Australian Guide Program
Girl Guiding in Australia is delivered through the Australian Guide Program (AGP), which is a non-formal education program based on shared leadership and decision-making at all ages.
The AGP is facilitated by trained volunteer Leaders with a focus on programs being girl-led. This means that all the activities the girls do, from weekly Unit meetings, to camps, to expeditions and hikes, are driven by the girls themselves with input and assistance from their Leaders, and planned to match the girls’ abilities.
There are four main elements of the AGP:
The program includes a variety of fun activities that focus on self-development in the areas of
- practical skills,
- physical development
- relationships with people
- appropriate to age and interests.
Guides of all ages are involved in decision-making, planning, implementing and evaluating their activities. Within her Unit, the Guide will be a member of a Patrol (4- 8 girls), where experiences are shared. Guiding is about being part of a team.
The process used in the Australian Guide Program is:
“Discover, Decide, Plan, Do and Check.”
The program is based around the seven fundamental concepts of Baden-Powell’s philosophy:
- Promise and Law
- World Guiding
- Guiding Traditions
- Patrol System
- Leadership skills