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Ourimbah Girl Guides to close

Ourimbah Girl Guides to close

Ourimbah Girl Guides to close.

After 99 years of service to the Central Coast community, the district “Ourimbah Girl Guides” will be closing its doors at the end of October, 2022.

Girl Guides Australia is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting members of the community.

Over the years, Ourimbah Girl Guides have seen many girls and young women from all cultures, faiths and traditions learn life skills, speak out and take action on the issues they care about locally, nationally and globally.

Many lifelong friendships have been formed along with many laughs, camps and sing songs around the campfire.  Ourimbah Girl Guides has seen many young girls achieve their BP (The Baden-Powell) award over the years which consists of a series of challenges and activities in each of the fundamental areas of Guiding.

Uniforms worn by the members create a sense of unity, however they voiced change and it occurred along with many other standards such as a name change from “Brownies” to “Junior Guides” for the younger 7-10 year old’s keeping in line with society changes.

One of Ourimbah’s ultimate achievements is one of their own achieving through the levels of Guiding to be awarded the Queen’s Guide Award, which is the Peak Achievement award for youth members under the age of 18 yrs., to come back as a volunteer Leader to inspire and encourage other guiding members.  Each award/badge that is completed, shows that you can plan, carry out, evaluate and stick at challenges you set for yourself.

Ourimbah Girl Guides has relied heavily upon volunteers and their resilience, determination, initiative and boundless energy – not to mention their passion for Girl Guiding to be a standout feature in the local community.

The hall located in Ourimbah Creek Road is much loved and provides a great space for many to come together and congregate.  Ourimbah Girls Guides was lucky enough to be awarded a Building Grant from the NSW Government back in 2015 which led to a complete overhaul and upgrade of their dilapidating hall.

Over the years, local community groups such as the C.W.A., Hospital Auxiliary, Ourimbah RSL and Mingara Club also showed support by donating funds to assist with the ongoing maintenance.

Lastly in 2020 a defibrillator from the Westfund Community Grants Program was donated to assist many other smaller local community groups that also used the hall.

Unfortunately, the delayed impacts of covid and the dwindling numbers of girls wanting to join the organisation does not warrant Ourimbah District to keep its doors open for the foreseeable future.

The next local District is Niagara Park, Wyong or Tumbi Umbi. Guides & Leaders from Ourimbah have relocated to other Districts and the leaders will continue to share their knowledge in teaching life skills that are adaptive, along with encouraging positive behaviour that will enable young women to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of the future.

A celebration will be held on Saturday 29th October from 3pm at the Hall in Ourimbah Creek Road to reminisce the wonderful experiences shared whilst we say “Farewell” to Ourimbah Girl Guides.

An invite is being extended to all Girl Guides past and present, their families and all Guiding friends who have shown support in one way or another over the years to Ourimbah District to join them in this one last celebration of Ourimbah Girl Guides.

So be there as the Ourimbah Girl Guides to close at the Ourimbah Girl Guide Hall – 8 Ourimbah Creek Road – Saturday 29th October from 3pm at the Hall.

 


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