Three girls from the 1st Khayalami Girl Guide group in North Riding have recently attained the highest accolades possible in their respective age groups as members of Girl Guides South Africa. Ashleigh and Palesa recently obtained their Golden Hand badges in the Brownie Programme with Naledi attaining her Honey Pot badge in the Teddy
To gain the badges the girls work through a series of clauses and tests and complete badges called adventures, through four levels. The badge work is done during meetings on a Friday evening, but to gain the highest awards extra effort has to be put in by the girls at home and over holidays. Both Palesa and Ashleigh were Sixers, that is they were leaders of a small group of girls called a Six, and they taught all the new girls the ropes of being Brownies whilst completing their own badge work. They lived up to the Brownie moot of “Lend a hand” and led by example. They both said their favourite thing at Brownies was Pack Holiday, the Brownie indoor camp, were they explored new activities such as outdoor cooking, skating and star gazing. They have moved up to Guides to continue growing in the guiding family.
Naledi also got all her Teddy adventure badges in order to get her honey pot, her favourite adventures were the Earth and sharing Adventures. She says she loved showing the new girls how to care and share, which is the Teddy promise.
New members are welcome at any stage into the programme. There are four branches, Teddies aged 4,5 till 7, Brownies aged 7 till 10, guides till 14 and Rangers till 18. The Guiding programme for each age focuses on helping the girls grow into well rounded individuals who care for others, the earth and living things, whilst having fun.
The girls were featured in an article in the local paper, the Randburg Sun.