Each year on Thinking Day, Guides across the world pay tribute to the founders of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides organisations, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Lady Olave. Thinking Day is also the joint birthday of the founders.
In honour of the day this year, De Grendel Girl Guides held a special event, says Tanya Prinsloo, district commissioner for the De Grendel District and also communications and marketing chair for the Cape (West).
The De Grendel district includes the Bothasig, Table View, Monte Vista and Edgemead areas.
Prinsloo says on Sunday 21 February the girl guides celebrated the day with a “Peacekeeper Puzzle in the Park”. Teddies, Brownies, guides, rangers, adult leaders, Trefoil guilders and parents all came together for a scavenger hunt in the park solving five different puzzles, says Prinsloo.
The puzzles and theme of the hunt was based around how the girl guides helped win the war, World War II, that is, says Prinsloo.
“Because of Covid-19, and not being able to do a big regional event as in past years, districts did the same scavenger hunt, but in their own districts. Our girls came out to Camoens Park in Monte Vista in their branch groups to minimise the numbers and to maintain social distancing.”
Prinsloo says the day was a huge success.
“Girls were quickly briefed on where to find the clues and off they went to solve the puzzles with their parents. Once they had deciphered all five clues they had their answers checked and received their camp blanket badge. They then had to find a ranger to record them renewing their promise, as is done every year on Thinking Day.”
Prinsloo says usually girls meet once a week and follow a vibrant and challenging programme covering a wide variety of subjects referred to as adventures. These are first-aid and safety, outdoors and water, eco-green and leadership among others.
“We have a very diverse and thought-provoking programme specifically designed for girls to help them become independent and considering young women.
“Girls do crafts, build gadgets, learn about their environment, do community service projects and go camping and canoeing and become leaders,” she says.
Girl Guides is a movement that is found worldwide – in over 150 countries. The organisation was founded in 1910, because girls demanded to take part in the then grassroots Boy Scout movement, says Prinsloo who also runs the Bothasig crew.
There are over 10 million members today worldwide. In South Africa alone there are over 18 000 members in about 500 units across the country.
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