Why girls only?
The mission of Girl Guides Australia is to help girls and young women grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.
We believe strongly that Australian girls are best served by a program designed specifically for Guides, and facilitated by women. These women are role models who encourage the girls to challenge themselves and achieve. Girl Guides Australia provides girls and women with the opportunity to experience leadership and management positions from a young age.
In Guiding, females have the opportunity to do it all and do not feel the pressure society traditionally places on them to look to males for decision-making. Women and girls take positions of leadership, use their talents and abilities in planning and policy-making, and are encouraged to take these skills into their lives. This allows them to build their self-esteem.
Guides provide a unique girl-only environment, vital for personal and social development. It’s a safe, inclusive space where girls can be comfortable just being themselves. Guiding offers a unique opportunity for girls to acquire leadership skills, to become self-reliant, to enjoy the friendship of other women and girls, and to develop a sense of well-being and self-worth.
There is plenty of research to show that girls and boys realise a greater degree of their potential if they spend part of their time in a single-sex environment.
Why is Guiding for your daughter?
You would like your daughter to be independent, self-confident, have every opportunity to experience life and develop a sense of belonging.
When your daughter becomes a Guide, she joins a Unit of girls of a similar age and interest. The Unit works with a Leader who is interested in girls and trained to understand their needs. The Unit will probably meet each week for 1-2 hours during term time, or perhaps for a whole day once a term. Together the girls and their Leaders will decide, plan and take part in a range of activities almost as unlimited as their imaginations. In a safe environment, your daughter will develop her leadership and decision-making skills, improve her confidence, build her resilience and have opportunities to try activities she may only have dreamed of.
Just as importantly, your daughter will be having fun with friends who may not go to her school, while she’s learning skills for life.