“Charleville is in South West Queensland on the edge of the desert"
Meet the Charleville Girl Guides, aged 5 to 15, in South West Queensland, Australia.
Charleville is a rural town with about 3000 people in South West Queensland. We are on the edge of the desert, so it varies from quite hot to very cold. We are currently in drought and the surrounding cattle farmers are doing it tough.
Our Guides attend three different schools: State Primary, State High and a Catholic Primary. We have Guides on a Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm.
Life in Charleville is what you make it and many of our Guides are extremely busy. Apart from being involved in school, they are also heavily involved in sports, with many representing the district, plus dance, music and pony club.
While our community is small, it is very friendly and looks after all its members.
Most of our Guides become members after finding out about Guides from a friend. A couple have been in Guiding since they were 5 and 6 are now 13 and 14.
We meet at our local Guide Hut ‘Cooinda’ which was once a Chapel. We have a lovely area and our Guides are proud to show off their meeting place to new girls and visitors. We are extremely lucky to have two qualified leaders, as well as three leaders-in-training. We do a range of activities at Guides including art, outdoors, games, challenges and much more. We plan our own challenges in Patrol Time and work in age groups during Handbook Huddle, coming together for unit time where Guides of all ages get to work together.
We have a strong presence in our community, participating in Clean Up Day, performing an ANZAC vigil and participating in the Charleville Show and Arts Festivals each year. We enjoying learning about our community as well as giving service to help it.
Guiding is a great way to make friends, complete challenges, go camping and have amazing experiences, in our community and beyond, as well as develop leadership.