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Revival camp for Girl Guides

Friday, December 07, 2007

After a lapse of 20 years the Fiji Girl Guides Association is again holding an annual camp for its members at the Nasinu Secondary School.

Association field officer Ditai Bolabasaga said it was very encouraging for them to have more than 100 girl guides from all around the country participating in the week-long event which started on Tuesday.

A few years back although Girl Guides was in existence, the number of young girls joining the association was decreasing but a recent research showed an improvement in membership, Ms Bolabasaga said.

She said the association is the national Guiding organisation of Fiji and as at 2003, membership was around 1829.

The research which was carried out between 2004 and 2006 indicated a gradual increase in the numbers, she said.

She said the camp was also part of the revival of Girl Guiding in the country.

I believe the increase in number of young girls joining the Girl Guides is due to the increase in awareness programs that association has been carrying out in schools, she said.

It is also due to the Ministry of Education encouraging school to have Boys Scout and Girl Guides be encouraged as part of the school system.

To see participants from as far as Bua, Cakaudrove, Lomaiviti and other parts of the country is encouraging to us.

Pearce Corps volunteer at the Guides office Aubrey De Angelis said part of the programs includes the National Fire Authority safety demonstration, as well as learning First Aid from the St Johns ambulance brigade.

This includes HIV/AIDS awareness workshops, as well as teenage pregnancy, health and nutrition and peace, Ms De Angelis said.

She said the highlight of the camp would be the awards night on Friday and the closing ceremony would feature a camp fire.

The association became a full member of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1981.


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