Having fun making planets for a mobile are Keeley Watson, 10, Maggie McGrath, 10 and Elizabeth Cheater, 16, junior leader.
Having fun making planets for a mobile are Keeley Watson, 10, Maggie McGrath, 10 and Elizabeth Cheater, 16, junior leader. Doug Eaton

Guides get makeover

These days "being prepared" means a lot more than acquiring sewing and cooking skills.

Clunes Girl Guides members have embraced the new Girls Guides promise, which was changed last year to better reflect the attitude and skill-sets of the modern girl.

When this means kayaking, abseiling and science lessons in addition to the more traditional guide skills, the Clunes girls are more then happy to embrace the new era.

District leader Helen Hargreaves said, "Our mission is to enable girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members."

Last week Clunes members were actively learning about the solar system for their Outer Space badge.

The girls look forward to the regional camps, which bring together members from Tweed to Taree.

Mrs Hargreaves said the program is largely decided by the interests of the girls. "We do abseiling, hiking, whatever the girls are interested in. Any activities on the water are popular," she said.

The programs are age specific, with appropriate handbooks for ages five to seven, seven to nine, nine to 12, and 12 to 14-year-olds.



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