Monday, 27 February 2017

IGG members wear their Guide uniforms to school!

IGG members in Ballygarrett, Co Wexford, were among the thousands of girls throughout Ireland who turned up for class recently in their Girl Guide uniform!

The girls, who are all members of Seashell Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides or Senior Branch, had been granted permission by the school principal to wear their IGG uniforms as part of our annual A-wear-ness Day.

The girls made the most of the opportunity to tell their friends about their involvement in Guiding – the games, activities and challenges they enjoy as well as taking part in community projects, making new friends and having lots of fun.

A-wear-ness Day takes place close to World Thinking Day (22 February) each year - when IGG members join over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe in celebrating the international friendships provided by the Guiding movement. This year’s World Thinking Day theme is ‘Growth’ and it is hoped that, by thousands of girls raising the profile of Guiding by wearing their IGG uniforms to school, the movement will grow as other girls will want to join too.

Shannon Harkin of Seashell Guides, Barrygarrett, enjoyed wearing her Guide uniform to school. “Some of my friends thought it was nice and they were asking about the badges and what they were for. It was nice to be able to tell them what we do in Guides,” she said. “I like that we get to choose what we want to do and learn lots of new skills and I like that you get to meet different groups of Guides.”

Eva Casey of Seashell Guides said she especially enjoyed camping and day trips. “You become more independent and you get a lot of confidence as you do new things. You always
come out of Guide meetings in a happy mood.”

Keeva Lawlor of Seashell Brownies said that wearing her IGG uniform to school gave her the opportunity to tell her classmates about Brownies. “I told them we get to go on trips and stay at interesting places,” she said. “We get to do new crafts and meet new friends.”

Amber Valentine of Seashell Brownies said: “I like that you know everybody and everybody is nice to you and you get to try new things you haven’t done before.”

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