According to the Maleny Girl Guides President, Leanne Large, the group is a very adventurous one, with the girls drawn to the more thrilling activities available to them. The recent contribution of $283.27 from the Maleny IGA Community Needs Fund helped the group buy cooking ingredients and other things they need for their weekly group activities. Leanne said it works really well to do it this way as the money is going back into the IGA. The group meets on Monday’s at the Girl Guides Hut on Cedar Street in Maleny 3:30-5:30pm, and the girls undertake different activities to earn badges and learn new skills. On the Girl Guides most recent adventure they went to the Strawberry Camp at the Mudjimba Apex campsite,with the Sunshine Coast District Guides. The camp activities included high ropes, low ropes, a river cruise, a nature walk through the mangrove forest and a visit to McSweeney’s Strawberry Farm. They also made pink teddy bears. At the camp they had to abseil down Mount Tinbeerwah, which they were able to do easily and completed their Trefoil 1 Adventure badge in Abseiling. Guide Leader Rebecca Dostal said the camp is a great way for the girls to satisfy their desire for adventure safely, and learn all aspects of abseiling, such as how to get themselves down if they are stuck on a rope. “This year they were able to do the high ropes, which are as a high as the telegraph poles, so it’s amazing, and they are the only ones on the Sunshine Coast that have completed that badge.”

The girls have also been working on their BP badge (Be Prepared) which taught them about how to approach a situation in a crisis. “For example, home fire safety” said Leanne. “The girls drew a plan of the house and worked out where they would go in the event of a fire, and then prepared a first aid kit.” Leanne said the activities teach valuable skills, and help them & their families be better prepared in the event of a situation like the one we had earlier in the year, where there was flooding and no power. “We’ve downloaded all the information from the council website and will be preparing kits with emergency phone numbers and other information for the girls to have in their homes.”

The Guides assists the girls with all aspects of life including an awareness of our local area and its history. They recently completed their Faith Awareness Badge where they learned about the legends of the Glasshouse Mountains, and a local Indigenous man from Crystal Waters, Timothy Miller visited the Girl Guides sharing some stories about his life.

The Maleny Girl Guides welcome new girls who want to get involved. For more information about joining contact Rebecca Dostal on 0400 878 115, or Leanne Large on 0447 239 725.