OUR MISSION is to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self- respecting, responsible community members.
Welcome to Guides Queensland!
What is Guiding?
Guides is a values based dynamic and flexible non-formal educational program for girls and young women in a fun and supportive girl’s only environment. Girls develop leadership skills and a sense of personal responsibility and a shared purpose to make the world a better place.
Guiding is all about girls learning in a fun and challenging way. Girls and young women:
- develop self-awareness, self-respect and self-confidence
- think for themselves and make their own decisions
- acquire leadership skills and work with others in teams
- make friends, meet new people and have fun
- appreciate the environment and enjoy the outdoors
- learn about the world, its people and cultures
- serve others in their community, and
- take action on issues that are important to them.
Guiding is part of the world’s largest girls-only volunteer organisation with over 10 million members in more than 140 countries. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) provides a platform for debate and decision-making about issues that affect girls and young women.
One of the things which makes Guiding unique is its foundation on a firm set of values, called the Promise and Law. Every member agrees to live by the Promise and Law.
Nearly 30,000 girls and women are members of Girl Guides Australia — the largest organisation for girls and women in Australia. Each state has its own Girl Guide organisation and Guide Units can be found from Tennant Creek to Sydney to Mount Isa — almost everywhere in Australia.
GIRL GUIDES GO PLACES
The long-term benefits are significant. Guides go on to do great things in their local communities and future careers. There’s also the chance to travel and participate in worldwide Guide initiatives.
WE PROVIDE A UNIQUE GIRLS ONLY SPACE...
Contemporary research shows that girls need girl only activities to develop their potential. In single gender environments girls tend to be more independent and more positive about their gender. In a mixed group, girls often take a subordinate role in physical activities, and may not assert their opinions or compete with boys for leadership positions.
OUR ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE...
from all cultures, faiths and traditions. They share a common goal—to give back to the community and to inspire girls and young women to be their best.
They also have fun, make new friends, build leadership skills and are part of an extensive network of women worldwide focussed on making the world a world we want for the future—a better place.
Our adult members and leaders play an important volunteer role in Guiding. Our volunteers are attracted to Guiding for many reasons:
- they may have been Guides themselves;
- they want to enhance their skills;
- they feel strongly about supporting girls and women;
- or they simply love kids.
What they all have in common is that they find far more than what they were originally looking for.
HOW DO I BECOME A LEADER?
Wondering what you need to do to become a Leader? The path to leadership gives you the skills and knowledge to provide a safe and exciting program for your Guides. You will be supported every step of the way.
There are Guide Units in almost every part of Australia. We welcome women from every background and with all kinds of skills, abilities and ambitions to be Leaders.
You need to gain the GGA Leadership Qualification — most new Leaders do this within six months. The program contains a mix of practical activities, training, online webinars and reading.
You will have a Learning Partner to guide you through the qualification process and to design a Learning Plan which is just right for you. Once you are qualified you will be able to attend training in the outdoors (abseiling, canoeing etc.) and other areas to expand the opportunities you can offer your Guides.
By volunteering you can:
- Make a difference to girls’ lives.
- Learn new skills, develop and extend your existing ones.
- Gain recognition through achieving Girl Guides Australia (GGA) leadership qualification.
- Access training in a wide range of areas.
- Give your CV a boost by developing management and leadership skills.
- Develop lasting friendships with other Leaders and youth members.
- Take action on issues which affect the lives of women in Australia and overseas.
- Have lots of fun!
You could be a
- Unit Leader or Assistant Unit Leader — complete the GGA Leadership Qualification and be responsible for the Unit functioning and work with the girls to plan their activities, achieve their goals, and have fun.
- Unit Helper – work in a Guide Unit helping to provide fun activities for the Guides and supporting Leaders.
- District Leader – lead Guiding in local area, supporting youth and adult members.
- Other volunteer roles – flexible roles for those who cannot commit to regular meetings including being a treasurer, fund-raiser, caterer or helping put together websites – almost anything which makes use of your skills!
Leaders must be female, aged 18 years or over and abide by the GGA Code of Conduct. All Girl Guide volunteers must meet the requirements of their State legislation regarding police checks and working with children checks.
If you can’t find a volunteering opportunity in your area on Work180, don’t worry they are there. Please visit the Guides Queensland website to find your local district.