Guiding units future at risk

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By Alexia Johnston

The future of Girl Guiding units is in jeopardy across South Canterbury.

A look at the groups

Guides sections

Pippins . 5-6 years old

Brownies 7-9

Guides 9-12

Rangers 12

Scouts sections

Keas 5-8

Cubs 81

Scouts 11-14

Venturers 14-18

Rovers 18-26

Temuka leaders say their town is the only one between Ashburton and Waimate to offer the full range of units – Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers – meaning youngsters who want to take part must travel from outlying areas.

Brownies leader Kathy Cowie said the Temuka unit had about 35 members across all levels, but that number was down on other years.

Across each Temuka unit, there were children from the town’s surrounding area and as far afield as Timaru and Geraldine because it was their closest option.

Mrs Cowie said the closure of other units was prompted by a lack of leaders to run the groups.

Although the Temuka units would like more youngsters to join, more leaders were needed, first and foremost.

Anyone from the age of 18 can become a leader.

Temuka has one leader for Brownies, one for Pippins, two for Girl Guides and one for Rangers.

Temuka Scouts was also in need of more leaders to ensure its future.

Leader Daniel Goldie-Anderson recently doubled up as Temuka Cubs leader after the previous one suddenly left.

But he said taking on both roles long term was not viable so stepped aside from his Cubs responsibilities in December, which resulted in its demise.

“It affected 14 children,” he said, disappointed that no-one else had stepped into the role.

“Those children have to wait until they can move up to Scouts.”

Leading the way . . . Scouts leader Daniel Goldie-Anderson (left) and Brownies leader Kathy Cowie, both of Temuka units, hope more people step up so the various youth groups can continue. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Due to family commitments, Mr Goldie-Anderson also plans to step aside from his role as Scouts leader in July.

“So, we are on the hunt [for a replacement],” he said.

“I’ve been doing it for six years. It’s time to call it a day.”

However, he plans to keep his warrant active so he can still provide assistance if needed.

For more information about becoming a leader across the various levels email Toni and Barry Wells: toni.barry@xtra.co.nz