Australian Traveller are big fans of the philosophies behind Girls Guides Australia. So to help celebrate with them as they pass this huge milestone – 100 years of fostering leadership skills and building confidence in Australian girls right across the country – we’re delighted to bring you these lovely images of active Girl Guides across the years.  
“In the past century, Girl Guides have used their skills, teamwork and voices to help shape a better world,” says Girl Guides Australia Chief Commissioner, Lynne Price. “In fact, Guides have been active participants in Australian history, often in the background of significant historical events.”

Centenary Celebrations begin this Friday September 4 with the Girls Celebrate event at the Girl Guides camp “Kindilan”, near Brisbane, for two days of sleep-outs, sing-alongs, workshops and round-table discussions on topics like bullying, physical and mental health and preventing cruelty to animals.

That will be followed by the Australian Centenary Event (ACE) Jamboree January 3-9, 2010, which will see 1500 Guides and Leaders from across Australia and around the world converge on Victoria.

To find out more about joining Guides or becoming a Guide Leader, check out www.girlguides.org.au 

And speaking of Girl Guides (sort of), the boutique travel site Girls’ Guide to the World, which strives to “connect like-minded travellers around the globe”, has just teamed up with Adventurous Women, a travel company dedicated to providing the very best in women-focused travel adventures and life experiences. So for all you Girl Guides out there, now you know where to head when you’re old enough to travel into the world on your own: www.girlsguidetotheworld.com  and www.adventurouswomen.com.au  

HAVE YOUR SAY: If you’re a Girl Guide, or once were, why not sign in below and leave us a comment about your experiences with the life-changing organisation?