Since joining the Irish Girl Guides at the age of six, it has become a huge part of my life. You develop many life skills and make friends for life. As a senior branch member (girls age 15+), I get to help with the younger children and I am greatly involved in the community. We enjoy a lot of freedom in senior branch: we plan our own meetings, taking a laid back approach.
I have had many opportunities that other girls my age would not have. I have camped in all weather conditions and I am a lot more independent. When I was younger, I was quite insecure. but because of Guiding I have completely overcome this.!
There is so much more to Guiding than meets the eye and so I want to encourage everyone to consider starting for the new year – and I don’t just mean young people like me – adults can participate in Guiding activities by volunteering to be a leader or a unit helper.
In 2014 Brownies (girls aged 7-10) will be celebrating their 100th anniversary. We’ve been around a long time and it is my hope that we will be around for much longer. As they say, the more the merrier.