Girl guides gather to celebrate 100 years

IT’S not often that a not-for-profit community group becomes a centenarian but that is exactly what the Girl Guides Association has accomplished in 2010.

Shanae Splann, 10, from the Brighton Sunflowers Girl Guide Unit tries her hand at archery.
Shanae Splann, 10, from the Brighton Sunflowers Girl Guide Unit tries her hand at archery.

From humble beginnings in the UK, when boy scouts began and girls complained because they wanted to join in the fun too, Girl Guides now caters to thousands of girls and young women across Australia and the world.

To celebrate this milestone guides aged between five and 18 years, including many from the Brighton area and across Tasmania, came together in celebration at Quercus Park in Carrick last month.

Girl Guides Tasmania’s state commissioner Helen Geard said 500 guides from around the state enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities celebrating the past, present and future of the organisation.

“Guides of all ages experienced everything from learning to belly dance, to cooking on a campfire and climbing a rock wall,” Ms Geard said.

“The aim of the day was to provide a variety of activities for the girls to participate in with the focus on fun and friendship, supporting girls in a safe and non-competitive environment.

Event organiser, Mrs Lynne Watson said the months of planning which went into the day culminated in an amazing experience for all involved.

“It’s about adventure, friendship and fun, and providing girls and young women with the opportunity to develop skills in leadership and teamwork as they develop the confidence to be their best,” Lynne said.

More events are planned for the second half of the year, as Girl Guides continues to celebrate its centenary.

“Empowering girls and young women has been our mission since Girl Guides was founded 100 years ago and we continue to achieve this by helping girls and young women to be their best,” Ms Geard said.

To find out more about Girl Guides or your nearest unit call Guides Tasmania on 6231 0433 or go to