Welcome to Girl Guides

South Australia

Girl Guides South Australia (GGSA) was established in 1919 and today it is the largest youth organisation for girls and young women in South Australia; with 2000 youth members and 500 volunteer Leaders and adult Members.

GGSA provides a non-formal education program that is dynamic, flexible and values-based. Girls and young women are fully supported in safe and friendly environments where they can: 
  • have a say in decision-making and activities
  • be listened to and respected
  • train and receive support in life skills
  • have their best interests considered and upheld
GGSA is an organisation that welcomes and actively seeks members from all societal groups.

GGSA is a Member of Girl Guides Australia (GGA) and a Member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Our Mission:

To empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self respecting, responsible community members.

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Fun, Friends and Adventure

"I'm prepared and ready for anything and everything" Victoria age 17, Girl Guide for 9 years.

Membership of Girl Guides South Australia (GGSA) is open to girls and women aged 5 to 105! Every member makes a Promise which shows their commitment to the principles of Guiding and to the Guiding sisterhood, joining 10 million Guides world wide!

Being a Guide is all about learning new skills, making new friends and helping others. You will be encouraged to achieve your own personal goals through a flexible program with support from your Leader. You will also have the opportunity to work for a wide variety of badges and perhaps gain a Peak achievement award. If you are not able to join with a Unit near your home we have a group of Guides known as Lone Guides who meet via mail and email.

There’s more to being a Guide than just having a good time. Guiding provides opportunities for you to:
  • Be challenged by new experiences.
  • Think for yourself and make decisions.
  • Undertake teamwork and acquire leadership skills.
  • Develop self-awareness, self-respect and self-confidence.
  • Develop personal values.
  • Do your best.
  • Contribute to society.

ENQUIRE NOW -  Start your Guiding Journey today!

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Welcome from your State Commissioner and Team

Julie Campbell, Dawn Borchardt, Emma Gillet, Heather Barnes   
Welcome to Girl Guides South Australia. My name is Dawn Borchardt and I am the State Commissioner and one of the Leadership Team of Girl Guides SA Inc.

When you become a Girl Guide the attraction is the activities we offer - what we do. I’ve had the opportunity to climb a rock, fly a plane, abseil a cliff, row a boat, travel overseas, sing around the campfire and paddle my own canoe!  I’ve done things I don’t think I could have imagined if I wasn’t part of this worldwide organisation for girls and women.

But Guiding isn’t just about what we do… it’s about why we do it.  Guiding provides girls and young women with a safe, girls-only space in a values-based learning and leadership program – a place for them to accept their own challenges and adventures, and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.  I am always inspired when I see the Guides’ personal growth as they achieve their goals.

Becoming a Guide at the age of 7, I was unaware of the adventures and life experiences I would be offered through Guiding. I am privileged to be part of an movement which has given me opportunities to develop transferable life skills including resilience, collaboration and leadership qualities. I’ve volunteered and been challenged, chaired meetings, managed projects, led and worked in teams, learned to value people and their contributions, facilitated training, managed events, and made wonderful friends from all over the world. So far, it has been a challenging and exciting adventure!

We hope you’ll join us and live your own adventure too. If you are looking for programs that offer meaningful life experiences for your daughter, which can enrich her life with lifelong friendship and skills and challenges, I encourage you to talk to your local Guide Leaders and District Manager.

Dawn Borchardt

State Commissioner
Girl Guides SA Inc.

       Read about Joining Girl Guides South Australia


Girl Guides South Australia (GGSA) is an autonomous organisation. 
The organisation is managed based on the GGSA Constitution with practices and policies detailed in Guide Lines.

Guide Lines details the requirements of the organisation and incorporates policy, the rules of GGA and WAGGGS
The organisation direction of general policy, policy decisions and vision are provided by the GGSA Board.

I would like more information on Guide Lines - the official and current guide for Girl Guides and Girl Guide Volunteers.

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