A global Guides gathering

GIRL Guides from all over the world converged on Tasmania last week as part of a week long jamboree, including 17 from Bendigo. 

About 1700 guides from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Fiji, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Hungary and Ghana participated in a range of outdoor activites.

There were eight Guides from Castlemaine, 16 from Maryborough and three from Kerang who attended the event. 

Bendigo Girl Guides’ leader Petina Blackwell said activities included helicopter rides, abseiling, hang gliding and surfing.

She said the group had enjoyed the experience and everyone was exhausted by the end.

“Guides is aimed at helping girls to develop and respect themselves as well as becoming involved in the community,” she said.

“It is through having fun that we teach the girls, with the outcoming being that they will be able to deal with things that arise in the future.”

She said without community support the trip would not have been possible.

“We really appreciate the support provided by the community and the efforts they put into supporting our fund-raising,” Ms Blackwell said. 

Girl Guide Zara Laursen, who has been part of the group for two years, said she did not want to go home at the end of the week.

“My favourite activity was the disco at the end where we all had to dress up in red clothes,” she said.

Those wishing to get involved in Girl Guides in Bendigo should email pblackwell@guidesvic.org.au 

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