Girls get guidance ... or the biscuit gets it!
GIRLS in Evans Head prove that being a Girl Guide is about much more than selling biscuits.
Yesterday was the third of five days for Girl Guides from towns between Tweed Heads and Forster gathered for the North Pacific Coast Region Girl Guides Camp at Camp Koinonia in Evans Head.
Girl Guide leader from Casino Kim Woodhouse has been a member of the Guides since she was aged seven.
Some 43 years later she said the camp at Evans Head was an opportunity for girls to get together and challenge themselves in a "fun and safe environment".
She said it also provides girls from smaller towns an avenue to make new friends.
"Groups like the Girl Guides are still important in society today," Ms Woodhouse said.
"Guides teach girls life skills and allow them to develop discipline so they can be respected in the community and be good citizens."
During the camp at Koinonia, the girls are being exposed to team building activities, beach games, archery, canoeing, circus arts and walking tours.
They are also responsible for pitching and weatherproofing their own bell tents and helping out with cooking and cleaning.
Jessica Leslie, 12, from Clunes, said the best part of being a member of Guides was camps like the one being held this week.
"I loved the archery today, but the best part of being a Girl Guide is the camps and being able to make new friends."
Most Girl Guides groups around the country meet once a week where they work in small groups and girls of various ages learn different skills from each other.
"It's a good opportunity for the girls to teach each other and that's the benefit of being placed in small groups," Ms Woodhouse said.
"It's about more than biscuits and barbecues."