Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Girls Who Dare!

100 years ago an emboldened group of girls dared to march in the first ever boy scout rally asking to be recognised as 'girl scouts'.
It was this act that prompted the formation of the Girl Guide movement, the largest worldwide volunteer organisation for girls.

Guiding has been active in every Australian State and Territory for over 85 years. The Australian Guide Program helps girls learn life-skills and leadership while having fun, making friends and enjoying the outdoors. Being a guide is about challenging yourself, caring and understanding others, learning useful life skills and being active, healthy and strong.

To commemorate the centenary of Guiding and celebrate the exciting challenges that guiding presents Hurstville Grove and Praireville Guides have organised a special exhibition Girls Who Dare which is on display at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery until the 22nd of December. The exhibition includes memorabilia, old uniforms and interesting stories from members of the St George community who have participated in guiding including Elsie Casey and Lynn Brown.

Over 1 million Australian women have been or are currently guides including some of our very own LMG staff members. Just as the girls who marched in the scout rally in 1910 dared to take up the challenge of guiding so too did this staff member (see above right) when she joined her local guide unit in the 1990s.
Share your guiding memories with the Museum & Gallery.

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