Gympie guides first with BP award
RHIANNON Cox has earned herself a place in Guiding history by being the first Gympie Guide to receive the Junior BP award.
To achieve the award - the highest in Guiding for her age group - Rhiannon challenged herself in many areas including music, fitness, guiding traditions, knowledge of world guiding and involve
ment in the local community.
Rhiannon was presented with her award at the Gympie Guide Hut on Tuesday night when many awards, including Other People, Space, and Animal Tracks, were presented to other girls in the 1st Gympie Girl Guides' unit.
New patrol leaders and seconds, who are the youth leaders within the unit, were also recognised.
During the ceremony, members of 1st Gympie Girl Guides reaffirmed their promise using the new wording.
Every girl and adult who is a member of Guiding throughout the world makes a promise. The words may be slightly different from country to country but the spirit and meaning of the words are the same wherever Guiding exists.
The Guide promise and the Guide law form the principles of Guiding. A Guide makes her promise at a special unit ceremony, where she receives her promise badge which is worn on her uniform.
In 2011, Girl Guides Australia conducted a comprehensive review of the wording of the promise and law.
The last review took place in 1993 and resulted in no changes. The Australian Guide Promise and Law has not changed significantly in more than 40 years, yet the Australian community has changed enormously over this time. In July all members of Guides Australia received the new wording to the Australian Guide Promise and Law.
During Tuesday night's ceremony, Paige Jackson made her promise as a Guide for the first time. Paige has been attending regular meetings and has joined in a variety of activities which prepared her to make her promise.
Paige is the fourth generation in her family to make her promise as a Guide and the previous three generations were all present to see her join the Guiding family.
The night ended with the cutting of a cake, specially decorated by leader Krystal Mitchell.