The Australian Guide Program
The Australian Guide Program is a non-formal educational program
based on shared leadership and decision-making at all ages.
There are four main elements in the Australian Guide Program:
physical, people, practical, and self. The program includes a variety of fun
activities that focus on self-development in the areas of practical skills,
physical development and 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. Leadership development begins with the youngest
Guides and develops as the girls mature.
The program is based around the seven fundamental concepts of
Baden-Powell’s philosophy: Promise and Law, Outdoors, World Guiding, Guiding Traditions, Leadership Skills, Patrol System.
The five step planning process used in the Australian Guide Program is: Discover,
Decide, Plan, Do and Check.
A Guide will set herself challenges to carry out to the best of
her ability. There are badges and awards to be gained, however earning badges
is only a small part of being a Guide. The girls will participate in many
activities that they will enjoy and learn from. Their reward will be a great
sense of achievement.
The activities could be outdoor adventures such as canoeing,
archery, abseiling, camping, skiing, hiking overnight, cooking damper over a
fire or just sitting around a campfire singing, chatting and sharing a joke.
There are other times, though, when the girls prefer indoor activities such as
trying a special recipe, having a go at making something, being creative in the
visual or dramatic arts, working as a team to plan your next adventure, finding
out about other cultures and religions or learning skills through games. No two
meetings are ever the same.
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Promise and Law
A Girl Guide makes a promise to do her best to be the best person she can be. The Promise is about yourself, personal development, your own journey and developing your value system. It is about what you do for others - the commitment to help others and a responsibility to our country.
A Girl Guide makes her Promise at a special Unit ceremony where she receives her Promise Badge to be worn on her uniform.
The Guide Law gives Guides guidance and a code to live by as they strive to put their Promise into action. The Promise and Law underpin everything we do as Girl Guide's: no matter what activity or challenge. It will enable them to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.