IT’S not just the Milo and S’mores around a campfire that makes Clare Calogero love her role as a Girl Guide leader.
“The sense of community and wellbeing that comes with a leadership role in Girl Guides is priceless,” she said.
“The thing I love most about being a leader is that no matter how big or small, you can make a positive difference in a girl’s life.
“I particularly love that Guides isn’t just for young girls but grown women as well.
“I’ve made a lot of fantastic friends through Guiding and feel grateful that my daughter and I are surrounded by such strong and positive women.
“It’s also a lot of fun.”
Ms Calogero has been a qualified leader with the Edgewater Sunshine Girl Guides for two years.
Before that, she was a parent helper for another two years both here and in Victoria, where her daughter Daisy started Girl Guides at the age of six.
“I became involved with Girl Guides quite by accident,” she said.
“My daughter’s unit needed helpers each week with craft and activities, so I stayed and helped out.
“My daughter loved that I was able to help out, which made Guides even more exciting for her.
“I decided to complete my leader qualification and open another Guide unit within the region.”
She said the role involved craft, cooking, singing and games, combined with Girl Guide traditions and values.
“If you’re positive and kind, love a challenge and have good organisational skills, then Guiding is for you,” she said.
“You’ll also get the opportunity to participate in camps, sleepovers, canoeing, archery and special events organised through Girl Guides WA.”
Girl Guides WA is looking to expand in the northern region, which stretches from Yanchep to Edgewater and east to Carramar and Tapping.
It is hosting a leadership information session at Joondalup Family Centre from 2pm to 3.30pm this Saturday.
Ms Calogero said any woman over 18 with a sense of fun and adventure and who is interested in being a friend and mentor to young girls should attend.
Email info@girlguideswa.|org.au or call 9355 4586.