GIRL Guides from around the country gathered at the Labasa Civic Centre for the official opening of the annual three-day camp yesterday.
Officiating at the opening ceremony, Ministry of Education permanent secretary Doctor Brij Lal reminded students that guiding was about meeting new friends, developing and understanding of teamwork and a sense of adventure.
Dr Lal said the theme of the camp, 'Together we can save children's lives and every mother's life is precious' meant that all human beings wished to have a meaningful, enjoyable and healthy life.
"Guiding means absorbing the importance of taking part in the wider community and reaching out to make a difference, both locally and globally," Dr Lal said.
"An important ingredient of the Girl Guides method is contact with nature, traditionally gained through camping activities.
"As well as understanding and cherishing the natural world Girl Guides are advocating for its protection and very survival."
Dr Lal added that learning by doing was a key phrase in girl guiding.
Macuata Provincial Girl Guides commissioner Sese Matarugu says a total of 500 students and 200 leaders converged in Labasa for the three-day event.
Mrs Matarugu said the students would be catered for at Saint Mary's Hostel while they had been billeted at four schools.
"We are working closely with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and police personnel in Labasa to ensure that the security and safety of these girls is guaranteed at all times," Mrs Matarugu said.