912.
Two central themes have been present from the earliest days of the movement and include domestic skills and the practical skills of physical fitness, survival, camping, citizenship training and career preparation.