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November 16th, 2009

09:36 pm - A 'Guide in Secret'
Hello all,
I have never been part of the Guiding movement. I was part of the Scouts, and was until I was 18.
I think I would have rather been a guide, though I had little to base this on. A neighbour was a guide, and she seemed to enjoy it. My mother was a Queen Guide, and I got told stories and helpful tidbits from her experience.
I found Scouts to be rough, and, despite earning many badges in my time there, all I can remember is how to tie a reef-knot. In the later years all they did, apart from the start and end ceremonies, was smoke around the back. Needless to say, it was disapointing.

I joined this community for two reasons. I wanted to find out if the real experience of being a Guide was as good as I had thought it to be. Secondly was to find out what the uniforms were like at the time. I can vaguely recall them, but any detail has been long forgotten. They changed the Brownie uniform just as I was leaving the equivalant (cubs), and I think the Guide uniform itself has also changed since then.
I have bought Guide badges off auction sites, but I know that, for me, the only to enjoy any acheivement badges is to actually earn them. Now that I am independant, I feel that I am too old to try (mid 20s). I guess I'll be a 'Guide in Secret'

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September 26th, 2009

01:02 pm - Looking for a teddy bear host

I'm a Brownie Guider from the UK. As part of our centenary celebrations, we are sending a teddy bear around the world. I am looking for hosts willing to take care of browniebear100for a few days and post about her travels on the community browniebear_combefore sending her on to the next hosts.

Anyone interested? If you can't host Brownie Bear, you can still follow her travels on LJ.

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October 18th, 2008

11:32 am - Recruiting Leaders
I went to a Region Meeting last night (we have open region meetings,and seeing as it was at my hall I kinda thought I should be there!)
 and heard about quite a few leaders leaving.

I share the PR role for our Region,and although I know its not jsut my responsibility I'm really going to try and recruit more Leaders to our Region next year.  Even if we dont find more people willing to do Leadership Training but find some more Adult helpers.

 Does anyone have any ideas about how to do this? Anything you've tried  or think might work?

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October 7th, 2008

09:38 am - belated introduction post!!!!
I started this community because there wasn't an aussie guiding community i could join and i thought "if you build it, they will come". Well, I just looked at the userinfo page and we have thirty members! Whee! But i only recognise about half a dozen of you. So I think an introductions thread is in order! =o)

Just a little bit about you and your involvement in Guiding. Do you have any special skills or interests we can mine your brain for- like if you've travelled to a world centre or anywhere overseas, are a craft-whiz, games-nut, an experienced camper, a great camp-cooker, organisational whizz, etc.

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October 6th, 2008

11:04 am - Study Abroad - Australia!

I am writing to ask for information, please. I am an American looking to travel to Australia for a semester in Spring 2009. I am currently trying to pick just where to go!

I would love it if any of you would share your favorite places, information about Universities, or where you would live in Australia if you could live anywhere.

I am a Hospitality major, with an emphasis in event planning, if that helps!

Thank you so much!


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August 30th, 2008

09:12 pm
Hey all you Guidey Chicks!

I'm currently on a forced break form Guides for the rest of the term due to ill helath... and I'm going CRAZY!!! It then occoured to me that I'm completely addicted to Guding. You know you are addicted when:

 - You can set up a tent in your sleep
 - Anything you do, you think 'my Guides would love to do this' or 'how can we do that in our meeting?'
 - You know all the laws off by heart AND in order
 - Anytime anyone says the word 'FIRE' you get Old Lady Leary stuck in your head
 - Your cupboard has more Guiding clothes than casual
 - You wear uniform more than casual clothing
 - There are always Guide Biscuts in the pantry
 - You believe bush doughnuts are a sutible breakfast food
 - When you see the scouts doing something, you automatically think 'we could do it better'
 - Nobody can undo your knots
 - You visit the GGV website every day
 - Your desktop is a camp picture
 - You just can't help poking at the fire
 - You know the first chick to run Guiding was Agnes and not Olave [Though both chicks were cool :)]
 - You know the codes for all the forms, and reffer to them by said names
 - You respond to your Guiding name better than your own name

Anyone else?

Possum :D
Current Location: G'town
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Current Music: Love Today - Mika

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April 26th, 2008

01:48 pm - 18-30 peer groups

I'm assuming that at least some of you (if not all) are aged between 18-30. I'm starting up a Region 18-30 group,our first meeting is next week. This sort of came abotu due to increased interest in 18-30 ,or the Olave Program (OP) in our State(new Chair,regular meetings) as well as a few of us still hanging around the 14-18 group wanting to be involved in  a peer group in Guides. There's abotu 4 of us in this group,but advertising in the Region means that we could have around 10 people elgible. Already,there's a core group of 3-4 of us interested,and a few that I haven't heard back from through emails,asking other people to chat to them etc. Our region is quite large,both in amounts of Units and geograpical area.

 We have support from the region Leader (the exleader of the 14-18 who still wants us involved in Gudies but perhaps not hanging around 13/14 year olds due to conversations and different needs) and other leaders in the Region. So,we've organised a meeting at a local cafe next week. And now I'm jsut owndering if anyone has any experience with this? Already i can see a tendency for me to organise things,send emails etc. Which I don't mind,but it is meant to be a peer group-ie no 'Leaders'. 

Any suggestions about what I should say in general? any ideas you'd like as a member of this age group? We'll have a wide range of Guiding experience-from those who were jsut in the 14-18 group,some who are unit Helpers,some who are Leaders in at least one group. Some who will want ot jsut go out for meals,coffee,pub crawls etc and those who want a range of activities happening.
I guess I jsut want ot hear if anyone has got any suggestions,ideas feedback on how this could work. If you've been in an 18-30 group,it would be great to hear what did/didn't work. Or if you would like to be,how you might imagine this happening.

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April 13th, 2008

11:46 pm
Hello everybody!

I started the 'guides-aus' LJ because at the time, I couldn't find another Australian Guiding journal. I thought of it almost as an 'under-construction' or place-holder. There weren't many members.

Then I left Guides to have my daughter and then moved house and didn't have an internet connection (*shakes fist at Telstra*) and unfortunately, neglected this journal.

There are now quite a few members and quite a bit of activity and I thought now might be a good time to ask if there's any particular direction you want this journal to go in? Obviously, you don't need my input to make it happen, but I thought it might be a good idea to take suggestions, etc.

~ a monthly theme (songs, crafts, tigers, 'x' badge etc) and we can all brainstorm and post our ideas
~ summaries/reviews of weekly meetings and camps
~ stories- memories. Our fave guiding moments.
~ links to websites that have good resources
~ Agony Aunt/ Q&A
~ examples of Australiana for Thinking Day etc, ie damper recipes
~ jokes/ cartoons/ "you know you're a Guide if..."

Do any of these things appeal to you? Do you have any other ideas for the kind of things we can include in this journal? Does anyone want to re-write the journal user-info? Please? haha!

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April 11th, 2008

12:54 pm - Unit Finances
Hey Mates!

A story and a question for the Leaders out there...

I'm a casual worker at a supermarket. Great pay, but if I don't get a shift that week it means that I don't get paid. I am also the LIC of my unit... the only leader. When I buy craft items, whatever for use at Guides, I keep the receipt, show it to my [now ex] District leader and she signs the cheque I write out. Get all the money back which is good.

However, lately and at other points in the past our store has not done so well, or they do silly things like hire extra staff when there is little work for the existing staff, so there are few shifts going and you need to get in quick for them. I can't get work every week. Problem? I don't have the money to buy craft etc in the first instance. My mum has been good in the past, lending the money or coming with me to buy it and the cheque goes to her. My mum is starting to work full time and unable to come out shopping for random Guide things with me, even if I plan it in advance. Right now my toe is broken, I haven't worked for two weeks and I am unable to work for a while yet. Mother's day is coming up and I don't have the money to buy what we need. And Mum can't help me.

Most stores will not take cheques these days. Coles won't, Safeway won't and many other places.

My question?

Have you been in a similar situation? How were you able to deal with it? How does your unit do their money? Is there are GGV/GGA rule that we have to do cheques only?  Anything I could do that I've not thought of?

What I would love to do would be either have a petty cash thing or 'company card' that we could do purchases with. I won't need to budget for Guide things we need and have to wait for the money that I really need for petrol and board. Or go scrounging though the house for some change to buy milk for a Promise Ceremony.

Possum the Poor :)

Any help or advice would be greately apprieciated.
Current Location: Home
Current Music: Don't Stop Dancing - Creed

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February 13th, 2008

05:48 pm - evaluations from the girls and giving out programs-yay or nay?
I've taken over a unit of 5-10 year olds this year. (how to plan for girls who are 5 and those 10 and even 11 is proving a bit of a challenge as well) I jsut wanted to ask members of this community what they  thought about a few things,because the leader i took over from didnt do osme of these actvities,but others i know do.

Evaluating with the girls would have to be important,right? Sorry if that's obvious but i doubt that the leader i took over from did this at all. After my first meeting i asked the girls to put thier thumbs up if they liked the night,thumbs down if thye didnt( closing eyes first so that thye weren't biased by what their friends were picking) They were surprised to evne be asked,but seemed to really appreciate it. 

I've also thought of making a comment sheet,choosing stickers and placing them in a good/ok/bad coloumn,picking a lolly which best represents how thye feel about the night. Does anyone have any other ideas? Do you evaluate after the whole might or after an activity? I work in OSHC and Vacation Care,so I'm owndering if my insistence on evaluating has something to do with that. Is evaluating (whether as that word or even an 'asking everyone how it went question') important to you as Leaders or is it only done sometimes? 

Also,do you give your girls/their parents a copy of the term's program? Other Units I know do,but some Leaders say that older girls can read and then choose which nights thye will come to.

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