Girl Guides returns to Pirie after hiatus

PIRIE GUIDES: Jodie Trimble, Emily Dempsey, Chloe Hosking, Lacie Pisani, Kairah Parry, Jenna Hosking and Dayna Evans.
PIRIE GUIDES: Jodie Trimble, Emily Dempsey, Chloe Hosking, Lacie Pisani, Kairah Parry, Jenna Hosking and Dayna Evans.

It has been nearly 20 years since girls in Port Pirie have been able to join Girl Guides and earn their badges, but now the opportunity has been created by an eager leader who is providing more opportunities for local girls.

Jodie Trimble, was a Guide and Brownie herself when growing up; but now she is a mum of two girls aged eight and 10 and she wanted her daughters to have the same experiences she did.

"I was always involved as Brownies and Guides as a kid and I wanted my daughters to have the same opportunity to meet people, get involved with the community, learn new skills, spend time outdoors.

"Since there was no Guide unit Pirie, there hasn't been one for about 20 years, I figured I should maybe just set one up," she said.

Since Term 2, about 20 girls have been meeting every Thursday from 4pm until 5.30pm at Lighthouse Church, enjoying an array of activities that provides many benefits to their development.

Jodie explains that Guides provides participating girls with life skills and opportunities that are unique, but it is also self-guided by what the girls want to learn.

"Guides is an opportunity to learn life skills. Whether that is how to work in a team, how to get on with a diverse group of people, how to take responsibility, initiative. With all the badge work you are able to develop particular skills and interests and have the satisfaction of receiving an award.

"It is girl led. I am a leader, but I organise a program of activities that my girls want and is of interest and relevance to them. They wanted to make pizza last term, so we made pizza. They want to go bush-walking and tad-poling so we will do that this term," she explained.

The start up of the group has provided girls who are not interested in sport with an alternative, Jodie supports this element.

If you are interested in joining the Port Pirie Girl Guides, please contact Jodie Trimble on 0448 997 119 or come along to the next Thursday session.