Girl Guides are looking for leaders to encourage and inspire young girls in our region

LOOKING FOR LEADERS: Guide leaders from Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Camden Haven are on the look out for new leaders. Photo: Laura Telford
LOOKING FOR LEADERS: Guide leaders from Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Camden Haven are on the look out for new leaders. Photo: Laura Telford

Girl Guides in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Camden Haven are all on the lookout for new leaders, as the number of young girls wanting to participate in Guides has increased in the recent years.

Wauchope leader Belinda Schmitzer said the opportunity to give back to her community was one of the driving forces behind her joining Guides as a leader.

“I do not regret becoming a Guide leader for one minute, working and interacting with our girls keeps me young at heart, and I have made a lot of life long friends who share the same values and community spirit.

“But by far the most rewarding thing is watching our girls progress and learn new skills, often without realising how much they are learning,” Mrs Schmitzer said.

GUIDES: Port Macquarie junior guides ready for anything.

GUIDES: Port Macquarie junior guides ready for anything.

“Each of us has skills and talents that we can pass onto these girls, or can be put to good use behind the scenes, supporting our young women,” she said.

Mrs Schmitzer also said that part of being a Guide leader means that you can release your inner child and have a go at new and exciting things.

“Being apart of Guides means you can reconnect with the great outdoors, gain confidence and leadership skills and  broader your horizons by visiting new places.”

On October 18, the Guides held a recruitment leaders evening, and Port Macquarie leader Barbara Sherrin said that they are always looking for new leaders.

“Our girls are great, and we are always on the hunt for more leaders to help out,” Mrs Sherrin said.

Across the Hastings there are over 80 Girl Guides between the ages of 5 -18.

One Guide who has gone through the program is Natalie Schmitzer, and she said the experience was unbelievable.

“Being in Guides has given me the opportunity to meet people all over the state, country and recently all over the world and was a huge confidence boost growing up,” Miss Schmitzer said.