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By Bridget Harrison
After nearly 20 years of Guiding in Ballinger Elizabeth Boakes and I have decided that we will be moving on from the Rainbow and Brownie units at Ballinger, finishing this Christmas. We are on the look-out for new Guiders and helpers to take on the units and ensure their future.
When we started in 1992 our main aim was to keep the units open for our own daughters and their friends but over the years we have both had a tremendously rewarding time, so we stayed. Many girls start as anxious five-year-olds, not sure what to make of the noisy games or needing help with crafts. But they grow in confidence, learning to look after themselves better, extending that to helping to look after others, gaining the confidence to face challenges they find difficult and so on.
My biggest pleasure is when a few come back as teenaged Young Leaders and help me run the units they used to belong to. At that point they understand why I have continued to be a leader for all these years – that despite the hard work, it is great fun and very rewarding. There is a saying “If it’s not fun, it’s not Guiding”.
If you would like to join in the fun please get in touch with me on 862908 for more information.
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