One of the wonderful things about Guiding is that it connects girls from all over the world.
There’s a great example of this in Box Hill in Melbourne. There’s a special connection between the Box Hill Girl Guides and the Girl Scouts in Matsudo, Japan. Every two years since 1985, the girls from both places take part in a big adventure – a cultural exchange! This year, it was the Matsudo Girl Scouts’ turn to visit their Guiding friends in Victoria and explore Australian with their local Guiding friends!
The Japanese Girl Scouts tried all sorts of fun experiences in Australia, including minigolf, trampolining, and a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park to see some fair dinkum Australian animals. They gathered around a campfire in Lingbogal with their Aussie Guiding sisters, and sang some of their favourite songs in English and Japanese. That was an extra special highlight of the trip.
The Girl Scouts looked for gold at Sovereign Hill and explored the City of Melbourne, including a visit to the Girl Guides Victoria shop. At an Easter-themed night, the Girl Scouts had a wonderful time with local Guides, Guiding dignitaries, and the Mayor of Whitehorse.
It was a week that went far too quickly. The Box Hill Girl Guides are already planning their return visit to Japan. They’re looking forward to continuing their new friendships, and can’t wait to catch up with old friends on the other side of the world.