Lone Girl Guides

Girl Guides conjures up pictures of camping, sitting round campfires, outdoor cooking, learning survival techniques, boating and adventurous activities, fun and friendship in the great outdoors. 

So you want to join the Girl Guides – trouble is…you live out beyond the black stump, and there’s no neighbours for miles. No worries! Join the Lone Girl Guides. What, I hear you ask, is that? Well, Australia is the ‘mother of invention’ when it comes to overcoming obstacles due to remoteness, and it didn’t take long to figure out a way that girls who were geographically challenged could still join in.  Lone Guiding started in Australia in 1912, just two years after Robert Baden-Powell found a bunch of girls marching with the Boy Scouts at the Crystal Palace Rally in London.  Just like those same girls Lone Guides refuse to let circumstances dictate their ability to be a Girl Guide!

Each month girls are sent out a package by mail including news and projects which they can do at home. There are opportunities to camp and join in adventurous activities too, with Lone Guides being very much a part of the world-wide community of Girl Guides.  Opportunities may be offered by nearby groups to join in with them, or to attend bigger State, National or international camps.  Lone Girl Guides have access to the recognition system as well – earning badges is great way to improve your skills, grow your character and challenge yourself to new heights.  Over the years, Lones has modernized, and whereas before girls may have communicated by UHF radio, they now use the internet to email and chat.

Girls who don’t face a distance challenge, may also join Lones. These girls typically face their own challenges: a heavy study workload at school or college, Guide meetings where they live clash with another important commitment, they are sick and often in hospital, they belong to a group of itinerant workers (daughters of fruitpickers or showpeople for example) or they are the only Guide in their group in that age-group.  Whoever she is, wherever she is, if a girl wants to be a Guide, opportunities are available for her to be welcomed into the Guidng Family.  Guiding is available for every female who is willing to make the Guide Promise.