From September 30 – October 6 the Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park, Western Sydney, was the campsite for over 1000 Girl Guides aged 10-17 years from around Australia and 200 from overseas, attending the Sydney Girl Guides Jamboree. The event offered the Girl Guides a unique chance to experience many exciting activities, excursions and adventures on-site and around Sydney and NSW. This is a major national and international event being hosted by Girl Guides NSW&ACT and supported by Girl Guides Australia. Overseas countries being represented are Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, The Philippines, United Kingdom and United States. Most activities are on-site, such as learning about camping, archery the environment and indigenous heritage, and on Wednesday and Thursday the off-site adventures take place.
“We got to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, go up in a helicopter and see lots of animals at the zoo” explains Branxton Girl Guide Megan Tanner.
“The week will provide Girl Guides opportunities for fun, friendship, adventure and exploration, creating memories to last a lifetime,” said Kirsty Bates, Singleton Girl Guides District Manager.
“Girls are being asked to be ‘kind and thoughtful to everyone you meet during Sydney Jamboree’ and ‘to laugh, to play, to eat together, to do the heavy lifting, to share our Guiding Light as Girl Guides,’ Kirsty told us. Singleton Girl Guide Layla Korff said she was excited to meet guides from overseas. “It’s definitely going to be a highlight of my adventures with Girl Guides. Camping for a week with over 1000 guides from around the world is exciting,’ Layla explains. The Australian Girl Guide Jamboree is held once every three years and is rotated between each state and territory. “This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a huge Girl Guide event in our own state”, Layla told us. Singleton Girl Guides have been fundraising for the past year to enable local Guides to attend.
Thank you to the local businesses and the community who have supported us.