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Keeping a Guide promise from home

Lockdown has not stopped Rangiora Girl Guides from keeping their Guide promise.

Since the Government’s announcement on 23 March, Girl Guiding New Zealand stopped all face to face meetings and switched to doing fun activities over Zoom.

Although there may not be any camps for a while, Brownies and Guides are busy completing badges from home.

At Rangiora Girl Guides, 11 Brownies are completing their Be Creative, Techno World and Heritage badge, while 22 Rangiora Guides are cooking up a storm for their Kitchen Creations badge.

One Guide is halfway through her Aoraki Award - the highest award for a Guide and is brainstorming how she can achieve this from home.

The choice for Girl Guides to stay ‘open’ virtually provides a sense of normality for the girls and keeps them occupied, said Rangiora Girl Guide leader Anna Watts.

I think it's important for the girls to still have something to achieve.

With sports and other activities being cancelled it is something that also helps parents by filling in some time during the week.”

Anna has become a quick “expert” at Zoom and made sure tasks can be done at home with minimal support from parents who might be essential workers.

Her twin seven-year-old daughters Abby and Suzi are Rangiora Brownies. Abby attends meetings each week and Suzi is an Aotearoa Brownie, meaning she completes activities in correspondence.

As an Aotearoa Brownie, Suzi is used to completing tasks off-site, whereas Abby has had to adapt to doing activities and meetings from home.

The girls completed their Techno World badges and baked ANZAC biscuits for their ANZAC Heritage badges.

Abby loved designing jandals for her Be Creative badge and Suzi completed her Free Being Me badge and enjoyed making stir fry and bread in the bread maker for her Junior Chef badge.

Both Brownies attended Zoom meetings, each reporting a different experience.

“It’s straight up weird” Abby said, “because you don’t get to see them face to face like in real life.”

“It’s kinda cool because I don't usually see anyone when I do my Brownie stuff. I have had fun seeing my fellow Aotearoa Brownie Siena every week,” Suzi said.

They attended the ANZAC day dawn service from their driveway and are now starting term two with zero fees; an initiative by Girl Guiding New Zealand to help families that may be struggling during this time.

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