Springfield Lakes Girl Guides Maddison Hunt, 7, Hayley Potter, 8, and Sydney Thomson, 6.
Springfield Lakes Girl Guides Maddison Hunt, 7, Hayley Potter, 8, and Sydney Thomson, 6. Claudia Baxter

Girl Guides keen for new members

THEY might be the new kids on the block, but the Springfield Lakes Girl Guides are bracing for rapid growth after opening about a month ago.

Girl Guides district leader Vicky Shaw and Samantha Thomson started the group after finding one did not already exist in the area.

Both had been Girl Guides in the UK and Canada respectively, and both had seven-year-old daughters they wanted to sign up with Guides.

Why? Because Mrs Shaw says the Girl Guides sell themselves.

“It’s a really worthwhile program – the girls get to socialise, they learn life skills that will help them later in life, they learn teamwork, it boosts their self-esteem and it’s empowering,” Mrs Shaw said.

“Girl Guides are known world-wide for a good reason. We’re trying to reach those people who have heard about it but don’t know what its’ all about.”

The Springfield Lakes group began on January 31 and currently have 12 girls on their books. But with word starting to spread about the new Girl Guides, Mrs Shaw said they were expecting to grow very quickly in the coming weeks.

Mrs Shaw said all girls were welcome to the group, and that they were also keen to sign up keen mothers as leaders.

She encouraged anyone curious about joining the Guides to jump in and give it a go.

For information on joining the Springfield Lakes Girl Guides or how to become a trained leader, call Vicky Shaw on 0459 365 314 or 3288 1499



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