Iluka Girl Guides Tara, 16, and Tegan Carpenter, 14, love learning new skills and the mateship involved in being a girl guide.
Iluka Girl Guides Tara, 16, and Tegan Carpenter, 14, love learning new skills and the mateship involved in being a girl guide. Paul Braven

Girls keep family's Guides tradition alive

TARA and Tegan Carpenter are keeping the girl guide tradition in their family alive.

Their grandmother, Ruth, and mum Jo Burns were both Girl Guides when they were young.

Ruth took her granddaughter Tara to her first meeting nine years ago. Tegan followed, joining up just a year later.

That was enough of a reason to get mum Jo Burns back involved; she is now their group leader and the district manager of Iluka Girl Guides.

Over the years that Tara and Tegan have been part of the Iluka guides, they have noticed huge improvements in their self confidence and skills.

The Girl Guides is so much more to the pair than team bonding and tying knots.

In the three months 16-year-old Tara has been a junior leader she has taken tutored the younger guides in activities.

"I just wanted to step up more," Tara said.

"What I've enjoyed most out of it all has been social networking and meeting other girls with similar interests," she said.

She hosts games, cooking classes, outdoor activities and sleep overs for the other guides.

If you want to join the Girl Guides, email jttgirls@bigpond.com.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • The Iluka Girl Guides raised more than $300 on Saturday
  • They sold 144 sausages, 5kg of onions and 9 loaves of bread


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