GLENROSE Girl Guides unit team leader Amanda Jones is passionate about the Girl Guide movement.
When her eldest daughter started out as a brownie four years ago, Ms Jones also decided to join as a leader.
But it wasn’t all new to Ms Jones, as she herself had been a pippin and a brownie when she was a child.
“It is a fantastic organisation. I have made enduring friendships which are still active even after 20 years.”
As well as friendships, she said she also learnt a lot of life-skills along the way.
Ms Jones encourages more people to take up leadership roles in the Girl Guide movement.
“If people want something rewarding and fulfilling, I would strongly recommend girl guides.”
Currently there were 12 leaders in the south, but it would be ideal to have 20, she said.
Generally, leaders were rationed at 12 guides per leader, and for the younger pippins it was six pippins per leader.
However, she was the sole leader of the Glenrose unit, which had 18 guides.
“We meet (the guides) for two hours each week for activities, and I spend two hours each week preparing for it.”
Training was also given to leaders by girl guides, and leadership qualifications could also be earned, she said.
Recently Ms Jones spent two nights in Queenstown on a leadership course.
“It was amazing. I met leaders from all over New Zealand and I learnt new skills and gained access to more resources.”
Ms Jones now has three daughters in the guiding movement – a brownie, guide and ranger.
“As well as teaching and guiding youth, we [as leaders] learn along the way.”
For more information, phone the national girl guide office, 800 222 292.